Kris Verdonck Artist Talk: Listen to the Bloody Machine

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May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016
Segal Theatre
Kris Verdonck's END Photo by Catherine Antoine

Kris Verdonck’s END. Photo by Catherine Antoine

Wednesday, May 25
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

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. With Peter Eckersall and Kristof van Baarle.

A symposium on the work of Kris Verdonck, co-curated by Peter Eckersall and Kristof van Baarle will take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY, focusing on the Contemporary Stage of Kris Verdonck.

Photo by Danny Willems

Photo by Danny Willems

Kris Verdonck (born 1974) studied visual arts, architecture and theatre, and this training is evident in his work.




Peter EckersallPeter 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.

Photo courtesy of the artist

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 Ph. D. fellowship of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). His research focusses 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 dramaturge for Kris Verdonck/ A Two Dogs Company and is an editor of the Belgian theatre journal Etcetera.


Symposium Schedule (May 26)*

9:15am – 9:30am

9:30am – 11:00am
Panel 1: Performing entities: figures on stage

  • Sarah Lucie, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Andy Lavender, University of Surrey
  • Eylül Akinci, The Graduate Center, CUNY

11:00am – 12:00pm
Kris Verdonck (artist) & Tawny Andersen (artist & McGill University)

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch Break

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Panel 2: After the end

  • Li-Min Lin, Peking University
  • Kristof van Baarle, Ghent University
  • Tawny Andersen, McGill University

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Coffee Break

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Panel 3: Time and Capital

  • Christel Stalpaert, Ghent University
  • Peter Eckersall, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Edward Scheer, Universty of New South Wales, Sydney  (tbc)

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Closing Remarks and Drinks

*Program is subject to change, please check symposium website for more information.

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