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IMAGES FOR MARS II

Karl Van Welden

Images for Mars

For the video work IMAGES FOR MARS II (life-sized projection) Karl Van Welden investigates the effect of a disaster on the human body. We see people in a state of carelessness, until a dark ash rain falls upon them, turning their idyll into a catastrophy. Or how a blissful picnic in the park becomes a scene of charred bodies on a patch of scorched earth. During the action the falling ash rain transforms the image slowly but steadily. The performers fight their personal battle while their vitality is under threat. As the physical body changes state, the image becomes a monochrome. Once the dust cloud settles completely, image and movement solidify. The choreography and movements are inspired by archaeological finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, which literally show the positions of bodies at the moment of a catastrophy.

In partnership with workspacebrussels, KANAL-Centre Pompidou welcomes for the summer season, a program of six emerging artists.  Laboratory of artistic innovations in the art scene, with an important focus on the transdisciplinary projects, Worksspacebrussels supports the young artists in their career path in the professional artistic scene. The collaboration with workspacebrussels is completely coherent with the multidisciplinary and resolutely experimental program of BRUT, which defines this year of prefiguration in KANAL-Centre Pompidou. The audience is invited to discover and sometimes to participate in the process of creation by the six artists.