W hole
Meryem Bayram / Hans Demeulenaere

14 December 2019 @ TIQUE I art space, Antwerp (BE)
For years artists Meryem Bayram and Hans Demeulenaere have been working with the posibilities of space. ‘W hole’ is their first collaboration. Starting point was their shared fascination for objects and their relation to their environment. During a six week residency at Frans Masereel Centrum and a two week residency by Bayram at workspacebrussels, the artists collected various objects with holes, ranging from a chair to a piece of jute webbing. With the intention of bringing them together in an artist book, a whole.

Demeulenaere worked with 26 ‘punctured’ objects and their silhouettes. Experiments in the silk screen studio resulted in a play between figuration and abstraction common in his work. Demeulenaere likes to question our perception by isolating objects from their context. So does Bayram, albeit in a different ways. She researches the performative qualities of objects in motion and their relationship to human beings.
An artist book thus becomes the possible point of departure for a performance, an instrument or script that she or other artists can work with.

Originally it was Bayram and Demeulenaere’s intention to make a book together, but they quickly found that to be an uninteresting approach. It felt more natural to work on their own terms and then combine the results. The outcome is a beautiful artist edition in two parts.

This is a limited edition of five copies. It will be presented and offered for sale at Tique | art space on 14 December 2019 at 17:00.
Introduction: short interview with the artists by Liesbet Waegemans.

Concept Meryem Bayram & Hans Demeulenaere Production Platform 0090 Coproduction Tique | art space, Workspacebrussels, Frans Masereel Centrum With the support of The Flemish Government

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Clément Layes
12, 13, 14, 15 December 2019 @ Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)   
How can we find freedom when we are subjected to 'blind' machinery? How can we avoid becoming subservient to these systems? How can we preserve areas of the unknown in which we aren't defined by external factors?
ONON builds an allegory of our time: a half human, half mechanical system that offers the opportunity to consider what it means to be a 'structured human'.
ONON playfully explores the fine line between the stability of existing structures and the simultaneously fragile and strong human inside of them. Material and digital systems determine today's world more and more. To not become subject to these systems, we have to deal with them directly.
ONON seeks to better understand the (inter)dependence between the human body and anonymous systems.
In recent years, Clément Layes has been busy with rhythm as a fundamental element in both the theater and in real life. In the group performance The Eternal Return (2017), rhythm was understood as a phenomenon that exposes liminal spaces, as a product of our daily actions. In The Emergency Artist (2018), rhythm served as a break, an element of syncopation that interrupts the temporal structures of our existence, able to suspend and question them. In ONON, duration and continuity are at the center of the work, becoming an exploration of the 'longue durée' of these systems and to work through the rhythmic relationship between persistent systems and our day-to-day actions.
Choreography Clément Layes Performance Asaf Aharonson, Nir Vidan, Cécile Bally Stage Jonas Maria Droste, Clément Layes Light Ruth Waldeyer Sound Steve Heather Costume Malena Modéer Video Christopher Hewitt Dramaturgy Jonas Rutgeerts International communication Inge Koks Press and production björn & björn
Production Public in Private / Clément Layes Coproduction Platform 0090, C-Takt Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe With the support of SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin

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