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In Praise of Folly (Moriae Encomium)

Materials: Three suspended neon lights, octagonal mirror floor, variable dimensions.

Three anthropomorphic blossoms float in the air like the ghosts of ‘moist past’, ‘more present’, and ‘mortal future’. The cut flower of the still life is both alive and dead, like Schrödinger’s cat — an experiment in which a hypothetical cat may be considered simultaneously both alive and dead as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur. The cut flower is beautiful to behold, severed from its roots at the height of its beauty. As the phantom roots dissolve into the water, the flowers will lose their petals, drop their beauty, and eventually wither away and die. Trapped in our Age of More, between political extremes, vicious vanity, social mediatisation, and an algorithm that guarantees the world will agree with you as long as you buy into the spin, there is no escape except through the mirror. 

40 kunstenaars uit 18 landen brengen 60 kunstwerken op 16 binnen- en buitenlocaties naar Kortrijk. 

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