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Bart van Dongen


During the First World War, about a million Belgians fled to the Netherlands. Countless Belgian refugee villages sprung up on the Dutch side of the border between 1914 and 1918. One of them was Uden in North Brabant. Bart van Dongen has created an interactive soundscape inspired by the theme of refugees. His soundscape can be heard both at the cycle track in Uden and here at the running track in Neerpelt. In this way, he brings together two places on either side of the national border in one composition.

The listening walk is part of the World War I Sound Route (North Limburg) and was made possible partly thanks to BesteBuren and the PNEM Festival (NL). Yvan Vander Sanden (Mute) provided technical artistic support.

Bart van Dongen (NL) is a composer, musician and conceptual artist. As the director of Intro in situ (NL) and the creator of various projects, van Dongen is always in search of new sounds. There is nothing he rejects or excludes; he brings together and encourages apparently opposing forces.

Practical information

Download the free World War I Sound Route app (185 MB). Make sure your device’s GPS system is on and open the app. Then wander around the running track and find out how your position influences the sound.

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