Works: Karel Burssens


Currents unfolds in two parts, as a durational installation and a performance. The installation explores the simplest of forms, a line, turned into a light sculpture. Through repetition, it defines not only rhythm, space and light, but also the movements of a dancer. He will meet and confront the moving sculpture in an effort to reconfigure the relationship between man and machine.

The initial state of alienation is pushed to reach a poetic realm, a layered landscape to dream into. As such, both installation and performance aim to reveal our contemporary position as entities forced to adapt to an ever-changing world on both a technological and socio-political level. How do we deal with these situations? How do we continually find a new balance within our own environment and how do we deal with this on a larger scale?


Concept and direction: Karel Burssens Created with and performed by: Mario Barrantes Espinoza Created with: Tarek Halaby Dramaturgy dance: Femke Gyselinck Music written by: Daniel Brandt Music performed by: Ruth Velten (Soprano- & Baritone-Saxophone), Simon Goff (Violin), Andreas Voss (Cello), Florian Juncker (Trombone), Daniel Brandt (Guitar, Bass, Synths, Drums, Piano) Music published by: Erased Tapes Music Ltd Light designed with: Cate Carter, Geert Vanhout, Bryte Design, Kristof De Dycker Costume design: Max Doerr Outside eye: Jeroen Verrecht Film by: Robbrecht Desmet, Sander Vandenbroucke Production sculpture: Fisheye Production: Hiros Coproduction: C-TAKT, STUK, deSingel, Vooruit With the collaboration of: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Vlaams Architectuurinstituut, GC Elzenhof, School van Gaasbeek With the support of: The Flemish Government Special thanks to: Liesl Vanautgaerden, Arnout van Vaerenbergh, Gabriel Schenker, Geert Belpaeme, Bettina Molnar, Sue-Yeon Youn, Carlos Garbin, Povilas Bastys, Bart Adriaensen, Joost Machiels, Helga Baert, Kristof van Baarle, Ailsa Cavers, Theo Livesey, Luka Svajda, Elhad Bilal, Anthony Vermeulen