11>20/02/2016

Burning Ice #9

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Tipping Points

Man’s presence on earth represents only a tiny fraction of the planet’s timeline. Yet according to a considerable number of scientists we have for some time been living in the Anthropocene, the geological era in which the impact of human activity has affected the climate and the atmosphere.

Over the last few decades it has become clear that our actions are taking us closer to dangerous climatological, biological and technological tipping points, when we lose control and are no longer able to foresee the consequences. However, there are no indications that we wish to make fundamental changes to our behaviour.

BURNING ICE #9 once again brings together artists, academics and theorists and asks why we are increasingly eager to brazen it out when it comes to speculating on our own future. Is it a collective desire for the ultimate thrill? The end of the planet as we know it: could this be the main act of the next decade?


  

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exhibition/installation
Kaaistudios
Kris Verdonck/A Two Dogs Company
11-12-13-14/2/2016

For IN VOID, Kris Verdonck combines a number of existing works with three new installations. Using very old theatre techniques and new multimedia he gives shape to ‘virtual presences’. Together they make up a haunted house where the objects come to life.

theatre
Kaaistudios
Annie Dorsen
16-17/2/2016

Annie Dorsen has programmed two laptops in such a way that every evening they perform an improvised dialogue based on a famous television debate between Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky. An amusing dialogue about man in the digital age.

In English
dance/performance/lecture
Kaaistudios
Sandy Williams
16-17/2/2016

Technological developments lead to a potential new era, that of Technological Singularity. Sandy Williams creates a performance about the tension between our raw, flawed and incomplete human nature and the immaculate potential of a digitised future.

In English
dance
Kaaitheater
Kris Verdonck/ A Two Dogs Company & Marc Iglesias Figueras
18/2/2016

Unrecognisable in his black and silver bee suit with Mickey-Mouse head, dancer Marc Iglesias appears on stage to the sound of Brazilian lounge music. He waddles and jumps, a dancing cartoon. UNTITLED is an amusing and wry dance about a time when entertainment is destroying everything.

performance
Kaaistudios
Gaëtan Rusquet
19-20/2/2016

The raw materiality of the set, the physical sound and unavoidable language of movement make Meanwhile, an apocalyptic performance in which the passage of time and the relationship between man and his environment become tangible.

performance
Kaaistudios
Karl Van Welden
19-20/2/2016

A rain of ash floats down onto a musician and his instrument. Its impact on the musician and his music slowly becomes visible. Sound and vision gradually transform – until finally everything judders to a halt. How does ‘little’ man relate to the ‘grandeur’ of the universe?

dance
Kaaitheater
Maguy Marin
20/2/2016

Nine performers appear and disappear through openings in a wall of mirrors. Each appearance is a scene based on situations from everyday life. The choreography of the piece portrays human existence as perpetual motion.