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Cancelled: James Ferraro + Franck Vigroux & Kurt d’Haeseleer

To limit the spread of the corona virus, STUK cancels all planned performances, concerts and public events until April 19 2020. STUK follows the measures announced by the federal government.


All tickets will be refunded - ticket buyers will be contacted directly where possible.

STUK and Werktank present two gripping audiovisual concerts that offer a dystopian look at the future: postmodern composer James Ferraro and the world premiere of The Island, an new creation by Franck Vigroux and Kurt d’Haeseleer.

American experimental composer James Ferraro is a true cult phenomenon. He gained acclaim with his influential album Far Side Virtual, the Wire's album of the year 2011. His baroque collage style turned him into the godfather of 'vaporwave' a satirical internet movement. Ferraro's music sounds euphoric and scary, retro and futuristic, poppy and experimental. Think J.S. Bach with a laptop. Nowadays he mainly self-releases his music via cassettes or Bandcamp and YouTube. In STUK Ferraro will present an audiovisual performance based on his epic four-part work Four Pieces of Mirai, a philosophical allegory of the decline of civilisation.

The audiovisual concert The Island is the most recent collaboration between French composer Franck Vigroux and Leuven-based video artist Kurt d'Haeseleer. Their immersive experience is inspired by dystopian stories of islands and valleys that flood after the construction of hydropower dams, with large-scale human and geographical upheavals as a result. Building the Three Gorges Dam in China, the world's largest hydroelectric power station, has even influenced the rotation speed of our planet. The Island questions this blind belief in progress, at the expense of everything. The result is a mental trip past mutating places with intenst electronic sounds and reality bending visuals.

Credits Franck Vigroux & Kurt d’Haeseleer - The Island

Support: Cie D’Autres Cordes
Coproduction: Werktank with support of Flemish Authorities
Residencies: Espace des Anges (Mende, FR), STUK (Leuven, BE), Gray Area (San Francisco, USA), Stereolux (Nantes, FR)
Special thanks to Folie Numérique (Paris, FR)

Kurt d'Haeseleer is artistic director of Werktank, a production platform for media art. On March 25 from 16:00 to 18:00 they host an Open Studio, where the Werktank residents present their work in progress. Be most welcome at Werktank, J.P. Mincklersstraat 64 in Leuven!

Wed 25 Mar 2020 20:30


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