Kris Verdonck, Hans De Man & Gabriel Séverin [Brussels]
Between man and machine
Kris Verdonck’s work is usually described as ‘live art’. It comes very close to the plastic arts, but is also very theatrical. In Performatik he presents a two-part programme.
When the evening starts the audience are for twenty minutes immersed in a quite extraordinary sound environment that Verdonck has realised in association with Hans De Man from the Foton label and Gabriel Séverin from the Laboratoire Central. This is followed by a ‘lecture performance’. In this lecture-plus-conversation, illustrated with images, Verdonck will talk about his past and future projects. At the heart of his work lies the relationship between man and machine in our high-tech world. Man tries by means of science to attain the realm of the perfect, absolutely controllable, infallible – and therefore divine? – but this quest fills him with an acute sense of alienation, fear and solitude, of Unheimlichkeit.
In Kris Verdonck’s ‘theatre work’ the characters are quasi-cyborgs, intermediate beings, in transition between human and robot and suffering from being neither the one nor the other.
est une série de programmes que nous réalisons à court terme. Cela nous permet d’attraper au vol des offres inattendues et intéressantes.