LIKE SNAKES, THE ROOTS OF TREES, COIL THEMSELVES FROM ROCK AND SAND
In their solo exhibition in Studio STUK Manhattan, artist duo Elise Eeraerts and Roberto Aparicio Ronda immerse you in the world of swamps and wetlands, where fables and facts intersect.
And, like snakes, the roots of trees
Coil themselves from rock and sand,
Stretching many a wondrous band
- fragment from Goethe’s Faust, when a wandering light (Ignis Fatuus) emerges in the story
Wandering lights and bog bodies, the swamp (bog) is often the symbolic setting for sinister events in both historical and contemporary stories; a place of mischief and mystery. At the same time, wetlands bustle with life and harbor a diverse ecosystem that plays an important role in the context of climate change as carbon sinks and storm buffers.
For their exhibition at STUK, Eeraerts and Aparicio Ronda developed a landscape of spatial and audiovisual elements inspired by the Kirkpatrick Marsh (MD, USA). In this marsh, scientists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) are studying how plant and animal species respond to fluctuations in CO2, temperature, nitrogen (N) and sea level rise. Global climate changes are simulated there in anticipation of a new reality.
Awe-inspiring images of abundant fauna and flora in the wetlands cross with the excitement of fables and anxieties of science predicament in this thought-provoking installation that gets under your skin.
The exhibition is a co-production of STUK, i.c.w. Cas-co and with the support of the City of Leuven. The research was supported by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC through an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) (2019 cohort).
From 20 to 24 April the expo is part of Warm Alarm, an open festival of makers and thinkers who experiment with alternatives and sustainable strategies for the future. Discover the full programme here.
OPENING HOURS EXHIBITION
The exhibition can be visited on days with a concert or dance programme in Manhattan. On those days, access to the exhibition is free from 19:30 to the start of the performances (usually 20:30). If you want to visit the exhibition after that, you need a ticket for the performances.
We 22.03 18:00 — 20:30 (can be combined with Miet Warlop)
Th 23.03 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Miet Warlop)
Tu 28.03 The expo is closed, because the performance that night has been cancelled.
Th 30.03 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Sidney Leoni)
Sa 01.04 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with In Vitro 5)
Tu 18.04 19:30 — 20:15 (can be combined with Steve Gunn / Echo Beatty)
We 19.04 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Cherish Menzo)
Th 20.04 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Cherish Menzo / part of Warm Alarm)
Fr 21.04 19:30 — 20:15 (can be combined with Voice Actor / Ameel Brecht / part of Warm Alarm)
Sa 22.04 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with fABULEUS / part of Warm Alarm)
Su 23.04 15:30 — 16:00 (can be combined with fABULEUS / part of Warm Alarm)
Tu 25.04 19:30 — 20:15 (can be combined with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith / Elisabeth Klinck)
Th 27.04 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Jolie Ngemi)
We 03.05 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Zoë Demoustier / Ultima Vez)
Th 04.05 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Zoë Demoustier / Ultima Vez)
Fr 05.05 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Els Viaene)
Tu 09.05 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Femke Gyselinck)
Th 11.05 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Beyond Music #6)
Sa 13.05 19:30 — 20:00 (can be combined with Alexander Vantournhout)
Su 14.05 16:00 — 17:00 (can be combined with Alexander Vantournhout)
Mo 15.05 19:30 — 20:30 (can be combined with Alexander Vantournhout)
We 17.05 19:00 — 22:00 (can be combined with Showcase Emerging Sound)
For group visits (10 people or more) on weekdays during office hours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ELISE EERAERTS & ROBERTO APARICIO RONDA
(1986, Mechelen, BE)
(1981, Burgos, SP)
As the most primitive material, earth occupies an important central role within their practice: from explorations of land and excavations therein, to the appropriation of various types of soil and its processing into objects and spatial installations. In their recent work, Eeraerts and Aparicio Ronda examine the role of land and landscape from a climate science perspective. In a thought-provoking, often visceral way, they allow current conventions from the anthropocene to collide with ideas and traditions whereby humans have and continue to appropriate nature.
Elise Eeraerts studied visual art at LUCA School of Arts (Brussel), at the Institute fur Raumexperimente, Klasse Olafur Eliasson, UdK (Berlin) and completed an internship at Studio Carsten Nicolai. Her art practice received multiple grants and awards, and has been exhibited internationally. Roberto Aparicio Ronda studied architecture at E.T.S. Arquitectura (Valladolid) and visual arts at Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Bilbao). He worked as an architect for various international offices, such as OMA, office for metropolitan architecture, Rotterdam (NL) and Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo (JP). Since 2021, Eeraerts and Aparicio Ronda reside at the Cas-Co studio’s in Leuven.
- Kolonel Begaultlaan 21
- 3012 Leuven
FREE, no reservation required
OPENING, ARTIST TALK & RECEPTION
WE 22 MAR — 18:00
In the presence of the artists
FREE, reservation required
OPENING HOURS EXHIBITION
The opening hours are linked to other activities in Studio STUK Manhattan. You'll find a day-by-day overview below.