Terrene consists of four electronic compositions, written specifically to serve as the sonic counterpart to Dutch visual artist Heleen Blanken’s identically titled visual installation.
Blanken’s installation was presented in October 2016 as the centerpiece of the 17th-century courtyard of the Rembrandthuis Museum, Rembrandt’s former home in Amsterdam.
The installation is a construction depicting the myriad interactions between geological structures and the earth’s atmosphere. In a subtle way, the work reimagines the friction felt by the changing perception of what we find natural or artificial in our world. Terrene contains different layers of natural phenomena that play with this friction. The work can be experienced from different angles in the museum. By doing so, it constantly shifts the viewers perspective on the ambiguous nature of the elements represented in this constellation.
Terrene was presented in October 2016 as the centerpiece of the 17th-century courtyard of the Rembrandthuis Museum, Rembrandt’s former home in Amsterdam. The work is inspired by Hercules Segers, whose fantasy landscaping had a great influence on Rembrandt himself.
Peter Van Hoesen composed an arresting music score for Terrene, adding a dimension which provides a textural and audible expression to the installation. The first three pieces are linked to three different layers, whereas the fourth piece presents the fusion of all three layers into one dense, ever-evolving, contemporary electronic composition. The four tracks are named Lucidum, Substratum, Corium and Terrene. Visitors were provided headphones and could freely choose which layer to listen to.
The Terenne score was released in October 2017 on Archives Intérieures.
In collaboration with: Amsterdam Dance Event, Diego Terroba, Doorgedraaid, Erkho, Urbanears.