Nothing’s going to happen to us ... was commissioned by Vrijstaat O for the 2014 exhibition Private Shelter at the Atlantic Wall in Raversyde. It was shown there in one of the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall. This video is an excerpt of the piece and a documentation of the setup in that bunker.
The piece is an installation in which video and sound collide. It investigates how our perceptions of an armed conflict relate to a lived reality. For Nothing’s going to happen to us ... Demeulenaere interviewed people who had spent some time in conflict zones, and talked with them about the sounds they heard, and the emotions those sounds elicit. From these interviews he took one story and asked some sound designers with a lot of experience in designing the sound for action movies, to tell him how they would design the sound for this particular scene. By confronting these two perspectives Nothing’s going to happen to us ... wants to research the borders between imagined emotions on the one hand and real memories on the other. Between an artificial ‘presentation’ of danger, and an authentic, lived memory of it.
At the same time the installation also refers to Flanders own history by using the sound of exploding WWI and WWII bombs. To this day DOVO, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group of the Belgian army, still finds and neutralises around 3000 bombs per year from both world wars. They are sitting in the soiled, as a silent memorial. The installation also refers to contemporary conflicts by also using sounds from conflict zones as Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq, amongst others. The sounds of these battlefields aren’t heard directly, but are modulating the voices of the people speaking, enforcing a chaotic framework on the memories and perceptions of the testimonies.
Between these three very distinct versions of reality, the listener’s own Private Shelter takes shape.
Nothing's going to happen to us... (stereo version) was nominated for the Discovery Prize 2016 at the LOOP Barcelona Festival. The installation version was a finalist at the 2016 European Sound Art Award in Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl.
Production: Vrijstaat O
Co-production: Pianofabriek Arts Lab
Sound recordings by Stijn Demeulenaere and Daniel Demoustier
Video colorisation: Sam Vanoverschelde
Thanks to: Sam Vanoverschelde, Jolien Colpaert, Daniel Demoustier, Arnout Colaert, Charles Maynes, Leen Lacroix, Erik Nerinckx, Hendrik Tratsaert, Kerlijn Van der Cruyssen, Mathieu De Meyer, Provinciaal Domein Raversyde, Visual Kitchen, Overtoon, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek Arts Lab and DOVO.