“The necessity for reversal is so important that it had, at one time, its consecration: there is no constitution of society which does not have, on the other hand, the challenging of its foundations; rituals show it: the saturnalias or festivals of madmen reversed the roles.” - Georges Bataille, 'Inner Experience' (1943)
During the yearly city-wide craze (fri 14th >> sun 23th of July), 'HOOGTIJ/laagtij pays tribute to the “Homo Festivus” and “celebrating” as such. It’s a festival within a festival, a scaled-down metaphor for a city on the verge of insanity. An invitation to both, total surrender and sobering reflection.
Around twenty artists have been invited as the Masters of Ceremony of 'HOOGTIJ/laagtij'. They are commissioned with the task of immersing the audience into their idea of jubilation, transcendence and related rituals. Their daily actions ignite from a visual, theatrical or musical spark and draw on rich ceremonial heritage or are flagrant bursts of euphoria & decadence.
All actions leave specific, physical traces. These will eventually lead to the formation of one ‘Gesammtkunstwerk’: a visual guideline for the reconstruction in the aftermath. Will be joining us:
- Sachli Gholamalizad & Sebastiaan Van Den Branden
- Joris Van De Moortel
- Rutger de Vries
- Charlotte Adigéry & Nicole Twister
- Bert Jacobs
- Micha Volders & Jaak De Digitale
- Pieter Ampe
- Sibran Sampers
- Nienke Baekelandt
- Boris Van den Eynden & Borokov Borokov
- De Zwarte Zuster Fanfare
- Gamelan Voices
- Matthieu Ha & van Twolips
- Lotte Vanhamel
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