Workshop and performance

Myriam Van Imschoot - Chorus in CC

In the context of Maerzmusik, part of the Berliner Festspiele, Myriam Van Imschoot and her collaborators of What Nature Says, will give a workshop on 20th and 21st of March. On the night of the 21st, a performance will take place during Story Telling For Earthly Survival.

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"Chorus in CC" is a workshop that over two sessions of 4 hours prepares the participants to perform in a new vocal piece with the same name. No singing experience is required. The workshop is open to everybody interested in performing with extended voice and polyrhythms.

Myriam Van Imschoot: "The point of departure is a high frequency hiss that sounds like the noise crickets or cicadas make on a hot summer day, but with a bit of imagination it evokes a whole range of other sounds too, like gas leaks, fire crackling, etc. The stridulating sound is made by pulsating airflow through a narrowed mouth cavity, with the further manipulation of body and arm movements. Together with my collaborators, with whom I developed this practice of 'cricketing' over the years, I conduct the workshop as a step-by-step incursion into a group score that enables us to create a dense sound texture with shifting rhythms inside. It is a physically engaging experience, quite a trip. Minimal drone en masse."

The workshop includes a warm-up adapted to extended vocal technique, the exploration of the sound material and learning/practicing a score that makes use of acoustic and amplified space conditions.

"Chorus in CC" is free of charge, but reservation is kindly requested via thinking-together@berlinerfestspiele.net .


Credits

Direction: Myriam Van Imschoot
Sound design: Fabrice Moinet
In collaboration with: Mat Pogo, Anne-Laure Pigache, Caroline Daish and Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
With thanks to: Jakob Ampe, Bains Connective

New Year's letter

Leentje Vandenbussche invited friends, supporters and other art field dwellers on January 18th for a New Year's reception.

This January 18th served as a preview for the launch of you®company that is planned on January 18, 2018. Yet, a dark shadow was cast over this New Years toast.

For a second time Vandenbussche didn't receive the project grant for the creation of Iets anders, the last and closing performance in her artistic cycle on All, Nothing, death and Everything. This is the outcome of a fragmented and incoherent funding system or at least a system with serious teething problems.

For Dutch speaking readers among you, we would like to share the 'New Years letter' Nieuwjaarsbrief which coordinator Helga Baert wrote to Leentje Vandenbussche. > read the "Nieuwjaarsbrief" here

Leentje Vandenbussche's misfortune served as a casestudy in Kristof Jonckheere analyses of Flanders' current funding system. > read the Etcetera article here

Hiros is looking for a new office space in Brussels!

We're looking for a long term rental to host our office.
We'll need to be able to register the company's adress there as well, so nothing too temporary.
The space needs to fit at least 4 desks and a big meeting table and has plenty of natural light and heating :-)
Monthly budget max. 500 euro.
Co-working or shared spaces are possible as long as we can register the company and can talk and exchange without bothering others.
Ideas or tips are welcome at contact@hiros.be

Letter to the Minister and everyone concerned

All Flemish art organizations operating or aspiring to operate with state funding received their definitive advices from both an artistic and business point of view.
These advices are presented to the Minister who will take his final decision in the month of June.
Hiros received a positive advice. Due to a shortage in the available budget for culture, we are however ranked in a 'non-fundable' category.
The continuation of our organization is at stake amidst other valuable organizations. We advocate for an adequate budget for culture funding.

We like to share with you this letter by the Hiros artists.

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We, the 16 artists represented by the management & production office Hiros, gather in the form of this letter to address our communal concerns regarding the disappointing artistic advice received by Hiros about their funding application (2017-2021). With this advice (artistically sufficient and financially very good) the survival of a unique production house is at stake.

Hiros represents a key organizational structure helping us to transition from working as isolated artists towards more solid and outreaching forms of production. Hiros is a homebase, a professionalized context. It's a reliable partner, not only for us but also for our partners and the national and international networks in which we work.
One of the main factors that makes Hiros especially helpful for us independent artists is precisely its partial financial autonomy. Because Hiros receives subsidies to support its own sustenance, it can afford to engage with us artist in the moments when artists need support the most: before and after a project. The stability of such production platforms is a crucial anchor amidst the floating conditions contemporary artists are forced to work in.
For over 10 years, Hiros (before Margarita Production and Mokum) has worked on the frontline to help locate and create spaces and concrete resources for the promotion and diffusion of new forms of art within the large and diverse network of art professionals, presentation venues, artistic teams, and audiences. The effectiveness of Hiros' know-how in the production business has been well demonstrated by the scope and scale of its projects as well as its respect in the field of contemporary performing art.
We also want to stress that Hiros is one of the few production offices that feeds the independent artistic scene and its larger network, not the least including the audience - by producing, managing, and distributing quality works.

How can such an active structure, so well embedded on so many levels in the contemporary artistic scene of Brussels and Flanders and so representative of the professional quality and aspirations of this field be so poorly evaluated?
The rich artistic biotope that makes Belgium an acclaimed orchard needs its mutualized platforms of production and experienced production managers that work in them as dedicated gardeners.

Mr. Minister, we believe that Hiros embodies your own vision which you announced at the beginning of your legislature: Hiros supports individual, project-based artists often working on the borders between performing, visual and audiovisual arts. Moreover, Hiros is an excellent example of a synergy reducing (administrative) overheads as its small, motivated team completes a multiplicity of tasks for 16 artists. It is thanks to Hiros that these artists can focus on exactly that which you have been supporting them individually for: creating art.

For further reading and our argumentation in all its nuances, please read our complete letter here >

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Sidney Leoni - walk+talk

in Berlin and Copenhagen

During Tanz im August (Berlin) and Ice Hot Nordic Dance (Copenhagen), Sidney Leoni will present his walk + talk, a lecture performance format in which he will use movement and words to present his personal movement language and the diverse sources from which it derives.

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Accompanied by a radio, Sidney's walk + talk covers a rather broad anthology of his artistry and multi-disciplinary aspirations, inspirations, references, influences, and glimpses of his future projects, including a rather dark dance recital, an experimental social science-fiction film project, and a feature length ballet that stages encounters between humans and a dangerous and sensual herd of deers.

Tanz im August: 26.08.2016
Ice Hot Nordic Dance: 02.12.2016

Andros Zins-Browne @The Wind Egg

04.05.2016

Andros Zins-Browne will participate in 'The Wind Egg', the joyous union of Wind and an African Vulture, on Wednesday 4 May at The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.

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This inter-natural arranged marriage is an experiment to fertilize a wind egg. It shall be consummated before our eyes at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI), a NATO aeronautics facility on the outskirts of Brussels.

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Buda makes artists and public cooperate

'What's the matter with cooperation?' During three days Kunstencentrum Buda reunited people to work together on artistic projects. Artists and audience worked together, which has lead to surprising results. One of the performances was 'Verein zur Aufhebung des Notwendigen' by Christophe Meierhans.

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The way the audience cooperates, influences the result, and cooperation is the base of the artistic project. Buda wants to give to artists the opportunity to grow and to experiment with the audience. During the three days there was no passive audience, but visitors who participated and sent the project in a certain direction.

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Fabrice Samyn

Pop-up art donation for Cinemaximilaan

As part of its Public program, the Boghossian Foundation organizes a Pop-up art donation for Cinemaximiliaan from March 5th to March 13th 2016. In benefit of a crowdfunding for Cinemaximiliaan, 21 contemporary artists (amongst which Fabrice Samyn), generously donated a work. Acquire an art work, support the cinema and contribute to warmer evenings in the asylum centres.
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Bernard Van Eeghem & Dolores Bouckaert

in Musée Moule (by Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier)

In Musée Moule, Atelier Bildraum constructs a live exhibition in which it is not the artworks themselves that play a role, but the moulds, the castings or suggestions thereof. In achieving this, they are inspired by the work of Marcel Broodthaers. Musée Moule is a performance in which exhibiting becomes a performance.
Hiros artists Bernard Van Eeghem and Dolores Bouckaert participate in this performance, on 1 and 2 April 2016 at Beursschouwburg.
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