Alongside my artistic and reflective practice, I work as an actor, interdisciplinary lecturer in higher art education, and researcher in the arts. Within this scope, my need arose to explore what sincere embodiment within the arts can be and mean. I often miss genuine physicality within the arts - as something away from the performer’s body as form, merely in the function of the imagination of a maker or as a representation. Therefore, platform BARRY was founded in 2015 from the need to create an organic and safe environment in which my hybrid work can be developed, created, and shared. Where I can research by making.
As a maker who knows how and what it is to embody, I ask questions about how we can look at bodies. I am particularly fascinated by how the human figure is displayed in images, the gap between the reality of that body and the depiction of it in a designed image. How intimate can a body be when you share it with the world? What inner reality does it carry, and how can you make this reality as pure, honest and shareable as possible?
With every creation, I start from an interest in a certain thematic body. Contemplative and introspective research follows. Once I know which aspect intrigues me in this thematic perspective of looking at the human form, I look for the bodies that embody my specific interest. Afterward, the medium is chosen that makes our common ground collaboration shareable in the most clear and truthful way. As a result of this working method, my body of work embraces performance, publication, installation and film.
Across disciplines, my creations are characterized by a specific way in which I approach and visualize the performer's physique, the so-called transparent body. The transparent body is a state of pure, sensory receptivity, allowing the performer to pay attention to what is and therefore what becomes. As a maker, I take care to create a trustful space in which I can work together with others with total respect and intimacy. Reciprocity, inclusiveness and an open mind, alongside a sensitivity to the senses and the way of ‘looking’, form the core of these sustainable connections.
Through my practices and works, I continuously (re)define the act of looking at bodies. Starting from an analysis of craft and with respect for tradition, but with an eye for significant developments or departures from these origins, I am always looking for new inter-medial forms, compositions, and relationships to do with questioning and creating art. I invite you – the viewer - to also watch the human physique from a bodily and open perspective, and (re)consider the construction of subjectivity and cultural viewpoints when looking at bodies; both in artistic works and within ourselves.
(Karel Tuytschaever, 23 06 2021)
BARRY - Karel Tuytschaever (BE) has been working in a long-term partnership with DansBrabant (NL) since 2019.
Heleen Volman, internationalization:
We choose to work with Karel Tuytschaever for his tireless and carefully substantiated quest around body, physicality, and embodiment. In doing so, he finds a tone that links the timeless aspects of the body to extremely current trends in imaging. Karel's curiosity about the interaction between different disciplines and the impact of various presentation forms and spaces stretches the scope of the arts. The hunger with which he summarizes his study of the body in publications is also stimulating. He shares the importance that he attaches to looking and having it looked so generously that there is actually more to see with him.
WHO IS WHO
Artistic initiator, Karel Tuytschaever
Board of Directors, Petra Damen (chairwoman), Ilse Muysers, Tine Marguillier, Flore Opsomer and Toon Geysen
Editorial office website, Lisa Reinheimer and Dirk Verhoeven
English translation, Koen De Smet
English editorial office, Martha Gardner