VETA is a collaboration project between the percussionist Rubén Orio and photographer/painter Lore Stessel that investigates their common fascination for wood.

As a material, wood is omnipresent in our daily life. In addition, it has the extraordinary capacity to grow in every direction; it can contract and expand – it is alive. In their practice, Orio and Stessel examine the apparent likings between man and wood; the veins, color, capabilities to grow and transport fluids. In their thought experiment, they consider wood to be much like the human body.

The core of their work is the materiality of wood as an instrument and the choreographies of the musician. Wood is no longer considered merely the material of which an instrument is built, it is the instrument in and of itself: the sound generated by touch- ing the wood, walking across it, playing it, are what is at stake. The movements of the musician are exaggerated. The body of the musician and the ‘wooden body’ interact in the creation of a new sound choreography.

First presentation :

EXHIBITION: 28 March – 6 May STUKCAFÉ, Leuven

PERFORMANCE: 18 April 19h Cas-Co, Leuven