Cooperation with visual artist Eva Jeske


This project together with visual artist Eva Jeske explores the intersection between music and visual art. The book is part I (released July 15th 2019) which includes paintings, a text and a downloadcode found at the end of the book. The book/album presents the reader/listener with suggestions, thoughts and arguments, both personal and philosophical about visual art and music. Eva painted all books by hand which means that every book is unique!

The music is part II and is me playing to 8 different themes that are also interpreted visually by artist Eva Jeske in the ART.IS.∙ book. Every piece I’ve recorded can be seen/ heard like a little statue. The music doesn’t have a common musical form and for the most part doesn’t even have a development that you would expect in music. The music is very static. This creates the possibility to look/listen to it more deeply, see/hear it from different angles, walk around it with your ears, and discover different movements, layers, depth, colors, structures and details.

Every book is numbered and is part of a limited edition (100 books).

It is a journey, an experience, a question, a book and an album!

If you want to order it, please send me a message. Price is 20€ (+shipping) which includes the book and the downloadcode for the music (highest quality). You can also buy it directly at one of our performances or get it HERE

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Exhibit June 2018 at The University of Chicago, Regenstein Library

Perception (Shift) III
Inc on paper with digital photo frame and headphones.

In this work Etienne Nillesen and Eva Jeske create different perceptions of music as well as visual art. The recipient can choose to only see the movement of the musician or listen to it as well as having the choice of listening to the painting or looking at it.

Etienne Nillesen plays a piece Perception (shift) II on extended snare drum which is based on an abstract painting of Eva Jeske (Perception (shift) I. He interprets and reads the painting as a graphic score.
The painting which was used as a score for this piece was not meant to be a graphic score. It was “simply” a painting. But a different approach and interpretation shows a strong musical aspect of it. Some of those aspects are rhythm, density and time. At the beginning the patterns are quite loose and irregular. There are negative spaces – the white parts, which can be seen equal to a musical pause – which are at “the beginning” quite long and frequent. This changes if you continue the movement of your eyes to the left. The patterns get denser, which reflects in the music, meaning more complex sounds, faster movements and less pauses.
Inspired by Perception (shift) II, Eva Jeske painted a second painting. In combination with the video, this became Perception (shift) III.

Perception (shift) II

Perception (shift) I


Perception (shift) III

Eva Jeske uChicago 1