Blue Screen

The original Blue Screen events are on hold for the time being. See the archive at the bottom of this page to read more about the past Blue Screen events. We are looking forward to pick up where we left, whenever it is possible again, with an evening around the work of Katja Mater. Regarding the current regulations we can’t come together physically and we decided to take this as a chance to look closely at what is happening behind the closed doors of Level Five. With pleasure we dove into the diverse mix of moving image works that are made within our studio walls. We discovered kinship in vision, complementing researches and exciting formal experiments that we wanted to put in dialogue with each other. Every month we will highlight a selection of video works that are made by artists from Level Five in a film program on this website. Each program will be followed by an online Q&A where you can join the conversation around the works with the artists.

Blue Screen Online #6

Karolien Chromiak


Online conversation with the artist

12.05.2021 at 7:30PM

For the last edition of Blue Screen Online, in which we focussed on video works made by artists of Level Five, we will dive into the practice of Karolien Chromiak.

‘VOID’ is a project Karolien Chromiak realised in 2020 and consists of an installation and a film made within this installation. In almost all ancient cultures the sun is attributed divine power and often symbolises growth, health, and the cycle of life. At Rottstr5-Kunsthallen (DE) Karolien Chromiak built a landscape departing from the question: what if this great, natural source of power would be replaced by a digital one? What would a landscape underneath a fake sun look like? How would we experience a landscape like this? How would a landscape like this feel and smell? What would we see, what would we hear? What kind of vegetation would be growing underneath a digital sun?

‘to glitch the home (to heal)’ is a current project Karolien Chromiak is working on, in which she aims to glitch the home and the position that it entails in a patriarchal late-capitalist landscape. ‘Between the Western European witch hunts in the middle ages to Poland that currently completely banned abortion, there have been consistent attacks on our homes, the places where we find shelter. Why is it that for minority groups the concept of home is so traumatic? From the oppressiveness of social housing architecture, the position of privilege that organised nature in cities entails to the exclusion of queerness in the nuclear family, inequality is seen whenever we think of home.’ As part of this research Karolien Chromiak also invites other artists to take part in the questions and methodologies of how ‘to glitch the home (to heal)’. The videos in the Blue Screen Online #6 program are the result of collaborations with Gary Farelly, David Bernstein, Lola Daels.

Karolien Chromiak is a Brussels based visual artist working at Level Five. She explores the connection between the digital and the natural. In her artistic research she implements the techniques of glitching and gathering in order to disrupt the hidden myths that shape our environment and to create spaces-in-between. Her multimedia practice often takes the form of mixed media installations in which natural objects and digital images form a strange, fictional environment.

Blue Screen is a monthly screening program focussing on film and video works by visual artists. The program is initiated by Chloé Malcotti and Emma van der Put at Level Five, a cooperative artist studio in the centre of Brussels.

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