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News & Agenda December 2019
David Bowen
tele-present wind
Saint-Ex Culture Numérique, Reims (F)

Until 18 December 2019

David Bowen, tele-present wind 2019

tele-present wind2019 consists of a series of 42 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows, it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore, the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside.

David Bowen

Kris Verdonck
Klinkende Stad, Muziekcentrum Track, Kortrijk (B)

Until 8 December 2019

Kris Verdonck, BRASS ©Jasmijn Krol

Human emotion and the capacity for abstraction are possibly expressed most powerfully in music and the playing of an instrument. Music is also of the gods, from the heavenly sounds on Mount Olympus to the harmony of the spheres that resounds in the universe.

BRASS is a ghost orchestra. The three sousaphones play themselves, and appear to be floating. The machines, automated instruments, are the source of the music in a place where man and the gods are no longer around. These sousaphones were developed by Decap, specialists in the creation of automated musical instruments. They ‘play’ passages based on a theme from the Japanese anime film Ghost in the Shell and works by Erik Satie. Their rotating movements create a slow-motion Doppler effect, whereby sounds sometimes come together and then move apart again. In BRASS, Kris Verdonck continues his research into theatre without performers. Given the increasing technologisation of society and the destruction resulting from war and climate change, the possibility of a world without people has never been so likely. The sound nevertheless has human features: breathing, blowing, ‘practising’ and warming up. The instruments are suspended in a dark room, in a perpetuum mobile – their material gleams, but the body they normally rest on is no longer there.

Klinkende Stad
Kris Verdonck

Stijn Demeulenaere
Le Mans Sonore (F)

6 December 2019 - 16:00

Stijn Demeulenaere, Latitudes ©Richard Youell

Stijn Demeulenaere is a sound artist and field recordist from Brussels. For his project Latitudes he records sounds all over the world, and uses them to compose soundscapes with. At the moment, the project includes recordings from Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Gabon, Romania, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Iceland. The recordings from all these different climates, all these different biotopes, are being explored for their sonic characteristics, and their spatial uniqueness. The database of recordings is still growing. In Latitudes Stijn develops compositions and live sets where he explores this audio material, creating new sonic structures juxtaposing the sounds, or melting them together.

In 2017 Stijn released the first album in the Latitudes series on the Brussels label Silken Tofu. He’s currently working on the second album, aiming at a release in the spring of next year. 

Le Mans Sonore
Stijn Demeulenaere

Kiki Smith

Until 23 February 2020

Kiki Smith, Mother 2012 Bronze, n°2/6

The title of Kiki Smith’s exhibition refers to that particular hour when day becomes night, that moment when the dog must protect the sheep and when the wolf makes use of the darkness to come out of the wood!

All of Kiki Smith's art works oscillate between light and darkness, evolve from the quiet nature towards the untamability of certain animals, enter the world of the night, that particular moment when pleasure and fear come together.

Sometimes, the artist speaks without any taboos of the bestiality hiding in humanity. She reveals our unfathomable fears, what is haunting the depths of our intimacy and what we would like to keep hidden. Sometimes, she juxtaposes fragments of images of her body in disturbing positions or of female organs, in an attempt to undermine the traditional representations of the stereotypical image of a woman.

However, by screaming at the moon, the wolf - just like Kiki Smith - also refers to its strength; that of the spiritual energy and of the unconsciousness to which universal knowledge is accessible. They both get connected with the world, its myths and symbols, as well as with the laws of nature.

After all, the blue hour, another metaphor of this uncertain interval between day and night, is also considered the best hour to smell the scent of flowers and to hear the birds sing. In many of her most recent works, Kiki Smith tries to capture and translate this ephemeral symphony; it’s an allegory of a world in which concord and serenity would reign for a brief moment.

Entre Chien et Loup

Catalogue : "Kiki Smith : Entre chien et loup" - texts by Catherine de Braekeleer, Véronique Blondel, Jean Fremon - 21 x 15 cm - 128 pages - 20€
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