Oracle is a body-voice practice. We will conduct a two hour workshop to introduce you to our practice.
Within this state of high concentration we are individually confronted with a contradiction to own interiority when trying to embody the sounds of the others. This state produces a peculiar performativity. The body appears to be “reading” something intangible. Over time, the movement score “breaks down”. A unified physicality appears between us. Individuality meets the collective.
Can the prophecy that we offer then be read as a social-critical one?
What is this practice as a metaphor for society?
The content of the Oracle practice covers many subjects and vocal registers. Each performance is unique to the participants, moment and context.
Oracle reads different spaces; train stations, parks, institutions, forests, public libraries, urban gardens, waterways and private living spaces.
Oracle is a body-voice performance installation that takes the interior and exteriorizes it vocally. The invisible becomes concrete, not through sight but through sound. We resign ourselves from sight to access another form of self, to heighten listening, and to investigate duality within and between ourselves and the spectator. Rather than focusing on composition or singing from a musical practice Oracle explores inner sensations coming from a body practice. Voices meet in (dis)harmony. Our physicality embodies the situation bridging (dis)harmony to the visual. The vocal architecture, blind interaction, and movement score create a space.
Oracle is an uncanny embodiment of the moment.
How does one read the moment as an abstruse prophecy?
In what way is vocalizing interiority a reading of the future moment?
The spectator receives the reading as a visual perspective, sonic experience, and spatial-social relation – an alternative space surfaces, a reading with thoughts, character and history of its own, revealing a prophesy embedded in vocal sounds.
The Oracle practice aims to sustain individuality within the collective moment. As the word suggests, Oracle has an attention to ‘togetherness’ and individual agency.
Saturday 26 November at 19:00 Oracle will be performed by Michel Yang (BE/US), Justine Maxelon (BE/DE) and Caroline Daish (BE/AU) during the final event of WAB.
Final Event WAB
19:00-21:00 short presentations by
Bruno De Wachter, Circling Around (without taking off)
Helena Dietrich, Elastic Habitat (introduction)
Various Artists, Saudade de Europa
Pierre-Philippe Hofmann, Portrait of a Landscape #1: unrandomized
hans Andreas R., p a s s a g e n
Mathieu Léger, The Distance Between Us
Caroline Daish, Oracle (introduction)
Bxl.Wildlife, Bxl.Wildlife Festival 2016
Silvia Pereira, O m2 [omniadversus momentum 2]
21:00 mobile snacks + bar
EXPO & WORKSHOP
14:00-18:00 ongoing expo
with installations by Bruno De Wachter, Various Artists, Pierre-Philippe Hofmann, hans Andreas R., Mathieu Leger, Silvia Pereira
Caroline Daish, Oracle Workshop
19:00-22:00 discussion (by invitation only)
Pacôme Béru and nadine, Buratinas Captains
EXPO & PERFORMANCES
14:00- ongoing expo
with installations by Various Artists, Pierre-Philippe Hofmann, hans Andreas R., Mathieu Leger, Silvia Pereira
16:00-18:00 under the skin of the speculative body
Helena Dietrich, Elastic Habitat (work in progress)
18:00-19:00 lecture performance
Filip Van Dingenen, NFUMU NGUI; Totem in Anthropocene
Caroline Daish, Michel Yang, and Justine Maxelon, Oracle
20:00 mobile snacks + party
Mathieu Leger’s The Distance Between Us is a project that investigates the physicality and nature of exploration through walking to random preselected coordinates. This project is an experimental walking project using maps as material to alter itineraries and reflect on how we engage with space in both real and abstract ways. The true distance between us is not only spatial and temporal but also emotional.
For this project he invites people to join his Brussels walks.
Friday 18 November: Leaving rue Gallait 80 at 10h30.
More information about the project:
The Distance Between Us (WAB 2016 Edition)
A path is a record of an event, or the duration of that event. In this project, a map becomes a tool to coordinate an event to create a path. Maps engage politics, culture, colonization, and discovery; they are powerful devices. In the project, The Distance Between Us, the artist uses a map of the city as a mechanism to determine locations that will culminate into a series of paths between places. These locations are only tied together through a hole made by piercing the folded map. Through this action, the artist conceptually links these places in space. The idea behind this project is to "stumble upon" a site.
“I am interested in walking with people to discuss themes of boundary, distance, and physical limitations as it pertains to travelling (walking). Ultimately, I am curious about people's perception of distance and what they believe they are capable of doing physically. This is an enquiry into our engagement with human scales in an urban environment, where distances and space are mostly travelled using cars, trams, buses, metro, etc.”
Conversations will happen around spatial awareness, location, travelling, distance, physicality, and what it means to be in a place. These themes all lie within the record of the path and the systems that come from circulating through this world. We build meaning through art and meaningful things come from exploring. How well do we really know our own cities? How large is your city when you transect it using your body rather than mechanical means?
" […] the subject of walking is, in some sense, about how we invest universal acts with particular meanings… Exploring the world is one of the best ways of exploring the mind, and walking travels both terrains." Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Friday 18/11/16 — 5 points — Distance: 12.5 km one way (20 km return)
Approximate time: 3 hours (5 hours return)
Saturday 19/11/16 — 5 points — Distance: 12.5 km one way (15 km return)
Approximate time: 3 hours (4 hours return)
Tuesday 22/11/16 — 5 points — Distance: 12.5 km one way (17km return)
Approximate time: 2 hours (4 hours return)
Images from the walks will be disseminated via Twitter • @MLegerArt • and through the artist's Facebook • http://bit.ly/2ewv7mS •
Please note: Distances are calculated using Google Maps™. These distance can sometimes be very different from reality, this route system can be wrong and could have an impact on walk distances and times. These calculations are to be used as a starting point, as an estimate of the day’s expedition. Participants are free to come for the day or only part of the route. Participants are also responsible for their own snacks and water. Proper clothing and footwear must also be a consideration. The artist and Wandering Arts Biennial are not liable nor will they be held responsible for any participant in any way.
The workshop Wild Cartography is facilitated by Wænd, a Brussels based organisation dedicated to subjective & critic cartography. Developing long term research within the field of territorial narratives & representations, they collaborate with artists, universities, researchers, and citizen driven organisations.
As an online tool, Wænd provides a web platform for subjective and collaborative spatial publication. This application is open source and under constant development.
Wænd will present their online tool and help participants to translate their project to the web platform. The workshop starts with an introduction and then continues hands-on building online maps.
The workshop is limited to 12 participants. If you are interested to follow this activity, please confirm your participation by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com before Thursday 29 September.
For more information see below or contact Pacôme Beru, firstname.lastname@example.org
On friday 16 September at 18:00pm you can attend a guided tour with the curator of the exhibition, Maud Salembier.
The 1th WAB book launch is accompanied by an exhibition presenting some (audio)visual works from the WAB 2014 edition, curated by Maud Salembier.
The exhibition is still open from 10 to 16 September (10am-5pm),
and can be visited from 17 September to 9 October by appointment (via email@example.com)
@nadine: Gallaitstraat 80, 1030 Schaarbeek
‘1st Wandering Arts Book’ is designed by Überknackig and presents contributions by Noëlle Bastin & Bastien Bogaerts, Pacôme Béru, Bxl Wildlife, David De Tscharner, Bruno De Wachter, Sebastian Dingens, Florence Doléac, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou, Lenka Dolanova, Theun Karelse, Nicolas Matzner Weisner, Léa Mayer, nadine, September Tiberghien, Maud Salembier, Marinus Van Dijke, Jeroen Van Westen, and Various Artists.
Buy the first Wandering Arts Biennial book, and become a friend of WAB. (20,00€/book)
interested: email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Residencies & Projects
Saudade de Europa will participate at Pixelache Festival in Helsinki (22-25 September), in Jyväskylä (14-16 October), and Rovaniemi (4-6 Noebember).
While traveling from Brussels to Helsinki (September), from Helsinki to Jyväskylä (October), and from Helsinki to Rovaniemi (November) Various Artists will be collecting artefacts and stories from local merchants.
The project highlights the importance of empathic trade as opposed to apathetic consumerism and proposes a strategy for change in a poetic manner by raising awareness and starting a dialogue about our current economic system that seems to be reaching a dead end.
Circling Around (without taking off) will participate at the Still Walking Festival in Birmingham (10-25 September). Bruno De Wachter will walk around Birmingham International Airport on 10 September 2016.
"Airports are very similar all the world over. Regional differences are reduced to the souvenirs that you can buy in the gift shop. For this reason, you could say that the airport cuts a hole in the local landscape. That is why it is often represented as a hatched surface on the map. A hole that is not, like a rabbit hole, leading down into a bottomless black, but one that is leading up, into an infinite blue. In order to describe a hole, you have to circumscribe it.
I walk around international airports and invite people to join me. We will not walk directly around the fence, but along roads and paths that are close to the airport. We will follow a set of rules that will help us to stay local. After the walk, we will meet again with all the participants to create a story and a map of our explorations"
"The process the artists Helena Dietrich and Janneke Raaphorst invite to you to be part of, is a journey between internal and external dynamics of the body. They create an environment where one can dive into an investigation of the body in relation to materials from their pure materiality to what they can produce in the body in terms of symbolic awakening. These environments are settings where one gets driven by a sensibilization of the body as an invitation to create new narratives of the self and new ways to subjectify reality."
Helena Dietrich is one of the participating artists in WAB 2016. In July 2016 Helena and designer Janneke Raaphorst work at Morhpo to create shapes/objects that derive from the one-on-one sessions she organised with her public.
Buratinas Captains is a short term residency project, where artists are invited to learn how to drive Buratinas, a small solar powered boat. Once they get used to it, they follow their own way on belgian waterways for a week.
The next team will then pick up the boat where it has been parked, and pursue the travel.
Buy the first Wandering Arts Biennial book and become a friend of WAB.
Koop het eerste Wandering Arts Biennial boek en wordt vriend van WAB.
Achetez le premier Wandering Arts Biennial livre et devenez amis de WAB.
interested? email your name and address to email@example.com
Wandering Arts Biennial is a research and production biennial, focused on mobility, territories, and nomadic practices of artists in the their broadest meanings.
Each WAB edition introduces artistic researches and projects.
The following year is dedicated to post-production and the making of a publication, that compiles the actual state of (ongoing) WAB researches.
Web site :
De nieuwe ruimte van nadine bevindt zich in Schaarbeek. Het huis, ter beschikking gesteld door de VGC tot eind 2017, wordt Morpho genoemd, naar het samenwerkingsplatform dat in 2014 gecreëerd werd door enkele Brusselse organisaties en kunstenaars. Morpho is een ruimte voor artistiek onderzoek, ontmoeting, workshops en presentatie.
The new venue of nadine is located in Schaarbeek. The house, offered by VGC until the end of 2017, is called Morpho, after the collaborative platform created by some Brussels based organisations. Morpho is a venue for artistic research, meet-ups, workshops, and presentations.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Morpho = Rue Gallaitstraat 80, 1030 Schaarbeek