Karl Van Welden

The Volcano Notes

Gouvernement - Classical, Concert, Expo, Performance, Installation

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Karl Van Welden is an artist whose work is centered upon his cycle United Planets. Using the planets in our solar system as anchor points he questions the relationship between the small man and the universe. So far he has created a diverse, but consistent body of artwork and performance art.

This exhibition gives an insight in the work that surrounds Karl Van Welden his MARS series, amongst others 'A Fall'. In this installation/performance he stages a disaster scenario for a single object. A self-made vinyl record is turning on a turntable in a closed room. A rain of ash slowly descends. The whole scene gradually turns dark grey, until the music and movement come to a halt. What remains is a fragile, purposeless object in a monochrome landscape.

The exhibition 'The volcano notes' is also the occasion to release his double vinyl 'MARS II', music for automated piano, pianist Frederik Croene and ash. At the same time Timo van Luijk & Frederik Croene present their new album 'Fortune de Mer'.



1) Karl Van Welden (ft. Frederik Croene): 'MARS II - vinyl’ (Metaphon 2LP - Metaphon 007)

'MARS II, the vinyl' contains the music composed for 'MARS II', the performance. Karl Van Welden explores the impact of volcanic ash on the performance of pianist Frederik Croene and the sound he produces, playing on an automated piano.

'MARS II' examines the moment of a catastrophe and a pianist’s reactions to drastic changes in his environment. At the outset volcanic ash particles fall gently and harmlessly. After a while the dark volcanic ash rains down exponentially on the musician and his instrument, transforming the sound and the image slowly but surely. An exploration of the contrasting effects between a moment of bliss, the striking of a disaster and that which remains afterwards. 'MARS II, the vinyl' is an edition of 300 copies, numbered and signed. The first 10 are accompanied by 'The Volcano Prints', a limited, numbered and signed series of 3 prints.

Metaphon: As a record label Metaphon mainly focuses on releasing archival and previously unreleased sound work by Belgian electronic music composers and remarkable sound artists. Metaphon endeavours to uncover these hidden treasures.

2) Timo van Luijk & Frederik Croene : 'Fortune de Mer’ (La Scie Dorée LP - Scie 1818)

It has been 10 years since Timo Van Luijk and Frederik Croene released their first album 'Voile au Vent'. They kept working together occasionally until they barked upon 'Fortune de Mer', a sequel that crystallizes the core of their language into sparse instrumentation and dramatic plot points.


Additional information

Thu 15.03 // 18:00 opening expo // 20:00 performance 'A Fall'

Fri 16.03 // 14:00 expo // 21:00 releaseconcerts, line-up: Timo van Luijk (Af Ursin) / Pieces from Cul-de-Sac - Frederik Croene / Part IIII from 'MARS II' - Frederik Croene & Karl Van Welden

Sat 17.03 // 11:00-18:00 expo