A pioneer of the binaural sound walk, the Dutch sound artist Cilia Erens, trained as a city planner, has been producing sound art since 1982. In her sound walks, sound panoramas and ‘soundscapes’, she uses predominantly unmixed everyday sounds. Erens’ works rely on binaural field recording, a technique which enables us to experience the sound environment as space. To her the world is a series of audible spaces to be explored, each with their own identity which will only become manifest when sound and sight are no longer in sync. Her approach to art making is interdisciplinary; urbanisation and (collective) silence are recurring themes in her oeuvre. She has presented her works at De Appel and STEIM in Amsterdam, Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta, during Sonambiente in Berlin and many other spaces for contemporary art and theatre in the Netherlands and abroad.
Cilia Erens works and lives in Amsterdam (NL).