PREY - première25.03.2023 - 26.03.2023
PREY is a new music theatre production by Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company, in co-production with Muziektheater Transparant and in collaboration with ICTUS Ensemble.
Annelies Van Parys is writing a new composition.
“We are food” (Val Plumwood)
A new humility
How can we change the way we view being human from a radical ecological perspective? What stories help us to better understand the disruptions caused by the climate crisis? These questions are at the heart of PREY. And perhaps our own mortality and vulnerability provide a good starting point for the search for an answer.
PREY will consist of three solos by three generations of women. Each has its own focus: text/language, song/music and dance/performance. With every solo, the tension between the human and the landscape, performer and scenography, becomes more intense and intimate. The essence of PREY is finding solace in the frightening fact that we too are food, that we too belong to an ecological cycle of life and death.
Kris Verdonck has gathered an extraordinary group of people around him for this performance: composer Annelies Van Parys, ICTUS Ensemble, actress Katelijne Damen, singer Anna Clare Hauf and dancer Mooni Van Tichel. Verdonck is responsible for the scenography, a multimedia landscape in which the performers increasingly disappear and are swallowed up.
Tipping Point at Safra'numériques 202321.03.2023 - 25.03.2023
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 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.
NEVEL in New Religion03.02.2023 - 05.02.2023
After each performance of New Religion by Mathilde Caeyers, the audience is invited onto the stage to experience the installation NEVEL .
The installation, which is part of the scenography of the performance New Religion, was created by Lawrence Malstaf.
NEVEL was initially created in 2004 as an art installation, and will be used for its original purpose after the performance. The public can enter the installation to experience what it is like to be in a mutating labyrinth that determines where you are allowed to go.
L’HORIZON DES ÉVÈNEMENTS02.02.2023 - 15.03.2023
l’Atheneum, centre culturel de l'université de Bourgogne & Un Singe en Hiver
The space surrounding our planet is becoming saturated with debris; it will soon be impossible to cross this new belt of artificiality without a shield. The event horizon has turned into a thick, sticky fog. Left in suspension above our heads, this waste will end up falling on us, scorching meteors melting the last icebergs on which we could have still leaned before disqualifying the universe.
Impetuous, we sought to tame the infinite, to dominate time, space and climate.
Like a breach towards an undesirable future in which the human being is ironically at the centre of everything, including his own finitude, Barthélemy Antoine-Lœff pushes the voice of this climate that cracks under our feet, by poetry and sensitivity.
L’Horizon des Évènements is an exhibition on two locations:
02.02.2023 - 15.03.2023
l’Atheneum, centre culturel de l'université de Bourgogne
03.02.2023 - 24.02.2023
Un Singe en Hiver
Soleil Noir in Fiat Lux19.01.2023 - 15.04.2023
Centre Tignous d'Art Contemporain
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.
Group exhibition Fiat Lux, curated by Julien Taïb
Narcissus (working title)30.11.2022
Residency Assets for Artists - MASS MoCA
NORTH ADAMS, MA (USA)
Narcissus (working title) - This installation consists of a computer, a robotic arm with a camera attached and a mirror mounted to the wall. The computer is running a custom trained artificial intelligence object detection model at the same time it controls the movements of the robot. The AI model is trained to recognize the robot. The robot looks in the mirror with its camera attempting to recognize itself. If it does, the computer draws an annotation box around the image of the robot with the label of “me”. When the box is drawn, the robot moves in relation to where the box is located within its field of view. In this way, the robot is essentially looking for and attempting identify itself.
This project will be completed during an artist residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA, USA. And supported with fellowships from the Artist Communities Alliance and the McKnight Foundation.
Journée thématique: éco-concevoir les arts numériques24.11.2022
This round table invites Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff who is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of his work and testifies about his approaches, by addressing the technical and creative issues but also the limits and constraints of this type of approach.
BOGUS I at Chroniques Biennale 202210.11.2022 - 22.01.2023
Friche la Belle de Mai
Is what we see really what it seems? BOGUS I consists of four enormous inflatable sculptures, made out of the black fabric characteristic of the theatre. These automated inflatable sculptures appear and disappear again into their respective boxes. Together, they form a landscape of performative objects. The installation suggests a post-apocalyptic environment, after the end of humanity, when machines have continued without us and have taken proportions we couldn’t have imagined up until now. At the same time, they are sculptures an image of the alienation, the violence and the spectrality of a society in which everything has been turned into a commodified disposable. The size and the ambiguous material turn BOGUS I into an uncanny entity. Or as the Viennese philosopher Günther Anders would formulate it: we are so clueless and breathless when confronted with our own products, as if they were objects delivered to our homes, unsolicited, by inhabitants of a strange planet.
FLOOD at Chroniques Biennale 202210.11.2022 - 22.01.2023
Friche la Belle de Mai
New Installation in coproduction with iMAL, Seconde Nature & Zinc.
Supported by De Vlaamse Gemeenschap
In this project Lawrence Malstaf wants to explore the kinetic and tactile qualities of a large mass of primal matter slowly descending and threatening to flood the exhibition space. Some precision machines try to control and contain the unpredictable and mysterious compound in a Sisyphean struggle to hold off the inevitable. Does it become a state of conflict or an attempt for symbiosis in the eternal drama of order and chaos inherent in both our physical and mental reality?