Notwehr at La Biennale Musica 202224.09.2022
La Biennale di Venezia
Scuola Grande di S. Rocco, Venice (IT)
The blistering inner journey of two women who unwittingly share a prison cell.
Two women are forced to share a prison cell: a young environmental activist arrested after an illegal protest and a working-class woman for killing her boyfriend. Their involuntary togetherness gets off to a bad start, but as the nights pass, they begin to reveal their fears and hopes to one another. They start talking about the things in life that are worth fighting for and how far you can and may go. Their shared confinement becomes an inner journey that changes them both permanently. Notwehr brings together old and new music: Banchieri’s madrigal cycle La Barca di Venezia a Padua functions as a kind of echo of the past and of the outside world, weaving its way into new music by composer Annelies Van Parys.
COMPOSITION: ANNELIES VAN PARYS • ADRIANO BANCHIERI • DIRECTION: SJARON MINAILO • DIRECTION ASSISTENT: RAPHAEL RENÉ JACOBS • LIBRETTO: GAEA SCHOETERS • SCENOGRAPHY: SJARON MINAILO • MAARTEN WARMERDAM • LIGHT: MAARTEN WARMERDAM • COSTUMES: PATRICIA HOFSTEDE • VOCALS: JOHANNA ZIMMER • ELS MONDELAERS • ENSEMBLE: HERMESENSEMBLE • CHOIR: VENETIAETERNA VOCAL ENSEMBLE
PELLET16.06.2022 - 17.07.2022
HISK - Gosset site
PELLET - An enormous sphere is lying in semi-darkness. It’s not immediately clear what material it’s made of or how much it weighs. Or is it a projection? This ambiguity makes it something mysterious and alienating. As a spectator, you are standing next to an object with a life of its own that’s not easy to fathom. The basis of this installation, PELLET, is Franz Kafka’s short story ‘The Cares of a Family Man’ (1919). In this story, the family man mentioned in the title talks about Odradek, a mysterious creature that regularly lives with him at the bottom of the stairs. Odradek consists of a star-shaped spool with tangled yarn around it, to which a stick with a kind of leg is attached. Odradek can talk and move but is otherwise a ‘useless’ object. As with Odradek, it is pleasant to be in the company of PELLET. But at the same time, it’s a disturbing figure that makes you think about the hidden life of objects. Both PELLET and Odradek are examples of how crossing the boundaries that separate subject and object can lead to an eerie experience. ‘Living things’ with human characteristics are literally impossible to identify and acquire something oppressive and uneasy. The alienation caused by objects was a way for Kafka to talk about how modern man becomes alienated in a world of new technologies, violence and bureaucracy. This is also a feeling that PELLET evokes in the viewer: if objects and systems continue without needing humans, what is our place?
PELLET was part of K, a society (2010), a series of ten installations for which Kafka’s work was the starting point. As a ‘performative object’, it is characteristic of the way in which objects and machines are as performative as human dancers and actors in Kris Verdonck’s work.
ACT - A Beckett Evening10.06.2022 - 11.06.2022
In ACT, Kris Verdonck explores various aspects of the relation between the human on the verge of disappearing in the work of Samuel Beckett. ACT approaches Beckett in three ways: with a monologue with Beckett texts (Stories and texts for nothing), performed by Johan Leysen, with a scientist, invited to react to Beckett and with an autonomous scenography, a possible landscape for a Beckett text.
The variety and multidisciplinary approach reflect the complexity of Beckett’s work and are at the same time an attempt to literally take apart this complexity. The triptych of Science, theatre and high-tech show, as in three acts, each a different facet of the diamond ‘Beckett’. They deepen each other’s experience: a particular way of performing brings a scientific insight to life and vice versa, a performative scenography zooms in on the underlying world of or perhaps after the actor and offers a more contemplative experience.
ACT was selected for Het TheaterFestival 2020. From the jury’s report:
“In ACT Johan Leysen shapes one of Beckett's most elusive characters in an inimitable way. For an hour you hang on the lips of a man who gets hopelessly entangled in his attempt to define himself and the world around him. A moving portrait of Western human beings in search of sense and meaning.”
NL & FR surtitles
They Have Waited Long Enough - MEDEA05.06.2022
Composers Annelies Van Parys, Aftab Darvishi and Calliope Tsoupaki create new, contemporary sounds for three women who have had to wait in the wings of the great Greek myths far too long. They shine a new light on these women’s stories, add a new nuance to them and infuse them with new power. Is Medea a revengeful monster or a mother consumed with compassion? Is Circe an evil witch or a heroine filled with great humanity? And what about Penelope’s so-called helpless waiting?
Author Gaea Schoeters found the words that do these women justice: moving yet liberating. Soprano Katharine Dain sings them to life. Three colourful soloists enter into an intense dialogue on clarinet, duduk and qanun. British stand-up classicist and captivating storyteller Natalie Haynes provides an introduction for the three characters.
Oranjewoud Festival - Tickets
Plant drone04.06.2022 - 05.06.2022
Share Festival - Searchlight
This edition of the Festival brings new trends in tech art to Turin with exhibitions, conferences and performances.
David Bowen's plant drone is selected for the Share Prize.
A drone’s movements are determined by real-time variable resistance data collected from a live on-board plant. Data from each of the plant’s leaves determines the drone's left to right, forward to reverse and altitude movements. Essentially the plant is the pilot of the drone. An ultra-bright LED is mounted to the plant piloted drone. Using a camera with an open shutter on the ground to document the flight path enables the plant pilot to create long exposure drawings in the night sky.
Work in progress
Laura Colmenares Guerra is working on RE/VERSE, the 3rd chapter of the Ríos Trilogy.
RE/VERSE is a Virtual Reality (VR) piece that deepens into the complex situation of Amazonia: The ancestral indigenous populations and the biome of the Rainforest are endangered by the extractive practices operating in the region and the commercialisation of commodities distributed to the rest of the world.
RE/VERSE is conceived to generate a VR experience that underlines the tensions present in the territory by the pressure between the local and global perspectives. Where human, cultural and environmental aspects rub with power, economics and multinational interests in a context of climate stress in which the importance of preserving this unique ecosystem is vital for the survival of the current life on Earth.
plant bot (working title)02.06.2022
work in progress
Duluth, Minnesota (USA)
With plant bot (working title), David Bowen is creating a time based interactive art installation where the fates, a living plant and a computer are interdependent. Essentially the plant will train a computer using image recognition. Through this process the computer will learn to recognize when the plant needs water, light and food based on images it takes of the plant. If the plant appears healthy, the computer will maintain a regular water/food/light regiment. If the plant does not appear healthy to the computer it will attempt to aid the plant by adjusting to what it “thinks” the plant needs based on the images gathered. As the computer becomes more intelligent and hence more adept at caring for the plant, the plant will conceivably thrive and grow in proportion. If the computer is unsuccessful, conceivably the opposite will occur.
NEVEL 1/66 Scale model02.06.2022 - 01.08.2022
Tromsø (NO) & Brussels (B)
A new version of NEVEL is now permanently installed in the award winning museum designed by the American architect Steven Holl.
On this occasion we are launching a limited edition of the scale model 1/66 of NEVEL.
Hand polished aluminium
20 x 20 x 6 cm
Edition of 5 copies + 1 A.P
Price on request: firstname.lastname@example.org
News & Agenda May - June 202227.05.2022 - 31.07.2022
News & Agenda May - June 2022
World Première Pianoconcerto by Antwerp Symphony Orchestra at Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent & Koningin Elisabethzaal - MEDEA (organ version) by Helikon Quartet - They Have Waited Long Enough at Oranjewoud Festival - Time Machine by EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble at Linos Festival - Residency at Tokyo Arts and Space トーキョーアーツアンドスペース
EXTRACTIONS 2223.04.2022 - 08.05.2022
A Two Dogs Company
EXTRACTIONS 22 is an exhibition that brings together different artists who work along the themes of extraction and landscapes. The selection of installations, new and mixed media, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, performances and music, sketches an image of humankind that seems to have no other choice than to exploit its environment. Extraction does not only mean destruction, or at least not right away. It can also mean cultivation, making land available for growing crops. Nowadays, extraction has degenerated into consumption, a devastating process that is wreaking havoc at micro and macro levels, from our intimate thoughts to the layers of the Earth. EXTRACTIONS 22 is the second edition of this annual exhibition organised by Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company and takes place in the company’s atelier.
Photo credit © Barthélemy Antoine-Lœff, Soleil Noir, installation, 2017
23 April - 8 May 2022
Saturday & Sunday
14:00 - 18:00
With photographs, sculptures, paintings & installations by:
With performances by:
A Two Dogs Company
Rue Adolphe Lavallée 41
1080 Molenbeek (B)