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A Given Landscape - from sunrise to sunset (2021)
Location: Brussels and its periphery
A Given Landscape is an event hosted and collectively curated by the artists Ondine Cloez, Eszter Némethi, Michiel Reynaert, Gosie Vervloessem and Nada Gambier and realized with the collaboration of 5 guest artists.
The event will unfold as a landscape, along the course of a walk from sunrise to sunset. The day's journey invites collective, performative and informative experiences, and an unusual sense of time and togetherness in public space. It is a day, seen as a gift, on which the artists playfully present their entangled proposals, their ideas about being together in and with the world in these corona times. We walk together through a time of great change, uncertainty and isolation. During 16 hours the sun shines over this Given Landscape on the second of May. In this light it appears as a familiar place to wander through, yet also calls for a new engagement. A Given Landscape promises to be fun, messy, poetic, touching, exciting, thought-provoking and a little crazy.
A Given Landscape is a moment of generosity and exchange.
Registrations for joining will open on the 2nd of April 2021. Keep an eye on this site!
Stay alert, places are limited!
In January 2021 the artists are invited for a residency at the Kaaitheater in Brussels. For this residency they come together out of a desire to temporarily transform their individual artistic practices into a collective trajectory of learning. During two weeks, they will experiment and reflect around questions related to being and working together today, what is urgent to save and foster, what is missing, how to expose and play with positive processes of contamination and how long can we stay together in a state of not-knowing before the desire for solutions takes over. The artists see this residency as a moment of unravelling, provoking and stimulating their individual thoughts by inviting them into a collective space of potential, a sort of non-hygienic playing ground for hybrids, where a contamination of knowledge and desire stirs up new possibilities, new questions, new areas of inquiry.
By prompting each other to question and challenge their habitual thinking and doing processes they hope to linger longer in the position of the one that does not know but searches with enthusiasm and concentration in order to find rituals and forms that help avoid a state of fright and freeze in response to the loss of habitual control mechanisms and to create a space and take the time for surprising new solutions, ideas and thoughts to appear.
During the residency, they will also discuss and develop formats for public sharing of their practices. These experiments will come to fruition in
A Given Landscape.
A Given Landscape is produced by Nada & Co. and funded by the activity premium of the Flemish Authorities.