This is the start of a new research for a project about matter that pushes and pulls. More than half of all stars are binary: they orbit each other due to their gravitational pull. It’s invisible to the naked eye. It seems that if we zoom in (or out) far enough, all matter twists and turns. No matter how hard we try, we are never standing still. So today we’ll take a walk together. We each bring a stone. We will let it orbit around another one, that of someone else. We’ll observe a kinetic installation and put our weight in.
“What happens when we disrupt or accelerate a natural process (such as the splitting of stone due to erosion)? And if I split a stone, are there then two new stones or two halves? When are they, and we, attached?”
Visual artist Matea Bakula and artist/performer Nick Steur asked the question: what if we take the materials chemical polyurethane and raw stone – materials we regularly work with and are incredibly attached to – and seek to combine them? Can these materials adhere to each other, despite their enormous differences? We Do Matter consists of both a performance and an installation in which material and people seek connection.
Every other month Steur curates and presents FULL MOON FOCUS, a joyful, magical and nocturnal gathering of different artists sharing their illuminated perspective. This edition we enjoy the framing methods of all affiliated SoAP Maastricht artists: Johannes Bellinkx, Benjamin Vandewalle, Rita Hoofwijk, Breg Horemans (TAAT) and Nick Steur. Full Moon Focus events are produced by SoAP Maastricht.
During the first edition of Performance Art Weekend organised by PARK Tilburg and NWE Vorst, Steur performs FREEZE. It’s all about concentration and “finding the balance between your own force of will, and that of the stone”.
On the paths of Santiago de Compostela, Le Hublot festival organised art and performances. In three days Steur created a special FREEZE edition for Le Hublot. Its audience experienced a walk to megalithic menhirs and dolmen, dragging stones along the way. We rebuild a site that has collapsed, marking it again for future generations.
On behalf of David Van Reybrouck I’d like to invite you to be part of the upcoming edition of our Full Moon gathering, Full Moon Focus #4: In Stone. We will start with a live drawing, made by visual artist Filip Berte. From there writer and poet Peter Vermeersch, artist Lodewijk Heylen, climber and writer Mark Sebille and me, performing artist Nick Steur, will guide you through a full moon evening, not yet set in stone.
It’s all about concentration and “finding the balance between your own force of will, and that of the stone”.
#3 – IN TOUCH – Joris Van Oosterwijk, Alexander Vantournhout & David Van Reybrouck
FULL MOON FOCUS is an initiative of David Van Reybrouck and Nick Steur and happens every two months during you guessed it – full moon! Enjoy an evening with contemplative art and performances at KANS – Kunst Atelier Nick Steur. If you would like to join please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the festival Les tombées de la nuit in Rennes France, Steur performs FREEZE. It’s all about concentration and “finding the balance between your own force of will, and that of the stone”.
For a whole day on a long stretch of grass in the Royal Park, Steur performs a special edition of FREEZE. He creates fifty sculptures. Each sculpture is composed of two stones, chosen by the passers-by out of a hundred. It’s all about concentration and “finding the balance between your own force of will, and that of the stone”.
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