Gaëtan Rusquet studied Applied Arts at ENSAAMA in Paris and then scenography and performance at ENSAV La Cambre. He works as a performer, actor, collaborator or project leader in performance, dance, theatre and visual arts. He performs in Celestial Sorrow by Meg Stuart, Square Dance by Bryan Campbell and created the costumes and scenography for Boundary Games by Léa Drouet.
His artistic work often focuses on the relationship between the body and space, through a medium, and on the need for movement linked to it. Within these experiences, he wants to make the audience part of a simultaneously visual and performative experience. In Meanwhile, (2014) the performers must constantly deal with the imminent destruction of the construction they are building, while As We Were Moving Ahead Occasionally We Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2018) explores the choreographic potential of (live) video editing and the perspective of the selfie. the eYe in the light in the eYe (2020), commissioned by Europalia, dialogues with Brancusi’s photography by making images appear and disappear in the eyes of the viewers who become the medium itself.
He has appeared at Trouble Festival (BE), Impulstanz (AT), MDT Stockholm (SE), Theater Avantgarden (NO), Centre Pompidou (FR), Accionmad (ES), FRAC Lorraine (FR), Kaaitheater (BE), Palais de Tokyo (FR), Homonovus festival (LV), Festival Actoral (FR), Europalia (BE).
Gaëtan Rusquet’s the eYe in the light in the eYe resonates with Brancusi’s self-portraits and sculptural clichés, and his desire to make visible the absolute, the very essence of a form or an idea. The performance echoes Brancusi’s desire to dissimulate or highlight qualities for one point of view, the one of the camera or spectators, while acknowledging the impossibility to control the multiplicity of images that occurs in a performative situation.
The project is realised in collaboration with visual artist Philip Janssens and sound artist YannLeguay. The space Philip Janssens creates, gives access to both a collective and individual experience. Each image appears only in the viewer’s eye, who is the medium itself. The proposition of Yann Leguay highlights the physical relation between the installation and the spectator by bringing the visual distortion to the ears.
the eYe in the light in the eYe was commissioned by festival Europalia and premiered in the Brancusi exhibition at Bozar.