Mette Edvardsen

On Friday 11th of January the In-Lab The Department of Speculative Facts welcomes choreographer, dancer and performance artist Mette Edvardsen to the Jan van Eyck Academie. Edvardsen will give a workshop at the academy from 13:00 – 16:00 with a maximum of 15 participants, if you want to join send an email to lietjebauwens@gmail.com.

The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. With a base in Brussels since 1996 she has worked for several years as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and develops her own work since 2002. She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer. A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015. Mette Edvardsen is structurally supported by Norsk Kulturråd (2017 -2020), BUDA Arts Centre Kortrijk (2017 - 2021) and apap-Performing Europe 2020 - a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. She is currently a research fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and associated artist at Black Box teater Oslo.

The Department of Speculative Facts experiments with the reading and staging of text, and the agency of a text in relation to the limits of language and the authority of narrative. It aims to distinguish trivial bafflement from productive bafflement, while questioning the definition of productivity, that can move us away from existing values – in and relations – to language towards the construction of new concepts.

The backbone of the In-Lab is an exchange of letters commissioned by two professional fact checkers from the New York Times, speaking about the procedures for creating objectivity and truth. A series of guests is invited to bend, overwrite and interrogate these letters, in collaboration with university departments, each bringing their own procedures for 'factuality'.

The first In-Lab guest was Michael Portnoy (6 November, 2018), who will be followed by Mette Edvardsen (11 January, 2019) and Nicoline van Harskamp (23 January 2019)

The department of speculative facts is a project by Van Eyck participants Quenton Miller, Karoline Swiezynski and Lietje Bauwens.

Photo: Antero Hein


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