MEDEA / They Have Waited Long Enough

08.11.2022 - 11.11.2022

TivoliVredenburg, November Music & St John’s Smith Square
Utrecht (NL), 's-Hertogenbosch (NL) & London (UK)

Composers Annelies Van ParysAftab 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 accompanied by the all-female Ragazze Quartet. Three colorful soloists engage in an intense dialogue on clarinet, duduk and canun.

Natalie Haynes, classicist and compelling storyteller, provides the three characters with an introduction.

"Every time we play this program, something magical happens on stage. The stories of three Greek heroines, retold by three female composers. In this concert we are complemented by the warm sounds of duduk, clarinet and canun, plus one of our favorite singers Katharine Dain."  — RAGAZZE QUARTET

Tamar Brüggemann, Wonderfeel — concept

Lunalia, Wonderfeel, Antwerp Liedfest, Mittelfest, November Music, Oranjewoud Festival — co-production 

08.11.2022 - 20:00  
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht (NL)

09.11.2022 - 20:45  
November Music, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)

11.11.2022 - 19:30  
St John’s Smith Square, London (UK)

Tipping Point & Soleil Noir

08.11.2022 - 12.11.2022

Pléiades, Festival des Arts Numériques de Saint-Etienne
Saint-Etienne (F)

The installation Tipping Point 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 stabilization of our cryosphere coincided with the firts human traces we found in Mesopotamia, while the fist glaciers are disappearing in 70 years under the pressure of the human activity.

Soleil Noir is an invitation to contemplate a luminous phenomenon, a journey in the hyperspace between artificial light (digital) and natural light (a dying star).

Soleil Noir explores the perception of a fragment of time suspended in the life of a supernova at the moment of its final explosion, just before its extinction... The moment lasts an eternity; the long-awaited explosion never arrives. It is perceptible in the air, as marked by this this kind of floating moment that we feels before falling... Except that here, we will not hit the ground, there will be no dislocation, there will be nothing except this presence, at once impressive and disturbing, strangely vibrating in front of us and yet almost inert, revealed by the light. Unless it is the opposite, let it be this shape that engulfs lights; we are not far from a black hole.

By this suspension in the life of a supernova, Soleil Noir reveals the energy that must be burned to keep alive the datas that we accumulate during our life. Soleil Noir exacerbates the fragility of the world and the elements that compose it, about to break, even if they are imposing and seemingly immortal. It is a moment of precarious balance that expresses the ephemeral dimension of our lives, both digital and physical.

Pléiades, Festival des Arts Numériques de Saint-Etienne

Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff
Tipping Point 
Soleil Noir 

Shades of Light (world première)

30.10.2022 - 23.11.2022

Transit Festival & Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Leuven (B) / Huddersfield (UK)

That Séverine Ballon is one of today’s most adventurous cellists is evident from this ambitious programme. Along with the electronics wizards of Centre Henri Pousseur, she’ll perform three brand-new works written for her many and varied talents. Her talent as a composer will also be showcased along with works by Annelies Van Parys and Sam Hayden.

The new composition Shades of Light by Annelies Van Parys is a reflection on the relationship between humans and the digital world. About how digital elements penetrate people's lives, facilitate them, change them and finally take over. This acquisition heralds a new era - for better or worse.

Annelies Van Parys — world premiere Shades of Light
Sam Hayden — world premiere
Séverine Ballon — world premiere

Centre Henri Pousseur & Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival  — co-production 

30.10.2022 - 17:30  
Transit Festival

23.11.2022 - 13:00  
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

The Physical Mind at KIKK 2022

27.10.2022 - 30.10.2022

KIKK Festival
Namur (B)

With The Physical Mind, Vonk seeks to let participants experience the relation between their physical and mental states by applying physical pressure to the body. The installation consists of two inflatable objects. The participant lays down in between, is lifted up and gently squeezed between the two inflatable objects. The lifting creates an unstable feeling, a slightly stressful sensation that is directly contrasted with a secure feeling of being gently squeezed between two soft objects. Paradoxically, this forced physical stimulus reduces feelings anxiety and paradoxically stress and the flight- or fight-response disappear. The participant experiences and increased sensitivity to stimuli, normalised alertness and a calm state of mind. The positive effects of this increased receptivity can continue for a few hours after the experience. The installation evokes empathy in bystanders who witness a participant undergo the experience.

KIKK Festival
Teun Vonk

David Bowen in Un-Script-It

23.10.2022 - 20.11.2022

Kunstraum LCC
Brooklyn, NY, USA

David Bowen’s work is concerned with aesthetics resulting from interactive, reactive and generative processes as they relate to the intersections between natural and mechanical systems. His installation 5twigs consists of five found twigs that were three-dimensionally scanned, printed in translucent plastic, and mounted with the original twig in opposition to its artificial counterpart. Bowen’s work is a collaboration between the natural form, the mechanism, and the artist.

David Bowen

Entities in Panorama 24 - On the other side

30.09.2022 - 31.12.2022

Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains
Tourcoing (F)


The sculptures in the series 'Entities' are performative machines, objects that move by virtue of their own independent energy source. They perform without any interaction or connection with people. These autonomous mobiles are powered by solar, wind or residual heat energy and follow the rhythm of the natural element that sets them in motion.

In ENTITIES #1, two hollowed-out halves of a boulder spin silently opposite and around each other. The motor that drives them is connected to solar panels. Heavy material is thus connected to "light." As with the planets, the sun here too sets a rock in motion - albeit in a different way and on a different scale. 

The ENTITIES series is an investigation of energy as an ever-changing, unstable natural phenomenon. The machines powered by such a source consequently follow a similar unstable rhythm. This goes against how almost all appliances and devices work: they need a continuous, stable supply of energy. Electricity producers therefore generate much more energy than is actually needed or consumed. The study of unstable energy thus poses a fundamental question: what if our technological environment were not based on continuous and instantaneous efficiency and instead operated rather like an irregular ecosystem? 

One immediate consequence of this research is that it goes back to the basics of modern technology. The way almost all machines work today needs to be reconsidered. The mechanical elements of ENTITIES are very similar to Leonardo Da Vinci's mechanics, such as hinges, levers or pivots. This kind of mechanics gives the installations something magical, as if the moving objects are not real, as if gravity does not exist.

One could argue that "performance" in an artistic environment is something exclusively human, or at least reserved for living beings. However, the relationship between performance and unpredictability could be even more essential. When an object and its energy source are completely self-sufficient and its movements unpredictable, it becomes an entity with its own independent cycle. It is no longer just "serving" or performing for people, but has a life of its own. Between old and new techniques, old materials and science fiction, between heaviness and lightness: the entities are hybrid sculptures for a time in search of a new balance.

Le Fresnoy - On the Other Side

Notwehr at Biennale Musica 2022


La Biennale di Venezia
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venezia (IT)


What is freedom? And what are you willing to sacrifice it for?
During an illegal protest action, a young activist is arrested. She is locked up for the night together with an older barmaid, who’s been accused of killing her husband. The two women unwillingly share the small prison cell: their forced togetherness starts out on a tense note, but as time passes they open up to each other. First reluctantly and uneasily, then more intimately, they share their fears and hopes. Sheltered by the night, they look back on their lives, and wonder what freedom really is and what they are willing to risk it for. And if the end justifies the means, even if that means breaking the law. Where at first they have no understanding at all for each others actions, they soon find out they have more in common than expected. Their encounter, confined in time and place by their imprisonment, becomes an internal journey that will change them both.

Just like in Adriano Banchieri’s (1605/1623) madrigal cycle Barca di Venetia per Padova (two) people with a very different social background are brought together by coincidence — or is it fate? — and forced to spend a certain amount of time together in a limited space. And just like Banchieri’s travellers, these two women are ‘in the same boat’... Composer Annelies Van Parys’ music enters into dialogue with the Banchieri madrigals, as librettist Gaea Schoeters weaves the old texts into the new libretto and the vocal ensemble paints a picture of the events that led up to incarceration of both women. The two soloists share their thoughts and feelings not only with each other, but also with the audience, as they comment on their own situation — thus turning Notwehr into a performance that is both playful and touching, light and dark. Staged by Sjaron Minailo.

Chamber Opera (50′)
Concept & creation:
Annelies Van Parys — music
Gaea Schoeters — libretto
Sjaron Minailo — stage

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

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


Biennale Musica 2022

SHRINK 01995 in The future is

24.09.2022 - 05.03.2023

Trondheim Kunstmuseum
Trondheim (NO)

SHRINK 01995
Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body (in this case the artist himself) 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.

The future is
Today, you can choose your social media pronouns and decide how you want to be defined. It hasn't always been that way. It was not until the 1970s that homosexuality was decriminalized in Norway. Sexual liberation was connected to the student revolution that raged throughout the West. It was a time for new ideas and utopian visions of the future. The exhibition seeks to find a way back to this optimism of the future–a non-binary society–where anything is possible and where everyone can fly. What might a non-binary society look like? The exhibition is a laboratory, an investigation, a thought experiment over a utopian future society.

Lawrence Malstaf - SHRINK 01995
Trondheim Kunstmuseum - The future is

Spacejunk in 1,000 miles per hour

15.09.2022 - 28.10.2022

Beeler Gallery
Columbus, Ohio (USA)

The 50 twigs in this installation point in unison in the direction of the oldest piece of spacejunk currently above the horizon in their location. The invisible network of forgotten debris being tracked are spent rocket bodies, parts from defunct satellites and wayward tools launched in missions as far back as 1958. Constantly circling the earth at over 17,000 miles per hour these unseen distant relics enter our physical space approximately every 90 minutes. With decaying orbits the debris rise and set in ever changing arcs. As if compelled by phototropism, the twigs collectively strive in unison bending toward these tiny, invisible, inert suns sweeping across the sky. When the debris being tracked drops below the horizon the twigs all go to a downward pointing position and await the rise of next orbiting fragment.

David Bowen - spacejunk
Beeler Gallery

Residency at Labverde

01.09.2022 - 10.09.2022

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Laura Colmenares Guerra has been selected to participate Labverde - Arts Immersion Program in the Amazon.

Laura will be working on 360º cinematic images for a VR project that's currently under production.

REVERSE (video)