HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative

10 September - 17 October 2021
Melkweg Expo
Marnixstraat 409
1017 PJ Amsterdam

Swan Song will be presented as a part of  festival HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative, which will take place both in Amsterdam (NL) and online. 

For the main exhibition, HYBRIDS explores this year’s theme through the projects of eleven artists: Maija Savolainen, Hien Hoang, Emily Graham, Carlos Alba, Eva Kreuger, Marta Bogdanska, Valeria Cherchi, Io Sivertsen, Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping and myself together with Ben Van den Berghe.

Curated by Marina Paulenka (former artistic director of Unseen).

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Modular Models


Saturday 17.07.2021
Sunday 18.07.2021
12:00 – 21:00

The Mothership, Albert Grisarstraat 52,  Antwerp

The Mothership is delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition by Alexey Shlyk and Ben Van den Berghe in collaboration with Atelier Oh. ‘Modular Models’ examines potential modes of exhibition making, thereby referencing the imaginative, sculptural and socio-cultural meanings of architectural models.

Space and image have long been the defining parameters of Shlyk’s and Van den Berghe’s collaborative practice. ‘Modular Models’ introduces a new chapter in their research into the embodied experience of these two elements. With their modular building sets, they have not only devised a practical tool to envision transformative spatial installations, but also a triggering method to study and play with photographic architecture.

Conceived as a work-in-progress residency, the exhibition invites visitors - over the course of an opening and closing weekend - to activate and engage with the materials, opening up different perspectives and possibilities. In-situ interventions relate their ongoing work to the modular mechanics of the peculiar gallery space.

Closing weekend: 

Sat&Sun, 4/5 September 2021 

12 – 21 h

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Running with Birds

Saturday 26.06.2021 - 03.10.2021

Antwerp Nachtegalenpark, Beukenlaan 12, 2610 Wilrijk

Running with Birds is a 18 min 21 seconds soundtrack to run in the Nightingale Park, intended to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Bird sounds samples imitating technological devices were mixed with organ & dopamine sounds. It is both an attempt to escape and a return from which one tried to escape. Cyberspace colonizes the physical environment.

In collaboration with Ben Van den Berghe and Benjamin Hertoghs.

Curated by Glenn Geerinck and Josine De Roover.

Thanks to Edi Danartono and G. Leddington

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Swan Song : Virtual Escape

Opening Weekend: 28-30 May 2021 // 14 – 21h

Finissage: 25 June 2021 // 14h – 21h 

Gallery Gallery, Schoenstraat 58, Antwerp

Ancient belief has it that before swans pass away, they belt out a final graceful chant. But do they sing their most beautiful song out of sorrow for what has been, or solace for what has yet to come? 

‘Swan Song’ is the first instalment of Shlyk’s and Van den Berghe’s ongoing research project ‘Virtual Escape’. It explores the disturbing impact of image technology on the necessity of human physical presence, thereby raising questions about the status of the constructed, idealized image that lasts eternally. Consisting of photographic works and a four-channel soundscape, the installation takes over the exhibition space, immersing viewers in an unsettling atmosphere of vanity, of the passing show of life. 

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