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Karl van Welden

Saturn I

Karl van Welden2011

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How does ‘little mankind’ relate to the immensity of the universe? With the planets in our solar system as an anchor point, Van Welden seeks visual answers to this key question. SATURN is a series of performance installations, focusing on themes such as distance, intimacy, infinity, control and power in relation to the contemporary landscape.

On Oerol 2011 the first part arose, SATURN I - landscape, on the imaging power of the natural landscape. Each of the eight monolithic observation points offering a panoptic view of our world from a high point in the landscape. Binoculars guides the eye of each individual to isolated figures in the distance, which penetrate this world through small actions. While looking, an in-depth perception of the landscape is created, as a mediator between human scale and their cosmic dimensions.

SATURN II is a performance/installation in Karl van Welden’s SATURN-series, focusing on themes such as distance, intimacy, infinity, control and power in relation to the contemporary landscape. The site-specific project SATURN II explores the shaping powers of the urban landscape (cityscape). A high building holds a circle of monolithically shaped observation points. A panoptical setup which offers a view on its wide surroundings. As a spectator you take place in each observational post individually, zooming in on details in an otherwise chaotic urban panorama. The lens guides your gaze to the intimacy of isolated figures in the distance. In an atmosphere of melancholy and vague menace they attempt to inscribe themselves in world and time though small gestures. City, performers and spectators become participants in a game of creating and bridging distances. The urban landscape as a mediator between human-sized actions and cosmic dimensions. Visitors determine their own time; the performers keep on playing without interruption.

SATURN III - townscape, which highlights a rural environment. This third part travels within the European partners of IN SITU.