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2007. Paul Devens. ALKALINE

Year: 2006


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paul devens

1.6 MB 1:44 min

 Alkaline is a sound composition partly based upon the rhetorical clichés of pop music, partly placed into the milieu of ‘contemporary music’. A strong relation to punk attitude could be sensed through the energetic level as well as the D.I.Y (do-it-yourself). Sometimes software and hardware is constructed by myself to maximize the possibilities for manipulation and to research a new sonic milieu. Spatial condition has a big influence to the concept of the work, both in the virtual and illusive domain, as in the environment of the listener.The sounds are produced with custom made virtual generators, home made electronics and effects, toys and field-recordings. 

ABOUT PAUL DEVENS´ SOUNDWORKThe work of Paul Devens (Maastricht, 1965) oscillates in between installation, video, sound, performance and architecture.

"The main focus of my work is generally a questioning of seemingly naturalized conceptions of the reality surrounding us. My attempt is to offer alternative models in opposition to the preconstructed models of understanding originating from commercial interests. In all my work the feeling of uncertainty and surprise provided by the unexpectedness of the situation is always a central element.Relocating and reinterpreting objects from popular culture (see for instance Moped 2) or minimal, almost invisible gestures (see Sunday or Coffee), I try to focus on an everyday reality that surrounds us at all times and that we tend to take for granted. I am especially interested in how this reality is communicated and in the codes contained in the structures through which it is communicated. This same interest is at the basis of my sound art, which can roughly be divided into installations and performances. The performances are live acts or concerts made from computer generated sounds, recordings and improvisations. I base these compositions upon musical figures taken from commercial pop music. By reinventing the sounds and the aesthetics we are used to, my attempt is, once again, to remove them from the symbolical and rhetorical clichés they are normally associated with. Varying in expression from dance to pure noise, my music freely moves from one aesthetical expression to another. The installations are architectonical constructions especially designed for the physical experience of sound (see for example Serials or Stena). Each installation has a specific soundtrack or composition, and the presence of the audience is integrated as part of the work."







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2007. Jorge Díez. PRESENTATION

 MADRID ABIERTO is an international artistic initiatives programme which is held throughout the month of February in the junction Paseo de la Castellana-Recoletos-Prado since 2004. It is an avenue for approaching the interpretation and comprehension of how the public space is constructed from the sphere of art. Since its first open invitation announcement it has received more than 1.200 proposals. Out of all the projects presented, 29 were exhibited in the previous three editions and 13 will be exhibited this year, selected by different juries comprised by international experts.

Organised by the Cultural Association MADRID ABIERTO, the 2007 edition of the programme is promoted by the Altadis Foundation, the Department of Culture and Sport of the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the Governing Department for the Arts of the City Council of Madrid, with the collaboration of the Telefónica Foundation, La Casa Encendida of Obra Social Caja Madrid, the Ministry of Culture, ARCO, Radio 3 of RNE, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Canal Metro, Cemusa, Centro Cultural de la Villa of Madrid, Remo, Mediazero and Metro.

For this fourth edition, which will be held from the 1st to the 28th of February, a total of 658 projects were presented; 471 for the general invitation, 61 for the façade of La Casa de América, 28 for the façade of Círculo de Bellas Artes, 74 works for Canal Metro and 24 sonorous initiatives for Radio 3. The breakdown by countries of the projects presented is as follows: Spain (174), Italy (46), USA (46), Mexico (40), Argentina (33), Germany (28), Colombia (28), France (25), Brazil (18), Canada (16), Cuba (16), Ecuador (14), Chile (13), The Netherlands (13), Portugal (12), Ireland (9), Sweden (9), United Kingdom (9), Venezuela (9), Japan (7), Austria (6), Yugoslavia (6), Australia (5), Peru (5), Belgium (4), Costa Rica (4), Finland (4), Norway (4), Poland (4), Turkey (4), China (3), Croatia (3), Slovenia (3), Russia (3), Switzerland (3), Uruguay (3), Bulgaria (2), El Salvador (2), Georgia (2), Guatemala (2), India (2), Iceland (2), Israel (2), New Zealand (2), Czech Republic (2), Cyprus (1), Denmark (1), Estonia (1), The Philippines (1), Greece (1), Hungary (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1), The Dominican Republic (1), Serbia (1) and Singapore (1).

The selection committee was comprised by Juan Antonio Álvarez-Reyes (curator of Madrid Abierto 2007), Ramon Parramon (director of Idensitat), Cecilia Andersson (director of Werk) and Guillaume Désanges (co-ordinator of art projects in Les Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers, Ille de France). We declared the project for the façade of Círculo de Bellas Artes unfulfilled and pre-selected thirty projects, from which the curator finally selected Fernando(We were young. Full of life. None of us prepared to die) by the collective Discoteca Flaming Star; proyecto_nexus* by the collective [nexus*] art group; I Lay My Ear To Furious Latin by Ben Frost; Rezos/Prayers by Dora García;Pictures by Mandla Reuter; Guantanamera by Alonso Gil and Francis Gomila and Short Circuit/Cortocircuito by Dirk Vollenbroich. In addition to these seven selected projects, the current edition is complemented by other projects from artists invited by the curator: Dan Perjovschi, Susan Philipsz, Johanna Billing, Leopold Kessler, Oswaldo Maciá and Annika Ström. Through this mixed selection model our intention is to continue to make progress in our objective of broadening each annual proposal of MADRID ABIERTO.

In this year’s edition, for the first time, two specific invitations for audiovisual and sonorous works were announced, which were selected by the curator, myself, Arturo Rodríguez and José Iges. The following 11 works were selected for projecting on Canal Metro: Rothkovisión 3.0 by Daniel Silvo; Mierda de caballos y príncipes by Fernando Baena; Rest by Carolina Jonsson; Every Word is becoming by Alexander Vaindorf; Alpenflug (Alpine Flight) by Juan Carlos Robles; Himno by Cristian Villavicencio; PlasmaLux06-7 by Tanja Vujinovic-Zvonka Simcic; Mis Quince by Alfredo Pérez; Lucía by Pere Ginard and Laura Ginés; Candy by Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi and The Toro’s Revenge by María Cañas. For broadcasting on Radio 3, the following 8 works were selected: Am I walking by Jouni Tauriainen; Bendicho juez de la verdad by Eldad Tsabary; Reiterations (Elizabeth Street) by Sonia Leber and David Chesworth; Postal Densa. Postal Sonora. Madrid-Bogotá by Mauricio Bejarano; Alkaline by Paul Devens; Funkenspiel by David Halsell; Poema Jazz (a Clara Gari) by Luis Eligio Pérez and BihotzBi by Zuriñe Gerenabarrena.

Likewise, following on with the work of the previous editions, E451 continues to develop the graphic image and web page and, for the second year running, together with various debate tables on public art, the selected artists will present their work in La Casa Encendida on the 1st and 2nd of February.

We are continuing the process of creating an initiative of a scale manageable by a small team without a permanent or continuous structure, based on an open invitation announcement geared towards the production of ephemeral or temporary projects for the public space of the city of Madrid.

Jorge Díez







2007 / 2007.02.05. RN3. La ciudad invisible (Mauricio Bejarano, Paul Devens)

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La ciudad invisible. Mauricio Bejarano, Postal densa. Paul Devens, Alkaline (05.02.2007)
54.9 MB 1:00:00 min









2007. Paul Devens (Cv)



SOLO EXHIBITIONS2006· ”Testing Ground”, Power Plays. Curated by Ive Stevenheijdens. Kunstencentrum België, Hasselt (B). “Latitude” Screening 5.1 surround / video at Lumiere Cinema Maastricht and OSC//8, Geneva. In coop with 10:21 AM.· ISP, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, curated by Christiane Erharter and Ute Meta Bauer.· Experimental Intermedia, Gent, B.· Luxus artfoundation, Den Haag.· Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht.· Lokaal 01, Breda, NL, curated by Ad van Roosmalen.· De Bank, artfoundation, Enschede, NL.· Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht.· Magasin, cnac, Grenoble, F, curated by Jean Pierre Simon and Adeline von Fuerstenberg.· Apollohuis, Eindhoven, NL, curated by Paul Panhuysen· Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt, B.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS2007·    coming up: Hikikomori. Set & sound design and soundtrack to a choreography by Thomas Devens. Various international theaters.·    Nitrianski Galéria, Nitra, Slovakia and Budapest, Hungary·    Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht.·    Klein Art works, Chicago, curated by Marlena Novak / Jay Allen Jim.·    Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, D.·    Hedah artfoundation, Maastricht·    Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.·    Global Attic Festival", Rotterdam.·    Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, curated by Moniek Toebosch.·    Duende artfoundation, Rotterdam, Curated by William Engelen.·    W139, Amsterdam, curated by Theo Tegelaers.·    Technical University, Architecturedept., Einhoven, NL.·    Landbouwbelang, Maastricht, Curated by Johan Deumens.·    ICA, Amsterdam.

SOLO CONCERTS AND EVENTS·    Experimental Intermedia, New York. Curated by Phill Niblock.”OSC//8” Geneva, Switzerland.·    Zeppelin, Sonoscop, Barcelona, “Acoustics of control”.·    Zeppelin, Sonoscop, Barcelona, “On Agreement and Conflicts”.·    Babylon, Istanbul·    Lokaal 01, Breda, NL.·    Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, F.·    Global Attic Festival" Rotterdam.·    Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Baudelopark, Gent, Boulevard, Den Bosch and Winterslag, Genk.

RELEASES2006·    “ctrl_alt_del” DVD production and curation, two soundpieces and a movie. ·    Free issue with Gonzo Circus magazine. ·    “Latitude” DVD-r edition, wrapped in full-color poster.

2005·    “Gunpop” CD-R.  “Mozart 249” compilation DVD (-not distributed). ·    CD / DVD “Gold Extra: Sightclub” Tallin, Maastricht, Salzburg.

2004·    “Kvikklunsj” CD-R.contribution to cd “Oddpop”.

2003·    production and soundpiece for CD “ctrl-alt-del”.

2002·    Contribution to compilation-CD "Music for difficult people" by Mangenerated, Moortsel, B.·    2001Solo audio cd/ cd-rom "DJ Lait Russe", private release.

2000·    "Dralt" audio cd. Cooperation with Los DQ.Contribution to "Trace", an audio cd by the John Moore University, Liverpool.

1999·    Contribution to "Hope", an audio cd by Scanner and the John Moore University, Liverpool.

1998·    "Hedah 500 rpm", audio cd. production, participation and curation.·    "Model (book)" fc book and audio cd. private release with texts from Mique Eggermont, Ranti Tjan, Frans Budé and Anna Hakkens.

1996·    "Models" audiocassette, release by De Bank, Enschede.

1994·    "Belt 3" Folder and audio cd. release by the city of Grenoble, le Magasin and l'Ecole des Beaux Arts, Grenoble

1992·    "Signs Signals Tunes", audio cd. Released by the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS2002·    "Food 2" Amstenraderveld, Brunssum, NL.2000·    "Moped" Universiteit Maastricht.1997·    "Cone 8" Business and Sciencepark, Enschede, NL.

WEB2004·· .·····  · z33 etc.

COLLECTIONS·    Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht AZM, ·    Academic Hospital Artcollection Maastricht·    DSM Artcollection, Sittard, NL.·    Jan van Eyck Academy Artcollection, ·    MaastrichtSNS Bank, Heerlen, NL. ·    Centraal Museum Utrecht –Amelisweert.·    Ranti Tjan / Caroline Berkenbosch.·    Various private collectors

COLLECTIVE EVENTS·    (Los DQ; pop-based Art Group with Paul Devens 1999 - 2002)··    Presentation "Dralt" at Hedah and bar De Witte Ballons.·    Openings concert Kunstverein Monchengladbach, D.

1999·    Openingsconcert exhibition finals HISK, Antwerp, B."artists on the move" Poitiers, Fr.·    "European culture tourist" CNN.·    "Niet de Kunstvlaai" Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. Concert.

SIDE ACTIVITIES2006·    Researcher / advisor lectorship “autonomy and public domain” Hogeschool Zuyd, Maastricht. ·    “Something about Wapke” soundtrack to a video by Anne Lise Stenseth, RAM Galeriet, Oslo.

2005·    “You Don’t Love Me Yet” project Johanna Billing. ·    Soundpiece with Ramzy Oulad (MC Ramses). Performance Veenfabriek, Leiden (NL).

2004·    lecture “Atelier Nord” Oslo.lecture Northwestern University, music department, Chicago, Ill. ·    soundtrack to video “Winner” Marianne Heier, Sørlandets Art Museum, Kristiansand.

2002–2003·    two soundtracks to stopmotion movies Manon Bovenkerk.

2002·    ”Soundlab” artstudents ABK Maastricht working in public on soundart at Museum Het Domein, Sittard with lectures of Natasa Petersin, Jay Allen Yim and Marlena Novak, Jens Brand, Guy van Belle. ·    "Leefbaar Hedah" workshop with artstudents ABK Maastricht at the Hedah foundation.

2001·    Projectteacher at the ABK Maastricht (Akademy for fine arts) up to now.·    Committeemember of the foundation for Fine Art, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam.Lecture ·    "Cafe Sonore" CEM foundation Amsterdam.Lecture "Cafe Sonore", CEM. Location: Den Bosch.·    "H5" book and cd-rom release by Hedah. Cooperation in concept and design. 2000·    Design cd rom "Parkstad prijs 2000" in cooperation with Bert van den Bosch.

1999·    Lecture and workshop ABK Maastricht.

1996·    Lecture ABK Maastricht.

1995·    co-foundation and co-programming Hedah foundation. Up to 1998.

1994·    Lecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Grenoble.

1993·    Lecture at the AKI, Fine Arts Academy, Enschede.

GRANTS AND AWARDS1989·    Henriette Hustinxprijs, academyprize for outstanding finals.

1991·    Startersgrant, Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture (BKVB).

1994·    Ina van Doormaelbeurs, grant for projects abroad, Prins Bernhardfonds.Grant Pepinieres Europeennes pour Jeunes Artistes.1996Landgraafprijs, prize for young artists.

1997·    and 2001Grant for artpractice (werkbeurs), Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture (BKVB).

1994·    1998 and 2003Elementary grant for artpractice (basisstipendium), Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture (BKVB).