Ondertussen: Virginie Dubois

April in Lisbon

17 March - 29 April 2018
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday - Friday: 11-17 hrs; Saturday and Sunday: 12-17 hrs

Closed: 1 and 2 April (Easter Sunday and Easter Monday)

In 2017, the Hague based artist Virginie Dubois resided several months in Lisbon, Portugal for her project April in Lisbon. Initially the project was set up as an artistic research residency wich would lead into a self initiated program of public soundwalks in the city. Starting point was Dubois' interest in the aural qualities of Lisbon that are formed by its natural geography, topography, urban planning and history. The aim was to sensitize the general public to the aesthetics of listening, and engage with the local communities, inhabitants and participants in the construction of public collective listening experiences. Besides, the project offered her the possibility to speculate on how sound could be integrated in the upcoming redevelopment of the city.

Due to circumstances Virginie Dubois had to adjust the initial plan, and she took the opportunity to intensify her plans for artistic research of acoustics and sound within various places and contexts. Through intense listening sessions, the research enabled her to further develop technics of perception, refine her sensory attunement and - through this contemplative approach - to foster a greater use of experiential and sensorial knowingness instead of the intellectualist approach generally offered on the subject.

During her research, Dubois produced personal notes and drawings, as well as sound recordings, which are now on show at Ondertussen. Her documentation allows us to grasp the sensorial aspect of spatial acoustics and to perceive sound in terms of energy, flux and invisible forces.

In 2016 Virginie Dubois received a PRO Kunstprojecten subsidy for April in Lisbon.

www.virginiedubois.com

Ondertussen
The Ondertussen space links Stroom's exhibition program to its enabling policy for artists. This policy aims to strengthen and improve the visibility of The Hague's artistic climate. Presentations in Ondertussen are usually the result of subsidies provided by Stroom, but can also show the results of mediation by Stroom or of other stimulating activities. The presentations are intended to illustrate the diversity of the grant applications and the positive effect of our enabling policy for artists. The presentations can vary from (interim) reports of (research) projects and residencies to network presentations. The Ondertussen presentation is the responsibility of the applicant.

Archive Ondertussen presentations

Virginie Dubois, 'Bridge Soundscape'
photo: courtesy the artist
Ondertussen: Virginie Dubois
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ondertussen: Virginie Dubois
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Virginie Dubois, 'Resonance'
photo: courtesy the artist
Virginie Dubois, 'Sound activates matter'
photo: courtesy the artist
Virginie Dubois, 'Sound as energy'
photo: courtesy the artist
Virginie Dubois, 'Sound as Particle'
photo: courtesy the artist