Michiel Vandevelde [BE]
Antithesis, the future of the image
17.09 – 18.09.2015
A literary YouTube dance performance
Images have replaced written language as the most influential communication tool. Technological developments offer more and more opportunities to manipulate and edit images. Where are these developments leading? What shapes our view of the world today?
What meaning do images still have? What is the future of the image? How does this development influence the public mood? In his performance, the dancer and choreographer Michiel Vandevelde puts forward ‘a number of theses and one antithesis’. He juxtaposes theoretical texts with dance based on well-known choreographies from the world of pop music. He describes the whole thing as ‘a literary YouTube dance performance’ and uses reappropriation as a technique. Whilst the popular media routinely appropriate images, words and ideas from real life and commercialise them, Vandevelde literally reclaims them. In Antithesis, the future of the image, he formulates a suggestion for an alternative, transformed image culture.
This performance gives a solid start to the focus in this season’s programme on philosophy and thinking. Vandevelde selects a number of philosophical statements on image culture and technology and literally juxtaposes them with image and movement on stage. This young theatre-maker assembles philosophical elements to create his own discourse.
• Michiel Vandevelde is a dancer and choreographer who graduated from PARTS. His work comprises actions in public space, performances, and the building of various constructions.
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Concept, choreography and dance Michiel Vandevelde | Feedback Dries Douibi | Graphic design Ward Heirwegh | Technique Menno Vandevelde | Text Adam Curtis, Vilém Flusser, Jean-Luc Godard, Victor Hugo, Aldous Huxley, Neil Postman, Jacques Rancière, Anna Siegel, Michiel Vandevelde, Kristof van Baarle | Residencies Bains Connective, Het Bos, Vooruit, workspacebrussels | Co-production Vooruit, in the frame of the European network DNA (Departures and Arrivals) | Co-funding by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.