Q-O2 is a structurally subsidized workspace for experimental contemporary music
and sound art
since 2006 and has its own space in the Brussels canal zone. The workspace developed out of the contemporary music ensemble Q-O2. In practice, Q-O2 operates at three levels: it offers working residencies to artists; carries out projects in collaboration with national and international arts organizations; and holds performances and concerts in its own space. In musical terms Q-O2 explores mainly three lines of approach: acoustic and electronic improvisation and composed music as well as installations and sound art. Through its conceptual preoccupations Q-O2 finds easily points of access to other disciplines.
Anchored to Q-O2, umland editions, directed by Julia Eckhardt,
is an independent publisher of audio and reading materials on sonic cultures, artistic creation, and critical reflection. Its focus is on music and sound art, at the same time seeking connection to adjacent artistic and scientific fields. umland editions publishes materials in a variety of media and styles, dedicated to a diverse audience.