The work of Oona Libens (Belgium/Sweden) revolves around media-archeology and the history of the (moving) image. Light and shadow is her medium whether it is used in performative work or in two or three dimensional objects. In her intimate performances Oona Libens develops a distinctly crafted universe, while creating a dialogue between historic and recent media phenomena — from shadow theatre as the most primitive form of moving image, over the magic lantern, the computer or TV-screen, to today’s expressions in the digital realm. In her performances she tries to expand our experience of the image and the screen, to create an analogue virtual reality and to make an entertainment machine that is slow, hesitates, falters and fails.
Oona Libens first studied music in Sweden before graduating from the School of Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 2012. Since then she has made a series of poetic-scientific performances about the universe, the sea, time and the body.