Why do you do what you do?
Because we have to.
How do you work?
We think the process is as important as the result.
In each project we try to find a different way to work.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
We try to reflect on what is happening around us and search for alternate ways to perceive the world.
Art may not change the world but art can change the way people perceive the world.
fieldworks is the organization that produces and distributes the work of Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki who’s work is concerned with “performativity” and allows for an open interpretation of movement as a heterogeneous combination of a variety of media. Consequently, the artists draw on a broad range of disciplines and expertise: performance, dance, visual arts, video, music, and technology.
Since 2000 Avdal and Shinozaki created more than 20 productions. Currently they are working on a new production called ‘unannounced’, which premiers in Kaaitheater on April 21 of 2017.
Heine Avdal (NO/BE) studied dance, choreography and video at the Oslo National College of the Arts in Norway and at PARTS in Brussels. He has worked as a performer for various companies in Norway. Since 2000 he has been collaborating with Yukiko Shinozaki.
In recent projects, his focus has been on the distribution of space. He questions how spatial conventions affect the way we experience and move through private/public spaces. Considering people’s preconceptions of spatial conventions and through slight shifts, or manipulations he searches for unexpected intersections between different components of a space.
In this context, Avdal also questions how technology is being used or, can be used in acquiring new meanings and perceptions on the human body and on our daily surroundings. He investigates the blurred distinction between what is artificial and what is organic, by integrating different technologies in such a way that they become charged with presences, acquiring some kind of human quality.
Yukiko Shinozaki (JP/BE) started dance classical ballet in Tokyo and studied contemporary dance and psychology at the Portland State University in the U.S. After graduating, she worked in New York as a freelance dancer as well as presenting her solo works at various venues. Since 1997 she has been living in Brussels and collaborating with Heine Avdal.
Shinozaki’s work focuses on internal complexities and contradictions of the body. The process of transformation takes an important role in her movement vocabulary: through subtle shifts and manipulations, familiar actions slowly transform into an unfamiliar realm/landscape. She considers artistic collaborations as an important factor in her work and she consciously integrates coincidental elements that arrive in encounters with different artists and situations. She often works in an intuitive way, yet she is also fascinated by something beyond her imagination.
(Photo: Kurt Van Der Elst)