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David Weber-Krebs

On Performances, Mental Projections and Active Contemplations

David Weber-Krebs

On Performances, Mental Projections and Active Contemplations

25/01/2018 van 18:30 tot 19:30

WTC-tower I, Koning Albert-II laan 28-30, Brussel

St Lucas School of Arts (Antwerp) is organising a series of public lectures around the topic ‘Why Work?’. Speakers from various disciplines are invited to elaborate on their practice, and engage with MA students from St Lucas in a preceding workshop. What is the motivation and structure underpinning their work? How to remain critical? What happened to the promise of leisure—as Liam Gillick put it in his eponymous essay—and what is the importance of doing nothing? And last but not least, how do these speakers consider their position as cultural workers?

DAVID WEBER-KREBS

On Performances, Mental Projections and Active Contemplations

David Weber-Krebs (BE/D) is an artist and a researcher based in Brussels. He studied at the University of Fribourg (CH) and the Amsterdam School of the Arts (NL). David explores various contexts as a basis for an experimental process, which questions the traditional relationship between the work of art and its public. Recent works are the performances Tonight, lights out! (2011/2013), Balthazar (2013) with Maximilian Haas, Into, and the installation Immersion (2014) at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt. David collaborates on a regular basis with different artists and theorists and he teaches at different visual arts and performance academies.

David Weber-Krebs creates situations engaging the spectator in a complex game between getting absorbed or merging with an art piece, and keeping his critical distance towards it. Be it by staging actors (ex. into the big world), a donkey (Balthazar), a minimalist sculpture (Performance, Robert Morris revisited) or a public space (Miniature), the form is ever reduced to its simplest expression. It becomes like a projection screen, inviting the spectator into a mode of active contemplation where meaning is not given but produced by the spectator. The theatre performance Fade out (2005) for example, is based on the slow extinction of the lights until the whole space lays in complete darkness. Two performers accompany this drama of irreversible disappearance and until its final consequence. The public is both witness and active participant of this highly sensitive process. While the lights are fading-out, the eyes of each spectator must adapt to the new situation until everything is plunged into darkness. 


The work of David Weber-Krebs has been shown all over Europe and beyond in theatres, art spaces, cultural centers and festivals.

davidweberkrebs.org

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More info : pieter.vermeulen@kdg.be

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