Sonic Sceance

Resonant Remanent

audio installation 2015
9 min / stereo/ loop

Resonant Remanent Bridge set-up by Arjan Vanmeenen

Resonant Remanent is a site-specific audio installation for public spaces. The work uses urban architecture as a metaphorical conduit as well as a physical stage.
Declarations of love serve as source material and are carefully displaced and re-arranged in order to set up temporary, (im)possible relations between the speakers.
These vulnerable confessions, which can hardly convey the intensity of inner feelings, are ‘dumped’ into the public sphere, a transit space; where usually no one ever stops. The boundary between the hyper personal and the anonymous blurs when sporadically, these disembodied voices attempt to involve the passersby in their stories.
The work questions the validity and sincerity of these statements and the potential strengthening and devaluating properties of their repetition.
Do these fragile messages lose their value when "dumped" on the street? Do they lose sincerity due to (over)exposure? Do they lure the passersby into a willingness to listen or into eavesdropping?

Dream Stream

audio installation 2007- ongoing
∞ / stereo/ multichannel

Dream Stream Audio Installation by Arjan Vanmeenen

Dream Stream is and ongoing project which started in 2007 and is still a work in progress.
Individuals are asked to send in an audio letter in which they described their most memorable dream along with their age, location, name and motivation. The dream donors are asked to send in a version of their recollection in their mother tongue and English. Thereby the archive grows twofold; not only a collection of absurd and intimate stories but also a broad collection of languages and dialects.

The accumulation of these audio letters became an archive which is at the root of DreamCamEra (maze installation) and has in many ways (in)directly influenced many works produced under that name.
Since this is a living archive, the content is always expanding and mutating.
The dream-data serves as source material for a series of audio compositions, all entitled Dream Stream.

Rather than using this archive as a string of stand-alone stories, they are cut up into specific pieces in collages - never allowing a donor's dream to be told from start to finish, leaving the listener to fill in the gaps.
The compositions vary in dexterity and length but are always comprised of a myriad of stories and languages, forcing the listener to (attempt to) filter out some of the snippets depending on language skills, interest and in the case it is presented as a multi-channel installation - the physical location of the lister, to determine which elements they will use to make their own interpretation.

Whenever an audio composition is presented, be it as a multi-channel spatial work or a compact headphone installation, it is always re-arranged, enhanced or transformed.


5 min / stereo

A soundscape for Ghent Museum of Fine Art inspired by their Modernist exposition.
Part of the the SOUNDSET project.

Whrilwinds & Wolves

Whirlwolf by Arjan Vanmeenen

2014 Overrite V
45 / 66 min / stereo / headphones

A multimedial concept-album that combines a child's reoccuring nightmare with the inepritude of sensationalist media. Thangling a web of dreams, facts and rumors into contemporary mythology. You can listen to an online version here.

A Sight For Coffins In The Sun

A Sight For Coffins In The Sun by Arjan Vanmeenen

6 min / stereo / headphones

An audio collage made for Ghent Museum of Fine Art inspired by the paiting The Balcony by René Magritte.

Hypn0 and His Klept0

Hypno and his Klepto by Arjan Vanmeenen

6 min / stereo / headphones

A soundscape made for Ghent Museum of Fine Art inspired by painting Portrait of a Kleptomaniac by Théodore Géricault.

© DreamCamEra 2020