St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp
Mathias Geerkens, born in Lommel (Belgium) started as a product designer. After his bachelor in product design,
he started a master in fine arts at Sint Lucas School of Arts and attend an evening school for sound design. Regarding to his main interests in music and sound, conceptual art, aesthetics and feelings, it is more important for him to create a certain atmosphere or tell a story than develop products for a consuming use. In Sint Lucas School of Arts he finds the idea of searching for the essence of subjects and searching for a deeper meaning. With all these methods and much patience, he transferred them into carefully composed and powerful artworks. He sees it as “an aesthetic connection within the building where vibrations of the installation are converted into sound.”
The elastics, seen as a living organism, causing tension and cohesion within the building, this shape and the sound of the installation are influencing the people who are walking through it and vice versa. This can be used as a metaphor for people and their interaction with the environment in general. The installation, as a part of the building, determines people to discover the elastics in a new way and creates an individual atmosphere for each person in a different way with it sound and different possibilities to walk through the installation.
As a result of the collaboration between the artists during the formation of the exhibition, Mathias Geerkens also created the soundscapes, that fits within the atmosphere and feeling of the work, for the installations of Daphne Okon and Casper Fredeus.
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