Hugo Mega (Portugal) is a dancer and performer based in Brussels.
He will transform Cunst-link in an animated space for reflexion and experimentation, combining a site-specific installation, video and performance.
During these days the space will also be turned into a temporary greenhouse which will host different plants all from the family of epiphytes.
The idea of this residency and performative installation comes from a recent trip of Hugo Mega in Thailand where he witnessed the harmony and perfect sustainability of certain types of plants, the epiphytes. These organisms grow on the surface of other plants and derive their moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, or from debris accumulated around it.
Epiphytes, contrary to parasitical organism don’t affect the status of their host, but they might even take part in its nutrient cycles, adding nutrients components.
These types of organism became the starting point of a reflexion on the duality of parasitic and symbiotic lifestyle, consequently broaden to human behaviour toward nature and our critical and controversial role in ecology.
All these reflexions will be summarized into a two hours performance where Hugo Mega will embody the quality of this specific plants in harmony and symbiosis with the space.The performance will take place every evening during the three final open days of the residency.
Residency : 18 – 28th June
Performances : 28th – 1st July / 8 to 10 pm.
Hugo Mega is a Portuguese artist and yoga instructor living in Brussels. From an early age, Hugo has been working and exploring his body´s physical capacities through dance and circus. After his circus studies at Chapitô in Lisbon, he moved to Belgium to graduate in 2012 from ESAC (High School of Circus Arts) where he specialized in Aerial Silks.
He has worked for other choreographers, created his own work and researched how a somatic movement approach relates to circus and dance. In 2014, he started studying dream therapy through imagery and visualisation work, which is highly nourishing and inspires his artistic work. Hugo correlates his work with esoteric and spiritual practices to find new ways to experience and create new material, expanding his consciousness both in his artistic and personal life.
Finissage of the exhibition TRANSLATABILITY.
Performance : Danse de silence (Mehdi Mojahid)
“Are movements speechless and silences static? Is improvisation inevitably ephemeral or could a choreography be transcripted on the future tense? This performative exhibition states that each encounter, either happening in a public open space or in the transitional space of the art room — two areas in constant conversation, could be encoded and recorded simultaneously on a score using its own linguistic system. Translatability experiments the subtle free-space between protocol and coincidence and allows interpretation to become the creative act itself.”
Sell of indian ink calligraphies
⎐ Performances ⎐
12 June | 15:00 – 18:00
13 June | 10:00 – 13:00
14 June | 15:00 – 18:00
⎐ Finissage ⎐
Thursday 14 June | 19:30 – 21:00
Are movements speechless and silences static? Is improvisation inevitably ephemeral or could a choreography be transcripted on the future tense? This performative exhibition states that each encounter, either happening in a public open space or in the transitional space of the art room — two areas in constant conversation, could be encoded and recorded simultaneously on a score using its own linguistic system. Translatability experiments the subtle free-space between protocol and coincidence and allows interpretation to become the creative act itself.
Thomas Dupal shares his work-in-progress Song of Selfie, before it premieres at Island.
SOS (Song Of Selfie) is a new solo performance by Thomas Dupal, an epic one-man presentation in which he, the entrepreneur, grapples with his many avatars as he undertakes to tell the story of his journey in search of his true nature. The story of a shipwreck.
Performance in English
In the context of the solo show of Naïmé Perrette, The Weight of Ground, you are invited to join us at Cunst-link to take part in the screening of Autarcie Tiger’s II by Naïmé Perrette. For the occasion Cunst-link has invited Samuel O’Connor, who is currently undertaking a PhD at KU Leuven looking at the intersection between theology and architecture, to moderate a discussion based on the film.
⎐ Program of the evening ⎐
19:45: Film screenig (38′)
20:30: Small break
⎐ About the Film ⎐
AUTARCIE TIGER’S II, Video HD, 38 min, 2014
Six days per week, the eight fishermen of the Tiger’s II work day and night at sea in the north of France. We discover the patterns of their group dynamics as we watch how they respond to the intense rhythm of the work, the distance from women and the integration of new recruits. This film goes into a male trio’s intimacy, portraying the youth embarked on the boat. Autarcie Tiger’s II depicts how they establish their sense of empowerment in their isolated context.
⎐ About the Talk ⎐
From planners of artificial islands to fishermen at sea, from local and endemic contexts to multi-connected and global realities.
The discussion will embrace these contrasts in order to offer a reflection on the notion of distance in relations to our environment and milieu.
About the Speakers:
⎐ Naïmé Perrette ⎐
Born in 1989 in France, Naïmé has completed a Master in Film Animation at ENSAD (Paris) and was resident at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2014-2015. She has been awarded grants by Werkbijdrage Jong Talent, Mondriaan Fonds, and Kara 2017 (Kooshk, Tehran). Her films and installations has been shown in various galleries, museums and fairs, including the Museum of Modern Art (Rio), Eye (Amserdam), Art Rotterdam, STUK (Leuven), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), Slate Projects (London), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), HKW (Berlin), Merdar Art Centre (Cairo).
⎐ Samuel O’Connor ⎐
Born in Brighton in the UK in 1989, Samuel studied Philosophy at University of Sussex from 2009 until 2012. He then went on to study for a master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He currently holds a PhD post which explores the intersection between theology and architecture at the KU Leuven. The title of the project is Apocryphal and Apostolic Modernism: Forgotten relations between religion and architectural modernism 1945-1970. The research is made up of several concrete constellations which form the overarching theme of religiosity and architectural modernism. The aim is to offer an alternative narrative of the 20th century as a slow and steady movement towards secularization.
Film: French / Subtitles : English
Talk in English
⎐ Exhibition “The Weight of the Ground” : April 20th – May 19th
Open on Sunday afternoon and on appointment ⎐
The Weight of the Ground is the first solo show of the French artist Naïmé Perrette in Brussels and the inaugural exhibition of Cust-link’s new program. Naïmé Perrette is a multimedia artist mixing video art, photography and sculptural installations. Inspired by artificial ecosystems, natural phenomena, territorial representations and the interferences between them, she draws relationships between environmental politics and their cultural contexts. For her exhibition at Cunst-link, Naïmé Perrette will show new pieces, some of them made from recycled elements of previous works, aiming to create from the existing, to sculpt and construct from what is already made.This evolving creative research shows her interest in movement and shifting between times and spaces, and representation becoming a new reality.
The Weight of the Ground refers to themes that appear in many of the artist’s works. The ground acts as an existential origin of nature and landscapes; observing its weight is an attempt to measure and to critically investigate its limits.
Through a process of deconstruction, the weight disappears and loses its consistency, the transparency of over-lit surfaces and digital screens become the founding elements of the artist’s selective cartography and landscapes.
Interested in cultural and social urbanist anomalies which often engage moral discrepancy, Naïmé Perrette’s ongoing research focuses on artificial islands as a metaphor of the human desire to project new rules and control growth. One of her ongoing projects focuses on the Marker Wadden: an island in the Markermeer Sea near Amsterdam, entirely designed by man’s hand to respond to ecological issues. Planned as a “new wilderness”, its creators are deciding its type of nature, to host the endangered birds that are the most representative of the Netherlands.
Perrette questions our relationship to the environment, and pictures the to-be-inhabited spaces to see what they reveal about us. Mixing different perspectives, she highlights almost infinite layers ofrepresentation. Her observation of the relationship between humans and our environment offers a way to question people’s vision of nature, its figurative weight.
Naïmé Perrette (1989, France) has completed a Master in Film Animation at ENSAD (Paris) and was resident at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2014-2015. She has been awarded grants by Werkbijdrage Jong Talent, Mondriaan Fonds, and Kara 2017 (Kooshk, Tehran). Her films and installations has been shown in various galleries, museums and fairs, including the Museum of Modern Art (Rio), Eye (Amserdam), Art Rotterdam, STUK (Leuven), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), Slate Projects (London), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), HKW (Berlin), Merdar Art Centre (Cairo).
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