Trance-Action. A meditative stroll through the collection, from Baloji to Van Severen
‘Trance-Action’ takes us through traditional weaving techniques, the production of car parts and the processing of raw materials into construction material. An object is created through a repetitive and often lightning-fast movement of hands and bodies. Small-scale manufacturing and major industries initiate the same rhythmic process: the maker makes. The hypnotic cadence of the action turns man into machine. At that point, the activity takes over from the Self and haste makes way for serenity. ‘Trance-Action’ leads us to this specific tipping point between restlessness and rest. It examines the way in which repetition and patterns can free us from the hustle and bustle and connect us with our inner being.
“We are all marionettes in an absurdist theatre whose elementary rationality could actualize, at least theoretically, our communal destiny and the precariousness of a common human condition.” (Sammy Baloji)
With work by, among others, Richard Artschwager, Sammy Baloji, Kasper Bosmans, Marjolijn Dijkman, Gabriel Kuri, Marcel Maeyer, Valérie Mannaerts, Hana Miletić, Grace Ndiritu, Panamarenko, Eric van Hove and Dan Van Severen.