Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company [BE]
23.11 – 25.11.2017
Dedicated to M.
Kris Verdonck makes in ISOS reference to the world and characters depicted in the apocalyptic science-fiction novels by James Graham Ballard (UK, 1930-2009). Ballard portrays in his magic realistic stories and autobiographical works, intelligent and visionary descriptions of a future world, which increasingly resembles our contemporary neoliberal society. ISOS consists of 3D videos shown in nine viewing boxes where virtual sculptures perform in the strained socio-political situation that is called suburbia. The audio-visual installation acts as a short film edited in the viewer's imagination.
Kris Verdonck (BE, 1974) explores in his work the boundaries between visual arts and theatre, installation and performance, dance and architecture. Verdonck's artistic practice deals with the confusion of human kind in an estranged world, due to technological development. Man and machine are set in a post-apocalyptic world where the tension between living species and dead matter creates an atmosphere of Unheimlichkeit or eeriness. One of the leitmotivs through Verdonck's oeuvre is the ‘current state of the world’ - with its environmental problems, ecological disasters and wars.
“Civilized life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us.” - J. Ballard
concept & direction Kris Verdonck | dramaturgy Marianne Van Kerkhoven, Kristof Van Baarle | performers Tawny Andersen, Hendrik De Smedt | technical coordinator Jan Van Gijsel | stereography Niko Himschoot | director of photography Vincent Pinckaers | sound design & electronic composition Peter Van Hoesen | sound effects Céline Bernard | production viewing boxes Damien Gernay | electronics Vincent Malstaf, Felix Luque | costumes An Breugelmans | jujitsu fighters Justin Candeloro, Joshua Fairfield | production A Two Dogs Company | stills and renders © A Two Dogs Company | with the support of EMPAC Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (US), KC Nona (BE), Kaaitheater (BE), Pianofabriek (BE), Het Zuidelijk Toneel (NL), the Flemish Authorities (BE) and the Flemish Community Commission (BE)