Stijn Demeulenaere

Stijn Demeulenaere is a sound artist, a radio maker and searching musi­cian. He holds degrees in soci­o­lo­gy, cul­tu­ral stu­dies and stu­died radio at the RITCS, Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound. Stijn was the cura­tor and pro­du­cer of the free form radio show Radio Eliot’ on Radio Scorpio. He wor­ked as a jour­na­list for Belgian nati­o­nal radio sta­ti­ons Klara and Radio 1 and for the inde­pen­dent radio sta­ti­on Radio K Centrale in Bologna, Italy. He was a foun­ding mem­ber of the impro­vi­sa­ti­on col­lec­ti­ve Karen Eliot.

In 2009 he star­ted out as a sound artist, showing his first instal­la­ti­on SmallTalk at the Burning Ice fes­ti­val at Kaaitheater in Brussels. Stijn is attrac­ted to sound becau­se of its direct­ness, it’s mal­lea­bi­li­ty, and it’s mys­tery. In sound he tries to unra­vel soci­al struc­tu­res, per­so­nal his­to­ry and the uncon­scious ima­gi­na­ti­on of peo­p­le. Stijn works around the the­mes of the phe­no­me­no­lo­gy of lis­te­ning and the per­so­nal expe­rien­ce of sound. Stijn is also an avid field recor­dist, making recor­dings all over the world in both natu­re and urban set­tings. This recor­ding informs his phe­no­me­no­lo­gi­cal research, but he also does it out of a love for sound and a quest for beau­ti­ful sonic spa­ti­a­li­ties. Stijn devel­ops instal­la­ti­ons, sounds­ca­pes and per­for­man­ces, and plays live sets with his field recor­dings. He also cre­a­tes sound design for dan­ce and theatre.

Stijn also col­la­bo­ra­tes with dan­cers, cho­re­o­grap­hers, the­a­tre direc­tors, film makers and other artists. He cre­a­ted the sound­tracks for the dan­ce pie­ces As It Fell by Marisa Cabal and Stav Yeini, and Vartaloiden Kaupunki by Veli Lehtovaara. Together with Marisa Cabal and Georgia Vardarou he cre­a­ted the trans­dis­ci­pli­na­ry per­for­man­ce Sonic Theatres. Other col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons inclu­ded the­a­tre makers, direc­tors and video artists like Mesut Arslan, Pieter De Buysser, Jan Locus, Ychaï Gassenbauer, Pierre van Heddegem and Visual Kitchen.

Stijn is sup­por­ted by the Flemish Community. He lives and works in Brussels (BE).