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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium

Maybe this act, this work, this thing

Joachim Koester

video, color, stereo, DK/BE/GB,
single screen version: 16:9, 12’, 2017
installation version: 2:3, 20’, 2016

Two Vaudeville actors are working on a new act in a dimly lit theater. Spurred by the development of the cinematic apparatus, they attempt to transform themselves into a film machine. The actors become cogs, wheels, moving belts, and quivering electricity. They whisper, dance, stomp, grab and roll as they mime the mechanics of the machinery. Film is a truly revolutionary technology, an overwhelming force that the actors attempt to invoke. Their actions are marked by a great urgency. Unless they can utilize this technology to create an act, their ability to make a living as performers will come to an end.

Performers Boglarka Börcsök & Zeina Hanna
Cinematographer Adam Jandrup
Light Adam Jandrup & Artur Castro Freire
Sound recording Irvic D’Olivier & Marie Paulus
Choreography & assistant director Liz Kinoshita
Costume Anne-Catherine Kunz
Make up & hair Marie Messien
Film set design & construction Søren Assenholt & Herman Sorgeloos
Data handler Loup Brenta
Production manager Jesse Van Bauwel, Marie Logie & Rebecca Jane Arthur
Editing Joachim Koester & Lui Mokrzycki
Sound editing & mixing Stefan A. Pedersen
Color grading Ulrik Heltoft
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-commissioned by Camden Arts Centre & Bergen Kunsthall
Supported by Beckett-Fonden, Danish Arts Foundation, Knud Højgaards Fond, On & For Production, Statens Kunstfond & STUK | House for Dance, Image and Sound
Thanks to STUK team Wieter Bloemen, Laura Delaere, Ilse Van Essche, Bregt Janssens, Richard Kerkhofs, Neal Van Pee, Karen Verschooren and Sven Augustijnen, Michel Balague, Ellen Blumenstein, Gina Buenfeld, Martin Clark, Jenni Lomax, Anna Manubens, Maxim-Jo Beck McGosh, Jan Mot & Morten Søkilde

Maybe this act, this work, this thing has been on display at the following locations:

Kunsthall Bergen, (NO) Jan 26–Mar 18 2018 Gallery Elba Benitez Madrid, (ES) Nov 18 2017–Jan 5 2018 Calgary Contemporary Calgary, (CA) Sep 15–Sep 17 2017 Calgary Contemporary Calgary, (CA) Sep 1 2017–Jan 21 2018 STUK Leuven, (BE) Mar 30–May 28 2017 CPH:DOX Copenhagen, (DK) Sunday, Mar 26 2017 CPH:DOX Copenhagen, (DK) Tuesday, Mar 21 2017 Camden Arts Centre London, (GB) Jan 28–Mar 26 2017