Verdonck’s installations and performances are designed to reflect on the ‘current state of the world’, with its environmental problems, ecological disasters and wars. He takes different facets of a world that we recognise and translates them, magnifies them or brings them to the surface. The field of tension between man and machine, man and society, and man and nature creates an atmosphere of Unheimlichkeit or alienation in his work.
In EXHIBITION #1, Verdonck focuses on the confusion and alienation of man in his environment, but also on the confusion of the world itself in which the Apocalypse is already upon us. Verdonck gave shape to this latter image in Z33 in a new work: EXOTE. This ‘garden installation’ houses a selection of the most invasive alien species (plants and animals) in Belgium, which constitute a genuine threat to biodiversity, the economy and public health.
EXOTE is part of a larger route of projections and installations that Verdonck created before. Some of these were already shown in his work K, a Society (2010), which revolves around images of a Kafka-esque society: over-perfected and unsettling. Showing the work in a visual arts context, created a different perception of time and space for the viewer.
Along with the installations and projections in Z33, the night projection DUMP was shown as a ‘painting for the city’ in the centre of Hasselt.