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2022

Summer update

Early bird Miriam Sentler making field recordings.
Photo credit: Miriam Sentler
Yay, the sun is here! Before we turn on our summer mode, we want to share what's keeping everyone busy behind the scenes. Helen Downling, who just gave birth to her second child. In July and August, she'll work from Genk, together with her family. Last month during our open Studios, Sarah van Sonsbeeck presented ceramics in progress, She's also ready to become a mom any moment now! Congrats to these two wonderful Ladies! With full commitment, Arjun Das dives into the stories of the former miners and translates them into a series carved out of charcoal and wood. He travelled to Italy, Switzerland and Germany to talk about his work. Luckily, he takes some time to relax and at the moment he visits the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel.

Sound artist and master brewer Emeka Oghboh started his quest to develop a new alcoholic beverage where the colonial and migration history of Belgian functions as the starting point to choose the specific ingredients. After a second residence period in Genk, Miriam Sentler became an expert in recognizing different bird sounds. Alongside, she wants to learn more about the sound coming from the wooden beams that supported the mine shafts. Rana Hamadeh experimented in the ceramics studio by making terracotta figurines to use in a game she's developing. Meanwhile, she has a big solo presentation at Edith Russ Haus.

Last month we opened Alexis Gautier's solo presentation at Jester C-mine. In the meantime, we work enthusiastically towards two big projects we want to present to you this fall. We are delighted to welcome Marie Zolamian. She successfully won the authorship court case that was made against her by the Flemish Government, and we're super proud of her and happy for art in general that this worked out well. Erica Ferrari develops an outdoor installation that comes to life through a series of workshops.

Curious to know more about the artists and their presentations? Keep an eye on our various communication channels.

Alexis Gautier

Riding High in the Reading Saddle
21.05 – 07.08.2022

In Riding High in the Reading Saddle, Alexis Gautier presents new works and on-site interventions, created during his working period at Jester.

Reading Group: If On A Winter's Night A Traveler

Saturday 16.07, 6-8. p.m.
Wednesday 20.07, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday 23.07, 6-8 p.m.

In If On A Winter's Night A Traveler, a novel from 1979, Italian writer Italo Calvino evokes the image of a reader on a horseback, moving simultaneously in two parallel worlds: the physical world and the one of the book. This 'reader-rider', contrasted with the stark image of a reader at a lectern, represents an emancipated audience, taking the reins and driving (or rather riding) the plot home. Not without reason, the title of Alexis Gautier's exhibition refers to this figure. His working method can be compared to 'collective fiction writing' – even if the outcome is not always literary.

Alexis Gautier Welcome (Genk), in situ intervention during the vernissage
Photo credit: Rita Ceuppens

In parallel with the exhibition Riding High in the Reading Saddle, we are organizing a reading group which takes Italo Calvino's novel as a point of departure. Over the course of three evenings, we will explore the potential of non-linear storytelling, collective reading, and situated literacy. The workshop is a collective engagement and will be moderated by Jester's curator Alicja Melzacka.

Practical information:

The workshop takes place in our exhibition space and is free. The texts that we read are written in English, therefore the sessions will be held in English (no proficiency is required, and we also speak Dutch). Please subscribe before the 11th of July - the specific plan will be tailored to the number of participants. You can mail alicja@jester.be to confirm your participation.

Guided Tour: Sunday 07.08.2022, 4:00 p.m.

During the finissage of Riding High in the Reading Saddle, join us for the guided tour of the exhibition. Jester's artistic director Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg will be your guide through the work of Alexis Gautier and the unique indoor and outdoor spaces at the C-mine site. The meeting point is the visitor's desk at C-mine.

Art trip Documenta fifteen

© Documenta fifteen
Graphic design: Studio 4oo2
Documenta fifteen, are you joining us?
16.09 – 18.09.2022

Once again, we organize a three-day bus trip to Kassel to visit DOCUMENTA fifteen! We are looking forward to another great weekend! Subscribe before the 25th of July via info@jester.be

Program*

- 16.09.22: Bus trip towards Kassel with short stop, arrival at hotel, visit to Documenta
- 17.09.22: groupvisits and free moments
- 18.09.22: Check-out hotel, visit to Documenta, bus trip back to Limburg with short stop.

* More details will follow soon

On our website you find more information and how to subscribe

Workshop strategic thinking and business management for artists

Z33, Vonk and Jester
Workshop strategic thinking and business management for artists
Saturday 11.06.22, 10 a.m.- 4p.m.

VONK, Z33 and Jester (former FLACC/CIAP) join forces and organize a series of workshops around the practice of the visual artist. The workshops will help you take your first steps and offer you handy tools to get started afterwards. The workshops are intended for professional, semi-professional and/or starting contemporary artists with a connection to Limburg and who have followed professional art training.

Part 1: statutes and fees for artists
10 - 12 a.m.

Are you wondering about the different ways to be compensated as an artist? Do you have questions about setting up a non-profit organization or do you want to become self-employed? Then follow the info session by Cultuurloket about statutes and compensations for artists. You do not need any prior knowledge to follow this workshop, A maximum of 30 participants can register.

Part 2: Strategic partnerships
1 - 4 p.m.

Do you have concrete project plans but are stuck in your search for partners, or do you have doubts about how to draw up your project budget? Sarah Indeherberge (managing director, Jester (former FLACC/CIAP)) guides you searching for substantive and financial partners based on your goal and mission. We start from practice and look at the different important points of attention when selecting partners and learn how to set up a matching budget.

Click here to subcribe

Practical information:
The workshops are held in Dutch and participation is free. Note: registration is mandatory. It's possible to register for one part only. Register no later than Monday 6 June using the registration form above. We will confirm your participation no later than Wednesday 8 June. If you register for the whole day, a bread lunch will be provided.

Location: VONK studios, Kempische Kaai 85, 3500 Hasselt

Jester

Be Courageous
Listen. Truly Listen
Be accepting
Don't Be Clever
Trust – Others, Yourself and the Unknown
Be (in the) present

It is with great pride and excitement that we announce the merger of two well-known organisations for contemporary art, FLACC and CIAP, into a new organisation which we have chosen to name Jester *. You can find us here: www.jester.be

Over the past few years, the teams at FLACC and CIAP have been working hard to find a common direction that preserves the special qualities of both organisations in Jester. In this way, the strong solo exhibitions, editions and publications for which CIAP is known, together with the deepening of particular visions or the possibilities for material experimentation, which lie at the core of FLACC, will be brought to the fore through the new programming.

CIAP has traditionally been a members' organisation. Jester embraces its members, makes room for member projects and aims to further serve increasingly more members from its future location in Genk. FLACC has a tradition of accommodating artists in Genk at different times so that they may work with proper focus and attention. This residency operation will also be retained in Jester.

Soon Jester will be working from its own home, built on the large former mining site C-mine. This is a hub where various global transformation processes and their economic, ecological and demographic consequences manifest themselves and become tangible through art and culture. Through its stimulating, generous and critical presence, Jester aims to make a significant contribution to the creation of a locally anchored, vibrant cultural oasis, with national and international reach.

image © 51N4E

Determined to create a distinctive and singular experience, the team at Jester decided to start from a number of basic concepts found in improvisational theatre. These will provide us and everyone involved in the programme with the opportunity to respond to current events or changes at any given time. Improv makes it possible to create a story whose direction and outcome are not always determined.

The team at Jester invites you to join them in Genk. In the course of 2022, you will be able to enjoy the programme that emerged from FLACC and CIAP's ongoing programming. From 2023 onwards, Jester invites you to embrace the unknown.

Are you curious to see how we work towards a new story?
Join us as a member and follow us via our newsletter or social media!

Warm regards,
Jester

* Jester is a professional joker at a medieval court, who is allowed to hold up a mirror to the monarchs. The stories jester tells are laced with humour, yet often have a serious message at their core.

Conflict Zones

with Olha Honchar
Tuesday 05.04.22, 7 pm

Conflict Zones is a series of online conversations around conflicts of different kinds, with various degrees of visibility and scope. We start with a weekly edition on Tuesday, April 5th, at 7 pm. Click on this link to follow the conversation on Zoom.

In the series, we exchange thoughts and personal stories with artists and cultural workers who are facing a precarious situation as a result of different kinds of conflict: military and political but also legal, ethical, or other; at a workplace, at home, or in exile.

Olha Honchar

The series gives platform and visibility to the practices that might be underexposed or even under attack at the given moment. During intimate talks, we are trying to unveil different layers of conflict and foreground how they disrupt artistic practices and daily lives alike.

We do not claim to be objective nor comprehensive. The making of the series is inspired by the improv acting methodology that lies at the core of Jester. We always start from a speaker we have a connection with, as an organisation and as people, and from a subject with a sense of urgency. From there, we see how the programme will unfold.

Due to the current war in Ukraine, the topic of conflict became even more imminent in the general programme ideas for Jester. Departing from conversations with Ukrainian curator Alexandra Tryanova, our intern, and some of the Ukrainian artists with whom we have worked in the past, we decided to address this urgency as first within our series. The first four conversations are moderated by Alexandra.

More information about the guests and links to zoom you can find here: www.jester.be and you can keep an eye on our social media.