As a consequence of the pandemic, only one edition of Brief Encounters could be scheduled for 2021. The edition in May had to be cancelled , the September edition will present three event sculptures that indirectly address aspects related to Covid-19, although they were not conceived as such.
Malin Bülow (SE)
DAY Collective (PL/RU)
David Rickard (NZ)
Curators: Chris Driessen & Steven Vandervelden (director STUK and Playground, Louvain (BE))
Early bird tickets with discount are available until 18 June.
Malin Bülow (b. Sweden, 1979, lives and works in Oslo) mixes performance art and installation. In her elastic, contemporary works, she uses dancers clad head to toe in Lycra body stockings to create tension and movement throughout the designated space.
Specially for Brief Encounters, she has conceived the work Strained Resilience. “The installation I am planning for Brief Encounters is a long textile wall, consisting of two sides made up of semi-transparent elastic Lycra attached to a stainless-steel skeleton that runs along one of the long avenues of beech trees. In cooperation with five dancers, I want to create a borderless zone where inside and outside merge and where the giant mutual porous membrane structure seems to dissolve as the performers press their bodies – skin, limbs, extremities and facial features – against the membrane in acts meant to create an overall meditative elongated landscape."
DAY Collective is an artistic duo consisting of Dorota Radzimirska (PL, 1985) and Yulia Ratman (RU, 1988), both based in Amsterdam. Their works are conceptual and span multiple media, including performance, sculpture, drawing, video and photo pieces. DAY’s work deals with relations between people as well as between people and their environment in modern societies, characterised by lack of trust, categorisation, alienation, disconnection from nature and from ourselves.
Tête-a-Tête Triptych is a participatory performance, during which 2-5 participants and 2 artists (DAY Collective) converse through drawing on themselves, using their own skin as a medium for a dialogue. The drawing tools: eco-cosmetic pencils. There is only one rule: no talking. Within Tête-à-Tête Triptych new modes of language, based on intuition, silence, imagination, and inclusion, unfold.
The performance is set up for three different contexts: online, art space and public space. At Brief Encounters ‘21 DAY finish their triptych with a performance in public space. Silence will prevail.
David Rickard (b. NZ, 1975, lives and works in London) will be performing the poetic and exhausting 24-hour work Exhaust (2011–2021) in a natural setting for the first time.
On Saturday 4 September at 4pm, the artist will sit on a chair among the trees and ferns of De Oude Warande and, for a period of 24 hours, use an oxygen mask to collect all the air he exhales in an ever-expanding installation of aluminium foil balloons. Depending on the moment when visitors enter the park, they will find a differently sized silver tower piling up above and behind the artist and gently swaying in the wind. The balloons contain the air that is needed for our daily survival. According to scientists, adult males inhale and exhale roughly 11 litres of air a day. At the same time, the balloons literally show the space that we consume every day simply by living.
The public will be invited to view this changing work on both 4 and 5 September.
These three event sculptures, thematically closely connected in their investigation of the contents of the body and interaction, while at the same time strongly contrasting in their specific concepts, form, colour and tempo, are ideally suited for visitors to move between the three. The combination of these event sculptures will be both breathtaking and spectacular.
David Rickard’s work will start on Saturday 4 September, while the works of Malin Bülow and DAY Collective will be performed only on Sunday 5 September.