Artist Eric Joris is using the exhibition 'aXes' (July 6 to August 25, 2013) to showcase completely new pieces, with as a backdrop the location of Gaasbeek Castle itself, as well as the park. Two castle rooms are taken over by installation art that brings together films, holograms and drawings.
Marchioness Arconati Visconti, the last owner of the Gaasbeek Castle, was fascinated by the Renaissance. As unconventional as she was, she stubbornly continued to focus on the past, on the period before modernity, while the world around her was busy developing new forms of art. Eric Joris looks over her shoulder into the past and studies from a 21st-century perception the moment at which the geometric-optical perspective was discovered, which was in 1427 to be precise. That perspective can be felt all around the Gaasbeek Castle: in the panoramic views of the gardens, and in the enfilades of the doors between the rooms.
The Brussels company CREW and its team of artists, technicians, engineers and dramaturges has been
setting up experimental pieces on immersion theatre and computer-assisted observation for more than
ten years. The public is positioned inside the image in their performances and installations. In Gaasbeek,
they are specifically experimenting with trifocal cameras, 3D drawings, motion sensors and special
'aXes' is a new step in approaching representations. The images can be drawn or filmed, can move or
be static, but what is striking is that it is not just the spectator looking at the image - the image looks
back: it is two-way traffic. 'The image is watching you.' This keeps the focus on the upheaval of the
Renaissance and the phenomenal enigma of perspective throughout the entire exhibition.