Curatorial Studies

Trance-Action. A meditative stroll through the collection - from Baloji to Van Severen

Curated by Leroy Meyer, Sofie Dierickx and Vincent Van Laeken


MuZEE, Ostend

Trance-Action takes us through traditional weaving techniques, the production of car parts and the processing of raw materials into construction materials. An object is created through a repetitive and often lightning-fast movement of hands and bodies. Small-scale manufacturing and major industries initiate the same rhythmic process: the maker makes. The hypnotic cadence of the action turns man into a machine. At that point, the activity takes over from the Self and haste makes way for serenity. Trance-Action leads us to this specific tipping point between restlessness and rest. It examines how repetition and patterns can free us from the hustle and bustle and connect us with our inner being.

We are all marionettes in an absurdist theatre whose elementary rationality could actualize, at least theoretically, our communal destiny and the precariousness of a common human condition. (Sammy Baloji)

With work by Giovanni Anselmo, Richard Artschwager, Sammy Baloji, Guy Berbé, Rob Birza, Kasper Bosmans, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, Pol Bury, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Guy Degobert, Jo Delahaut, Jan Dries, René Heyvaert, Ann Veronica Janssens, Gabriel Kuri, Walter Leblanc, Marcel Maeyer, Valérie Mannaerts, Marcel Mariën, Hana Miletić, Mario Merz, Marc Nagtzaam, Grace Ndiritu, Roger Nellens, Jozef Peeters, Giuseppe Penone, Marc Rossignol, Richard Serra, Éric Van Hove, Dan Van Severen, Georges Vantongerloo, Marthe Wéry

With sound installation by Céline Mathieu