Kunsthal KAdE, Eemplein 77, (Eemhuis), 3812 EA, Amersfoort
Opening times: Tue - Sun: 11.00 – 17.00
The KAdE team has great pleasure in inviting you to the opening of the exhibition A Balancing Act on Friday 14 September.
Balance plays an important role in everyone’s life. A Balancing Act will showcase the work of a number of Dutch and international artists who explore the quest for equilibrium in sculptures, installations, photographs, paintings, performances, drawings and video works.
Conversation (im)balance is a performative installation that allows visitors to physically experience the movement of others in the same room. It is the second in a series of balance platforms that were instigated by the artist’s experience working at the European Commission in Brussels, where he noticed how the spatial arrangement of people in a room tended to influence the quality and direction of conversation. While conversations at the Commission may hold more political consequence than in other locales, the artist proposes that elements of power are threaded through all conversations in the form of tone, topic, gesture, and spatial orientation. Conversation (im)balance explores the role of body movement as a form of expression that may carry such consequence.
For this exhibition, Thomas has collaborated with Belgian artist Roel Heremans to create an audio choreography that invites visitors to experience the platform with playfulness, imagination, and sensitivity; all qualities that may allow us to explore the notion of body movement as an expanded form of gesture.
The audio choreography is intended for one to four participants, with one participant performing a series of actions via audio instruction while the others sit or stand on the platform. In order to begin the motion-activated audio recording, the participant may walk to the corner of the room and stand on the floor marking.
Programme 14 September:
16.00h: welcome at KadECafé
16.30h: word of welcome by director Robbert Roos
Until 19.00h: visit exhibition
image © Daniel Firman, Nasutamanus, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin, Foto: Guillaume Ziccarelli