Call for artists, musicians an writers to compose Love Songs

Written by deBuren on 16 July 2014

Each year, TIME CANVAS is rolled out in Antwerp (Belgium) over the course of a weekend in September. And for the past ten years, TIME CANVAS has been a unique mix of performances, installation art and music, intended to bridge visual and auditory perception. This year, four not-for-profit organisations – ChampdAction, deBuren, M HKA, and Objectif Exhibitions – are collaborating on a special edition of TIME CANVAS.

It's a project initiated by composer Serge Verstockt, and it's called Love Song.

The concept is simple: 3000 individual 'love songs' of 30 seconds each contributed by 3000 artists internationally. Yet how a love song is interpreted can be as complex as you make it, and we hope you will. In total, Love Song will offer a global perspective on the most personal of messages.


Here's how it works

Each of the four organisations involved has selected over 250 artists, composers, musicians and writers from around the world--a total of 1000 participants. During the summer, each participant will be sent a compact recording device by mail, which is easy to use. Each participant can than make a recording of 30 seconds maximum and send the device back (postage will be included with the device). However, each participant will also receive two additional recording devices, which you can give to others that you invite. Then, from 20 to 21 September 2014, all 3000 devices will be presented at M HKA – a contemporary art museum in Antwerp – for the 11th edition of TIME CANVAS.

The 3000 devices will contain 3000 recordings, and they'll be audible individually and collectively. Walking through the museum, visitors will be able to place any of the devices against their ears in order to listen to the recordings. Or, at different proximities, the recordings will merge into unique cacophonies. To aid the intimacy of the contributions, each recording device will be placed anonymously within M HKA, but all contributors will of course be credited by name on the walls of the museum.

We hope you'll accept our invitation to contribute a recording to Love Song, rights-free. Please let me and Pauline Jocqué (in cc) know if you're interested, as well as which two artists you'll invite, and we'll send you three small portable recording devices, as well as the necessary postage to return them to Belgium.


>> Update 21.08 >> Message to the artists: due to circumstances, the buttons have not been sent yet. You can expect them at the beginning of September.


If you have any questions, please contact Pauline Jocqué
ChampdAction [Planning & Project Coordination]
deSingel - ChampdAction/Studio / Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 155
B-2018 Antwerpen, +32 472 21 69 13, pauline.jocque[at] - -



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