- 22—24.02.2024 20:30
Performance in English/Dutch,
with French and Dutch subtitles
Three ships are stationed in the Pacific Ocean. One belongs to a Belgian mining company that is exploring the seabed with the help of a robot. On the other, scientists are measuring the ecological impact of the current operation. In the third, the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace activists protest against this future industry. From their Brussels flat, Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere communicate with each of them by satellite.
Following Pleasant Island presented at Les Brigittines in 2021, this new, socially engaged and poignant work studies the phenomenon of deep-sea mining, using different media, including image projections, sound recordings, technology and connectivity. The Huysmans/Dereere duo transforms the scene into a research lab and attempts to capture a pivotal moment in the planet's history.
How much deeper can mining companies dig, and where are we actually digging our way to? What are the challenges and risks? What opportunities might be up for grabs?
"The brilliant form the artists have found educates and moves us,
illuminating unknown territories both in the ocean and in ourselves,
and exposing a complexity that forces us to think and makes it very
difficult to act."
"Documentaire, leur démarche est aussi spectaculaire, par écrans
interposés, via une dramaturgie ciselée, ambitieuse, rigoureuse et d'une
La Libre Belgique