January 2014

Start of Performing Objects

Experimental research project

Initiated by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Kristof Van Gestel

Involved: Céline Butaye, Bie Michels, Alice De Mont, Marjolijn Dijkman, Anne Marie Sampaio, Bas Schevers, Adrien Tirtiaux, Kristof Van Gestel

Partner: Vision Forum

Performing Objects Blog at Vision Forum to follow the process of the project

Zet object, Kristof Van Gestel

Performing Objects explores objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer towards its users or audience. This project researches different ways artists can anticipate this process during the conceptualisation and the conception of their work. The artworks made for this project will possibly manifest themselves in different locations outside the regular arts contexts.

The project is process oriented and creates moments of (critical) reflection concerning our embodiment and relation to the objects surrounding us, moments of creation, collective exploration during site visits and meetings with invited guests. We create a playful and experimental situation where our relation to objects are tested and reflected upon. We work within an intimate group situation where people can experiment freely with new works and ideas with constructive feed-back from their peers. Besides this internal group process the project aims to develop a direct relationship with specific audiences that will become part of the project.

The home base for the meetings and talks is ERforS HQ, besides this location we create temporary set ups and will incorporate work in various sites that will act as a sort of test cases. These experiments will stimulate and create a base for further discussions and developments within the process of the project.