THREE is for me, you, them. FOUR is FOR - us. FOURfold. FOR - fold. A column, dwelling, totem, pathway. It is a gift - to pack, unpack, repack. It is a spiral cube, a volume to unfold over the foldable surface. A square surrounded by a circle - a sphere made of visible voices. Light matter.

© Giannina Urmenta Ottiker
© Giannina Urmenta Ottiker

In the work of Meryem Bayram an unfolding relation between a human behavior and a constructed spatial environment is a central driving force. With substances such as wood, cardboard and elastics, she creates installations that are tracing and reshaping outlines of a physical space and in a same gesture, are challenging living bodies to inhabit and transform that space. By proposing specific encounters between the body and material, she shapes and organizes tensions between the visible and invisible, composed and improvised, proliferating connectionpoints while constantly reinventing new obstacles.

Just as in the previous creation - Autonomous Scenography (2014) - Fourfold resists to a fixed narrative or a singular conceptual frame. It is instead, first and foremost, a living encounter between Meryem and visual artist Guy Rombouts (1949, Antwerp). In this encounter her proposition of a space will be given as a gift to the body of the fellow artist. Guy`s response to it, his “unpacking¨of Meryem`s spatial gift will generate a core of the “Fourfold” event. Around the edges of it, Meryem will continue working, adding and subtracting material and immaterial elements to the unfolding space - objects, vocal interventions, light and sound cues. Those improvised yet clearly defined fragments will be introduced into the performance as a generative power through which the initial meeting between Meryem and Guy will be continuously renewed.

Concept by: Meryem Bayram — Objects/performance by: Guy Rombouts & Meryem Bayram — Dramaturgy by: Igor Dobricic — Lightdesign by: Pol Matthé — Sound by: Azart technician — Sound/light by: Nele Verreycken — Voice coaching by: Caroline Daish — Recording & mix by: Ludo Engels — Outside eye: Mesut Arslan — Costumes by: Johanna Trudzinski — Technical realization platform: Jan Van Goethem — Production Platform: 0090, OnderHetVel — Coproduction: wpZimmer, workspacebrussels, Q-O2, Het Bos, Zsenne Art Lab — In collaboration with: Fiebre — With the support of: the Flemish Government — Special thanks to: Marc Vanrunxt, Clement Layes, Sylvia Van Deurzen, TG STAN, ZVA, Tine Colen, Teun De Lange,, Sabatini


Past events

Never Walk Alone #7: Fourfold

22.03.2019 21:00 - 22:30