EXHAUST

04.05.2024

NTGent
Ghent (B)

EXHAUST by A Two Dogs Company / Kris Verdonck is all about the execution of an internal combustion engine: over-revving a truck engine in a public space until it blows up.

EXHAUST follows the same steps as a medieval execution. The subject of the execution sentence, in this case a combustion engine, is carried through the city followed by a procession to a square where a scaffold has been set up and its crimes are read aloud from a balcony, after which the execution is carried out. The goal of EXHAUST is to bury the combustion engine once and for all. Its crimes are the broken promises of endless progress and endless growth. Violence is subjected to violence, so that catharsis can take place. (photo © da-kuk)

NTGent

Tipping Point & Ce qui disparait se transforme immédiatement en éternité

06.04.2024 - 07.04.2024

Nouvelles Formes
L’Entrepôt Besançon (F)

The installation Tipping Point by Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff  is a sensitive and poetic tribute to those dying glaciers. It stages the (re)birth of an artificial glacier protected by a dome; a drip is feeding the glacier that will grow during the exhibition. The device invites the viewer to attend the birth of this artificial glacier. It is inspired by the “ice stupas” invented by the engineer Sonam Wangchuk and used to fight against water shortages during the summer in Ladakh.
Between a laboratory experiment, an attempt to repair the climate or an ironic collector’s item, the installation confronts us with time and scales; 10.000 years ago, the stabilisation of our cryosphere coincided with the first human traces we found in Mesopotamia, while the fist glaciers are disappearing in 70 years under the pressure of the human activity.

Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff in collaboration with Antoine Meissonnier
Ce qui disparait se transforme immédiatement en éternité explores the multiple questions of climate repair and technosolutionism using artificial intelligence. 
The installation stages a fictional laboratory for measuring the melting of symbolic mini icebergs which are generated in ice before being placed in an analysis cell with the aim of finding the ultimate iceberg: the one which, by its shape, will make a consensus, which one will take the longest to melt, based on the analyzes of the icebergs previously generated.
The installation uses a genetic algorithm specially developed to try to solve this problem of climatic optimization...
Obviously, the starting postulate is absurd, and ironic. Just like the idea of ​​imagining being able to "repair" the climate by artificially prolonging the life of icebergs with the help of a genetic algorithm.

Nouvelles Formes

1 drop 1000 years

05.04.2024 - 02.05.2024

On tour
The Hague, Barcelona, Gijòn

Martin Messier - 1 drop 1000 years, an original performance that reflects on a fundamental phenomenon for the balance of life: homeostasis. The Global Conveyor Belt is a huge ocean stream that stirs up the waters of the five oceans and conveys heat on a global scale. Seeking to highlight the finesse of our homeostatic system and the fragility of its balance, the artist proposes an artistic interpretation of these intimate and global currents that happens to be essential to the survival of our species and its environment.

Rewire Festival
5 April 2024

MUTEK Barcelona
11 April 2024

LEV Festival - Gijòn
2 May 2024

Notwehr - Belgian première

19.03.2024

Concertgebouw Brugge
Brugge (B)

Volver meets Hiroshima mon Amour in this moving story of injustice and hope.

Two women involuntarily share a prison cell: a young activist who was arrested after an illegal protest and a working-class woman who murdered her boyfriend. Their forced togetherness starts tensely, but as the nights go by, they share their fears and hopes. Notwehr brings together old and new music: a cycle of baroque madrigals by Banchieri provides a sort of echo of the past and of the outside world and intertwines with the new music of Annelies Van Parys.

A commission of La Biënnale di Venezia, in co-production with Studio Minailo, HERMESensemble & Muziektheater Transparant.

Dedicated to Maria Kalesnikava & all other brave women who lost their freedom fighting for a better world. 

Annelies Van Parys & Adriano Banchieri - music
Sjaron Minailo - director
Raphael René Jacobs - director’s assistant
Gaea Schoeters - libretto
Sjaron Minailo & Maarten Warmerdam - scenography
Patricia Hofstede - costume design
Johanna Zimmer & Els Mondelaers - soprano & mezzosoprano
HERMESensemble - ensemble
B’Rock Vocal Consort -  choir

Annelies Van Parys
Concertgebouw Brugge


tele-present wind

07.03.2024 - 31.03.2024

Kontejner
Zagreb (Croatia)

tele-present wind by David Bowen 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 mimicked 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.

KONTEJNER Zagreb

Organism at Mois Multi

01.02.2024 - 11.02.2024

Mois Multi
Québec (CA)

ORGANISM
In collaboration with Garnet Willis

Centered around a robotically prepared century-old pipe organ, Organism is an investigative platform for stochastic co-patterning via the sono-ecological indeterminacy of turbulent processes of formation.

A Casavant pipe organ built in 1910 is brought back to life after being removed from the indifference of gentrification at a heritage site in Sud-Ouest, Montreal. Organism dismantles the far-too-clean tones of the pipe organ—that reductive triumph of Western civilization over the turbulence of nature—in order to excite the natural turbulent materiality hidden within the heart of its sound-generating process.

The rescued pipes, along with their pneumatic architecture, have been carefully modified to remove stabilizations which historically aimed to eliminate turbulent flow and its uncontrolled sound world, robotically unleashing timbres unheard after centuries of sonic repression.

Mois Multi
Navid Navab

The Dark Rooms vertical

18.01.2024 - 04.02.2024

secret location
Berlin (D)

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.

The Dark Rooms Vertical
David Bowen

L’HORIZON DES ÉVÉNEMENTS

29.11.2023 - 17.12.2023

Stereolux / Plateforme Intermédia
Nantes (F)

Impetuous, we sought to tame the infinite, to dominate time, to shape space in our image, to control the climate.

Now our glaciers are disappearing. Their disappearance threatens the balance of the Earth system. New Climate Regimes are taking hold. Rather than encouraging us to slow down and adopt the time of the glaciers, these New Climate Regimes have introduced a strange hope: the exploitation of hitherto inaccessible resources and new commercial opportunities offered by technosolutionism.

In his exhibition, artist - éleveur d’icebergs Barthélemy Antoine-Lœff presents a body of work that acts as a narrative to alert us to the current situation and to try to grasp the event horizon.

Stereolux
Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff

Shades of Light selected for the 2023 ISCM World New Music Days in South Africa

24.11.2023 - 03.12.2023

2023 ISCM World New Music Days
South Africa

ISCM South Africa (NewMusicSA), the organizer of the 2023 ISCM World New Music Days, has announced the works that have been selected for performance from the call for scores.
From the Flemish entry for ISCM's Call for Works, the international selection committee chose Shades of Light by Annelies Van Parys.

Statement from the jury: 
"How Annelies Van Parys continues to discover new paths and worlds in her musical language is greatly admired. In Shades of Light, the cello and electronics fuse together very beautifully.  With limited material, a lot happens in this composition."

Shades of Light was created by Séverine Ballon during the previous edition of Transit

Shades of Light will be performed during the 2023 ISCM World New Music Days in South Africa (24 November – 3 December 2023), the first ISCM festival ever held on the African continent.

2023 ISCM World New Music Days
Annelies Van Parys

Echo Chamber & Elusive Matter

18.11.2023

Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences
Meylan (F)

With Elusive Matter, a minimalist light and sound performance, Martin Messier transforms simple wisps of smoke into a veritable projection screen. In a room submerged in darkness, armed with a projector as his sole source of light, Messier draws a myriad of ghostly spaces, architectural shapes and dreamlike images from the intangible haze, juxtaposing light and sound in order to conjure atmospheres both ethereal and soothing.

ECHO CHAMBER by Martin Messier an audiovisual performance in several tableaus, Echo Chamber takes its inspiration from technologies that let us probe inside the body, such as ultrasound and acupuncture, generating a sound composition in which the idea of resonance predominates.
In creating a modular interface of three panels allowing multiple manipulations, Messier has determined the boundaries of the possibilities for the performance of a choreography of sound and light.
He wields long needles as if they were notes from an instrument, piercing through an audio-reactive plate that sets off sound sequences.
Like the ultrasound needle palpating the body to reveal what might be in its interior – a living yet invisible presence? – Messier’s performative gestures are the sources of images in which the body eventually appears, magnified as a transported shadow.

The Echo Chamber device is continually transformed during the performance: by a series of movements and position shifts, an entire scenography unfolds before our eyes. The panels increase in number; the light sources appear, disappear, multiply, and mutate.
Cut-outs of light cause visual elements to materialize in response to the sound echoes, to the magnetic resonances of the body left in shadow, now turned into a shadow.
The panels then become screens in which we see the body’s interior, where scintillating cells are in motion. Window to the interior, the function of the device is reversed: Messier takes us through to the other side, under the invisible skin.
The interface-membrane becomes a passageway, a porous surface through which time is transposed and transforms the living matter.

Carrier of an electric charge, the matter of the body itself is a vehicle, a vector. This is what the final sequence of Echo Chamber suggests: the link between the world and the self, between the outside and the inside – remanence emanating from the echo chamber. 

HEXAGONE
Martin Messier