Wannes Deneer (1977) is a sound artist and scenographer. Currently working in Antwerp, Belgium. His work is on the edge of performance, visual arts and sound art. He creates theatrical objects that combine kinetics and sound. He tries to materialize or visualize sound.
A recurrent theme in his work is the simultaneous use of new and old techniques, supported by found objects. All these different objects and techniques work together to create new sound assemblages or sound collages. Every object is deployed in a characteristic way, adding soundquality to the assemblage. By showing which object or technique generates what effect, the assemblages evoke wonder and curiosity. By using found objects that are all to quickly discarded and replaced by new ones, Wannes’ work shows how our world awash with an abundance of stuff, could be transformed into something else. It creates an image of how all these new and old things which surround us can work together to create new imaginations.
He has created set and sound designs for many theater companies since 2005.
creation of BALK with Ugo Dehaes
Residency at Overtoon, working on Speaking Characters.
Group expo High Voltage curated by Frederik Vergaert
scenography and sound design for Morgen werd alles anders, with Yinka Kuitenbrouwer.
Publication of the album Tuning Things. A collection of tracks and images (by David Suls) on 13 years of sound experimentation. Live with Jutta Troch and Frederik Meulyser
Stage and sound designs for hetpaleis. In 2021 Stage and sound design For Familie Grrr, with Suzanne Grotenhuis, Suze Millius, Rebekka de Wit, Sander Salden and Nikè Moens.
Creation of Stadsklank @ deSingel, video installation about musical diversity, with Aarich Jespers, Stijn Grupping, Sander Salden and Jochem Baelus.
Resident at KAAP, presentation of Etude, schuiftrombone en de zee in 2016 on Privat Tag, @ Raversyde, Ostend
Tuning People was structurally supported by the Flemish Government
Creation of RUIS! @ deSingel, a composition with sound objects, sound video’s and Seraphine Stragier on Cello
Sound- and stage design for dUb, with Karolien Verlinden and 14 dancers.
Sound design for Leeghoofd with Jef Van gestel and Roel Swaneberg. Leeghoofd was selected for Het Theaterfestival 2014
Creation of Tape voor kleuters with Karolien Verlinden, Jef Van gestel and Randi De Vlieghe
Resident at d e t h e a t e r m a k e r, creating Hangaar (2010) and Utopia (2012)
First collaboration with fABULEUS, the creation of Pitsers with Jef Van gestel en Karolien Verlinden and 11 performers.
Creation of WORM, installation and sound performance @ deSingel with Jochem Baelus.
Worked at de Filmfabriek. Created The Singing Well, with Peter Vandemeulenbroecke and Peter Missotten.
Tuning People was supported by Villanella
Founded with Jef Van gestel en Karolien Verlinden the theater collective Tuning People. Tuning People created more than 25 pieces. Wannes created stage and sound designs for most of the pieces.
Studied scenography (POPOK)
Creation of first performance:
Worked with el bambular on bambou housing in Nicaragua
Worked as industrial designer
Studied industrial design (Henry Van de Velde Institute)