For Helga Humming, Anouk De Clercq creates a modern take on portraits in Renaissance and Baroque Europe and the polyphonic music of this time.
Electronic music artist Vessel composed an immersive soundscape that builds on the meandering vocal lines of 16th century polyphony. The music has been reduced to its most essential and physical form: humming. Words have become sounds, the body becomes a resonance box.
Helga Davis stands as a radically contemporary answer to the sitters in Renaissance portraits. Her powerful presence fills the space as her gaze shifts from visitor to visitor.
Helga Humming is the incantation of a new world order, which envelops the visitor in a monumental intimacy where centuries collide.
Vocals and Performance Helga Davis
Photography and Lighting Koen Hauser
Animation Thomas De Brabanter
Styling Maarten Spruyt in collaboration with Margreeth Olsthoorn
Make-up and Hair Anita Jolles
Sound Scenography Johan Vandermaelen/6 Moon Parrizal
Commissioned by BOZAR
With the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschap, IPEM
Thank you Auguste Orts, Christine Sticher
In the public collection of
Collection of the Flemish Authorities
Previously on display at the following locations
- BOZAR Brussels (BE), Feb 20–May 26 2019
- Kunstforening Tromsø (NO), Jan 17–Mar 29 2020
- Cultuurcentrum Strombeek-Bever (BE), Oct 2 2020–Jan 31 2021