Calculated Risk by artist-equilibrist Kasper Vandenberghe consists of three intimately intertwined parts: a ritual, an installation and a story. The course is a poetic search for how vulnerable we can still allow ourselves to be and how we can understand vulnerability as a force. In this way, Vandenberge dances on the loose rope between two deeply human desires: the desire for balance versus a bottomless leap into the unknown.
During the ritual, he climbs on a scaffolding clad in a protective suit and then drops down like a rock from a height of 4.20 meters. It is calculated recklessness. It is an ode to the fragility and extraordinary resilience that reveals the kinship between the creative artist and the playing child. Every one of Vandenberghe’s steps is accompanied by a text from Peter Verhelst. The installation makes the monks' work behind his meticulous research into trial and error visible. Finally, during his story he discusses various aspects of the calculated risk. And because of a delayed assembly of his fall movement, Vandenberghe's entire enterprise suddenly appears in a different light.