Trailer: Folding in Reverse

3-channel video installation, sound, voice-over. Projected on porcelain panels. Continuous loop.

Dancers: Ralph öllinger and Johanna Tenga
Editing: Ronald Bal

Exhibition: This Art Fair 2021 at Kromhouthal Amsterdam

My work is supported by: het Mondriaan Fonds en CBK Rotterdam

This Art Fair 2021 | Kromhouthal Amsterdam

Folding in Reverse, filminstallatie with audio, This Art Fair 2021, at the Kromhouthal Amsterdam, Photo: Friso Spoelstra

You are cordely invited to This Art Fair, from 26 to 29 August, at the Kromhouthal Amsterdam. During the fair I will show my new film installation ‘Folding in Reverse’ and the performance ‘Error in Defoliation’.

Still: Folding in Reverse, filminstallatie with audio

The film installation is made of 3 porcelain panels with black/white film and audio. The porcelain panals were made during my artist-in-residence in Sundaymorning@EKWC (2020) and can be viewed in different ways due to the translucent effect. In this way I question the materiality of digital images. Now that we spend more time online and artworks mainly come to us digitally, I investigate the value of materials for sensory experience. The film installation shows dancers who playfully communicate in choreography through touch and feel.

Performance-installation Error in Defoliation , Ronald Bal, This Art Fair 2021, at the Kromhouthal Amsterdam, Photo: Friso Spoelstra

The performance installation Error in Defoliation is the first act of a two-hour performance, in which the performer plays with their printed body parts. And wondering what’s real and what’s not real. Are these my body parts or is this just reproduction? The objects are made from CT- and MRI-scans, in collaboration with the TU Dresden (Germany), and printed in 3D ceramic prints. The work creates a surreal doubling effect that plays with questions about truth and fiction.

My film installation can be seen in Stand G, right-hand side of the walking route, in the middle of the fair.

Live performance will be shown in the Break Out Room on Friday, August 27, at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Dancers:   Ralph öllinger and Johanna Tenga

Editing:    Ronald Bal

My work is supported by: het Mondriaan Fonds en CBK Rotterdam

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Test Case XXIII, Sundaymorning@EKWC, July 3

You are cordially invited for Test Case XXIII, at Sundaymorning@EKWC in Oisterwijk, on July 3 2021 from 11:00 to 17:00. During the Test Case I will show my latest film Catalysis and a live performance, with work made during my residency at Sundaymornig@EKWC.

My film Catalysis forms the latest chapter within the Cyber Story – Series. Where a character performs in dualistic mystery holding parts of its body as both witness and victim from its own creation. In my research, the cyborg / cybernetic organism, plays a key role, in which the cyborg is considered a hybrid machine and organism in one.

Trailer: Catalysis

More information about Test Case XXIII at Sundaymorning@EKWC


Intersection: Unprecedented Journey

I am honored to be part of the exhibition Intersection: Unprecedented Journey. The exhibition supports the arts and healthcare in the US. During the exhibition I will show my film Moving Landscape, made at Cloud Danslab in the Hague.

Performers: Ralph öllinger, Sophia Oltmanns and Jorga Lok (circus artist), 黃祥昀 (Hsiang-yun) and Larysa Bauge (performance artist), Sonia Zini (dancer), James Hewitt (musician) Designer: Aliki van der Kruijs Filmmaker: Gemma Groot and Dorien Pfauth 

The Exhibition Intersection: Unprecedented Journey will run from March 19th, 2021- April 23rd, 2021 in Lexington Art League in Lexington, United States.


Embodied Interface Webinar (Online)

Join us in for a webinar to discuss about different visions and experiences of in the 90s as well as to see three new artworks from Asian, Latin American, and European artists in respond to the issue of embodied interface.

Embodied Interface Webinar
Location: Zoom Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 Time: 21:00 to 23:00 (GMT+08:00)



AiR Sundaymoring@EKWC

Looking back with great enthusiasm on a productive and special artist-in-residence at Sundaymoring@EKWC in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. In which I was able to further develop my project Nature- / Databody and ‘Error in Defoliation’. During the residency I made 3D prints from CT-scan of my vital organs (brain, kidney, heart etc.) in porcelain. And new objects in ceramics for the performance-installation ‘Error in Defoliation’. Both projects will be further developed in 2021.

Performance-Installation ‘Error in Defoliation’, 2020, AiR Sundaymorning@EKWC
3D print of my brain in porcelain, Project Nature-/ Databody, AiR at Sundaymorning@EKWC, 2020.
Performance-Installation ‘Error in Defoliation’, 2020, AiR Sundaymorning@EKWC

Interview by Sandra Smets

“My ultimate plan is to have myself printed”

In the early summer of 2019, Ronald Bal spent two months in Dresden as part of the exchange project that the city of Dresden, the Goethe Institut and CBK Rotterdam have had together for nearly ten years. Sandra Smets spoke with Ronald Bal about his work there and his impressions.

At the desk in his studio, Ronald Bal starts the computer and turns on a film of slowly moving spots, black and white. It is a rough version of one of the results of his artist-in-residency in Dresden. Two fertile months, which brought him a lot of new material and contacts, which enabled him to make this film. “This is an 3D scan of my body. I spent two and a half hours in a CT scan at the TU Dresden, which takes a picture every three millimeters. I now stick those photos together, this is how this film comes into being. So you slowly walk through my body. Look, the abdominal cavity. “He points. “But when you see it, it’s mainly about light, that’s how it ultimately looks.”

A Thousand and One Cuts

The film A Thousand and One Cuts is related to the live performance of Ronald Bal. Shown during Co-Creation Live Art Factory 2020 in Venice, Italy.

Text and editing: Ronald Bal

Thanks to:

Venice International Performance Art Week

European Culture Centre – Palazzo Mora

Duo-exhibition at Galerie Raskolnikow, Dresden

Dear all, You are cordially invited to the duo exhibition at Galerie Raskolnikow, on Friday January 31, at Dresden, Germany. Opening 20:00 hours.
Based on our residency in Dresden and Rotterdam, Lisa Maria and I made a duo exhibition that underline our work and performance.

Many thanks to Goethe-Institut Rotterdam, CBK Rotterdam and the City of Dresden.

Lisa Maria Baier /Dresden
Ronald Bal / Rotterdam