Post-Opera: Swarming Chants

‘Swarming Chants’ is based on sound recordings of various football fans from across Europe.

May 2019
May 2019
11:00 to 18:00

Adriaans exposes the power of this collective voice by turning its swarm dynamics and affective impact into a unique sonic experience, which also evokes the peculiar vocal power of operatic choirs. 

This installation is part of 'Post-Opera', a project initiated and curated by Kris Dittel and Jelena Novak. 


Contemporary art spaces TENT Rotterdam, V2_ Lab for the unstable media and Operadagen Rotterdam join forces for a collaboration resulting in a programme of live performances, a symposium and two exhibitions. Cross-connecting the perspectives of visual art, technology and opera, Post-Opera explores the changing relationship between the human body and the voice today.

Swarming Chants is on view until May 26. The exhibition Post-Opera at Tent is on view until June 30. For more information click here.

Jan Adriaans

Jan Adriaans is a visual artist who through video, sound and performance, shows the idea of a human as an independently operating entity as an illusion. By drawing a parallel with the animal, the set of constraints we are subjected to become more apparent. The human Self; a mechanism without free will, but with the capacity to form narratives as a political force.

Adriaans’ often uses the camera to capture modes of behaviour within specific power relations, in an attempt to cut through to the overlap of social and neurological patterns and abstractions in the emergence of thought. Art can make these patterns tangible and detectible through its aesthetic representations.

Opening Hours & Entrance

Tuesday-Sunday, 11h-18h
Friday 11h-21h uur

A ticket to Tent's Post-Opera exhibition also grants you access to V2_. For more information and to purchase a ticket click here.

Jan Adriaans' presentation is made possibly by the Mondriaan Fund, CBK Rotterdam, TENT, Operadagen Rotterdam, CESEM – Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music, NOVA FCSH – NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Culture Ireland en FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology. Additionally Post-Opera is supported by Stichting Stokroos, Fonds Podiumkunsten and Culture Ireland.


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