°1984, Belgium lives and works in Brussels.
Karel Burssens is a transdisciplinary artist who trained as an architect and engineer, initially working with Bogdan-Van Broeck architects and Bureau Bas Smets. He went on to become Head of Architecture at villa eugénie, while working on a wide range of fashion shows for Dior, Lanvin, Kenzo, a.o. In 2010 he began to collaborate with Jeroen Verrecht as 88888, developing both commissioned and self-initiated international projects in scenography, installation art and architecture.
Karel Burssens’ independent practice is currently evolving on the sidelines of several distinct artistic worlds: sculpture, installation, performance and scenography. On different physical scales ranging from independent objects and sculptures to complex collaborative performance-oriented projects, his work aims to initiate reflections on subjects as broad as society, systems, technology and human interactions therewith.
In September 2019, his project Currents had its premiere at Vooruit crystallising Burssens’ previous transdisciplinary experience and research into a sculpture-performance.
“Dromen bij volle bewustzijn op Beyond the Black Box”, Fransien van der Putt on Currents published at Theaterkrant (06.02.2020, NL)