13.12.17 – 26.01.18

I Shall Escape by Dawn

No one was sure when they had left the island, or how long they actually lived there. What remained of their association and its purpose was the garden, and a collection of their works. Perhaps these are totems honouring a past era, or rather icons of an impossible time to come. Their departure seems to have been sudden. As if fleeing from a specific condition, and then escaping from that again. Into this plot of land, into these works, into a virtual realm of both. Escapism as an attempt to break the clash of study and production versus capital. And yet still leaving the back gate open for others to enter and witness.

I Shall Escape by Dawn (Season 1) is a collective show in five episodes with new works and public events in a specific setting by Van Eyck participants James Gregory Atkinson, Lotte Meret Effinger, Rodrigo Red Sandoval and Sharon Van Overmeiren, and Marco Buetikofer.

 

EXHIBITION
13 December 2017 – 26 January 2018
Mon–Fri: 9:00 –17:00

PUBLIC EVENTS
21 December, 9 and 18 January. The Season finale will take place on 26 January.

13.12.2017

SEASON I: SEASON PREMIERE

SEASON I: EPISODE 1 (MARCO BUETIKOFER)
The glasshouse hosting the virtual last view onto how it was then. The last version of this site as a reserve. The speed of perception in this other reality is what is left of the utility of movement as it was then. As an animated rendition of a specific time and place, neither time nor progression exists here. It is continuous and still at the same time.

SEASON I: EPISODE 1 (RODRIGO RED SANDOVAL)
The Roadrunner is the symbol of the impossible weight of industrial times. Having always been on the straight rail of progress, now its carriage has rolled too far and splatters at the end of its rigid course. The abrupt halt seeming comic in its ordinariness. Its full weight still intact.

 

21.12. 2017

SEASON I: EPISODE 2 (LOTTE MERET EFFINGER)
The hides never saturate. They have been strung up to announce the shedding and the permanent transformation. Revealing the template of the living carcass with the stories of uncertain, ominous formations.

SEASON I: EPISODE 2 SPECIAL, DIRECTOR’S CUT
Artist Talk: James Gregory Atkinson, Lotte Meret Effinger, Rodrigo Red Sandoval, Sharon Van Overmeiren

17:30 – 19:00
Location: Jac. P. Thijsse Lab – garden

 

09.01.2018

SEASON I: EPISODE 3 (SHARON VAN OVERMEIREN)
The figureheads are uncertain. Unlike gods, they are rooted into the soil by the fierce stakes that hold them. Reminiscent of a different material past, they oversee the grounds and the air. Each facial gesture certain of its powers, then and still today. Yet their translucence is otherworldly, making them the supernatural controllers of these grounds.

SEASON I: EPISODE 3 SPIN-OFF (ALEXANDRA PHILLIPS)
Their escape is celebrated once a year by raising the Roadrunner symbolically towards the sky. In this ceremony the lighter substitute is hung from the iron beams and pummeled with sticks accompanied by songs of the wanderlust spirit. When finally broken, the rewards crackle down onto the ground. They induce the sense of sweet release.

18:00 – 19:30
Location: Jac. P. Thijsse Lab – garden
 

18.01.2018

SEASON I: EPISODE 4 (JAMES GREGORY ATKINSON)
As the aesthetics of resistance adapt the language of objectified cultural capital, the oversized steel choker honors its original genesis of dissidence as it traverses subculture into the mainstream. The material quality is timeless, yet also prepared to transform into other currencies. Its meaning is layered with the complexities of socio-cultural norms, and the promiscuity of both.

SEASON I: EPISODE 4 SPIN-OFF (ANDREA EVA GYORI)
The sense of touch and corporeality nearly escaped with them, but good fortune had kept the resonance of the tactility of these both lingering. To be awoken during this collective exercise in movement, pose and trace.

17:30 – 20:00
Location: Jac. P. Thijsse Lab

 

26.01.2018

SEASON I: EPISODE 5 SEASON FINALE (JAMES GREGORY ATKINSON, MARCO BUETIKOFER, LOTTE MERET EFFINGER, SHARON VAN OVERMEIEREN, RODRIGO RED SANDOVAL AND DJ TECTURE)
A minimal techno live set will set the beat to honour the human capital and limitless value of nightlife. In the night we find influences and contributions for the development of culture. We move as the politics of a city putting stamps on culture.
This evening, marking the completion of the season and all its episodes will mean the climax of revisiting their escape by dawn, until the dawn….

17:30 – 22:00
Location: Jac. P. Thijsse Lab – garden

 

Image: Paul Philipp Heinze

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