Nick Steur - IMPACT

Sun 11 Oct 2020 - 09:00 to Fri 23 Oct 2020 - 19:00

Nick Steur was inspired by a meteor sighting in the desert and started investigating the impact of an impact. An apple that suddenly falls out of a tree and lands at your feet, a pandemic, the meteor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs; there are events that are unforeseeable. With the (literal) release of an enormous weight, attention is focused on this inevitable, unexpected moment, which leaves us with an impression. The question is which one.

Both the preparation of the impact, the falling of the stone, and the stone that remains permanently lying, are part of the work. IMPACT is the (free) opening performance of OORtreders Festival 2020 and will take place on Friday evening 23 October at 7 p.m.

“He understands something that many around him can no longer see. He inspires, explains with two hands what this world is all about. He redefines the concepts: balance, feeling, aesthetics, silence, solidarity, harmony.” (Stijn Dierckx, De Morgen) 

Nick Steur (NL) is an artist working primarily with unprocessed materials, with stone being his favourite medium. Though many think of him as a visual artist, Steur is keen on the ‘live’ aspect of performance: “I think it’s important that spectators become aware of the present, and their own presence in it.” Rather than grand gestures or symbolism, his actions appear mainly functional; connecting steel, moving a boulder or catching a drop of water… However through skill and intense focus he is able to reconnect an inner dialogue with an external reality. This holistic approach succeeds in communicating subtle changes in time and space, and perhaps in people.

“This is Rothko to me, so comforting, so beautiful, so purified.” ( David Van Reybrouck)

Since graduating in 2011 from the institute for performative arts in Maastricht, Nick Steur has been invited by numerous museums and international arts festivals and has won several prizes. Currently he resides in Brussels and is supported by Stichting SoAP, IN SITU, Workspace Brussels, C-TAKT and the Performing Arts Fund in the Netherlands.

Concept and performance: Nick Steur | Production: Famke Dhont & C-TAKT | A production of SoAP, SoAP, In Situ, C-TAKT, Musica, Impulse Centre for Music and Gemeente Pelt

Process: 11.10-23.10 as part of expo In An Early Alpha Stage

Performance: 23.10 at 19.00, free of charge, reservation on site.

This installation is part of the 3-day Expo-route from 23.10-25.10 at various locations in and around Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, the Canal Zone and Gemeente Pelt.