David Weber-Krebs (BE/D) is an artist and a researcher based in Brussels. He studied at the University of Fribourg (CH) and the Amsterdam School of the Arts (NL). David explores various contexts as a basis for an experimental process, which questions the traditional relationship between the work of art and its public. Recent works are the performances Tonight, lights out! (2011/2013), Balthazar (2013) with Maximilian Haas, Into the big world (2014), and the installation Immersion (2014) at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt. David collaborates on a regular basis with different artists and theorists and he teaches at different visual arts and performance academies.
David Weber-Krebs creates situations engaging the spectator in a complex game between getting absorbed or merging with an art piece, and keeping his critical distance towards it. Be it by staging actors (ex. into the big world), a donkey (Balthazar), a minimalist sculpture (Performance, Robert Morris revisited) or a public space (Miniature), the form is ever reduced to its simplest expression. It becomes like a projection screen, inviting the spectator into a mode of active contemplation where meaning is not given but produced by the spectator. The theatre performance Fade out (2005) for example, is based on the slow extinction of the lights until the whole space lays in complete darkness. Two performers accompany this drama of irreversible disappearance and until its final consequence. The public is both witness and active participant of this highly sensitive process. While the lights are fading-out, the eyes of each spectator must adapt to the new situation until everything is plunged into darkness.
The work of David Weber-Krebs has been shown all over Europe and beyond in theatres, art spaces, cultural centers and festivals.
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David is regularly leading projects and mentoring at different visual arts and performing arts school among others Das Graduate school, the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and at the autonomous design department of KASK.
David is member of THIRD!, the third cycle research group of Das Graduate school (Amsterdam).
He is affiliated as a doctoral artistic researcher to KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts. His research project (The Sublime in the Anthropocene) is financed by the Arts Research Fund of University College Ghent.
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In 2009 David created STICHTING INFINITE ENDINGS, the Dutch organization producing and selling his work in the Netherlands and abroad. Marten Oosthoek, Benoit Vanraes and Elisabeth Hirner constitute the board of STICHTING INFINITE ENDINGS.