As a maker, Karel is mesmerized by physicality and embodiment in the arts. Physicality in terms of the relationship a person has with their own body. Embodiment as in how one deploys their body as an artist to be part of, or arrive at, creating a work. By making, he asks questions about how we (can) look at bodies in our networked global visual culture full of body images.
Karel investigates through an embodied practice how physicality is connected to image-making. That is why the creations move between performance and visual art, from a need to approach the human figure from a different perspective - a difference of acting in or about physicality. This field of work stimulates each other and constantly seeks new forms and relationships. This culminates in a broad spectrum of outcomes or interventions within different media.
Across disciplines, the artworks are characterized by employing a durable rethinking of how the human body is engaged in the works. Karel explores intimacy as a practice of pursuing honest physicality within the arts. Intimate connections don't come fast and in numbers. Therefore, his artistry is founded on a trust-building methodology of respectful and reciprocal encounters with his performers and collaborators.
His method is that of the so-called Transparent Body: Karel's understanding of one's most pure and porous physical presence. His priority as a maker is always to create a working biotope to guide the performers he works with to arrive at their most available bodily state of pure, sensory receptivity. This allows the performer to give pure attention to what is - to be in the moment stripped of outside influences and to take space in the image from who that person is in all their authenticity.
The Transparent body leads to genuine humanity in all its radical vulnerability, in honest imagery as disarming power to see some body different.
WHO IS WHO
Artistic initiator of platform BARRY, Karel Tuytschaever
Board of Directors, Petra Damen (chairwoman), Ilse Muysers, Tine Marguillier, Flore Opsomer and Toon Geysen
Website editors, Lisa Reinheimer and Dirk Verhoeven
English translation website, Koen De Smet and Martha Gardner
Images from behind the scenes and Karel's portrait on the website, Joery Erna
Scene photography STRANGER, Alwin Poiana
Moving images STRANGER, Peter Franken
All other pictures, BARRY - Karel Tuytschaever. All rights reserved.