Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
In his latest production, Benjamin Verdonck alludes to Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book XV in which the ancient Roman poet makes his case that nothing in the universe dies but merely ceases to exist in its physical form and then passes to another state. Using three Vogue magazines, adhesive tape and scissors, Verdonck confirms that Ovid’s conviction still holds today. Verdonck’s investigation does not focus on the artistic results, but rather the unfinished, ill-planned or failed artistic product. The surprising thing is how many perspectives one can gain from this used and not yet fully lived life.
The works by Benjamin Verdonck are known for their anarchic humour, intelligent obstructivism and relentless imagination. And this applies to both his full-length projects and his short plays, for which he is famous. This year the Kunstfest Weimar presents a collection of short plays by the Flemish artist, which though recommended as a cycle, can be enjoyed as stand-alone pieces as well. The common characteristic in all four performances is their ability to develop an entirely unique artistic cosmos of meaning.