Online Studium Generale - Live Performance 'We Are Before' by Sarah Vanhee

Due to the preventive measures in relation to coronavirus, the Studium Generale lectures will not take place at the Academy premises.

The remaining lectures will be provided via an online alternative incl. a Q&A with each speaker and are open to anyone interested in participating in the discussion:

This online version of the LIVE performance is a unicum since Sarah Vanhee's tour was canceled due to the current situation. We invite her to intrude us as an ephemeral and virtual crowd, mindful of how Zoom has sneakily and speedily invaded our social, professional, and domestic spaces.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A.

Lecture-performance: We Are Before (stories of an intruder)

For the past seven years of my life I was an intruder. Unasked and uninvited, I walked into meeting-rooms, and started to speak about how we live together as human beings, about society as a co-creation by every-one. One could see my intervention as a bomb or as a gift. People were surprised, shocked, moved, angry. With my guerilla-speech I tried to transform any meeting into a political moment. I surprised more than 10.000 people this way, interrupting their daily routines by asking big and small questions about life. I always said the same words, I called it Lecture For Every One. It spread over twelve different countries but remained largely invisible. Like a virus. This is not fiction, this really happened. Now I want to share this story about words, love, violence and connection. About people alone and together. It’s a story about what it means to speak up, today. About the (im)possibility to address everyone. And about how we are always before. Before the war starts, before you kiss, before you really decide. How today also, we are before.

Bio - SARAH VANHEE (Oostende, BE, 1980) is an artist, performer and author. Her interdisciplinary work travels in between civil space and institutional art field. She worked in open fields, prisons, private living rooms, theatres, on public canvases, in corporate meeting rooms, etc. From September 2018 on, she is a doctoral student at the Antwerp School of Arts, in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts.

Performance, text: Sarah Vanhee | Produced by: Manyone | Co-produced by: CAMPO, Vooruit, kunstencentrum BUDA, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, STUK, BIT Teatergarasjen, Skogen.

Studium Generale lecture poster for Sarah Vanhee performance lecture
poster design by Dayna Casey



Thu 7 May 2020 16.00 - 17:30