ISOS / INTERCAL01.06.2021 - 18.06.2021
La Comédie de Reims
Civilized life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly.The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us. (J.G. Ballard)
Kris Verdonck makes in ISOS reference to the world and characters depicted in the apocalyptic science-fiction novels by James Graham Ballard (GB, 1930-2009). Ballard portrays in his Magic Realistic stories and autobiographical works, intelligent and visionary descriptions of a future world which increasingly resembles our contemporary neoliberal society. ISOS consists of 3D videos shown in nine view-boxes where virtual sculptures perform in the strained socio-political situation that is called suburbia. The audio-visual installation acts as a short film edited in the viewer's imagination.
Kris Verdonck explores in his work the boundaries between visual arts and theatre, installation and performance, dance and architecture. Verdonck's artistic practice deals with the confusion of human kind in an estranged world, due to technological development. Man and machine are set in a post-apocalyptic world where the tension between living species and dead matter creates an atmosphere of Unheimlichkeitor eeriness. One of the leitmotivs through Verdonck's oeuvre is the ‘current state of the world’ - with its environmental problems, ecological disasters and wars.
RIOS // CAQUETÁ - JAPURÁ & JURUÁ in 'Code is Law'09.01.2021 - 28.02.2021
CENTRE WALLONIE BRUXELLES
Ríos is a series of sculptures based on the topography of the Amazon Basin; they explore the relationship between language, specifically in social media, and the construction of territory in visual, symbolic and conceptual terms. The project introduces a reading of the Amazons basin’s topography based on observation and analysis of metadata - hashtags from social media, in combination with geo-referenced information related to socio-environmental issues associated with the basin’s territory.
Ríos proposes a series of speculative cartographies that rise from a digital process of hybridisation of Amazonia related data. The cartographical work produced in Ríos materializes as a series of thirteen sculptures. Each sculpture is based on topographic data from a territory delimited by the principal subbasins conforming the extensive Amazonian basin and by the main tributary rivers feeding the Amazons River: Tocantins, Xingu, Tapajós, Madeira, Purus, Ucayali, Marañón, Napo, Putumayo -Içá, Caquetá -Japurá, Juruá, Negro, Trombetas.Read More
Tele-Present Wind at PRECTXE Festival07.11.2020 - 13.12.2020
tele-present wind consists of a series of 126 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.
The sensor is installed in an outdoor location adjacent to the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the University of Minnesota. Thus the individual components of the installation moved in unison as they mimick the direction and intensity of the wind halfway around the world. As it monitored and collected real-time data from this remote and distant location, the system relayed a physical representation of the dynamic and fluid environmental conditions.
EXIT - IN - BRASS - MASS #2 at SPRING Festival28.10.2020 - 09.11.2020
SPRING in Autumn
IN, MASS#2, BRASS: CANCELLED
EXIT is the title of a research project that Kris Verdonck carried out together with dancer and choreographer Alix Eynaudi.
The basis of this project is a question: in a traditional theatre set-up, using all the media at the theatre’s disposal (lighting, sound, movement, language, images, stage design, etc.), what influence can we have on the sensory perceptions of an audience? To what extent are artists capable of manipulating the spectator’s consciousness (and subconscious) using these theatrical means?
In IN (2003) a performer remains motionless in a display window filled with water. The distortion to the performers' senses caused by the environment causes a state of trance. The sounds of breathing and movement are amplified by microphones.
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.
MASS #2 by Kris Verdonck is a poetic, moving landscape. A graphite-grey mass flows slowly as if it was water. The matter appears light and yet heavy at the same time. And, as if tectonic plates are interacting, the spectator sees mountains and valleys created before his eyes, only to dissolve in the next instant. A living landscape, geology in a time-lapse.
Shrink at BOZAR Open Air17.10.2020
Place Baron Horta, Brussels (B)
Shrink 01995 - Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body.
Performances at 19:00 & 20:30
STILLS IV & V at Bozar Open Air17.10.2020
BOZAR, Brussels (B)
The STILLS consist of gigantic projections: naked, voluminous human figures, imprisoned in a space which is much too small for them. They sometimes move slightly, seeking the most comfortable position in which to bear their uncertain situation.
STILLS IV & V are being shown for the first time in Brussels.
IN at Kanal Centre Pompidou17.10.2020 - 18.10.2020
KANAL Centre Pomidou
In IN (2003) a performer remains motionless in a display window filled with water. The distortion to her senses caused by the environment she is in makes her go into a trance. The sounds of her breathing and movement are amplified by microphones.
Saturday 17 October 2020: 14:00 - 15:00 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sunday 18 October 2020: 14:00 - 15:00 - 17:00 - 18:00
Tristan and Isolde at Folkoperan14.10.2020 - 31.10.2020
Probably Wagner’s most beautiful and most sensuous composition, Tristan and Isolde, will premiere at Folkoperan, Stockholm (SE) on the 14th and 15th of October 2020. Linus Tunström will make his directing debut on the opera stage with this production, Wagner’s epoch-defining opera whose urgent tones propel a drama as powerful as the urgency of the love it describes.
Marit Strindlund's musical concept aim to present a sonorous, younger, warm and open sound world, with a lightness of touch. This allows us to use young but large voices., which all have access to both lyrical as well as dramatic colours. To make this happen Folkoperan has commissioned a creative orchestra arrangement, for 25 musicians, made by composer Annelies van Parys.
Tele-present wind at Maintenant Festival02.10.2020 - 04.11.2020
Le Pont des Arts, Rennes (F)
tele-present wind - This installation 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.