Thomas Ryckewaert : Golem
According to Jewish legend, a golem is a figure made from dust or clay by a man of learning and brought to life by means of a ritual incantation. The golem was intended as an assistant to its human creator, as a companion or protector of the latter's threatened community. But the experiment gets out of hand, and the creature turns against its creator.
Ask any sculptor; to recast even the dullest object is to celebrate it. – Tom McCarthy, Satin Island
This myth of artificial life underlies Thomas Ryckewaert's latest creation. It is a tale of ambition, creativity, power, creation, madness and destruction. It is a theme that touches upon the age-old fear of creating something that surpasses us: from the Bible via Frankenstein to the ghost of artificial intelligence. It is a story that raises the same question in every age: how deep can we dig?
From his generation, Ryckewaert is one of the most intelligent and theatrical talented makers, ready for the really big stage. - Wouter Hillaert, De Standaard