Kris Verdonck Artist Talk: Listen to the Bloody Machine at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York—Wednesday 25 May 2016
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented Kris Verdonck Artist Talk: Listen to the Bloody Machine—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 25 May at 3:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York). On Twitter use #HowlRound.
Photo by Danny Willems
Kris Verdonck (born 1974) studied visual arts, architecture, and theatre, and this training is evident in his work. His creations are positioned in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, between installation and performance, between dance and architecture. Verdonck often presents combinations of different installations/performances as VARIATIONS. VARIATION IV was shown during the Festival d’Avignon in 2008. K, a Society, a circuit of installations inspired by the work of Franz Kafka premiered in Germany at Theater der Welt 2010. Recent works include UNTITLED, a performance for and about mascots, ISOS, an installation based on the work of J.G. Ballard and IN VOID, a performative installation circuit about human absence. Currently, Verdonck works on an opera starting from Bosch’s paintings, BOSCH BEACH.
Peter Eckersall is Professor of Asian Theatre at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York. Recent publications include We’re People Who Do Shows, Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility (co-edited with Helena Grehan, Performance Research Books, 2013), Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (co-authored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley, and Chris Hudson, Palgrave 2013) and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave 2013). He was the cofounder of Dramaturgies and was the resident dramaturg for the performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult.
Kristof van Baarle holds MA degrees from Ghent University (Art studies) and the University of Antwerp (Theatre Studies). Since 2013 he is a research scholar at Ghent University with a PhD fellowship of the Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO). His research focuses on critical posthumanism, Giorgio Agamben, and Kris Verdonck. A fundamental repositioning of the human and a search in different ways to deal with the performativity of objects in the performing arts are two key research lines in his work, within the frame of an ontological-epistemological posthumanism drawing on Giorgio Agamben. Kristof has published about these topics in several journals (DOCUMENTA, Performance Research, Etcetera …) and book chapters. He also works as a dramaturg for Kris Verdonck/ A Two Dogs Company and is an editor of the Belgian theatre journal Etcetera.
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