14.07.2017
HOOGTIJ/laagtij dag 1
Festival

De Zwarte Zuster Fanfare (18:00-00:00)

De Zwarte Zuster Fanfare formally opens the festival with a ceremony. Their moving sound experiment starts at 18h on the street and will later pop up multiple times on various spots scattered around the building.

Pieter Ampe (23:00)

Dancer/choreographer Pieter Ampe is inherently part of a festival about rituals. His bodily performances are almost rituals on their own. Often primitive, wordless and seemingly farcical, but always a little bit uncomfortable. His performance during HOOGTIJ/laagtij is still a mystery, yet has something to do with the following terms: beardy weirdy, calypso, jet set, copacobana and club total.

 

Nienke Baeckelandt (18:00-00:00)

During HOOGTIJ/laagtij Nienke Baeckelandt lifts her performance ‘SNIP IT’ to metaphysical heights. Ten days long she locks herself in an atelier, armed with paper, scissors and a headphone that conducts the rhythm of her action.

Rutger de Vries (21:00)

The in-situ work of Rutger de Vries gives HOOGTIJ/laagtij a solemn allure. He constructed a splendid ‘paint chandelier’, which he sparks every day at precisely 21h in the entrance hall.

 


 

HOOGTIJ/laagtij

During the yearly citywide craze, Gouvernement pays tribute to the “Homo Festivus” and “celebrating” as such. HOOGTIJ/laagtij is a festival within a festival, a scaled-down metaphor for a city on the verge of insanity. An invitation to both total surrender and sobering reflection.

Around twenty artists have been invited as the Masters of Ceremony of this 10 day-festival. They are commissioned with the task of immersing the audience into their idea of jubilation, transcendence and related rituals. Their daily actions ignite from a visual, theatrical or musical spark and draw on well-founded ceremonial heritage. Just as well, interventions are flagrant, nonsensical bursts of euphoria & decadence.

All actions leave specific, physical traces all over the Gouvernement-site. These will eventually lead to the formation of a ‘Gesammtkunstwerk’ and become a visual guideline for a reconstructive exhibition in the aftermath of the festival (27-30.07).

Forensic investigations reach a final stage with the release of publication by Jelle Martens and Raimundas Malašauskas (autumn 2017).

*with the support of Vooruit, Stad Gent & Vlaamse Gemeenschap

 


 

“The necessity for reversal is so important that it had, at one time, its consecration: there is no constitution of society which does not have, on the other hand, the challenging of its foundations; rituals show it: the saturnalias or festivals of madmen reversed the roles.”

Georges Bataille, Inner Experience (1943)