With their sculptures and video works, Belgian visual artist Stef Van Looveren challenges gender/body politics and explores the performativity of interpersonal interactions.
Their first-ever performance is based on the eponymous video work Radical Hope (2018) in which Van Looveren, together with 30 performers, immerse themselves in various emotional states such as desire, bliss, sadness, or rage.
Radical Hope – Eye to Eye is an immersive live experience in expansive sculptural installations at Sophiensæle’s Festsaal foyer. Mud, earth, water and plants form an erotic-opulent playground for a symphony with seven bodies and numerous objects.
Danceable club sounds overlap with ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, a pleasant tingling sensation on the skin produced mostly by auditory stimuli), and religious iconography; with elements from technology, pop culture and BDSM.
Concept, Performance, Sculpture and Installation Art by: Stef Van LooverenAssistant Performance Art: Mustaf AhmetiTechnical Assistant: Gizem KaraosmanogluPerformers: Mustaf Ahmeti, Oriana Mangala Ikomo Wanga, Julia Tröscher, Sofie Anny Nicea Velghe, Inge Grognard, Nicolas Maxim Endlicher, Rachel Alvarez Rodriguez, Stef Van LooverenLight: Anne MeeussenSound: Nicolas Maxim Endlicher aka MCMLXXXV, Cem DukkhaAssistants: Philipp Henri Kern, Ines BodlovicThanks to: Julia Tröscher, Emilija Dūdaitė, Anthe Hermans, Philipp Kern, Ines Bodlovic, Charlotte De Waegenaere, Deborah Bloemen, Marloes DadswellCommission and co-production by: DE SINGEL
A production by Stef Van Looveren. The performance is supported by the Goethe-Institut. With the support of the City of Antwerp and the Flemish Government. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Das Wetter, Missy Magazine, Siegessäule, taz.