Evelien Cammaert & Joris Perdieus (BE) - Grammatica

In preparation of their participation in Playground Festival 2018, Evelien Cammaert and Joris Perdieus work on a collaborative piece in STUK.

Grammatica is an installation / performance in which various lines are plotted: between the performers, the audience and the tactile qualities of the used materials. An artistic creative process unfolds on the spot, within the rules of the installation that resembles a cross between a painter's studio and a laboratory.

The public is invited to join the makers in this process. The virtual walls of the studio break open and it shows itself in all its vulnerability.

From a fixed and untouchable position a camera draws a frame around tableaux emerging from matter, movement and light as an ever-changing, almost painterly but dynamic final product. For the public and performers alike, the installation generates an almost meditative experience.

Joris Perdieus (Genk, 1981) is a multidisciplinary artist. He obtained master degrees in Painting an Trans-Media at Sint-Lukas College Of Arts, Brussels. Joris questions spatiality, and investigates different strategies people concoct in spatial dialogues. His works are often large-scale, temporal installations and scenographies. Interventions in interiors that emerge from a thorough investigation of enclosed spaces. He researches affinities between installation art, theatre and scenography.

Along his trajectory he discovered the performative aspects of his working method, often those become the central subjects in his works, that become increasingly interdisciplinary. Joris works and lives in Brussels.

Evelien Cammaert (Brussels, 1986) is a performance- and installation artist.

She obtained bachelors degrees in Photography (NARAFI, Brussels BE 2010) and Performance (Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts, NL, 2016) and is currently enrolled in the Master Of Theatre and Scenography program of the Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts. She lives and works in Brussels.

With a background in both disciplines, creating a hybrid language with an important focus on other media and scenographic constellations comes very natural to her.

Bringing these different media into the dialogue, I think it's interesting how interactions between different realities occur. In this way I’m, on the one hand, looking for a more complete sensorial experience of phenomena and on the other, I’m trying to twist the way we perceive of them”.

This focus on perception of time is a recurring underlying presence in her work.

By slowing down the tempo, even freezing it, Evelien tries to move herself and the spectator out of our daily speed, in order to generate a collective concentration. Space to alter the order of events. This is translated into interactions between past and present, memory and live experience or spatial interventions. Changing proportions, far away versus close by, big versus small and the effects on our perception of time and space are frequently addressed subjects.

It seems like my work consists off attempts to get control over time. I want to bend time, create a kind of time machines. Because I think it’s important to create possibilities to dwell on questions about the way the world works in and through us, and how this makes us human”.