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Preview 'a Sense of Gravity' (Teun Vonk)

Teun Vonk will test his installation 'A Sense of Gravity' during the Kunstavond. This immersive installation offers you the sensational bodily experience of defying gravity. A Sense of Gravity will officially go in première at STRP Biennale on the 30st of March 2019.

15
 
Mar 2019
 
17:00 to 20:00

A Sense of Gravity

The project A Sense of Gravity started with Teun asking himself: How can I challenge the logic of gravity, of the bodily perception of gravity, with a machine or installation? Can I expand the boundaries of our everyday perception of gravity? Two years of artistic research into sensory perception, supported by CBK Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fund, TodaysArt Crossing Parallels program, TU Delft and V2, led to a succession of prototypes. 

While being immersed in the installation, the viewer experiences a bodily sensation of weightlessness. This experience causes a new perspective and perception of gravity on an individual level. With a Sense of Gravity, Teun Vonk creates awareness of our human sensibility and new perspectives on the relevance of our physical being in the digital culture of the future.

Teun Vonk

In his early career Teun Vonk (1986, Uden) focused on photography and video. Group dynamics and how a group affects an individual were his main topics, as well as the interaction between the visual director, himself, and the subject. Vonk used the camera as a means of exercising power, used it to create a situation and register the spontaneous reactions of the participants.

Currently, Vonk has a radically different direction in his approach to this subject: he creates art installations that focus on individual physical experience. Following a personal experience during a residency in Shanghai, his own body and that of the viewer/participant are his focus point. This has also shaped Vonks daily practice: instead of working primarily from behind a desk, Vonk focuses on the process of making and uses his studio as playground, test site and production area.

Teun Vonk has shown his work at CTM Festival, Ars Electronica, FILE Brazil, STRP Bienniale, Art Rotterdam, Chronus Art Center Shanghai, EYE Amsterdam.

Practical

This event takes place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., entrance is free during the Kunstavond. It is not allowed to take pictures this evening.

A Sense of Gravity is a coproduction of V2_ and STRP Biennale and is made possible with the support of CBK Rotterdam & Mondriaan Fonds.

 

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