Multiplicity (working title)

Justin Bennett in residence at Overtoon, Brussels.
1/05 – 30/12/2017

A research project investigating the acoustic territories of Brussels.
Bennett is using the residency period to investigate the acoustic territories of the city of Brussels. Territories of language: voices, narratives. Territories of security: signals, announcements and sirens. Territories of work. Territories of birds and animals. Underground territories: the reverberations and resonances of the tunnels and passageways of the city.

Firstly, Bennett is creating devices for active listening: A microphone inside a trumpet or a wooden stethoscope for example. These devices allow for the acoustic manipulation of sounds while listening and recording in a combination of listening, improvisation and field recording.

Secondly, walks through the city, solo or with friends or strangers are recorded and narrative paths are traced out.

Thirdly, visual and spatial forms of the city are explored in a series of drawings and sculptures. These three approaches intertwine and feedback within each other.

The projected results are a sculptural installation to be presented first at iMal, Brussels opening 15/09/2017 and an audio work in public space to be presented early 2018.

Supported by Overtoon, Jubilee, Stroom Den Haag. Mondriaan Fonds.