LISALA is a Brussels based experimental music label run by artist Pierre Clemens (BE 1970) for is own productions and collaborations. Pierre Clemens is a self-taught composer and performer of his own music. His artist statement urges him to experiment and explore permanently. As well in his personal studio in Brussels as in public performances, he uses basic materials made of personal records (Field recording) or sound archives. He uses also broadcast waves in real time with sometimes an addition of music synthetizer. His trend for discovery and mutation, make it difficult to place him in any category or genre. He is the autor of 6 albums. Already at the age of thirteen he started some experiments with tapes recordings. But it’s only after his studies in Art that he deepened his sound research by mixing tape recordings with electro-accoustic compositions. He tried to fuse both to create some very special universes which never repeat. Self-taught in the acoustic field, he tries to approach our present musical univers with a genuine perception. He is also willing to build links between his sound creations and his visual artworks (drawings, paintings and videos) This research is today still going on. The soundspace is to him like an echo related to landscape image creation. This landscape is not an oppressing reality, because it comes from a very intimate part of ourself. The landscape is a mental image of our soul. The tension between the microscopic world and the infinite space is at work in these electro-acoustic compositions.
Pierre Clemens (BE °1970) Visual artist & composer based in Brussels.
Pierre Clemens’ interest for the idea of landscape arose from a study trip to Athens in the mid-nineties. Back then, in a street, he came across a huge pile of architectural plans from the 50s and 60s. He was immediately drawn to them and took a few with him. Soon afterwards, he developed a series of interventions on these transparent layers, leaving his imprint upon those which the architects had themselves left upon the city. With this gesture, Pierre Clemens lays the foundation of a reflection on landscape as an idea, that is, as a representation of what is visible or might become visible, either through technical or artistic mediation. This simple gesture is also a radical one: it asks the question of the transition realized during the Renaissance from the idea of land to the highly aesthetic one of landscape, a transition enabled by the artist, in particular through his gaze and his pictorial work.