New work Passage installed at platform 5/6 Station Sloterdijk

More info:

Spoorbeeld: https://www.spoorbeeld.nl/inspiratie/de-kunstenaar-als-passagier

Prorail: https://www.prorail.nl/nieuws/kunstvideo-onthuld-op-station-amsterdam-slotervaart

Installing PASSAGE at Sloterdijk Station

20 November 2019, the work Passage was installed at platform 5/6 of Station Sloterdijk. The work will be there until 21-11-2022



Recording Digital Balance at Jeju Island

Between 14 and 20 October I will stay together with cameraman Peter van Til at the Jeju Island, and work towards a new project Digital Balance. Digital balance will premiere 8/9 November at the festiavl HUBS in The Hague.

The Non Present Performer at MMCA Seoul

11/12 & 13 October 2019 The Non Present Performer was presented three times at the 국립현대미술관 MMCA in Seoul.

Curator: Yonghee Sung
Performer: Karel van Laere
Dancers: Amos Ben-Tal, Jang Hongseok, Kim Myeung shin, Lee BeomGeon
Hypnotist: Joris Waayer.

Special thanks: Dutch Performing Arts, Hajin Lee, Stichting Largo and the 국립현대미술관 다원예술 MMCA Performing Arts for making this trip possible.

Pictures by: 박수환 / Swan Park

Slow Rise at Nuit Blanche Taipei

Some pictures of last night at 白晝之夜 Nuit Blanche Taipei. What a trip, what a festival! A big thanks to all friends that visited me last night. I hope we will meet again soon!

Pictures by: Lin Wei-Lung

The Non Present Performer at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul

With the support of Dutch Performing Arts, we will present 3 times ‘The Non-Present Performer’ at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, South Korea.

The shows will take place from 11-13 October 2019.

In a hypnotised state, Karel van Laere will hand over his body to a choreographer and three dancers surrounded by a live audience. He will ask the dancers to look for physical borders, to experiment, and to make him the subject of their research as the “Non-Present Performer”. Afterwards, there will be a post-show discussion with hypnotist Joris Waayer, anaesthetist Rutger van Leersum, the dancers and the audience.

11 October 2019 at 19:00
12 & 13 October 2019 at 15:00

The venue will be announced later.
For more information and tickets, check out the MMCA website.

Slow Rise back to Taiwan

After 3 year the video installation Slow Rise will have it’s Taiwanese premiére this October during Nuit Blanche Taipei.

Meet me at 捷運劍南路站3號出口樓梯 MRT Jiannan Rd. Station Exit 3,  時間 Time |10/5 06:00 PM – 10/6 06:00 AM地點

more info: https://www.nuitblanchetaipei.info/artwork/single?id=19

Black Box in a White Cube (new work with Tamar Blom)

A screen switched off. Humans pushing it all away. Delete. A Black Box in a White Cube.
Saturday July 29th in the closing weekend of the Li-Binyuan exhibition Tamar Blom and Karel van Laere will present a live performance.
The performances will take place in and outside MU Artspace in Eindhoven.
Performances between:
We hope to meet you there.
Tamar and Karel

Reflect in the EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam

Reflect gives you the chance to observe a break dancer up close. You stand on top of the work and thus become part of the choreography that takes place beneath you. With this continuous video installation, Van Laere explores whether visitors can be moved in addition to being transported. Credits: Karel van Laere in collaboration with D.o.P Peter van Til and dancer Joey Schrauwen. This installation can be seen free of charge in the Eye Arena.

Its a wrap!

After 3days on a loaded MRT  with in total 40 performers, 4children and 2dogs, its a wrap ! #cuttocuttocutto! Many thanks for this great TaipeiCrew: Lin Wei-Lung, Mina Hsu Ping Wang, Mink Pinster, Cordelia Yang & 張能禎. This project was made possible by: Het Fonds Podium Kunsten & The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation. More info soon!

OPEN CALL – Taiwan 2018

曾來台進修與駐村的Karel Van Laere(卡爾‧范‧拉爾),於2016年在台北國際藝術村創作《緩緩上升Slow Rise》,獲得國際好評並受邀至各地展出。今年卡爾再次來台,以「休息片刻 power naps」的主題創作《不在現場The Non-Present》,透過台北人在捷運車廂中打盹的樣貌,表達他所觀察到的台北特有文化現象。在這樣繁忙混亂的城市移動中打盹,以此暫離/暫停奔走中的意識與身體,如此的反差是本次作品想要探討的主題。
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Stichting Largo

Voorzitter: Nous Faes, Penningmeester: Talitha Stijnman, Secretaris: Sean Gilis, John de Weerd en ik proosten op stichting Largo! Trots en zie uit naar deze samenwerking! 

The Non-Present Performer [research] 30oktober 20:30 – Zaal3

The Non-Present Performer is the beginning of a research by performer and filmmaker Karel van Laere. The need to ‘step out for a while’ is addressed from his fundamental love for movement. It’s the prelude to a video art work Van Laere will complete beginning of 2018 together with D.o.P. Mink Pinster in Taipei, Taiwan.

On Monday, October 30, there was a one time performance in Zaal3 in The Hague. Under influence of hypnosis, Van Laere temporarily lent his body to dancers Amos Ben Tal, Milena Twiehaus, Yvan Dubreuil and Francesco Barba, unconsciously forming a part of the research. After, there was an aftertalk with hypnotist Joris Waayer, anaesthetist Rutger van Leersum, the dancers and the audience present.

30 oktober | 20:30

Locatie: Zaal 3 | Constant Rebecqueplein 20a | The Hague

Tickets | 5eu  http://zaal3.nl/agenda/the-non-present-performer/

The Non-Present Performer is made possible by ‘Het Fonds Podium Kunsten en Zaal 3’.

Solo exhibition – Electriciteits Fabriek The Hague

In September 2017, I held my first solo exhibition in the industrial setting of the Electricity Factory in The Hague. Screening: Slow Rise, Contact, Paralysis, Largo and Slow. The exhibition was connected to the theatrical performance ‘Untitled2017’ by Nineties Productions.

Pictures by Maurice Haak #thisisthehague


From 12 December 2017 until the 28th of February 2018 Ill be working on a new production ‘In BETWEEN’ in Taipei, Taiwan.

Crew: DOP/ Editor: Mink Pinster|Production Taiwan: Mina Ping Wang|Coaching: Aernout Mik, Marcel Roijaards, John de Weerd| Line producer: Lin Wei-Lung

‘IN BETWEEN’ is made possible by the Fonds Podium Kunsten & ZAAL 3

Slow Rise at Rossana Orlandi Gallery Milano

What a Week! Slow Rise was part of the Salone Del Mobile at the Rossana Orlandi gallery. Over 20.000 people visited the gallery wich gave alot of new opportunities and contacts for my work. Now back in The Hague Ill start working on my next new project ‘The Non-Present Performer’. Premiere end 2017~  #salonedelmobile2017 #slowrise #gallery #rossanaorlandi #karelvanlaere #milano

Paralysis at BIEFF 2017

Great time at The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF screening #Paralysis 29 march 2017 at Cinema Elvire Popesco and 30 March 2017 20:30 in Cinema Muzeul Taranului~ #BIEFF2017 #aftertalk#Bucharest #Romania more info: http://www.bieff.ro/ro/2017/filme/paralysis Photo’s Ionut Dobre & Didi Elena

Artist Talk

On the 11th of March percussionist & Producer: Frank Wienk and I will be part of a Cinedans #ArtistTalk 10:30 at Eye Amsterdam ~> more info: http://cinedans.nl/festival/festival-2017/#karel-frank-nl
#reservations: registration@cinedans.nl #ontbijtje #eyefilmmuseum #artisttalk #bink #cinedans #slowrise

Video-artwork Slow censored at The Dutch Parliament / The Netherlands.

The presentation of my video-artwork Slow has been stopped after several complaints
The work was only on view for a couple of hours
Multiple people associated the visual image with the refugee-crisis
and claimed the work to be ‘inappropriate’

Unfortunately I’m unable to trace the complaints to their source
Art should lead to debate, not towards censorship

official trailer: https://vimeo.com/82505078


special moment 2016

Honoured and proud the 1st edition of Paralysis & Largo will be part of the private art collection of mr.Xie #China #2016 #edition #1/6 – Thankyou: #taipeiartistvillage, Wu Dar Kuen, Lin Wei Lung, Wu Chi Tsung, Phebea Shen, #LocalEnough

Pictures and box by: Lin Wei Lung