For this project the Antwerp based music ensemble BESIDES reached out to WIESI WILL to collaborate on a new project. BESIDES used the broad world of textiles as the starting point of a new series of compositions.
Textile literally means “all that is woven”. It consists out of all kinds of fibers and endless threads. Together they form colored patterns, surprising textures and even sculptural surfaces. Textile is tangible and it tickles our visual and tactile senses. On the other hand music is hearable; it triggers our auditory senses. Couture Sonore brought these two worlds together and tried to make the invisible visible.
Both textile related objects as the material itself are being used as a source of inspiration for new compositions. Together with composer Francois Sarhan, Thomas Smetryns, Pierre Jodlowski, Jean-François Laporte and Fabian Coomans, Wiesi Will researched the effect of felt on the resonance, vibrations & acoustics of sound that can be produced by the electronic & acoustic instruments from BESIDES.
The première of the concert took place in the Maurice Verbaet Center and was part of the textile exposition ‘Soft? – Tactile dialogues’ by MoMu, fashion museum of Antwerp. The exposition displayed artworks of contemporary artists and designers as Kati Heck, Christopf Hefti, Nel Aerts, Anton Cotteleer & Sven ‘t Jolle who are entering in dialogue with artworks of Belgian textile designers from the ’70 and ’80.