Geert-Jan Hobijn

Artist in residency
June 1 to July 15, 2017

 

DAÏMÔN is pleased to welcome Geert-Jan Hobijn.

Since 2000, Geert-Jan Hobijn (NL) has been making sound artworks and performances, which are usually installed or performed in locations outside the museum – industrial settings, urban public spaces, even nature. Over fifteen years, Hobijn has amassed a multidisciplinary oeuvre that is ephemeral and immaterial at the same time as it is physical and present. It bespeaks a poetic and experimental but also down-to-earth view of culture.

Geert-Jan Hobijn and Staalplaat Soundsystem are inseparable from their sound systems, from all the tools, toys, contraptions, appliances, vehicles, buildings, trees, and environments that share our domestic chores, work days, daily lives and urban existence.

During his residency, Geert-Jan will produce Plastic Souls, a sound sculpture that will take place on the ruisseau de la Brasserie as part of the soundtrack, INTERSTICES, from July 12 to August 30, 2017.
 
Plastic souls aim to sonify the plastic waste that can be found throughout the world’s waterways. This work brings attention to the intersection of the global and local, the ways in which pollution recognizes no boundaries. Plastic souls are site specific, as they are adapted to each of the local environments.The artist involves the audience in the process of construction, rather than building the work for them. When the floating recycled plastic sculptures are placed in water, the waves and current act as both the composer and musician by pumping air through the flutes and organ. The piece therefore plays music composed by natural movements, emitting strange haunting noises as the musical raft bobs and floats on the surface of the water. Plastic Souls, in combining the soul with plastic, speaks to an odd embrace of a rather horrific reality : plastic is intimate.

 

 

 

 I don’t want to make work for museums. That’s death, which is fine if you’re dead yourself, but that’s not where I exist, and especially not sound – it belongs in society.

Geert-Jan Hobijn