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Iris Honderdos (installation-art, video) and Arno Peeters (sound designer, composer, multimedia) are what could be called ‘community based’ artists and they have a widespread experience in this field. Iris has been working extensively in former Yugoslavia (right after the war), in Russia and Korea. Since 2003 they live and work together. They have been working in Czech Republic (with former miners and their wives) Ukraine (during the Orange Revolution) and over the last three years in Vietnam (HIV infected women and ex-drug users).
In their method of working, they cannot know upfront what it is that they will create, since they need to ‘tap in’ on the emotions of the community they will work with.
After a process of research, followed by a period of meditation on the subject, sketching and modeling, the actual work on the installation and/or performance itself can begin. Up until now, the results mostly consisted of installations that sometimes are accompanied by sound or video and are presented to the audience during a performance or concert. The final result will in all cases be a gift to the community and is there to stay.