Christoph De Boeck & Patrícia Portela [BE/PT]



Sounds, messages and micro-stories travel through the garden of the Erasmus house, as pollen floats through air or seeds drop to the grass floor. An ingenious sensory network measures the light intensity, wind flow and the movement of sap streams.

Sound artist Christoph De Boeck translates these measurements into sound, by means of financial algorithms like those used by investors on the financial markets. Thus, in Hortus, birdsong and other sounds are remapped according to what seems most profitable at that split second. The garden also resonates with stories by the writer and theatre-maker Patricia Portela, about how we can re-align the imbalance between Man and Nature.
Inside the Erasmus house, texts about a civilization close to its end are read aloud, to which various lecturers respond: Bruno de Lille, Philippe Vandebreuck, Jean Paul Van
Bendegem, Gauthier Chapelle, Gaëtan Dartevelle, Michka Melo, Andrea
Carafa, Maja Kuzamovic and Luc Deleu.

The whole piece creates a circuit that invites us to philosophise while walking, just as the great thinkers did.

• In his installations, the sound artist Christoph De Boeck approaches sound as a tangible, sometimes even visible medium. Together with deepblue, he has made Closer, You are here, Staalhemel/Steel Sky and other pieces. Patricia Portela is a writer and theatre-maker, of among other things the enthusiastically received The Banquet. Together with Christoph De Boeck, she has previously made The Private Collection of Acácio Nobre, which was shown at Performatik 2011.

Erasmus House & Garden, Kapittelstraat 31 Rue du Chapitre, 1070 Brussels
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WE 6|6 12.30 PM (NL)
Bruno De Lille (Collegelid van de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC),
belast met Cultuur / Membre du Collège de la Commission communautaire
flamande (VG C), chargé de la Culture) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
WE 6|6 17.00 PM (EN)
Maja Kuzamovic (FoAM) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
TH 7|6 12.30 PM (EN)
Luc Deleu (T.O.P. Office) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
TH 7|6 17.00 PM (EN)
Philippe Vandenbroeck (shiftN) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
FR 8|6 12.30 PM (EN)
Jean Paul Van Bendegem (VUB), Gauthier Chapelle, Gaëtan Dartevelle, Michka Melo (Greenloop) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
FR.8|6 17.00 PM (NL)
Annemie Maes (OKNO) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
SA 9|6 12.30 PM (EN+NL)
Andrea Carafa (Green Young Economy), Guy Gypens (Kaaitheater) & Kurt Vanhoutte (mod.)
SA 9|6 17.00 PM (NL+EN)
Andrea Carafa (Green Young Economy) & Kurt Vanhoutte (mod.)

concept, sound, electronics Christoph De Boeck | concept, text, image Patrícia Portela | electronics Culture Crew | algorithm Luis M. Russo | construction & design display stands Brian Rommens & João Gonçalves | production Prado & deepblue - Helena Serra, Pedro Pires, Ilse Joliet | co-production Erasmus House | support ZDB (Lisboa), Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisboa), ICAl (London), CML – Green Department of Lisbon Town Hall, Festival Van Vlaanderen (Kortrijk), Verbeke Foundation (Kemzeke), the Portuguese Embassy in Belgium, Kaaitheater (Brussels)

lecturers Bruno de Lille, Philippe Vandebreuck, Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Gauthier Chapelle, Gaëtan Dartevelle, Michka Melo, Andrea Carafa, Maja Kuzamovic, Luc Deleu, Guy Gypens, Annemie Maes | moderators Koen Haagdorens, Kurt Vanhoutte