In Atelier Bildraum, the architect Steve Salembier and photographer Charlotte Bouckaert work together on performances, stage settings and installations. Space, image and imagination are their core concerns. The photographic image and the scale model are key elements in this quest and determine the craftsmanship involved in their practice. Both these media are by nature static and contrast sharply with the moving continuum of reality on stage. Whereas spaces tell the story of the activities and situations they accommodate, the scale model and the photographic image isolate this story to form a concise and focused experience of a recorded moment. It is the spectator and his empathy which, in the course of this process and in between the static images, builds up a story and makes associations. It is not only the visual aspect, but also the sound that plays an important part in Atelier Bildraum’s work. Sound is after all a significant medium for spatiality and makes an essential contribution to the spectator’s spatial imagination. In parallel with the process of constructing, transforming, recording and representing space live, sounds and music, not all of it live, are built up and employed as a layer of expression. Their first production – Bildraum – won the Big in Belgium Award at Theater aan Zee in 2015 and the Total theatre Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.
In season 2016-2017, Atelier Bildraum worked with LOD for the first time. The music of their production In Between Violet and Green was created by LOD composer Thomas Smetryns. In Between Violet and Green premiered in march 2017.