The Japanese expression Mono no aware describes an intense awareness of the transience and impermanence of life. This world view allows for cherishing both the beauty and fragility of the temporary, as well as the melancholy of the ephemeral. Hanami – the admiration and appreciation of the sakura (the cherry blossom) and its transience - is an example of this. Mono no aware also reflects the circle of life.
Stef Van Alsenoy recognises all these elements in the dynamics and beauty of clouds: in how they are formed, how they evolve and how they eventually dissipate into nothing. His minimalist photography only has room for the essence, the power and the finiteness of clouds.
As a sound designer, Stef Van Alsenoy has created soundscapes for, among others, photographer Stephan Vanfleteren and theatre maker Kris Verdonck. He has recorded thousands of concerts at Brussels’ Ancienne Belgique concert hall, for broadcast on radio and TV. And he has mixed music for acts such as Faithless, Iggy Pop, Roisin Murphy, Daan and Axelle Red.
In his exhibition Mono no aware Stef Van Alsenoy combines his photography with his sonic perspective as a sound designer. In his work both art forms are perfectly complementary; they inspire, interact with, and enhance each other. The soundscapes he has created for this series give the photos a minimalistic acoustic dimension.