Belgium (2004)


The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

-Revelation 8.7-

In Rain, the first installation in a series by Kris Verdonck, the artist grapples with the idea of the end of the world from two different perspectives: The apocalypse as a Christian idea full of symbols and dazzling imagery, and today's reality of progress and climate change due to pollution. In the installation little drops of fire fall like fireflies from the ceiling and go out. The glowing rain evokes the struggle between mechanical control and the natural elements - water and fire - that are capable of devastating the earth and from which man is powerless to fight against or save himself from. An installation of great beauty that leads us to a confrontation between fascination and destruction.

Concept: Kris Verdonck
Dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven
Technicians: Raphaël Rubbens, Marc Depauw
Production: Stilllab vzw
Co-production: Kaaitheater (Brussels), KunstenFESTIVALdesArts, Festival La Bâtie (Geneva)
With the support of: Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest