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Untitled Ceremonies

2013 - ongoing

The Untitled Ceremonies initiated in 2013 until today, involve unpacking and installing a work by another artist chosen from a public or private collection, then dismantling and re-packing it. The performances are executed in silence in front of a limited number of spectators gathered around the work. Repeating the actions of an « art handler », Béatrice Balcou unpacks the work, assembles it if necessary, give a moment to look at it and then pack it again. In a choreography of slow, precise, detailed gestures she looks into the attention given to the materiality of the work of art and the behaviour of the viewer, triggering an awareness not only of the work required by the making and presentation of art, but also of the accompanying sounds, the setting, the other spectators and her own body.

Read the essays: Untitled Ceremony #03 by Eva Wittocx (EN/FR), Walk in Beauty by Christophe Gallois (FR) and the interview by Zoe Gray and Devrim Bayar (EN/FR/NL)

Watch the videos: the interview during the rehearsal of Untitled Ceremony #10 by CNAP in 2018 (FR) and the interview during the preparation of the ceremony and the exhibition Walk in Beauty at Casino Luxembourg in 2014 (FR subtitled in EN)

Untitled Ceremony #17, 2021
With the work Barre de bois rond A00321040 (1977) by André Cadere from Fondation CAB collection, Brussels, Belgium
25 min.
Acquired by the Fondation CAB, Brussels
Performed at Fondation CAB on March 24 and April 24, 2021

Untitled Ceremony #16, 2021
With the work Raining (Sound Piece) (2012) by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster from Laurent Fiévet Collection, France
40 min.
Produced by Tlön Projects, Amsterdam
Performed at ROZENSTRAAT - a rose is a rose is a rose, Amsterdam, from November 5 to 7, 2021

Untitled Ceremony #15, 2020
With the work On a clear day (1973) by Agnes Martin from a private collection, Brussels
17 min.
Performed at home on 15 October 2020

Untitled Ceremony #14, 2018
With the work Study for a 16 mm film (2011) by Charlotte Moth from the MAC VAL Collection, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
35 min.
Produced by La Ferme du Buisson CAC, Noisiel/Paris (FR) and the MAC VAL - Museum of contemporary art, Vitry-sur-Seine (FR)
Performed at MAC VAL on December 2, 2018 and at La Ferme du Buisson on February 9, 2019

Untitled Ceremony #13, 2018
With the work Fortunate Loss #574 (2016) by Eva BartoYS from Olivier and Nicole Gevart Collection, Belgium
20 min.
Produced and acquired by Olivier and Nicole Gevart
Performed at Olivier & Nicole Gevart's home, ending by a discussion with the audience at Été 78, Brussels, on February 23, 24 and 25, 2018

Untitled Ceremony #12, 2017
With the work Sans Titre (1980) by Pierre Tal Coat from the Alain Le Provost Collection, Nantes, France
25 min.
Produced by Alain Le Provost and the Museum of Fine Arts, Angers (FR)
Performed within the exhibition Collectionner, le désir inachevé, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Angers, on December 13, 2017

Untitled Ceremony #11, 2017
With the work Ladies Jacket Smoking (2015) by Liz Magor from the FRAC Corse Collection, France
40 min.
Acquired by the FRAC Corse in 2017
Not yet performed

Untitled Ceremony #10, 2017
With the work She falls down (2009) by Susan Collis from the CNAP collection, Paris
35 min.
Commissioned by the CNAP in co-production with La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec and La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel
Acquired by the CNAP, Paris in 2017
Performed at La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec/Paris (FR) on May 20, 2017; at La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel/Paris (FR) on June 3, 2017; at FRAC Bretagne, Rennes (FR) on April 24, 2018; at La Nouvelle Adresse (CNAP), Pantin (FR) on September 15 & 16, 2018; at M Museum (Playground Festival), Leuven (BE) on November 15 & 16, 2019

Untitled Ceremony #09, 2016
With the work Drying Rack (1968) by Marinus Boezem from the artist's collection, Middelburg, the Netherlands
35 min.
Curated by Julia Mullié and Nick Terra during the Amsterdam Art Weekend within the performance programme The Absence of Work
Performed at Oudekerk, Amsterdam on November 26 & 27, 2016

Untitled Ceremony #08, 2016
With a work inspired by the series "open cubes" by Sol LeWitt (1991) from a Private Collection, New York
30 min.
Produced by L'Iselp, Brussels
Performed at L'Iselp, Brussels on May 19, 2016

Untitled Ceremony #07, 2015
With the work Cars Non Finito (2010) by Nina Beier from the FRAC Franche-Comté Collection, Besançon, France
35 min.
Acquired by the FRAC Franche-Comté in 2015
Performed at FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon (FR) on March 8, 2018

Untitled Ceremony #06, 2015
With the work Children’s trolley (I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew) (1993) by Rodney Graham from Herman Daled Collection, Belgium
35 min.
Produced by WIELS, Brussels
Performed at WIELS, Brussels on June 24 & 27, 2015

Untitled Ceremony #05, 2015
With a polychromed and gilded wooden reliquary sculpture from XVIth century from a Private Collection, Belgium
35 min.
Produced by Kaaitheater, Brussels
Performed at Don verboven exquisite objects during the Performatik Festival on March 21 & 26, 2015; at M Museum (Playground Festival), Leuven (BE) on November 15 & 16, 2019

Untitled Ceremony #04, 2014
With the work Bain de Lumière (1998) by Ann Veronica Janssens from the Cera/ M Museum collection, Leuven, Belgium
Performed with Agnese Negrini in 2014 and with Sara Manente in 2021
50 min.
Produced by M Museum, Leuven, Belgium
Performed at M Museum during the Playground festival, on November 13 & 16, 2014 and at Jeu de Paume on October 2, 2021

Untitled Ceremony #03, 2014
With the work Vitrine (film 3) (2008) by Bojan Šarčević from the Mudam Collection, Luxembourg
Performed by Lola Franzen, Anne-Cécile Heussner, Melinda Mucsi, Agnese Negrini, Nathalie Neuser, Elodie Parachini and Keith Wirrell
30 min.
Produced by Casino Luxembourg
Performed at Casino Luxembourg within Walk in Beauty exhibition, every Wednesday and Sunday, from July 14 to September 7, 2014

Untitled Ceremony #02, 2014
With the work Paysage (1870) by Théophile Narcisse Chauvel from the Museum of Fine Arts Collection, Quimper, France
Around 1 hour
Produced by Le Quartier - Contemporary Art center and the Museum of Fine Arts Collection, Quimper
Performed at Le Quartier - Contemporary Art center, Quimper (FR) on February 1, 2, 4 & 6, 2014

Untitled Ceremony #01, 2013
With a wooden plank replacing a painting from the Museum of Fine Arts in Liège, Belgium
30 min.
Produced during the residency at Ravi Ateliers Vivegnis International, Liège
Performed at the "brasserie Haecht", 251 Nord, Liège, Belgium on December 13, 2013