installation / performance
‘They are like so many cages, so many small theatres, in which each actor is alone, perfectly individualized and constantly visible.’ (Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punishment)
SATURN II is a performance/installation in Karl van Welden’s SATURN-series, focusing on themes such as distance, intimacy, infinity, control and power in relation to the contemporary landscape. The site-specific project SATURN I explores the shaping powers of a natural landscape and is being developed parallel to SATURN II, an installation for urban landscape.
A circle of monolithically shaped observation points stands in and an unspoiled landscape. A panoptical setup which offers a view on its wide surroundings. As a spectator you take place in each observational post individually, zooming in on details in the natural panorama. The lens guides your gaze to the intimacy of isolated figures in the distance. In an atmosphere of melancholy and vague menace they attempt to inscribe themselves in world and time though small gestures.
Dune, lowland and horizon create distances or try to bridge them. The landscape as a mediator between human-size actions and cosmic dimensions. Visitors determine their own time; the performers keep on playing without interruption.
TERSCHELLING (NL) | Bunkerduin Oost
OEROL 2011 | 18-20 and 22-26 JUNE 2011
Concept | Direction | Sound: Karl Van Welden - Dramaturgy: Bart Capelle - Performers: Stefaan Claeys | Sara Vilardo | Michael Helland | Carolina Mantovano | Kevin Trappeniers | Fran Verstegen - Video: Wannes Gevaert - Assistance | Photography: Maarten De Vrieze - Construction advice: Hiro Verbist - Coordination: Elisa Demarré | Julie Descamps - Production: Verenigde Planeten | United Planets vzw - Coproduction: Oerol 2011 (NL) | Vooruit (BE) - Supported by: PACT Zollverein (DE) | The City of Ghent | The Flemish Government - Thanks to: Staatsbosbeheer (NL)