• Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO

    © Loes Geuens

  • Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO

    © Loes Geuens

  • Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO

    © Loes Geuens

  • Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO

    © Loes Geuens

  • Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO

    © Loes Geuens

  • Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO

    © Loes Geuens

  • Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO
  • Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO

    © Loes Geuens



‘We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean.’ This statement is often heard when talking about the deep sea. Worldwide, only ten percent of the ocean floor has been mapped and explored. At a moment in history when the planet we live on seems to have been explored extensively, some places remain unstudied and untouched. 
 
After their acclaimed performances Mining Stories and Pleasant Island, Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere present the final part of their trilogy on mining. This time they focus on a completely new industry: deep sea mining. With resources on land becoming increasingly scarce and overexploited, mining companies turn towards the ocean. 

In the Spring of 2021, three ships gather on a remote patch of the Pacific Ocean. One of them belongs to the Belgian dredging company DEME-GSR. Four kilometres below the sea surface, their mining robot is scraping the seabed in search of metals. On another ship, an international team of marine biologists and geologists keep a close watch on the operation. A third ship completes the fleet: on board of the infamous Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace activists protest against this potential future industry. 
 
From their small apartment in Brussels, Silke and Hannes connect with the three ships through satellite. Each of the ships represents one pillar of the public debate: industry, science and activism. Through a series of interviews and conversations, an intimate portrait of this new industry emerges. The piece is an attempt to capture a potentially pivotal moment in the history of the earth. How much deeper can mining companies dig, and what are we as humankind actually digging towards? What are the challenges and risks? What opportunities potentially lay ahead? 

 

Out of the Blue premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts on May 19, 2022.


In English with Dutch subtitles / duration: 60 minutes


press

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our own oceans, and yet technology takes us where we have never been before

BRUZZ - Michaël Bellon,

In this critical attitude lies the strength of Out of the Blue. Unlike what you might expect in theater, Huysmans and Dereere don't draw plenty of emotion and identification in this performance (although they do allow them to).

Etcetera - Jens Dewulf,

This room is designed multimedially so precisely that the audience is immersed in the silence of the deep sea. An atmosphere of attention where quiet inner voices can be heard instead of quick answers.

taz - Astrid Kaminski,

The idea that deep-sea mining does not yet exist and that it may exist fascinates us to think about the present and the future (…) In Out of the Blue, many themes that we find interesting come together.

Klara - Radio-interview Pompidou, May 2 2022 ,

In Out of the Blue, they go a step further, looking at a future in which the oceans also become one big mine

De Morgen - Ewoud Ceulemans ,

Out of the blue excites enough to want to read more about the subject immediately

Het Nieuwsblad - Magali Degrande,

After the land, will we now be robbing the ocean? In conversation with scientists, companies and activists, the duo tries to find it out

De Standaard - Charlotte Desomviele,

Mining on the ocean floor? It's far from science fiction, shows Out of the blue

De Standaard - Gilles Michiels,

Their approach is both documentary and spectacular, through a dramaturgy that is chiselled, ambitious, rigorous and very humble

La Libre - Marie Baudet,