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Karel van Laere

1988, the Netherlands

My work is best described as a combination between performance and visual art. Due to my various different qualifications and backgrounds, I work in a multidisciplinary way.

My work often begins with sincere questions, such as: What would it be like if, just like a computer, you could switch off your body every now and then? Or, what does it feel like to be dependent on a machine or on others? The search for possibilities to realise my often extreme ideas becomes part of the work. The post-show discussions with the people I work with are also an important part of it.

Compared to a machine, the human body is incredibly limited physically and vulnerable. In my work, I translate this into images which magnify this vulnerability. I try to portray this vulnerability by not moving myself, but by outsourcing my movements to others or machines.

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  • 2017
    • Slow Rise at the Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Milano
    • Slow Rise at Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
    • Largo at the PyeongChang Biennale, South Korea
    • The Non Present Performer - Zaal 3, The Hague

Archive

  • 2016
    • Premiere Largo - Eye Filmmuseum (NL)
    • Premiere Paralysis - Eye Filmmuseum (NL)
    • Premiere Contact - Dutch Design Week (NL)
    • Premiere Slow Rise - Dutch Design Week (NL)
  • 2015
    • Bokko selected for AEROWAVES Top20 best European dance performances (SP)
    • Bokko at Lowlands (NL) Guandong Dance Festival (CH) Zurich Tanzt (SW) Theatre de la Ville, Paris (FR) Seoul Dance centre (K)
  • 2014
    • [Karel van Laere] wins 'Piket kunstprijs' 2014 (NL)
    • [SLow] winner audience award - Cinedans 2014
  • 2013
    • [Impact] Wins Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award 2013 (TW)