Photography: Jakob Rosseel
A Sensitive case is a two part project that intertwines mousetrap sculpting with a circus show about the search through a world of sensitive & precisely shaped trap architectures
1 A Sensitive Case: The Full Lenght Show
This show is set in a 3m-4m universe made entirely out of mousetraps. In it a human measures and traces every form inside. Handstands, tight enclosures, balanced movement and a lot of challenges are the result of this. It is an exploration that provokes and limits the artist in his own game. The audience participates in enclosing the stage by setting up a barrier made out of their own shoes before the world unfolds in front of them.
The one hour set-up of this architecture of traps is open for everyone to enjoy as a first taste of this universe (this can be seen as a live building performance). After this ‘zen garden‘ is installed the show goes on a search through this precisely set-up world to uncover what hides inside.
Duration 45 minutes
Venue Indoor & On location (in negotiation)
Audience age 8+ recommended
Artistic disciplines Handstand, mousetrap manipulation, dance & theatre
2 A Sensitive Case: A Mousetrap Sculpting Live Performance
Since 2018 this project has gained a specific style of sculpting with mousetraps. Constructing curves, towers & more organic shapes with this material. It purely relies on hooking and trapping (no glue or nails) together with a technique that comes from the art of stone stacking.
This live building marathon session of 2 – 15 hours has developed over time and has expanded to higher, more complex and delicate forms. During the whole period I sculpt different shapes that challenge myself and push the previously made forms further. The slow process of building, collapsing & traps that suddenly snap is open to everyone to observe however they see fit.
This live experiment is filmed with a frame lapse camera. The results in a short sped up image that shows the rise and fall of all things made that day.
Duration 2h – 15h (aimed at the demand)
Venue Indoors & On location
Audience All audiences
Artistic discipline mousetrap sculpting within a specific time frame
Concept, Creation & Performance Bert Vanden Berghe
Exterior Eyes Aurelia Brailowsky, Christelle Dubois, Lien Vanbossele, Roberto Magro & Geert Belpaeme
Support in creation & development from Espace Catastrophe