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LEAF

Reach II

Reach I

Reach I

2022, The Netherlands
Live performance
13 & 14 May 2022 – The Grey Space in The Middle, The Hague
A recurring theme in van Laere’s work is the antagonism between the human body and technological systems. During the three-month residency at The Grey Space in the fall of 2021, he shifted his gaze to the inside of the body using surgical tools. The vulnerability of the internal body usually shows its beauty in sterile operating rooms where surgeons deftly perform meticulous operations with laparoscopic instruments. Fascinated by its fragility, van Laere explored the inside of the body and the artistic possibilities of laparoscopic instruments for a series of new works among which the performance Reach.

pictures by Gordon Meuleman

  • Performed and conceived by Karel van Laere
  • Laparoscopic co-workers Zahira Suliman, Ben Terwel
  • Sound design Mathijs van Til
  • Coaching Frank Koolen
  • Inspired by conversations with surgeon: Anke Smits & Guus Bökkerink
  • Technical production Vincent Krouwer
  • Production The Grey Space in the Middle and Stichting Largo
  • 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).
  • Special thanks: FlexDex Surgical, Hubert Prins, Susan de Bruin, Tim Terpstra, Marijke Cobbenhagen, Ramses Nieuwenhuizen, Lieneke Hulshof, Talitha Stijnman, Peter Hendrikx, Nora Duijf, Elien Phernambucq, Alex Heuvink, Peter van Til, Frank Wienk, Djurre en Chuckie, Sarah de Bruin.