De Gabber Opera 2021

A great honour to be a part of this theatre performance with this killer collective URLAND!

pictures by: Julian Maiwald

De Gabber Opera

“Kom in ons midden nu, Dreuner, o, Dreuner. Schud de aardbodem, machtige Schokker.” (uit De Bacchanten van Euripides, 406 v Chr.)

Performance collectief URLAND scheert de koppen kaal en maakt een hardcore trip voor iedereen die smacht naar een theatrale uitspatting. 8- 11 September in Theater Rotterdam

Trailer: Huub Laurens


I am working an a new project called ‘Reach’. For my explorative research I was invited to visit surgeon Guus Bökkering and his operating rooms at the Princes Maxima Hospital Utrecht. A beautiful insight into a place where everything has its function.

Project ‘Reach’ is made in collaboration with The Grey Space in the Middle in The Hague, where I am an artist in residence this year.

LEAF at Straight Through The Wall NYC

A great honour to be a part of Straight Through The Wall last weekend, A guerrilla screening downtown New York City.

LEAF [excerpt] https://vimeo.com/552607150

DoP: Peter van Til
Special thanks: Stroom Den Haag, We Are Public #frontrow & Printerette

Picture by: Sara Meghdari

New work – Composition – live stream

The live performance ‘composition’ finds its origin in the memory and imagination of the audience. Why do images end at the border of your screen? How do we deal with images that we do not see. Composition will be presented 23 December at 20:30 from The Grey Space in the Middle in The Hague.
Link to the livestream here! https://youtu.be/IqkrVFET_RcSLUITEN
Artists: Karel van Laere, Amos Ben Tal, Milena Twiehaus & Sofia Chionidou
This project is made possible by: We Are Public #FrontRow, The Grey Space in the Middle, & Brother Till.

Presenting work at PANT Public #3, iii workspace

First impressions: Dutch artists arriving in Taiwan and Taiwanese artists arriving in The Netherlands

18th October 15:30 (door open at 15:00)
Location: iii workspace
Tickets: 5-10 euro (sliding scale) HERE
Artists : Cian Yu Bai (visual art), Karel van Laere ( performance/video), Che-sheng Wu (percussionist/MIME), Yung-tuan Ku (percussionist/MIME)
This event is part of We Are Public. Please proceed to the ticket page to book a ticket with your membership card.

Pant Public #3 invites artists from different disciplines to share their art practices during a panel discussion with the subject ‘First impressions: Dutch artists arriving in Taiwan and Taiwanese artists arriving in The Netherlands’
This is the first time a Dutch artist has been invited to take part in PANT Public, to give a more rounded conversation with the different cultural perspectives.

more info: www.iii/event.com

Stroom Premium

Honoured Stroom The Hague will support my collaboration with The Grey Space in the Middle with a Stroom Premium grand 2021.



New work

Thursday 10 & Friday 11 September I will present you my first sculptural installation ‘Casting’. The work is part of the The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend and will be exhibited in The Grey Space in the Middle.

Doors are open between 18:00 and 21:00. Adres: Paviljoensgracht 20, The Hague.

No reservation is needed but due to the current distancing measures, attendance to the exhibition space is limited and regulated. For more information please have a look at https://weekend.thehaguecontemporary.nl/program/exhibition-casting/

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!