• Anike Joyce Sadiq
    You Never Look At Me From The Place From Which I See You, 2015

  • Latifa Echakhch
    Blush, 2019

  • Lubaina Himid
    Vernet's Studio, 1994

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Divider, 2019

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Lawn 1, 2019

  • Marcia Kure
    Denizen, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Santiago Mostyn
    Suedi (Slow Wave Edit), 2017

  • Anike Joyce Sadiq
    You Never Look At Me From The Place From Which I See You, 2015

  • Latifa Echakhch
    Blush, 2019

  • Lubaina Himid
    Vernet's Studio, 1994

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Divider, 2019

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Lawn 1, 2019

  • Marcia Kure
    Denizen, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Santiago Mostyn
    Suedi (Slow Wave Edit), 2017

  • Anike Joyce Sadiq
    You Never Look At Me From The Place From Which I See You, 2015

  • Latifa Echakhch
    Blush, 2019

  • Lubaina Himid
    Vernet's Studio, 1994

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Divider, 2019

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Lawn 1, 2019

  • Marcia Kure
    Denizen, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Santiago Mostyn
    Suedi (Slow Wave Edit), 2017

  • Anike Joyce Sadiq
    You Never Look At Me From The Place From Which I See You, 2015

  • Latifa Echakhch
    Blush, 2019

  • Lubaina Himid
    Vernet's Studio, 1994

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Divider, 2019

  • Lungiswa Gqunta
    Lawn 1, 2019

  • Marcia Kure
    Denizen, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Peter Geschwind & Gunilla Klingberg
    Lifesystems - Nonspace, 2019

  • Santiago Mostyn
    Suedi (Slow Wave Edit), 2017

ART PROJECTS 2019

Benoît Lachambre / Par B.L.eux  & Sophie Corriveau
Fluid Grounds 

Exhibition period July 1–28, 2019
Opening hours Daily, 10 am–5 pm
With Sophie Corriveau, Benoît Lachambre, Rachel Tess and Andrew Turner
Curator Rachel Tess

In July the visitors to the sculpture park will encounter Fluid Grounds by the choreographer and performer Benoît Lachambre. Installed in the Art Gallery, Fluid Grounds comes to life with the presence and movement of the audience. Through meticulous taping of the floor and the walls, the performers will sketch a multicolored, theatrical cartography that unfolds slowly throughout the month. The mapping constitutes a visible memory of the actions behind them and the people who have passed through them. Since 2014, Wanås Konst has actively made dance and performance part of its program in collaborations with dancer and choreographer Rachel Tess. 

Fluid Grounds can be seen from July 1–28, daily, 10 am–5 pm. The installation is open for visitors both with and without the performers.

Through live-art at Wanås Konst we ask how the ephemeral can affect a landscape populated by sculptures, how the "live" can remind us of the actions it took to make them, and how our bodies relate to the concrete and fleeting in the middle of a forest, in the now.

We do not ask performance to be anything other than the multi-faceted, slippery beast that it is, or to justify itself on any other terms than its own. We place it at the forefront and allow it to shape, mold, smash, imprint, and catalyze – we unleash its potential in the visual arts context and attempt to understand how it can affect and be affected by time and place.

Choreographer and performer Benoît Lachambre has the unique ability to dream bodies in ways that surpass the boldest of imaginations and the most typical of associations. In his performances bodies appear, recognizable at first in form and articulation, then through a slight shift in presence, a release in muscle tension, the deepening of the gaze, or the reorganization of modality they begin to transform. They can make the room expand and contract and trick perception into believing down is up and up is down. The audience is captured in a vibratory space of subtle and extreme shifts that are hard to categorize, but are held together by a softness of expression that opens up for collective and kinetic dreaming. 

I first encountered Lachambre’s work as a dancer in 2010 during the creation of JJ’s voices at Cullbergbaletten, where we embodied the emotional and dynamic shifts in Janis Joplin’s songs and voice in a one hour and twenty minute stage performance. Since then, Lachambre has remained unafraid and radical in his commitment to reformulating and transforming his artistic practice with an acute attention to the ethics of inviting the public into his works. This includes a natural shift from the traditional theater to other spaces, including museums and galleries, where he experiments with duration and audience engagement. 

If you walk into the Konsthall at Wanås in July you will meet four performers, Sophie Corriveau, Benoît Lachambre, Rachel Tess, and Andrew Turner, engaged in the fabrication of ambulatory spaces. Through meticulous floor and wall taping, they map out vectors of movement, sketching a multicolored, theatrical cartography that unfolds slowly over one month. The adhesive drawings come to life, influenced by the audience’s presence and movement. They constitute a visible memory of the actions it took to make them and the people who have passed through them. You can view the work from above, on the floor, or in motion guided by the performers. What you see in the beginning will have transformed completely by the end.

– Rachel Tess, associate curator dance

Fluid Grounds is the second part of a triptych that began with Lifeguard (a solo created and performed by Lachambre in 2016). The work is produced by Par B.L.eux and Sophie Corriveau in coproduction with Agora de la danse, Festival TransAmériques and Charleroi Danse.

Fluids Grounds at Wanås Konst is presented in collaboration with:

Immerse in the art at Wanås Konst – click here to download this year's program paper!


 


Benoît Lachambre. Foto Claudia Chan Tak.

Benoît Lachambre (born 1960) is an influential choreographer, dancer, and teacher who has been active since the 1970s. In his work, he examines communication and perception through dance and movement. He works with experimental techniques and processes in close dialogue with other choreographers, dancers, and artists. In July and August, Lachambre will occupy the Art Gallery with his ongoing Fluid Grounds project. Since 1996, Lachambre has directed his own dance company, Par B.Leux, which has presented 20-odd works and a significant number of workshops all over the world. Lachambre has collaborated with Boris Charmatz, Catherine Contour, Lynda Gaudreau, Laurent Goldring, Hanh Rowe, Felix Ruckert, Isabelle Schad, and Sasha Waltz. He has created solo performances for Louise Lecavalier and Marian Ballester. With the Swedish Cullberg Ballet, he created the works JJ’s Voices (2009) and High Heels Too (2013).