H, an incident

H, an accident is a new stage performance, for which Verdonck is looking to utilize robotics

Lifetime project: 1 April 2013 - 31 December 2013

H, an incident

Artist: Kris Verdonck
Researchers: Bart Jooris, Vincent Sercu, Thomas Nagels and Olivier Leirs

The work of Kris Verdonck echoes his education in visual arts, architecture and the theatre. He has directed several theatre shows and produced a range of installations, including 5 (2003), Catching Whales Is Easy (2004) and II (2005).

In 2011, Verdonck collaborated on two research projects. TALK aimed at a linguistic exploration, while EXIT, in cooperation with Alix Eynaudi, looked to explore theatre as a medium. Also in 2011, his first solo exposition took place in ‘Huis voor Actuele Kunst Z33’ (Hasselt), presenting his new work EXOTE. The latest production of Kris Verdonck, ‘M, een reflectie’ (M, a reflection), is a theatre show based on the work of Heiner Müller. It featured actor Johan Leysen and his digital double on stage. Verdonck is currently working on a new stage performance: ‘H, een incident’ (H, an incident). The show is based on the life and work of Russian writer and dissident Daniil Harms.

‘H, an incident’ will premiere at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in May 2013. The creation of this show will include a collaboration with the researchers mentioned below.

Film clip: ‘M, a reflection’ (2012):

Vincent Sercu joined iMinds-IBCN in 2011, following his graduation as a software engineer. He is co-responsible for the smooth operation of the iMinds iLab.t wireless experimentation facility. Apart from that, he is involved in the development of new tools and project expansions. Finally, Sercu also joins fellow researchers in several European FP7 projects, such as Openlab, CREW and the recent Fed4FIRE.

From September 2002 until March 2004, Bart Jooris developed hardware, firmware and device drivers for the retail business with NV Real Software (now Centric Belgium). He joined iMinds/IBCN in 2004. Between March 2004 and January 2007, Jooris collaborated on several national and European projects with a focus on ‘Internet on the train’. Since 2007 he has been in charge of the wireless segment of the iMinds Technical Test Facility (iLab.t) in Ghent, Belgium.

Culture Crew was founded by Olivier Leirs and Thomas Nagels. They support the technical realization of works of art. In its short existence, the company has already used a broad range of technologies to achieve this goal. The fact that Culture Crew works exclusively for the cultural sector, allows them to offer artists a partnership that accords their ideas their full weight, regardless of technological challenges.

‘H, an accident’ is a new stage performance, for which Verdonck is looking to utilize robotics. The abovementioned researchers will aid in the realization of this project. Live music will form an important aspect of the show. The music will be composed by Jónas Sen and will be performed by mechanical-acoustic instruments developed by Decap-Herentals. The idea is to make these instruments move across the stage in formation like a ghost orchestra or a brass band of which the players have left, but the instruments keep on playing. All of the parts used in these robots (like the instruments) already exist. The challenge of this project lies in the actual assembly of the robots and the development of the operating system. 

A Two Dogs Company / Kris Verdonck has already realized several projects creating bridges between art and technology. The objective of this research project will be to develop robots that can move in a coordinated choreography. The agility and suppleness of these robots, their low energy consumption and the simplicity of the operating system will be the main focal points. Throughout the development, the applicability of this technology in sectors other than the theatre will be taken into consideration. 


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Project details

Project type: Art&D project/IM-Pact

The Art&D program is meant to encourage fruitful and innovative cooperationbetween artists and researchers. iMinds offers artists a one-year grant to carry out their artistic and ICT-related projects. The grant covers, among others, the costs of the technological research that is being carried out in the framework of the project.

The International Media Pact (IM-Pact) ran from 2008 until 2012, it was a joint research program of iMinds and ICTRegie in the field of digital media. This project model is no longer applicable.

Detail type: Artists in residence

Lifetime project

1 April 2013 - 31 December 2013


IMinds contact: Martijn Bal
Project Lead: Kris Verdonck
Research Lead: Bart Jooris, Olivier Leirs, Thomas Nagels, Vincent Sercu

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