In cooperation with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, FLACC organized an In Situ master-class led by the Antwerp lecturer Erna Verlinden. Six students were asked to react to the specific context of the historical, cultural and scenic formation around the abandoned mine building and site in Waterschei (Genk). The students were taken out of the enclosed cocoon of the academy and (literally) exposed to the elements. The objective was to have them step outside their familiar discipline, studio and work environment and take on new challenges. FLACC sets great store by offering students opportunities to work outside the protective walls of the academy.
The six students visited Genk, came up with a project and developed it in a short space of time. The brevity of the project meant that the students had to think outside the box and react directly to their surroundings and to the problems working on location threw at them. Each student approached the challenge in his own way and from his own artistic practice, resulting in a variety of projects: an ecological awareness that man cannot go on taking raw materials from the earth without consequences produced a work in which Mother Earth swallowed up dead trees upside down; another project referred to the spirit of the past, emphasizing the site’s industrial aspects; yet another looked to the future and saw tourism as a way of giving the mine site a new lease of life.