Aeromatic Art Project, one of Hugo Roelandt’s great performances, was re-staged for the first time since 1985 as part of Playground 2016 at M – Museum Leuven. The piece turns the movement of model helicopters into a meditation on the age-old human desire to fly, alluding specifically to the work of Leonardo and Panamarenko. Aeromatic Art Project is one of a series of choreographies for machines (telephones, cars, windscreen wipers) that Roelandt realised in the early 1980s under the term ‘post-performance’.
A collaboration between M – Museum Leuven, the Estate of Hugo Roelandt and Objectif Exhibitions, as part of the Hugo Roelandt Research Project.
With very special thanks to Jörg Ackermann, Stefan Lapers, Jean-Paul Cornelis and Pascal Den Haese from the Wase Model Helicopter Club; Johan Pas, Marc Holthof, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Jan De Vree and Roger D’Hondt for the study afternoon on Hugo Roelandt and Belgian performance art in the 1970s and 1980s; and, not least, to Lydia Van Loock, Win Van den Abbeele, Jess De Gruyter, Eva Wittocx, Lore Boon, Tine D’haeyere and Evi Bert.