31 March 2018

Screening: ‘Cast Witnesses’ by Sarah van Lamsweerde

ERforS HQ, Drogenbos, BE

Screening: continuously from 18:30 - 20:30

Link: Sarah van Lamsweerde

Location: ERforS HQ
Sterstraat 10 Rue de L'Etoile
1620 Drogenbos
Belgium

Directions from Brussels South Station:
Tram 82: stop Grote Baan / Grand Route
Metro 4: stop Stalle (P)  (10 min. walk)

Note: there are two number 10's in our street, one in the commune of Ukkel/Uccle and ours in Drogenbos!

Cast Witnesses, image by Angela Lidderdale

The video ‘Cast Witnesses’ is based on a series of performances that took place at Playground (organised by STUK and Museum M, Leuven, Belgium) and the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, in which a group of replicas of Greco-Roman sculptures were rescued from obscurity. In this video-based episode of the project, a small group of researchers attempt to heal the phantom pains of their mauled counterparts through self-designed therapeutic rituals.

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Cast Witnesses is a research and performance-project around classical archeological reproductions. The historical background of a number of singular plaster cast collections in Europe, the antagonism between original and copy and the exploration of so-called touch tours, serve as inspiration for performative research in which both aesthetic and empathic relationships between art and its observers are exposed in all their ambiguities.

Plaster cast copies of classical sculptures represent mostly mythological figures, often incomplete or assembled from diverse originals. Their missing parts are somehow more present to us than the visible remains. Archaeological replicas reinforce human idealizations through time, turning history into a casting call of stereotypical body proportions and gestures: eroded models enter living bodies.

Cast Witnesses relates to these leftover replicas of a past civilization by using the plaster figures as proxies for our collective pains and desires.