We were delighted to host a very special stream featuring some of the incredible artists that we've been lucky enough to release on our in-house TakuRoku label this year, in collaboration with Belgium's ever-vital grassroots venue, Les Ateliers Claus!
Les Ateliers Claus is the hub of European experimental music and has been a frequent collaborator over the years, with a programme that echoes OTO's and a shared ethos. More recently, Les Ateliers Claus has been very supportive of our TakuRoku label. This stream is dedicated to TakuRoku musicians who are based in Belgium, performing from Les Ateliers Claus and streamed from OTO! The livestream will also feature a special interview on each artist filmed at the space too.
It's been such a positive energy force and inspiration for us to know, a place like Les Ateliers Claus exists, especially under these uncertain times when now more than ever it's important to stay connected. Special thanks to Tommy De Nys, Christophe Albertijn and Frans Claus.
Floris Vanhoof (°1982, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium) is interested in the hybrid forms of music, visual art, and film. His first projections -experimental films on 16 millimeter- evolved towards purely visual experiences which questioned our viewing patterns.
Inspired by structural film and early electronic music, he builds installations, creates expanded cinema performances, and releases his music. Vanhoof makes his own instruments to explore the border between image, light, and sound. As media-archaeologist, he confronts the digitally-spoiled audience with flickering 16mm films and 35mm slide installations - formats doomed to disappear. He often chooses analog technology because of the greater transparency of the workflow, and because of its rich dynamic range. Cut loose from all nostalgia, he experiments with what used to be considered "hightech."