AntennA

Kevin Trappeniers’ AntennA is a stilled, minimal installation addressing miscommunication. The work raises awareness about the electronic signals around us. Around a metal radio mast, spectators and potential discussion partners can watch, reflect and temporarily be together.

In our hyper-connected society, talking with screens in-between has become omnipresent. But who are really we talking with? With the other, with our mobile or computer, or with ourselves? Our encounters risk to be undermined by technology.

In many areas of our lives we are now in a twilight zone between analogue and digital. Do we still dare to allow silence and emptiness once in a while? Do we still take the time to - in all peace and quiet - reflect and be together?

AntennA addresses the invisible architecture around us, and our own responsibility: we constantly add signals, but how do we deal with that?  The installation aims at bringing people together and instigating communication: spectators and passers-by can watch, talk, reflect or be silent.

Kevin Trappeniers shows with AntennA and Ellipsis a complementary diptych consisting of an installation in the public space and a theater performance in the black box. Both describe the relationship between humans and technology, and the mutual (mis)communication that ensues from this relationship, although they put a different emphasis. How do technological possibilities influence communication between people? And how do we as humans deal with fast-paced technological evolutions?

CREDITS
concept: Kevin Trappeniers
design & development: Maarten Devrieze, Kevin Trappeniers
technical assistance: Aaron Victor Peeters
dramaturgy: Elisa Demarré
production mangement: Hanne Ghekiere
distribution: Vincent Company
production: Stray Light vzw
co-production: C-TAKT, Vooruit & LOD music theatre
in collaboration with: Arts Workspace Pianofabriek
thanks to: KAAP, WorkSpace Brussels, Charlotte Bouckaert, Stijn Demeulenaere, Lodewijk Heylen, Karl Van Welden
supported by: Flemish Government, Flemish Community Commission (VGC)