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Image by Stefano Murgia




Electric Poetry: Albert van Abbehuis proudly presents its final exhibition for 2017 entitled Electric Poetry The exhibition celebrates sound art and design. It is inspired by the collective project Poeme electronique, which took place at the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958 by Le Corbusier, lannis Xenakis and Edgar Varese. The exhibition will take place from December 2017 till January 2018 to celebrate 60 years of electronica in art since the project realised in 1958. 

"Sound art is an artistic discipline in which sound is utilised as a medium. Like many genres of contemporary art, sound art is interdisciplinary in nature. Sound art can engage with a range of subjects such as acoustics, psychoacoustics, electronics, noise music, audio media, found or environmental sound, explorations of the human body, sculpture, film or video and an ever-expanding set of subjects that are part of the current discourse of contemporary art" (Wikipedia). 

From an historical overview to contemporary sound art, Albert van Abbehuis as a villa is converted into an instrument for various conceptual compositions. Sound in its relation to space and time is the inspiration behind the exhibition and how the curatorial process is approached: "As sound is produced, there are rapid changes in frequency and intensity," (Estabrooks, Maciver-Lux, Rhoades). Electric poetry will portray soundscapes and sound artworks in different phases, paces and potencies. 

The visualisation of sound and the playful use of senses provides an enhanced viewer experience. The ambient nature of electronica combined with a platform for sound as art form evoke an auditory sensation for the viewers. The space in which the exhibition takes place is carefully considered as part of the installations, as it is an unnoticeable yet powerful component of the installations. This exhibition unveils how noise can become pure poetry.  In addition to the exhibition, Albert van Abbehuis will host a range of workshops and lectures. The monthly Art & Science salon will take place in January 2018, focussing on the exploration of mechanical vs. programmed sound. The theme of the exhibition is investigated through lively discussion to unfold its deeper scientific routes and un(fore)seen meanings. 

Featuring artists

Leo Bakx,  Truus de Groot, Gijs Gieskes, Nick LeBeat, Bjorn Maria, Jaromir Mulders, Stelios Manousakis, Stefano Murgia, Horst Rickels, Jobina Tinnemans, Albert van Abbe, Michiel van Bakel, Edwin van der Heide, Mario van Horrik and Petra Dubach, Valery Vermeulen


Co-curator with Rene Pare, Concept developer, Installation and production manager, Exhibition designer, Graphic designer, Marketing manager, Event coordinator

Additional Events


Horst Rickels: Instabiliteit als Houvast

Lezing door Horst Rickels, componist en onderzoeker, docent en kunstenaar werkzaam in een

breed veld van geluidskunst.

Valery Vermeulen: Krystal Ball // Mikromedas

Valery Vermeulen is an electronic musician, music producer, mathematician, new media artist,

author and guest professor at Erasmushogeschool Brussel in Belgium.

Art & Science Salon met Edwin van der Heide en Constant Hak

De Art & Science Salon is een vast onderdeel van de exposities in het Albert van Abbehuis. De Salon is een ontmoeting tussen een kunstenaar en een wetenschapper met een thema dat aan de expositie gerelateerd is. In een gemodereerde discussie zoeken de gasten naar hun wederzijdse drijfveren, inspiratie, overeenkomsten en verschillen.


Images: / Megan Erasmus / MAD Emergent Art Center

Information: Megan Erasmus & Rene Pare

Website: / Flickr: MADlab

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