The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021


Belgium | 2019 | 10 min
- Without dialogue
Author: Stijn Demeulenaere, Jan Locus
Cinematography: Jan Locus
Sound: Stijn Demeulenaere
Director: Stijn Demeulenaere, Jan Locus
Categories :
FIFA Experimental


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North American Premiere
Brussels was built on a swamp. Today, there is only one tiny part of Brussels that is still officially a swamp. Although continually threatened by development, the area has stayed intact largely due to its location, ensnared between two railroad tracks. Murmur is a collaboration between filmmaker Jan Locus and sound artist Stijn Demeulenaere. Just before first light, they recorded the dawn chorus: the world waking up, the biotope. The animals are roused from sleep, almost one species at the time, and start making their presence known, creating a lush symphony-like soundscape that lasts until the sun is well up in the sky. At the same time, we hear the city awakening in the distance as the continuous bass drone gets louder. The city drone permeates the sound of the swamp, and a strange mix unfolds somewhere between the sound of awakening nature and human presence.


Jan Locus

The long-term projects of the photographer and filmmaker Jan Locus study the complexity of worldwide, socio-political issues. Exhibitions at FOMU Antwerp, Noorderlicht Photo Festival Groningen, Iklectik Art Lab London, De Brakke Grond Amsterdam, Les Rencontres d’Arles. His solo photography books include Mongolia, De Bewegende Stad, and Devoted. His films have been shown at film festivals including IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam, DokFest Kassel, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Murmur (2019) ; The Distance Between Us (2017) ; Confusing Drum (2016) ; Garbage City (2013)

Stijn Demeulenaere

Stijn Demeulenaere is a sound-artist, a radio maker and searching musician. He holds degrees in sociology, cultural studies and studied radio at the RITCS School of Arts (Brussels). Stijn was the curator and producer of the free form radio show ‘Radio Eliot’ on Radio Scorpio. He worked as an editor for Jan Fabre and worked as a journalist for Belgian national radio stations Klara and Radio 1 and for the independent radio station Radio K Centrale in Bologna, Italy. He was a founding member of the improvisation collective Karen Eliot. Stijn Demeulenaere lives and works in Brussels (BE).

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Murmur (2019) ; Listen To Me (2015) ; Nothing’s going to happen to us…, Nothing’s going to happen to us… (2014)

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