1. CURATING SPACE by Erki De Vries, Pieter Huybrechts en Kris Delacourt had its first residency at //NEAR EAST// gallery, Istanbul.
A reflexion by Marnix Rummens on this first residency period and the tryout can be found here.
© Pieter Huybrechts
Curating Space is sustained by the EMWAP project and funded by the European Culture programme and will eventually be presented at the EMWAP festival in March/April 2015 in Istanbul (see http://emwap.eu/collaboration/news)
2. BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter and directed by Mesut Arslan was shown in the Istanbul Theater Festival in Moda Sahnesi. A critical reflection When Theatre Turns into an idea… by Zeynep Aksoy in RADIKAL newspaper, Istanbul, 17/05/2014.
3. CURATING SPACE - a collaboration between Erki De Vries (scenography,) Pieter Huybrechts (photography) and Kris Delacourt (music/sound) will start with a short residency in Istanbul in March 2014. The production is also supported by EMWAP - the European project that is coördinated by Platform 0090.
all info on http://www.0090.be/workspace/Artists_and_Productions/Curating%20Space
4. Carolina Maciel de França gives her impressions of the past two months with Platform 0090:
SO FAR (SO GOOD) - A Speculation // Schwalbe zkt Massa
Six months ago there was the curiosity to see where the EMWAP-swaps were going, now I wouldn’t know where to start. When Begüm Erciyas’ crew (Ewa Bankowska, Felix Marchand and António Pedro Lopes) arrived from Berlin, we took the occasion to meet some more of the faces behind the projects. As we went to see Abattoir Fermé’s piece in Kortrijk (GHOST, starring Çağlar Yiğitoğulları), the artists had the chance to speak about the ideas behind their pieces and installation.
Aside from the fact that all productions seemed to hint at the crises: the monetary problem (money, inflation, devaluation…), identity (collectivity, individuality, Europe versus nationalism) and the then recent revolutions, the ideas still seemed rather abstract at the time. Now that the pieces have been staged, things have gone from abstract to concrete in completely different ways.
Begüm Erciyas, for instance, chose to zoom in by putting the Euro to close examination. For Eine Spekulation/A Speculation, she had Stefan Demming enlarge, multiply several bills with which show hosts Ewa Bankowska, Felix Marchand and António Pedro Lopes performed casino and magic-like tricks, making it sing, fly and disappear. The public, which divided around three tables each with a host, was asked to participate and play along: ‘Does anyone know what the arch stands for?’. (Someone who actually worked at the European Union knew).
Productiehuis Rotterdam’s 'Schwalbe zoekt Massa', on the other hand, chose to zoom out and play with the idea of individuality and collectivism by having a small mass of 50 people run around in circles. Schwalbe’s already very physical(ly challenging) theatre (cfr. Spaar ze & Schwalbe speelt vals) was further explored in Schwalbe zoekt massa, inexplicitly triggering associations with whatever we wanted: whether it be our society, the welfare state, human nature or just the emptying of the kitchen sink. A radically simple concept that (successfully) proved rather versatile.
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