On 24th September 2022, the EUREGIO Very Contemporary 2022 network organises a joint art festival for the first time. Under the title “Very Contemporary Performance-Festival cross-border”, institutions from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands will show selected performative positions at the Kunsthaus NRW in Aachen-Kornelimünster. The participating institutions are Greylight Projects (Heerlen NL), IKOB (Eupen BE), Jester (Genk BE), Kunsthaus NRW (Aachen DE), Leopold-Hoesch-Museum (Düren DE), NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (Aachen DE).
Greylight Projects presents REVOICE, a performance on a barrel organ by Luca Soudant. The organ plays sound recordings from a solidarity protest in Amsterdam against the lurking threat of the U.S. American supreme court overturning the national right to abortion. One month after the protest, on the 24th of June 2022, the supreme court declared the right to safe abortion no longer to exist. Digitally programmed with this material, an interesting friction is created between the new sound collages and the history of the instrument. It can be placed anywhere and is activated regularly.
Luca developed REVOICE during their residency in the guest studio of Greylight Projects in Heerlen from April until the end of June 2022. Here, the sound of a barrel organ, playing from the neighbor’s garage box, caused an uncanny experience, distorted the usual and inspired them to connect the organ’s physicality to the political moment described above. Luca and the neighbor both share an interest in gabber music (a variant of hardcore techno).
Luca Soudant is a PhD researcher at the Open University, artist, DJ (ADIË) and teacher at Maastricht Institute of Arts. They graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a research master’s degree in Cultural Analysis and from Sandberg Institute with a master’s degree in Critical Studies. Soudant’s research combines academic scholarship with artistic practice and is situated at the intersection of gender studies, posthumanist feminism and sound studies working with an anti-capitalist mindset.
More information and the program of the CROSS BORDER performance festival can be found here:
Kunsthaus NRW in Kornelimünster
52076 Aachen – Kornelimünster (DE)