From September to November 2021, during his Open Space residency at The Grey Space, Karel van Laere developed a new body of work titled Reach. 14 /05/2022 a performative symposium was dedicated to the Reach project.
The aim of this performative symposium was not only to share, but to also facilitate (social) revelation by stimulating the most powerful characteristic of mankind: imagination. The event aimed to spark this imagination in visitors and participants alike through engaging both the mind and the body and connecting people from different backgrounds.
Besides a panel talk between Karel van Laere and surgeons Dr. Anke Smits and Guus Bökkerink – moderated by philosopher and biologist Ellen ter Gast – the symposium features performances by dancer Simon Bus, artist Yun Lee, musician Raphael Vanoli and Karel van Laere.
Pictures by Gordon Meuleman
The symposium is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.
Reach is a project by Karel van Laere developed in a co-production by The Grey Space in the Middle and Stichting Largo and is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Mondriaan Fonds, Amarte Fonds, the In Art We Trust Fund (by We Are Public) and Laparoscopyboxx (a brand of Outside the Boxx).
‘Karel gaf mij een rondleiding door de expositie. Ik heb zelf een visuele beperking en Karel gaf een uitgebreide beschrijving over zijn videoprojecten. Het was goed te volgen en er waren items waar ik het goed mee kreeg door de audio en doordat ik sommige items kon voelen.
Een expositie zeker het bezoeken waard. Karel is vaak zelf aanwezig en benaderbaar en geeft een duidelijke tekst en uitleg over zijn werken zodat je een inkijkje wordt gegund in zijn beweegredenen.’
On Saturday 5 February Stroom proudly kicks off the new year with the opening of the exhibition Positions: Time-Based, featuring video works by artists based in The Hague: Eliane Esther Bots, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Karel van Laere, Tineke van Veen & Barbara Prezelj, and Annemarie Wadlow. The presentation presents five very different and distinctive artistic positions and captures the spirit of our time in video works of today. Using an observational, investigative and experimental approach, the artists find subtle ways to open up new narratives into complex issues. Positions: Time-Based is also the start of the yearlong program Positions, showcasing local artists. Read more
Jegens & Tevens:
Honoured to be part of the exhibition STREET VIEW with my work SLow. Alongside 20 fantastic artworks SLow is on public display in a shop window in Maastricht till 31 October 2021.
Curated by Bart van den Boom
More information: https://www.viewmaster-projects.com/streetview/
A great honour to be a part of this theatre performance with this killer collective URLAND!
Review Volkskrant by Yasmina Aboutaleb: https://www.volkskrant.nl/cultuur-media/de-eindeloze-herhaling-van-een-saai-ritueel-levert-een-prachtig-beeld-op-in-de-gabber-opera~b119fb1f/
Review Theaterkrant by Moos van den Broek : https://www.theaterkrant.nl/recensie/de-gabber-opera/urland/
pictures by: Julian Maiwald
“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.
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
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
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/
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
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