The sound installation ‘Take aim / aimless’ literally focusses pre-recorded sounds towards the visitor. Detached from their origin, the sounds taken from the bars and cafés of Brussels – representing some of the versatile social fabric of the metropolis, serve as instruments for this installation. The spatial qualities of the composed sounds in conjunction with the play back mechanisms address the specific acoustics of the exhibition space.
The work of Paul Devens is interdisciplinary in the fields of composed sound, architecture, video and performance. He exhibits installations in museums, art-spaces and galleries, makes interventions, sometimes commissioned, in public space, performs concerts in clubs, art-spaces and festivals and occasionally releases CD- and vinyl-albums.
The possible manifestations of physical space and social context define the site-specific qualities of his work. To make a unique work in a given space makes it compulsory for Devens to engage a custom strategy to fit that specific situation in order to issue- and to unfold the distinctive qualities of that space. Field-recordings of common sounds are being lifted out of its original context and implemented in a new one, by example of an installation. These are architectonic constructions, especially made for the physical experience of sound. Each installation features a soundtrack or composition of previously recorded sounds. The presence of an audience is integrated as part of the work.
Paul Devens studied at the ABK and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His work has been installed, performed and screened at: Jerusalem Show, EMAA Nicosia, Galerija Umjetnina Split (Hr), Museum Z33, Hasselt (B), Marres, Maastricht, Ctrl_Alt_Del, Istanbul, OCA/ISP, Oslo, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Diapason Gallery, New York, Radio Art Festival, Tallinn, D-0 ARK Biennial of Bosnia – Herzegovina, and more. Paul Devens lives and works in Maastricht (NL)
opening: Thursday, November 12th, 18:00 – 22:00
date: 13 November – 5 december
open: Thursday-Saturday, 14:00 – 18:00
Embassy of the Netherlands