VOID, the idea of a visible sound emptiness

Created and based in Brussels since 2013, VOID is a collective of artists working with sound.

It is composed with Arnaud Eeckhout (Belgium, 1987) and Mauro Vitturini (Italy, 1985). The VOID's polymorphic practice is focused on questions about sound in different contexts. As the sound wave, their medium of prediclection, VOID's installations are time-based and adjusted to spatial conditions. Everything is a matter of the space resonance.

Fascinated by the immateriality of sound, the artists attempt to represent this absence through sculptural installations.


The first point to be addressed is the decision that two artists named their practice: VOID. What is the signification of this word and, most importantly, what is the link between their work and the name they chose. The word VOID stands for « emptiness », but the idea is going further in this case. For them, it is a matter of absence, or oblivion. In an interview with the curator and artist Stéphane Roy, they spoke about the link between the name and their work. For them, immateriality is the central point of their artistic experimentation. Indeed, the sound is not tangible and in addition, it is not always present. That is why the two artists worked on the silence and that their productions are often ephemeral as is the sound. In their work there is a kind of volatility similar with the sound which moves quickly and has a beginning and a end.


« We have, really franckly, a will of reality/ real and our work try to delimitate some contours, to reveal some elements of our perceptif field to release new points of view, to shake up the view we have on a thing or on an event? In this purpose, our research focus is the void, the interstice, the periphery around the event. Because we can see an uncontrolled space, inside which the reality express itself in a wilder way, this is more spontaneous. The sound, the immaterial medium, is for us a vector of choice in this prospection. Speaking about the emptiness, we like to paraphrase John Cage who defined the silence as an intentional sonore space, free from all of the constraints. »


Solo Exhibitions


2021

Les Paroles Gelées, Galerie Papillon, Paris (FR)

VOID+DENICOLAI & PROVOOST, Art Brussels, Bruxelles (BE)

Art Public, Wolubilis, Bruxelles (BE)

L'équipe de nuit, LMNO, Bruxelles (BE)

 

2019

Permanente installations at Université S.Louis, Bruxelles (BE)

30 ans pile!, Galerie Papillon, Paris (FR)

2019 Régénération, LMNO gallery, Bruxelles (BE)

2019 City Sonic, L Museum, Louvain-la-Neuve (BE)

2019 Group show, LMNO, Bruxelles (BE)

2019 PM15, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris (FR)

 

2018

Not Every Flag Has the Same Shadow, LMNO, Brussels

Art on Paper/BOZAR, Booth of LMNO, Brussels


2017
Vitrine Art Contest,
Galerie Rivoli, Brussels, Belgium
Darsena residency #3
, Galleria Massimodeluca, Mestre, Italy

2016
Monographie Arts 10+6
, La Médiatine, Brussels, Belgium

Lorem Ipsum, Maison des Arts de Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium

2015

Sound never dies, MAAC, Brussels, Belgium

Silences, Arsonic, Mons, Belgium

OFF Course Art Fair, Tour et Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

Mulhouse 015 Biennale, Mulhouse, France

 

Group Exhibition (selection)


2020


FROM TRANSLATING TO TRANSCODING, SOCIETE d'électricité, Bruxelles

Loving Art, Making Art, Tel Aviv (IL)

Surprise!, BPS22, Charleroi (BE)

Breathing tone (grey), ARTER, Istanbul (TR)

Interferences, CWB, Paris (FR)

Ecole de Mons, BAM Museum, Mons (BE)

Revolution, Marina Bastianello Gallery, Mestre (IT)


2019


30 ans pile!, Galerie Papillon, Paris (FR)


2019 Régénération, LMNO gallery, Bruxelles (BE)

2019 City Sonic, L Museum, Louvain-la-Neuve (BE)

2019 Group show, LMNO, Bruxelles (BE)

2019 PM15, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris (FR)


2018

Roma Europa Festival, Mattatoio, Rome, Italie

Biennale d'Enghien, Tout est Paysage, Belgium

ARCO/Madrid, Section "Opening", LMNO Booth with Pep Vidal, Madrid, Spain

Wishes, Galerie LMNO, Brussels, Belgium

2017

NEoN Festival, Dundee, UK

Darsena residency #3, Galleria Massimodeluca, Mestre, Belgium

Art public, Charleroi, Belgium

Nouveaux Westerns, BAM, Mons, Belgium

BANG!, Church of Beguinage, Brussels, Belgium

SYNC!, Iselp, Brussels, Belgium

Au pied de la letter, BAM, Mons, Belgium

Ville des mots, Brussels, Belgium

Radieuse, capitolo 98, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Brussels, Belgium

Audio Mimesis, Le Bon Accueil, Rennes, France

 

2016

Not All That Falls Has Wings, ARTER - space for art, Istanbul (TR)

Hors de portées, Galerie Detour, Namur (BE)

Interstices, Artotèque, Caen (FR)

Il linguaggio come scoperta, MLAC, Roma (IT)  


2015

Chaotic passion, Museo d'arte contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, Italy

Something Else Off Biennale Cairo, Cairo, Egypte

Art Contest, De Markten, Brussels, Belgium

Kikk Festival, Namur, Belgium

MAAC PANORAMA, MAAC, Brussels, Belgium

Semaine du son, MIM, Brussels, Belgium

Citysonic, Mons, Belgium

FAP, Fondazione Aurelio Petroni, Salerno, Italy

Dancity Festival, Palazzo Candiotti, Foligno, Italy

ARTour, La louviére, Belgium

Prix Médiatine, La Médiatine, Brussels, Belgium  


2014

Annizero, FAL, Bari (IT)

Ars Musica, La Raffinerie, Bruxelles (BE)

Smartup Optima, Optima Italia, Napoli (IT)

Talent Prize, Casa dell'Architettura, Roma (IT)

PROXÉMICA, MACG, Ciudad de México (MEX)

Un rumore bianco, ASSAB'ONE, Milano (IT)

Prix du Hainaut, Maison des géants, Ath (BE)

Performances, Le Vecteur, Charleroi (BE)

Motivi di famiglia, Villa Toppo Florio, Udine (IT)

2013

Life, death and Beauty, BAM, Mons (BE)

Essere io non ha misura, Macro Testaccio, Roma (IT)

M4m Forum, Ponec Theatre, Praha (CZ)

 

Collections

VKF contemporary Art Collection

Province du Hainaut 

Private collections in Belgium, France, England, Scotland, Illinois, Denmark and Italy

 


Public and permanent Artworks

2019 Tapage nocturne, Université S.Louis, Bruxelles (BE) 

2019 Synonym's synonyms, Université S.Louis, Bruxelles (BE) 

2017 Synonym's synonyms, Art public, Charleroi (BE)

2017 Synonym's synonyms, Ville des mots, Bruxelles (BE)

2015 Bancs, ARTour, La louviére (BE)

2013 523 names of soldiers dead in action pronounced at the same time, Monument aux Morts, Mons (BE)

 


Residencies and awards

2018-2019  Salomon Foudnation Residency Award, ISCP, New york (USA)

2017 Darsena Residency #3, Mestre (IT)

2015 Résidence d'artiste MAAC, Bruxelles (BE)

2015 Art Contest, finalist, Bruxelles (BE)

2015 Résidence d'artiste Fondazione Aurelio Petroni, Salerno (IT) 

2015 Prix Médiatine, Bruxelles (BE)

2014 Smartup Optima, finalist, Napoli (IT) 

2014 Talent Prize, finalist, Roma (IT)

 

Bibliography

 

2021

“Le son à l'œuvre”, L'art même, 3éme Quadrimestre 2021

 

2020

ROVEN n°15/2020, Numéro spécial dessin et son, magazin issue, Paris (FR)

Tapage Nocturne et Synonym's Synonyms @ S.Louis, permanent art installation catalogue, Bruxelles (BE)

Orchestre National de Lille, graphic design based on the artwork “Mappe Sonore”, Catalogs, Brochures, Program, Posters, Newsletters, Website, Social Media, Lille (FR)

 

2019

Expo Chicago - La belle Américaine gagne en hauteur, press article, Baux-Arts Magazine, Paris (FR)

 

2018

Crossing the VOID, monografia, Bruxelles (BE)

 

2017

Tigers in flip-flops, Daniele Capra, exhibition catalogue, Galleria Massimodeluca, Mestre (IT)

Nouveaux Western, Christoph Veys, exhibition catalogue, BAM, Mons (BE)

 

2016 

Monographies d'artistes Arts 10+6 VOID, Selen Ansen, Stéphane Roy, exhibition catalogue, La Médiatine, Bruxelles (BE)

Not All That Falls Has Wings, Selen Ansen, exhibition catalogue, ARTER - space for art, 2016, Istanbul (TR)

Lorem Ipsum, exhibition catalogue, Maison des arts de Schaerbeek, 2016 Bruxelles (BE) 

 

2015

Sound never dies, exhibition catalogue, MAAC, 2015, Bruxelles (BE)

Noise is full of words, VOID, artist's book, 2015, Bruxelles (BE)

MAAC Panorama, Nancy Suaréz, exhibition catalogue, 2015, MAAC, Bruxelles (BE)

VOID, monograph, 2015, Bruxelles (BE)

Chaotic Passion, Anna Lovecchio, Hilda Ricaldone, Carlotta Pezzolo, exhibition catalogue, Museo Villa Croce, Genoa (IT)

Bilbok: Autout de l'errence, Philippe Blondez, special edition Mons 2015, 2015, Mons (BE)

 

2014

INSIDEART: Talent Prize 2014, Fabrizia Carabelli, special edition Talent Prize, 2014, Rome (IT)