Annabel Schouten

Annabel Schouten combines music with landscape

Annabel Schouten is actief als music landscape artist, sound inventor, instrument composer. In 2021 studeerde ze af aan de HKU - Muziek en Performance. Zij ziet haar werk als middel voor het creëren van ontmoetingen met anderen en de natuur, om publiek te prikkelen zich open te stellen, te luisteren en bewust te worden van de omgeving. Met kunst als instrument merkt ze dat haar werk op een natuurlijke manier bijdraagt aan  de maatschappij - het leven - de evolutie.

During my studies I had been meaning to find out what and who I wanted to become as a professional. In the hope that by finding my profession I would be able to find out how to contribute to society - life - evolution.

I remember a very clear moment with my teacher Albert van Veenendaal in which we came to the conclusion that I wasn't able to categorize myself in a certain way. I could recognize elements of the following professions: sound artist, director, musician, artistic researcher, conceptual artist, composer, initiator, performance artist, improviser, community artist, inventor... But all of these only partly fit me. I started to realize there is power in not being able to categorize oneself: by not 'being' something I created the opportunity to be and become anything, whatever - whenever I wanted, whatever - whenever would be needed. By realizing this I could allow myself to even be or become something beyond the things that already existed. I came up with a few new titles for myself: music landscape artist, sound inventor, instrument composer 

Of course these titles do not define me, I still see myself as an undefined professional, kindly leaving myself the space to think and create beyond - even my own - definitions. 

After the point of no return, the conversation with Albert and the evolution it triggered in me, I began to understand that the reasons why I wanted to create were more relevant to me than what I was creating. For as the work has a value beyond the actual work itself. The work became a tool to meet nature, to meet strangers, to listen, to open and to become aware. From the moment I started to see art as a tool I noticed the things I made naturally contributed to society - life - evolution.