Ann Eysermans is a composer, performer and conceptual artist. She plays harp and double bass (improvisation and experimental music) within various groups such as Fnussjen, DUO, r.naakt.i and Fenna. At the maker platform ChampdAction, she has been involved as a performer since 2007.
In 2004 she obtained her Master degrees in Muziekschriftuur (classical harmony, counterpoint and fugue) and Composition and in 2007 Double bass (jazz) at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. From 2010 to 2014 she has been working on an intermedial doctoral research: P - TRAINS [Astrin Phosphora]. This research project resulted in her PhD, 'Doctorate in the Arts' [with congratulations of the jury], obtained at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Many graphic scores from this audiovisual project are performed by different musicians and ensembles, both nationally and internationally.
Her unbridled fascination for trains is still reflected today in new tape compositions with train sounds, train poems, images and videos in which moving electric trains and old diesel locomotives appear for various projects. In FOR TRAINSPOTTERS ONLY (2021), a collection of sound stories that evolve and transform over time, one will discover departing and stopping trains as a preliminary announcement or as a sound object that evolves above soft chorales and abstract text fragments.
Her visual work consists of paintings, videos, poetry, photography and objects, which she likes to categorise as 'conceptual art'. All these domains are always connected, with a touch of philosophy. For her, a strong idea that raises questions and generates wondering forms the essence of (conceptual) intermediate art.
Ann currently works at MATRIX [Centre for New Music] as artistic director. At the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, she coaches the creative Master projects within the classical music department. Since 2018, she has been studying philosophy at the Free University of Brussels.
Photography: Philippe Cortens