Maison du Peuple

Place de la liberté

63000 Clermont-Ferrand

Tel : +33 (0)4 73 17 02 17

Meeting point public from Thursday 19 to Saturday 22 March from 10am to 10pm

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Experimental, multidisiplinary, hybrid and collaborative performances, broadcast live also on the Internet.

 


Skinstrap

Thomas Israël & Gauthier Keyaerts (Belgium)

Friday March 21 - 8.30pm - Salle des Frères Lumière

With the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International and the Agence Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse

If Thomas Israël embodies the central element of Skinstrap, both in terms of the conception of the show and his solitary presence on the stage, he manages to “obliterate” himself at the centre of this performance. His body, silent, becomes a “simple” screen. A universal history of colors unfolds there, an exploration of the artist’s fantasies, anguish and hopes, quite openly, without unnecessary exhibitionism (inside it), all of it accompanied by music and sound design composed by Gauthier Keyvaerts. A degree of additional immersion, very spatialized.

The whole thing represents a balance able to transform the Skinstrap experience into a session of collective psychoanalysis, allowing the spectators to inject just the right dose of what is deep in their hearts too.

 

 

Trained in the theatre and contemporary dance, Thomas Israël now passionately explores the world of contemporary art in its digital and interactive forms. His creations have been exhibited as accompaniments to concerts and dance performances (Pouliche at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Drip Hop with Charleroi Danses), as well as in museum contexts (such as MoMA, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, the Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse, etc). In the wake of his installation, Méta-crâne, Skinstrap constitutes an emminently intimist and global résumé of Thomas Israël’s oeuvre.

Holder of a Master's degree in Information and Communication, Gauthier Keyaerts is an artist who's keen on social sciences. Semiology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, among others, are disciplines that make one's perception particularly sensitive to oneself, others, and society at large. These problematics and questions have always been closely linked to Gauthier's research in sound, which originally started on Radio Campus Bruxelles, where he explored (DJ-ing, sound art as well as real-time hörspiel). There, he also had the opportunity to meet and become friends with Robin Rimbaud, Matt Elliott and David Shea... artists who were in direct link with the label which would later release his first electronic compositions, Sub Rosa. There he released four albums as half of the Bump and Grind / BNG duo, two solo albums (as Very Mash'ta), and remixed or collaborated with artists such as Freeform, AtomTM, OM1 (Kompakt) or Norscq. Mick Harris, Speedy J and Christophe Monier (Micronauts) remixed him in turn.

After these intense and productive years, Gauthier took a step back and decided to widen his horizons, finding a crucial piece to his personal puzzle after meeting and collaborating with visual artists Natalia de Mello and Thomas Israël. Sounds and images interacted, and then turned into installations before becoming inter-disciplinary performances. Voice later got added to the mix, with (among others) Margarida Guia (who collaborated with Serge Teyssot-Gay) or poet from Québec Jean-Marc-Desgent.

Gauthier Keyaerts' first installation, L'œil Sampler, saw the light of day in 2011; a search for sound vision, concrete sound, or the object turned into a music broadcasting tool.

Then came a tribute to counter-cultures in the twentieth century, (an-ART-key), as well as a poetic vision in sound of the Belgian town of Huy (Par Huy dire), both in 2012, before Fragments #43-44, in 2013.

During this time Gauthier Keyaerts also performed live on stage, whether solo (under the names The Aktivist, Very Mash'ta, or Next Baxter), as part of bands or collectives (Supernova, 8/40), or more recently in collaboration with poets Jean-Marc Desgent and Annie Lafleur.  


Fragments #43-44

Gauthier Keyaerts (Belgium)

Friday March 21 - 10pm - Maison du peuple

With the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International and the Agence Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse

 

Fragments #43-44 is an art project by Gauthier Keyaerts, in collaboration with François Zajéga (visuals and data mapping) and the numediart institute (gesture recognition). Its core concept relies on both technology and improvisation.

Once immersed in what is both a digital sound universe and a real music instrument, the artist (or the audience) uses the movements of his body to navigate through a series of sound banks, which is renewed prior to every public performance.

In this process, the body can trigger and spatialize sounds (which then move around the artist), and specific gestures are used to loop them, activate effects, or alter a sound's volume, speed, etc. One can therefore improvise a unique composition of the instant.

When performing, Gauthier Keyaerts acts as both a conductor and a human interface between sounds, machines and images. Absorbed in this sound world, Gauthier draws from the depths of his subconscious in order to create new forms. 
Such an experience is available to the public when the system is presented as an art installation, allowing anyone to not only see and hear, but feel its creative potential.

Fragments #43-44 is a project financed by the digital arts division of the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, and co-produced by the numediart Institute as well as Transcultures. 
It was featured during the 2013 edition of City Sonic in Mons, Belgium, at the Ooh festival in Luxembourg, and during three weeks at PointCulture in Brussels.

 

Holder of a Master's degree in Information and Communication, Gauthier Keyaerts is an artist who's keen on social sciences. Semiology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, among others, are disciplines that make one's perception particularly sensitive to oneself, others, and society at large. These problematics and questions have always been closely linked to Gauthier's research in sound, which originally started on Radio Campus Bruxelles, where he explored (DJ-ing, sound art as well as real-time hörspiel). There, he also had the opportunity to meet and become friends with Robin Rimbaud, Matt Elliott and David Shea... artists who were in direct link with the label which would later release his first electronic compositions, Sub Rosa. There he released four albums as half of the Bump and Grind / BNG duo, two solo albums (as Very Mash'ta), and remixed or collaborated with artists such as Freeform, AtomTM, OM1 (Kompakt) or Norscq. Mick Harris, Speedy J and Christophe Monier (Micronauts) remixed him in turn.

After these intense and productive years, Gauthier took a step back and decided to widen his horizons, finding a crucial piece to his personal puzzle after meeting and collaborating with visual artists Natalia de Mello and Thomas Israël. Sounds and images interacted, and then turned into installations before becoming inter-disciplinary performances. Voice later got added to the mix, with (among others) Margarida Guia (who collaborated with Serge Teyssot-Gay) or poet from Québec Jean-Marc-Desgent.

Gauthier Keyaerts' first installation, L'œil Sampler, saw the light of day in 2011; a search for sound vision, concrete sound, or the object turned into a music broadcasting tool.

Then came a tribute to counter-cultures in the twentieth century, (an-ART-key), as well as a poetic vision in sound of the Belgian town of Huy (Par Huy dire), both in 2012, before Fragments #43-44, in 2013.

During this time Gauthier Keyaerts also performed live on stage, whether solo (under the names The Aktivist, Very Mash'ta, or Next Baxter), as part of bands or collectives (Supernova, 8/40), or more recently in collaboration with poets Jean-Marc Desgent and Annie Lafleur.