Worktable

Paleis voor Schone Kunsten / Palais des Beaux-Arts

7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16/05 – 17:00 > 22:00
10, 11, 17, 18/05 – 14:00 > 20:00
Advanced booking required at the box office
± 1h

Worktable is an invitation to break everyday objects. Armed with safety goggles and a bunch of tools, you can brutally hack to pieces or gently disassemble a teacup, an umbrella, an alarm clock or a newspaper – nothing is allowed to remain intact in this living installation! Waste is, however, not the issue. Other instructions, other spaces, other actions are to follow. New Zealand artist Kate McIntosh, who has been based in Brussels since 2000, cheerfully jumbles together this and that to achieve a body of work that rattles our daily habits. With Worktable she sets in motion a chain of events that causes you to think about the material world around us, through giving objects a value beyond their practical use. With a captious play of actions and memories, McIntosh questions our incessant urge to produce. With a manual under the arm, she sends us away – one spectator at a time – to face our own responsibility. There is work to be done!

Concept & realization
Kate McIntosh

With thanks to
Stéphanie Croibien, Anda Skrējāne, Hannah Sullivan, Bruno Roubicek, Hester Chillingworth, Caroline Daish, Palli Banine, Ant Hampton, Joe Kelleher, Tim Etchells, Adrian Heathfield, Simon Bayly

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, BOZAR

Production
SPIN (Brussels)

Worktable was commissioned in the frame of the event ‘Performance Is a Dirty Work’ funded by Roehampton University

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Worktable is a live installation open for several days.

You must sign in to enter, and you can stay as long as you like. Once inside you’ll be given instructions, equipment and safety goggles so you can get to work. It’s up to you how things come apart, and how they fall together.

Sign in and get to work.

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Kate McIntosh is an artist working across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. From New Zealand and originally trained in dance, she has performed internationally since 1995, appearing in the work of directors such as Wendy Houstoun (UK), Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, Cie Michèle Anne de Mey (Belgium), Random Scream (Belgium), Simone Aughterlony (NZ/Switzerland) and Tim Etchells (UK). Since 2004 Kate has focused on directing her own work, including the solos All Natural (2004), Loose Promise (2007), and All Ears (2013), and the larger performances Hair From the Throat (2006), Dark Matter (2009) and Untried Untested (2012). Her installation works include De-Placed (2008 with Eva Meyer-Keller), and the participatory installation Worktable (2011). In her own work she has enjoyed collaborations with Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Diederik Peeters and many more. Kate has directed several short videos, which have played at festivals and exhibitions the world over. She is a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punk rock band Poni, and holds an MRes in Performance and Creative Research from Roehampton University (UK). She is a founding member of SPIN, the artist-run production and research platform based in Brussels.

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