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.

performance/lecture
Kaaitheater
Lieven De Cauter & Isabelle Stengers
15/2/2016

Imminent climatological, political and ideological tipping points raise the question: are we literally ‘falling out of history’? Philosopher/activist Lieven De Cauter talks with philosopher Isabelle Stengers.

In English
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 & Julien Monty
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
video
Kaaistudios
Tim Etchells
16-20/2/2016

During BURNING ICE #9 British artist and writer Tim Etchells (artistic director of Forced Entertainment) showcases four captivating videos at the Kaaistudio's: So Small, Erasure, Paint it Black and Live Forever.

installation
Kaaistudios
Lawrence Malstaf
16-20/2/2016

During BURNING ICE #9 Lawrence Malstaf presents an adapted version of Tipping Point. A large water-filled disc carefully balances on top of a steel support, tilting up and down. An air bubble slowly travels around, disrupting the disc’s balance.

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.

exhibition/installation
Kaaitheater
Lieven De Cauter
18-20/2/2016

Beside his opening lecture and meeting with philosopher Isabelle Stengers on Monday, February 15th, Lieven De Cauter also made an installation under the title Welcome to Post-History. The installation can be visited till Saturday February 20th in the foyer of the Kaaitheater.

debate
Workspacebrussels, O.L.V. Van Vaakstraat 83, 1000 Brussels
Jaakko Pallasvuo
19/2/2016

In the framework of Kaaitheater's Burning Ice festival, visual artist Jaakko Pallasvuo will organize a Worktable around the vague feeling that our civilization is approaching its end. An invitation to think about refusal as a form of practice, to meditate on radical artworld quitters like Lee Lozano and Charlotte Posenenske.

In English
theatre/performance
Kaaistudios
Orion Maxted
19-20/2/2016

Young theatre maker Orion Maxted builds a performance machine. Humans take the role of the different machine parts – applying a simple algorhythm, they transform each other’s words and gestures into complex structures.

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book presentation
Kaaitheater
Federico Demaria & Paul De Grauwe
19/2/2016

Oikos presents the Dutch translation of Degrowth, the standard work on this topic. Prof. Paul De Grauwe (London School of Economics) engages in discussion with Federico Demaria, editor of the book.

In English
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. This show has been rescheduled to season 2016-17 due to planning problems.

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.