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Onomatopee 91 / Cabinet project
Waving platforms

Building upon the material and creating tangible work on site, Paul Devens situates his waving platforms: designing and staging cultural resonance and amplifiers. The exhibition at Onomatopee both serves as a small overview exhibition surveying this body of work via documentation and exhibits some works and elements of work, often outside their original and natural habitat but open to shift our sense of space and to capture the soundness Paul Devens sets out for. 

’Waving platforms’ positions itself literally and figuratively as a dipolar field displaying a dichotomy of vibrant idealism and static power. Static power resonates with the surface of reality, as its prescribed minimal living space answers to the ambitions of power institutions or systems of control to which the ideal user is subjected to eliminate his subjective idealism. Not being able to partake in planning creates need and weak social positions, even insanity, disease, terror…

 The surface of reality becomes a waving platform along both the site’s constructive elevation and its auditive transpositioning which resonate and/or amplify. This socially constructive work plays on the ephemeral in order to make our hearing, in a broad sense, receptive.

“ One has to register the investigative imagination of Paul Devens as the active paradigm of investigation associated with the field named sound art. Devens is sailing from sound art, yet his works exhibit a wide range of interests that go beyond mere sonic qualities of sound objects. In his works he intervenes in the urban realm, with an interest in both the physical and social aspects. He employs techniques of architectural production carefully selected from the inventory of shaping physical environment, as well as historical and political re-discoveries. Custom-made objects and creations lie at the core of some of other interventions as well as video projections. Some of these works try to capture or re-capture a social reality, and try to achieve a synthesis of sorts: sometimes one of facilitated and augmented, and sometimes one of a derived nature.”
 - Emre Erkal, in the upcoming publication.


Concept and development: Paul Devens
Curator: Freek Lomme
Editors: Paul Devens and Freek Lomme
Text contributions by: Emre Erkal, Ive Stevenheydens, Armeno Alberts and Rahma Khazam
Graphic Design: Piere Geurts / NN Studio Liege

Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Municipality of Eindhoven and the Mondriaan Fund.



Waving Platforms
Onomatopee 91

Paul Devens

Price: € 12,00    

ISBN: 978-94-91677-13-7

150 x 200 mm / 5,9 x 7,9 inches
164 pages, of which all except for the first four pages and the last four pages are cut horizontally in two, leaving two books within one cover.
Print: Black and silver only
Edition: 1000

Designing and staging cultural resonance and amplifiers to the surface of reality: this book is inspired by Paul Devens’ “waving platforms” that establish poetic opportunities for the unheard: resonating and amplifying its cultural poetics: a vanguard pronunciation on the social and architectural embedding of sound art.

This first in depth publication on the oeuvre of international recognized Dutch sound-artist/architect/designer Devens both stimulates our perceived reality of the audible we’re surrounded by as well as our notion of the underlying social grid. Resultant poetics deeply concern our spatial environments and our opportunities to relate to this holistic sum’s ephemeral presence.

The book is truly unique. First of all for the color tones are solely made up by silver and black, capturing the poetic, techy vibrancy of the work. Second and most prominent is the integration of two separately, horizontally placed booklets within the binding cover. The above booklet captures the works while the one below the theory. This allows for flanked reading and browsing through space and tonality.  

Concept and development: Paul Devens
Curator: Freek Lomme
Editors: Paul Devens and Freek Lomme
Text contributions by: Emre Erkal, Ive Stevenheydens, Armeno Alberts and Rahma Khazam
Graphic Design: Piere Geurts / NN Studio Liege
Printing and lithography: Lecturis, Eindhoven (NL)
Translations and corrections: Mels Dees 

Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Municipality of Eindhoven and the Mondriaan Fund.


© Onomatopee 2011
photography by Nolwenn Salaun
photography by Nolwenn Salaun