Bâtard 2015, Closing the space between us
Bâtard 2015, Closing the space between us

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Stijn Demeulenaere – Nothing’s going to happen to us

Nothing’s going to happen to us... is an installation in which video and sound collide. It investigates how our perceptions of an armed conflict relate to a lived reality. For Nothing’s going to happen to us... Stijn interviewed people who had spent some time in contemporary conflict zones, and talked with them about the sounds they heard, and the emotions those sounds evoked. From these interviews he took one story and asked some sound designers with a lot of experience in designing the sound for action movies, to tell him how they would design the sound for this particular scene. By confronting these two perspectives Nothing’s going to happen to us... wants to research the no man’s land between imagined emotions on the one hand and real memories on the other.

Stijn Demeulenaere is a sound-artist, a radio maker and searching musician. He holds degrees in sociology, cultural studies and studied radio at the RITS school of arts. Stijn was the curator and producer of the free form radio show ‘Radio Eliot’ on Radio Scorpio. He worked as an editor for Jan Fabre and worked as a journalist for Belgian national radio stations Klara and Radio 1 and for the independent radio station Radio K Centrale in Bologna, Italy. He was a founding member of the improvisation collective Karen Eliot.

Roel Heremans – Duet A

Duet Ais an imaginationary choreography for two. Through headphones the participants are given the assignment to close their eyes and imagine specific situations. These mental constructions vary from abstract to very personal. The combination of this imaginationary trip with the spatial composition, constructed by the participants moving around, creates a game of introspection, reflection and projection. In this work the personal reconstruction and perception of time and space (and their connection) are central.

Roel Heremans started this artistic research and reflection after a severe accident he was in and of which he does not remember anything. Only by bringing together the declarations of the witnesses he could imagine what precisely happened. It seemed as if our brain could function as a nest in which reality, fantasy, observations, memories, information, truth or fiction live together and sometimes even intermingle.

Edurne Rubio – The Visitors

There’s nobody left here! Why is it that in architectural photographs buildings are always deserted? Where are the people? Are they about to appear or did they just leave? “A house lives only of men, as a tomb” says Cesar Vallejo. The Visitors is a research project about presence and absence, about the way we look at things, but also about what we fail to see. A research that uses architecture as the perfect witness.

Edurne Rubio’s research has always been related to the individual or collective perception of time and space. Interested in contexts that make perception a given variable and mutant, forgotten or archived, she seeks to associate or contrast ways of perceiving reality with the aim of creating a second composed reality. Her work is close to documentary and anthropology, using interviews, archive images and research on oral communication.

► Credits:
Performed by: Edurne Rubio & Nicole Canneel
Thanks to: De Breucker Family, Els Van Riel, Steven Jacobs, Katja Dreyer, Diederik Peeters, Regina Röher, Yann Bétant and David Elchardus.
With the support of: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats, Bains Connective, Netwerk & Archives d’Architecture Moderne.

Bryana Fritz and Christoffer Forbes Schieche - Sixteen Candles

Bryana Fritz (US) studied in Minnesota- Minneapolis, Essen (DE) and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium. One of her most recent projects was Work/Travail/Arbeit by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/R.O.S.A.S, a dance exhibition at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre.

Christoffer Forbes Schieche, born in Sweden, studied dance first at the Amsterdam School of the Arts and later at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Since his graduation in 2014, he danced in Daniel Linehan’s Un Sacre du Printemps.

They will perform twice during the Bâtard Brussels Festival: Sixteen Candles in the Bâtard Brussels program and The Breakfast Club within the Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek program.

Sixteen Candles “It takes place on a carpet (colors are everything-blue-red-orange-yellow) and sometimes the fibres of the carpet accidentally get between the toes and tickle those ten digits. He says, the carpet is fake. She says, that doesn’t mean we don’t feel it.”
Sixteen Candles (2015) is music and dance, poetry and fabric, projection and color, birds and bare feet – slipping IOside.

Advice: Bojana Cvejić
Residencies: kunstencentrum BUDA, Pianofabriek, WP Zimmer
Coproduction: kunstencentrum BUDA, WP Zimmer
With support from: Vlaamse Gemeenschap

Hana Miletic

Croatian-born Brussels-based Hana Miletić describes her artistic practice as street photography through which she documents the objects and stories generated in the aftermath of the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the global financial crisis. Photography functions as a means of orientation in her ongoing exploration of social reality.

For Your Façades Are Peeling off like Red Onions she transferred the words of Zagrebian graffiti messages from their usual environment and expanded them onto the pages of a book. Documenting these 'writings on the wall' helped the artist to understand what is at stake on a (micro) political level in her hometown. The book Your Façades Are Peeling off like Red Onions (Mark Pezinger Verlag, 2015) will be performed by artist Sven Dehens.

► Credits:
Concept: Hana Miletic
Performance: Sven Dehens
Scenography & light: Hana Miletic
Text from artist's book "Your Façades Are Peeling off like Red Onions" published by Mark Pezinger Verlag

Ola Maciejewska

Ola Maciejewska is a Polish choreographer and performer who lives and works in Paris and the Netherlands. She did dance academy at Bytom and Rotterdam and studied dance theory and dance dramaturgy at the University of Utrecht. Next to performing in the works of Philippe Quesne, Bojan Djardjev and others, she also creates her own work.

Tekton refers to the myth of Sisyphus, but Ola decided to focus on the stone(s) and their stories instead of the man rolling them uphill. In TEKTON, we see around 100 images of stones. Playing with these representations allows to say many stories, no stories, any story, and bad stories— there is always a place for detour, change of thought.

► Credits:
Performance: Ola Maciejewska
Artistic collaboration: Ieva Kabasinskaite,Thomas Laigle,Valentine Solé
Set: Ieva Kabasinskaite
Light:Thomas Laigle
Costume: Valentine Solé
Music: Carl Stone,Thomas Laigle, Rene van Trier
Administration:Sandra Orain
Production: Ola Maciejewska
Co-production: Productiehuis Rotterdam / Rotterdam (NL)
Théâtre de l'Usine / Geneva (CH)
With kind support of:
La Ménagerie de Verre –Paris (Studio Lab)/ Paris (FR)
Centre National de la Danse (CND Pantin) / Paris (FR)
Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers/ Paris (FR)
Vivarium Studio/ Paris (FR)
Montevideo / Marseille (FR)