Jimmy Robert brought five performers together in Bucharest. Together, they perform various choreographic sketches along the road from the People’s House to the Cathedral of National Salvation. It is a queer act of resistance that undermines the power of politics and religion.
To give voice to is part of a research on the female voice. 70% of women speak with a higher pitch than their normal range. The pitch is connected to attractiveness, empathy, innocence, femininity and authority. This video reflects upon the idea of a siren (becoming a siren) through the character of a female police officer.
WORKING TITLE FESTIVAL — Within a series of small compositions, bodies are placed and displaced in relation to each other. Playing with weight and balance, they counterbalance and shape the space between them. In the margin of the performance, Wouter Krokaert also shows the visual work that underlies it. What is explored in one area is reinforced and supplemented in another, across the boundaries of disciplines.
Blind Spot is a quest to find what scarce traces remain of Epp Kotkas, an Estonian artist who was active in the experimental dance scene of New York in the 60s and 70s. Talve combines fact and fiction to tell the story of an artist who was totally unknown in her home country. What you witness is an essayistic memory that attempts to reconstruct an unrecorded past.
What does it mean to abandon yourself to sleep in a society which considers it to be an inevitable illness? Patrícia Portela invites you to an installation of four rooms, which you walk through one by one.You pass a series of paintings, images that pass you by almost unnoticed. While listening to 1001 stories, you are enticed to fall asleep – or perhaps to wake up.
What does it mean to abandon yourself to sleep in a society which considers it to be an inevitable illness? Patrícia Portela invites you to an installation of four rooms, which you walk through one by one. Chef Annick Gernaey prepares a 'sleeping supper' and Antarctica researcher Nathalie Pattyn (VUB) discusses the influence of light and dark on the quality of sleep.
With his visual art and spectacular performances, Yves Klein was the precursor to the happening and to body art. In this exhibition you become acquainted with his oeuvre through unseen masterpieces and rarely exhibited visual works.
Filip Berte’s current project focuses on the mechanism of inclusion and exclusion of uninvited newcomers in Western society. With the use of a camera obscura and a hidden digital camera, he installed a critical ‘moment of auto-reflection’ in several asylum centers. During Performatik he initiates a new phase of the project in an asylum center in Brussels
Feiko Beckers builds pile dwellings in the white foyer of the Beursschouwburg. Inside, he presents sculptures, films, texts, and performances. Each work offers a solution for an apparently trivial problem, but all these attempts fail miserably.
Key figure in the Arte Povera movement Mario Merz became fascinated by the famous Fibonacci sequence in the 1970s. He translated the series into spiralling forms, igloos, and compositions with tables. CC Strombeek is exhibiting the title page and three images of such a table design.
Inspired by an old map of the Middle East – which clearly shows how many cross-border train connections there once were, Dictaphone Group went on a research mission along the entirely disused railway network in modern-day Lebanon. Nothing to Declare is about the meaning of borders within Lebanon, borders with the neighbouring countries and borders in the Arab world.
Inspired by the hymn Say No!, more than 30 choirs and ensembles from across the world have created their own song about conscientious objection and desertion. All the contributed images and sounds form the material for a video creation, intertwined with a live performance by a huge international choir.
Four big screens show a busy street in Jerusalem’s Old Town and the everyday situations that take place there. You hear a voice-over in which Western expats informally – and occasionally even brashly – talk about a culture that is foreign to them.
In this video installation, Els Dietvorst allows the residents of a small Irish fishing village to speak. The pressure caused by European fishing quotas threatens the village’s survival. Dietvorst sets the deeply human individual stories against the backdrop of the wider European political and economic situation.
During the last Insight evening, Andros Zins-Browne is opening a one-night exhibition with work by six video artists. They focus on the real versus virtual worlds, and how political leaders use images to manipulate our concepts of freedom.
The ethical standards with which we treat animals have been the subject of considerable research. But are animals also capable of political action? Philosopher and animal theorist Fahim Amir tells surprising stories about the role of animals in the history of humankind.
In Rabih Mroué’s video The Pixelated Revolution, a Syrian man uses his telephone to film a sniper shooting him. Smartphones have an unmistakeable revolutionary and commercial potential, but where are the obstacles?
Box with holes seeks to explore the relationship between touch and its visualisation. How do we see and experience inter- human interaction in a world where we contact each other more and more through technology? Box with holes focuses on a displacement of the senses, which places the spectator into another mental state.
You see a robot trying to stand upright. It always falls over again, but does not give up. It cheerfully and indefatigably undergoes the process of trial and error, falling over and picking itself up again.
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.
KAOS sent the Brussels artists Anne Daems and Voebe de Gruyter to Het Vijfde Seizoen, a Dutch artist's residence. At the same time, Het Vijfde Seizoen sent its former resident Milou Abel to Brussels. The work these three artists created – a combination of photos, video, installation and drawing – are now on display in the foyer at the Kaaitheater.
Het Theaterfestival 2015 - What would it signify if one were to present choreography as an exhibition? This question is the starting point for Work/Arbeid/Travail. In response, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker reimagines her piece Vortex Temporum for the radically different temporal, spatial, and perceptual conditions of a museum space.