Cooperation with visual artist Eva Jeske



The project together with visual artist Eva Jeske explores the intersection between music and visual art. This book is part 1 which contains thoughts and paintings and part 2 will be the music. Every book contains different paintings made by hand (not printed) by Eva which means that all of them are unique! The timespan between the release of the book, July 15th 2019, and the release of the music, October 1st 2019, is supposed to give you the time to look, reflect and maybe even listen to the paintings before listening to my interpretations.

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 (next performance: July 20th 2019, Kunstraum Fuhrwerkswaage, Köln-Sürth, 8pm)

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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.

More information and thoughts about the artwork here: video-sound-painting

Perception (shift) II

Perception (shift) I


Perception (shift) III

Eva Jeske uChicago 1