Stijn Demeulenaere and the Third Guy – Everybody Lives Here

Stijn Demeulenaere and the Third Guy – Everybody Lives Here

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Photo credits Sanja Bistricic Srica for KONTEJNER

Stijn Demeulenaere and The Third Guy duo present Everybody Lives Here, a project where field recordings and musical instruments interact with the natural sonic environment of a place.

The Third Guy duo are percussionist Ruben Orio and guitarist Primož Sukič. Together with sound artist Stijn Demeulenaere they immerse themselves in the sound of a place: through real time interaction the three performers create layers of sounds, interacting with each other in a multiple trialog, bound between time and the space.

With Everybody Lives Here they want to create a performance that explores the sound of spaces. Working with the sound of a place, adding their own sounds to it, and using them to highlight the auditory identity of the spaces they play in. Through an interaction between the three performers and the audience, the idea is to create a sound environment that explores the sonic being of places, their acoustics, their soundscape and the listening of the audience and the performers.

For each performance the artists develop a new score, based on a series of approaches they developed together and tailor-made to the performance space. Among the techniques they are using are a re-recording of the space, live miking of the inside and outside of the performance floor, manipulating the space by playing with doors, windows and in general moving things around, and of course their own playing. Everybody Lives Here is an exercise in listening, to each other, to the place and how they, the performers, and audience alike embody the space, or how the space embodies them.
The research for the performance began in 2023 and continues with every new performance.

This iteration of Everybody Lives Here was developed and commissioned by KONTEJNER, as part of New Perspectives for Action, a project by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the European Union.

Makers: Stijn Demeulenaere, Ruben Orio, Primož Sukič
Production: Kunstenwerkplaats
Co-production: C-Takt, Musica, KONTEJNER, Wilde Westen
In collaboration with: De Grote Post, SMOG, Zavod Sploh, GMEA
Supported by: The Flemish Community, The Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region

With the help of: Karlien Vanhoonacker, Eva Welkenhuyzen, Lieve Demin, Tom De Cock, Davorka Begović, Viktor De Greef, Daniel Demoustier, Ioana Mandrescu, Hugo Bergs, Frédéric Van de Velde, Sam Serruys, Tomaž Grom, Clara Levy, Lore Sommereyns, Roosje Mestdagh, and the crews at Kunstenwerkplaats, C-Takt, Musica, De Grote Post, Wilde Westen, Zavod Sploh, GMEA, and SMOG.

Gibanja Festival by KONTEJNER