10 Nov — 11 Nov 2012special event - andros zins-browne, welcome to the jungle
Andros Zins-Browne - wpZimmer, Welcome To The Jungle, 2012. Image Philip van Loocke, Sculpture #1. Courtesy of the artist and wpZimmer © Pieter Huybreghts
PART OF THE EXHIBITION BEYOND IMAGINATION
Andros Zins-Browne - wpZimmer, "Welcome to the Jungle", 2012, performative installation
Location: Teijin auditorium, dates: 10–11 Nov, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. & 3–5 p.m.
Andros Zins-Browne, born in New York (1981), began practicing ballet at an early age at the renowned Joffrey Ballet School. In 2002, after completing a degree in art semiotics at Brown University (US, 1998-2002), he moved to Brussels in order to study at P.A.R.T.S (BE, 2002-2006). He later pursued a research program in fine arts at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2010-2011). As a dancer, he has performed with choreographer Mette Ingvartsen (2009) and in the work of artist Tino Sehgal for dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, DE, 2012), among others. Zins-Browne’s own creations, in which he often collaborates with visual artists, have been presented across Europe, including at the De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (2011) and at the theater festival Impulse, Düsseldorf (DE, 2011), where he received the Goethe Institute Award (The Host).
In Welcome to the Jungle, artist/choreographer Andros Zins-Browne focuses on the body’s relationship to its surroundings. This new installation is inspired by “global weirding”, an expression climatologists use for describing the unpredictable effects of global warming, such as growing numbers of hurricanes, colder winters, and torrential rainfall. Zins-Browne constructed a labyrinthine installation in the auditorium using strips of reflecting foil. A horde of young children lead visitors through a fluid track that appeals to all senses. The public navigates through the “jungle,” past trails of mist, light effects, scents, sounds, fluctuating temperatures, and mirrored reflections. The organized chaos evokes a world that flouts known natural laws. Zins-Browne defines his “environment” as a space “dense with its own emptiness.”