THERE IS NOTHING TO TELL ME is the title of my new interactive GPS directed sound work about World War One.
Three lines of the book of the Belgian writer Stefan Hertmans about WW1 inspired me to create a sound poem, in which Nature has the Lead:
“In the warm air the swallows swirl again, high up I think a see a lark ascending. Higher still the blue, the flawless blue that reminds me of my fathers frescoes. There is nothing to tell me there’s a war on”.
Whilst walking on this nature trail the sounds of the Nature reserve, the sound references to the Belgian refugee camps in the Netherlands during WW I and the asylum seeker centre of today have a dialogue together.
My sound work is part of ‘Sound Routes World War I’ (Northern Limburg), to which Benjamin van Esser (BE), Bart van Dongen (NL) and Gerrit Valkenaers (BE) also contributed location-based compositions. An assignment of Musica Impulscentrum voor Muziek (Belgium).
From August 2015 this walk can be permanently walked in the nature reserve Hageven, just along the Belgian Dutch border (bordermarker 185).