Bildraum can be translated as ‘image space’; these are the two elements that Steve Salembier and Charlotte Bouckaert work with in this performance with an open narrative structure. Together, they create a kind of ‘architecture walk’ before the eyes of the spectator: using her camera Charlotte moves across the various spaces Steve has built up using scale-models. In this way they gradually create images, frameworks in which personal memories unfold, a story that is built up like a photo album. The result is projected onto a large screen at the back of the stage. Bildraum is a performance in which architecture and photography, past and present coincide; a live scenography in which the two artists perform as magicians of the imagination. This piece is the first collaboration for the theatre of architect Steve Salembier and photographer Charlotte Bouckaert.

Premiere: 7 and 8 November 2014, Beursschouwburg Brussels (BE)

Atelier Bildraum

Atelier Bildraum is the working space of artists Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier. Together they work on the intersection between visual arts and performance, and observe the visual in performing arts as well as the performative aspect in the visual arts. Atelier Bildraum’s art practice gives room to the image and the imagination, to time and space, as the most important themes. Their work centralizes the visualisation and the obtaining of meaning through the imagination of the spectator.

Atelier Bildraum is less interested in the image an sich, but more in the process of creating images; in the context and space in which images appear and disappear. Their work focusses mainly on the gaze that captures the images, on the experience of looking and feeling. The name of their atelier is not a coincidence: ‘Bildraum’ is a concept in photography that indicates the inner chamber of a full frame technical camera. It is in this space that the image comes into being. In that way, Atelier Bildraum, is as well an imaginary space, a personal universe in which both artists constantly place the photographic image and the architectural space in other contexts in relation to the aspect of time.


Concept and with: Atelier Bildraum (Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier)Sound: Duncan SpeakmanTechnicians: Pino Etz, Christophe DonseDramaturgical advice: Marnix RummensProduction: Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaatsCo-production: LOD muziektheater (tournee 17/18), Beursschouwburg, wpZimmer en de Vlaamse GemeenschapWith the support of: Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal PlymouthIn cooperation with: SummerhallThanks to: ZSenne Artlab, Julie Pfleiderer, Bas Schevers, Tibo Vandenborre, Philip Janssens, Xavier Catry en Destelheide