Diederik Peeters (BE)
Peeters has been reported to pop up in the work of colleague-artists, cunningly disguised as actor, performer or even advisor. But he especially keeps insisting on brewing his own artistic concoctions, sometimes in collaboration with carefully selected accomplices. He is an officially certified visual artist that accidentally got lost in the stables of stage-art, and usually makes performances, but has also been caught writing texts, inventing installations or video's and crafting other amalgams that appear hard to categorise. Because Peeters is a patient of a pathological preference for confusion, in his work impossible contradictions and absurd consistencies are stubbornly piled up.
With Hans Bryssinck and Kate McIntosh he founded SPIN, a Brussels based artist-run research and support platform.
Diederik Peeters (BE): Apparitions
With his desire for immortality as the main driving force, Peeters sets out to find out if there is life after death.
As a starting point he will focus on the 'voice without a body', a phenomenon ghostly by definition. In a quest for the alleged connection between this 'disembodied' voice, death and afterlife, he will explore both past and future. Disguised as a spiritualist he infiltrates the end of the 19th century to mingle there with prominent scientists and revisit the fantasies and mysteries that surround popular inventions of the time. Simultaneously, he catapults himself to the end of the 21st century to see what developments in voice technology are used to resurrect the dead, and what hard- or software can help spirits and ghosts gain access to a body again.
Navigating between history and science-fiction, and between skepticism and faith, Peeters leads an expedition through the grim and moist tunnels that connect science with magic and technology with horror. And along the way, it is to be expected that the cult of rationality, as the supposed triumphant finality of human evolution, will have to be unmasked.