Some news about the current activities of some BD artists plus an important teaser at the end.

Dominique Leroy at La Méridienne, Lunéville

Dominique Leroy is showing his poetic sonic installation Jardin nô at Theatre La Méridienne in Lunéville (near Nancy). First shown at the Galerie RDV in Nantes this installation refers to the traditional Japanese theatre. This kinetic garden is composed of interlacing vegetals and small mechanics on recycled hard disks that rub, scratch and hit to create a sound that reminds of insects. This sculpture is activated by a series of invisible interactions based on phenomena related to vibrations, acoustics and interconnections.

All elements of the exhibition are related and form a complex system – composed of conducting materials, sound flows and resonators. A microphone at the entrance of the gallery captures the sounds from the street which become a real activator of the sound installation.

Theatre La Méridienne
37 rue de Lorraine
54300 Lunéville

From 23 September to 3 November 2017
Free entrance during the opening hours of the theatre.
http://lameridienne-luneville.fr/evenement/jardin-no/

AnneMarie Maes at Tendencies #2, Bozar Brussels

AnneMarie Maes is currently taking part in several exhibitions. Her PH3 – Future Archeology installation is featured in the Tendencies #2 exhibition as part of the Bozar Electronic Arts Festival until 30 September.

The exhibition, which shows the work of six female artists, aims to place emphasis on works which question scientific and technological innovations as much as they incorporate them. It wants to open up the field of reflection relating to these links and highlight structural analogies between the creators of distinct and complementary fields.

This edition is organised in partnership with NOVA XX with Stéphanie Pécourt as curator – an international competition dedicated to technological, scientific and artistic innovation amongst women in the age of the Fourth industrial revolution – instigated by the Halles Saint-Géry/Brussels.

Bozar, Foyers
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussels
Until 30 September 2017
Free entrance on Tue – Sun, 10 am – 6 pm / Thu, 10 am – 9 pm, closed on Monday
http://www.bozar.be/en/activities/129164-tendencies

For all other current and upcoming exhibitions of AnneMarie Maes see http://annemariemaes.net/

Peter Hulsmans at Studio Start

As part of the opening of a new complex of artist studios Peter Hulsmans shows new work in his studio in a renovated former Dominican monastery in Antwerp. The complex is will be housing up to 50 artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Studio Start, Ploegstraat 23, 2018 Antwerp
Thursday 21 September from 4pm
http://www.studiostart.be/

Rachel Ara at Victoria & Albert Museum

Big congratulations to Rachel Ara who starts a year-long residency at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London from October onwards. We look forward to the outcome of it.

Teaser

And finally:

Crowdfunder? Saint-Nazaire?

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The exhibition Flags, Banners and Sensorial Skin by curator Darko Fritz reveals a part of AnneMarie Maes’ long-term research towards the ultimate Intelligent Guerilla Beehivea mobile shelter for homeless honeybees. This radically new device tackles a domain where human and non-human actors collaborate to maintain the resilience of an ecosystem in decline. The project unfolds on the interstices of art and science, with a focus on issues as sustainability, biodiversity and smart materials research.

In her Laboratory for Form and Matter, AnneMarie Maes works with a range of biotic and abiotic elements. She presents her lab as open environment for experimentation, a space for contradiction, criticism and evaluation. She combines organic components such as vegetal matter, propolis and chitine, with living systems such as fungi and bacteria. Her micro-organisms grow biofabrics, and she researches how these fabrics can be enhanced and made useful through embedded electronics and how more sensorial qualities can be implemented in these membranes via living technology.

Navigating between blueprints and Proof of Concept, her objects can be classified as Future Archaeology: fragments of a Forgotten World as well as fragments of a World To Come.

The exhibition opens tonight at 9pm and runs until 31 August

Siva Zona / Grey Area Gallery
Kovački prolaz 2 . Korčula . Croatia

More info here

After a successful showing of Colony – the extended version of POD – at bluedot festival, this interactive sound installation by Alison Ballard & Mike Blow is shown at this year’s version of Kendal Calling. More pics to follow but here’s Colony at bluedot.

Produced by Hogarth Productions. Co-commissioned by Hogarth Productions and Oxford Contemporary Music with funding from Arts Council England and Reading Borough Council.

Bureau Doove is happy to announce it is now working with Neil Wood.

Wood was born in London and has lived and worked in Brussels and Paris since 1995. His work is an intriguing mixture of short stories, poetry, sound performance, film and photography; tied together with essential common elements such as the typeface Helvetica Neue 77 Bold Condensed and narrative themes and ideas about identity, presence, surface, material symbolism, timelines, memory, cause & effect, sound, rhyme.

Wood recently completed a commission for the Paris Metro (RATP) – a 50 metre mural installation named ‘Eh Toi Là, Attrape Ton Étoile’ located at the Charles de Gaulle Étoile hub station. It is made up of networks of printed colourful dots against a black curved background inspired by the nightlife and lights around the Champs-Elysées. Available text (in French) on the project here

In contrast, but in a similar poetic vein, Wood’s KILLER WRAPS® NOTEBOOKS are both useful and poetic objects that are one step on from the earlier KILLER WRAPS prints and volumes or sculptural forms in which new words are created by associating different colours. The notebooks attempt to find a place in between gallery and bookshop in their hybridity and are currently on sale at the Marianne Goodman Gallery Shop, 79 rue du Temple, Paris 3eme.

 

 Alexandra Dementieva, Breathless, 2012

On the occasion of her exhibition 10 Installations at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Natasha Kurchanova conducted a long interview with Alexandra Dementieva for Studio International. You can find the interview here.

 

This weekend Dominique Leroy takes part in the project Modulation, 24 hours of micro-radio in the mountains of the Hautes-Alpes region in France. A radio studio is mounted in open air and transmits locally over one square kilometre. During 24 hours, artists connect to the antenna to produce live experimental music, sound poetry and radiophonic art.

Modulation proposes a unique radio experience in the spirit of the micro radios developed by Tetsuo Kogawadans in Japan in the eighties. The idea is to work with the medium of radio on a reduced scale to include the studio on the environment and create a continuum between production and listening.

The program starts at Saturday 15th July at 6pm and runs until all artists have intervened “or until the batteries run dry”.

Nearest train station is Veynes en Devoluy. Visit https://108mhz.wordpress.com/ for more info (in French).

As an artist Dominique Leroy also works in the world of theatre and dance.

Circuit – the new creation of French choreograph David Rolland is an immersive sensorial experience for one spectator. Guided by a haunting soundtrack through a mobile architecture designed by Dominique Leroy, the spectator wanders around shadow dancers on the trajectory of a real or imagined partner. She projects herself into an artist’s life, imagines looking at a work from behind the scenes, gains confidence and dares a careful movement. In this abstract phantasmagoria, the warm voice of David Rolland accompanies the visitor in her perambulation towards “moments between us”, “just before …”, where there is often talk of waiting or listening. While the spirit is immersed in fiction, the body is summoned to be physically present like the two dancers that one comes across. In a play with shadows and humour, dreams, memories and phantasies mix where dance takes its place.

As a continuation of a choreographic self-portrait, Circuit is an invitation to partake in the precise and precious moments of the profession of the dancer and choreograph. How to be at the same time centred on one-self and keeping the senses alert, conscious of the world that surrounds us. It is with that goal that David Rolland invites the spectator to enter into “a state of dance”.

Circuit takes place during the Festival of Avignon from 6 to 18 July 2017 (break on 12 July) and takes 1h20.

For more info and images: David RollandLa Manufacture and a video.

Château de Saint Chamand, Avignon
Reservation is essential and can only be done via phoning +33 6 69 61 30 00.
12€/7€/5€

 

For the exhibition, Celibatair Divas at Herkenrode Refuge, Sara Bomans has taken up her practice of drawing with human hair. The drawings, with the umbrella title ‘I used to be sexy’, focus as usual in her work, on the fragility of human beings.

Celibatair Divas takes place in a former abbey and focusses on the idea of its original inhabitants who were nuns, caretakers and confidants, but equally entrepreneurs, landowners and capital managers. A bleeding catholic wafer enabled them from 1317 onwards to develop the abbey of Herkenrode into the largest pilgrimage centre of the low countries.

Starting during the so-called Virga Jesse Festivities that celebrate the story of the bleeding wafer, the exhibition takes place in the refuge that was constructed by the absis Mechtildis de Lechy (1520-1548). It discusses aspects like “power, richness, escapism, diversity, identity, knowledge, superstition, conviction, searching, emotion, passion, consolation, pain”. The invited artists, a mixture of internationally established and upcoming talents, are invited to show their vision on the current tensions between the worldly and the spiritual.

Other artists showing work are amongst others, Miles Aldridge, Nick Ervinck, Koen Vanmechelen, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Trees de Mits, Jim Dine, Nan Goldin, Vanessa Beecroft, Peter de Cupere, Maria Roosen, Rudi Knoops and Frederik de Wilde.

The project is organised in collaboration with art gallery De Mijlpaal.

Celibatair Divas runs from Saturday 1 July until Sunday 3 September 2017

Opening hours
2 July until 4 August; 21 August until 3 September:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 – 6 PM

5 Augustus until 20 August (during the Virga Jesse Festivities):
Daily 2 PM – 6 PM and by appointment

at Herkenrode Refuge, Maastrichterstraat 100, Hasselt, Belgium

More info on the website here

 

On the 1st June 2017 Hantu gave a phono plastic performance at the Arts Academy of St. Petersburg of which this video gives an impression.

Jean Delsaux and Pascale Weber stand in front of each other in the dark equipped by a small frontal lamp and a micro torch, the first to follow and give phonetic indications to her partner, the second to light her lips while she pronounces and articulate different sounds into the dark. Behind them is projected a video film of 12m55 on which clouds of smoke appear that correspond with the slow motion of the form that leaves our mouth when we talk.

The scene of this performance might resemble a visit to the ophthalmologist when a patient has to read letters and syllables, while the audience slowly learns to read the breath that comes from Pascale Weber’s mouth when she pronounces the phrase “donner form” (give form).

For her upcoming solo exhibition ’10 Installations’ at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Alexandra Dementieva brings together ten interactive installations.

Dementieva is both a cinephile and a voracious reader, with her interests ranging from classical prose to philosophical literature, from films by Alfred Hitchock, David Lynch, Roman Polansky, Andrei Tarkovsky to audacious psychological thrillers and unabashed horror films. Taking one of these source works as her starting point, she goes on to develop from it, in a typically-Russian maniacal manner, the key questions that were of such concern to Dostoevsky’s “Russian boys”: what is fear and what lies in its nature, both individual and social? Is there life outside the camera’s view and if so where do the saints go who fly away from the surface of the stained-glass window after having transformed into extraterrestrials? How does one gain insight into oneself just by taking a seat in a special brain-scanning object? Are your hidden thoughts as pure as you think and would the fulfilment of an innermost wish bring you happiness or would you suffer the same fate as Porcupine from Tarkovsky’s film, who wished to resuscitate his brother but gained untold wealth instead? These are the questions the artist subsequently visualizes in her own work, such as in ‘Monolith’ (2010), ‘The Unbearable Lightness’ (2009) and ‘Stalker’ (2006).

First of all Dementieva is an observer and an explorer of human reactions which she usually records and stores in the computer memory of her works. The viewer can however be assured that no one, except the artist herself in her laboratory, will ever see those who became frightened inside an installation, those who hysterically cackled or those who, as happens quite often, passionately kissed. Only in rare instances and if required as an aspect of the piece will this internal archive be presented to the public, for example in the interactive installation ‘The Mirror’s Memory’ (2003), in which the viewer, when looking into the ‘mirror’ of a screen, can discover at his or her side those who grimaced and danced in front of it several minutes ago.

It is easier to surmise the source material that inspired the artist, be it Woody Allen or Alfred Hitchcock, than to induce the distinguishing formal characteristics of her oeuvre. However, despite the visual variety of Dementieva’s works one can discern her signature. Almost always there is at the core of her installations an easily recognizable oeuvre of a cult film director from which Dementieva draws forth and brings to light a perennial question which is typically Russian, a potential answer to which can only be found with the viewer’s active involvement. One is however always given the choice to either let oneself be immersed into the space of offered experiences thus granting the installation a right to live, or to pass by leaving it inanimate, waiting for Godot … [Based on text by curator Elina Selina].

‘Alexandra Dementieva – 10 installations’ opens Wednesday 14th June at 7pm and runs until 20th August 2017 at the MMOMA – Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Petrovka Street 25
MOSCOW 199019

For more info see Cyland Media Art Laboratory

Work by Dementieva is currently also on show in Venice in the exhibition Hybris which still runs until 28th August.