What happens to the things you throw away day after day? The Belgian artist, performer and author Sarah Vanhee collected all her material and virtual waste over the course of a year for Oblivion. In this gem of a piece, Vanhee and the audience together experience changes in perspective: What happens to the relationships and ideas that are discarded because they have failed, are broken, dysfunctional? What happens to our secretions, to dead cells? To all the things that are long forgotten but still exist? In the beginning there are only cardboard boxes, which Vanhee carefully empties out as she talks to the audience. There is no such thing as coincidence here. The fuller the stage becomes, the more associations there are. Vanhee’s challenging solo piece is not only about consumerism and our throwaway society; the artist also ponders creative processes, be they of an everyday or artistic nature. But above all, she takes a close, loving look at something that is all too often forgotten: the beauty of the useless.
- Artistic Team
Concept, performance Sarah Vanhee Sound Alma Söderberg, Hendrik Willekens Artistic consultation Mette Edvardsen, Berno Odo Polzer Voice Jakob Ampe
Production assistant Linda Sepp Technician Bart Huybrechts
Co-production CAMPO (Gent), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Göteborgs dans- och teaterfestival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) within the context of NXTSTP with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union With the support of the Flemish Authorities Thanks to Manyone, Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats (Saint Gilles), Kaaitheater (Brussels)
Premiere November 2015, CAMPO (Gent)
Sarah Vanhee is a Belgian artist, born in 1980. Her artistic practice is always linked to performance, visual art, film and literature. It uses different formats and is often (re)created in situ. Recent works include The Making of Justice, Oblivion, I Screamed and I Screamed and I Screamed, Untitled, Lecture For Every One, Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts). Her work has been presented in various contexts such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussel (BE), Saal Biennaal, Talinn (EE), Actoral Marseille (FR), Centre Pompidou Metz (FR), HAU Berlin (DE), Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (NL), Arnolfini Gallery Bristol (UK), Jihlava IDFF (CZ) amongst others. She is the co-author of Untranslatables and author of The Miraculous Life of Claire C and TT. She wrote several texts for specialized press and art-related publications. Since 2009 Sarah Vanhee works in close collaboration with CAMPO, which produced several of her works. She is a member of Manyone, a collaborative structure for artists.