Klankenbos Residency - Nick Steur

Thu 08 Oct 2020 - 12:00 to Sun 25 Oct 2020 - 12:00

During his residency, within the framework of OORtreders Festival, Nick Steur creates a new work, inspired by a meteorite impact in the desert. Both the preparation for the fall, the fall itself and the permanent imprint are part of the work of art, which then becomes a permanent artwork in the public space. As the opening performance of the festival on 23.10 at 19:00, a 3 ton stone will fall from a height of 30 meters. Feel the tension build up and experience this unique momentum together with others.

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.