Slakken/Sporen investigates the beauty of natural forms and slow movement. It consists of sculptural works, a physical performance and a video work. Slakken/Sporen won the co-production prize at the Arena Festival 2013 in Erlangen (D).
The sculptures for Slakken/Sporen were made by different visual artists who had this instruction: construct your interpretation of a snail-shell in nothing but ecological materials. These sculptures were then manipulated during a 16-hour performance. From sunrise till sunset, naked performers slowly moved and dragged the sculptures over the length of 50 meters. The snail-shells became extensions of their bodies, safe houses for resting, burdens to carry and even objects of joy and play.
The performance was filmed and later reworked into a video work by Sam Verhaert. But Slakken/Sporen didn’t end there. At the end of the day, the sculptures were abandoned in their natural habitat (a strip of nature next to an old unused railway) where they now slowly decay and become part of nature again. This process was captured in photographs.
From 30 January until 22 February 2014, there was an exhibition at CC Perron, Ieper with photographs and videos from the performance, and the possibility to visit the sculptures in their natural habitat, where they were slowly decaying and housing small ecosystems of their own. Pictures of the exhibition can be found here. Slakken/Sporen was also shown as an exposition at Arena Festival 2013 in Erlangen (D), where it won the co-production prize, and several videos from Slakken/Sporen were shown at De Langste Nacht at Factor 44 in Antwerp in 2015.
By now, nothing remains from the snail-shells.
Oortocht collaborated with the music band Winterslag to create a video for their song ‘Sideways’ with video material from Slakken/Sporen.
Alain Verschueren, An-Valerie Vandromme, Els van Braeckel, Gilbert Degryse, Joke Van de Casteele, Maria Sichien, Marjan Verhaeghe, Oswin Loedts, Philippe Gouwy, Raymond Simon and Simon Janssen
Alain Verschueren, Brecht Hermans, Els van Braeckel, Isabelle Stockmans, Leen Lacroix, Marieke Breyne, Pierre Van Heddegem and Rebecca Rosseel
Photo and video:
Sam Verhaert, Joao Santos and Martin Vandemoortel
Slakken/Sporen was supported by the province West-Vlaanderen, CO7, the Flemish Community and Cultuurcentrum Ieper.