technical info

2010

Video installation for 3 projectors

41'29" (loop)

3 x PAL — colour — stereo

Production & realization: Koen Theys

Camera: Koen Theys, Wim Catrysse, Hans Meijer, Azilys Roman, Frank Theys

Sound: Johan Vander Maelen

Editing & soundmix: Koen Theys

Assistant editing: Glenn Geerinck

Dialogues: Koen Theys, Alex Dumitran

Voices: Marie André, Marcus Bering, Bernard Breuse, Eric Castex, René Clausen, Miguel

Decleire, Alex Dumitran, Christoph Fink, Volkmar Hirner, Kosten Koper, Jan Kurleman, Gary

Leddington, Emilio Lopez-Menchero, Peter Maschke, Michel Lorand, Neil Mayne, Stephane

Olivier, David Resch, Eugène Savitzkaya, Giles Thomas

Thanks to the reenactors of the Battle of Waterloo 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010

Waterloo Forever - Koen Theys, 2010

A fictionalized impression of the Battle of Waterloo, as it is created every year by more than two thousand re-enactors in the same fields where the slaughter took place in 1815. In heroic battle scenes, thousands of extras try to act in a historically accurate way, with perfectly reconstructed costumes, horses, cannons and gunfire. But at the same time, they cannot

resist taking pictures of themselves, using their mobile phones or smoking industrial cigarettes. As in other works by Koen Theys, a lot of references can be detected to 19th-century "l'art pompier" and "history paintings": for instance in his use of exuberantly large video projection formats and dynamic compositions. By presenting Waterloo Forever in the form of a triptych, the historical film Napoleon by Abel Gance also comes to mind.
With this work, Koen Theys places himself in the tradition of Belgian artists like James Ensor
or Marcel Broodthaers, amongst others, who also made their version of the Battle of
Waterloo.