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December 8: presentation of the installation by Kaleb de Groot and discussion moment with Stijn Van Dorpe and Robbrecht Desmet.

Kaleb de Groot presents his installation “Barricade, Demo” on Sunday, December 8. A new series of inflatable sculptures, produced in close collaboration with FLACC, are combined with handmade materials. The starting point for the installation is the question “If rebellion and creativity are individual forces, why do in today's barricades lack an intentional aesthetic?" “Barricade, Demo” is a try-out for an action, or a barricade, and will, in the future, be presented in the public domain as a theatre piece and an intervention.

On the same day, there will be a discussion moment on the joint work period of Stijn Van Dorpe and Robbrecht Desmet, in which they discuss the methodology of their collaboration. Upon the invitation of Van Dorpe and Desmet, ROTOR architects and artists Nico Docx, Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat and Achim Lengerer introduce their collaborative models, which explore the overlap between, or common characteristics with, the art practices of Van Dorpe and Desmet.

The scenography can be visited throughout the day. The discussion moment will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., the official language is English. Reservation is requested; please make reservations through info@flacc.info. The location is FLACC, Andre Dumontlaan 2, 3600 Genk.

December 8: presentation of the installation by Kaleb de Groot and discussion moment with Stijn Van Dorpe and Robbrecht Desmet.

Stijn Van Dorpe - The Magritte Project / Hotel Charleroi - Marchienne Au Pont

On sunday the 8th of december Kaleb de Groot presents his installation “Barricade, Demo”. On the same day, there will be a discussion moment on the joint work period of Stijn Van Dorpe and Robbrecht Desmet, in which they discuss the methodology of their collaboration. During these events you will also have the opportunity to visit the current artists in residence Lutz-Rainer Müller and Stian Ådlandsvik, as they will open their studio to the public. The scenography can be visited throughout the day, starting at 12 a.m.. The discussion moment will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., the official language is English. Reservation is requested; please make reservations through info@flacc.info. The studio of Müller/Ådlandsvik will be open in-between lectures: 12 to 1 pm, 2:30 to 3:30 pm and 5 to 6 pm. The location is FLACC, Andre Dumontlaan 2, 3600 Genk.

To make this presentation accessible to many, the artists have organised a bus that runs from Ghent to Genk via Brussels. They would like to invite you to travel with them and participate in this afternoon. To pay for the cost of the bus, they ask for a contribution of € 20. Please confirm your participation at latest on Monday 2-12 via info@flacc.info . The bus leaves at 10.20 a.m. at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent, and at 11 a.m. in Brussels at the Kaaitheater.

Kaleb de Groot – ‘White Space Conflict’ becomes ‘Non Space Conflict’


The workshop project began in 2011 as a collaborative project, intended to recalibrate the synergy between Roosje Klap and Kaleb de Groot. The problem with this approach is that the research will end up researching itself, creating a situation where one keeps running in circles to ultimately end up in a quagmire. Or as Kaleb and Roosje put it: a ‘White Space Conflict’.
The starting point was the development of a scenography from which gradually new sculptures would emerge. Older work and loose elements were reworked into inflatable sculptures and used as actors. The scenography acquires meaning and becomes readable through the viewer’s familiarity with the work of Klap and De Groot. Although the objects are physically altered, their original meaning or value remains preserved, drawing parallels with the classic still life.
By the end of the work period the cooperation between Klap and De Groot seemed to have exhausted itself, partly because of their very divergent conceptual approaches. Work on the scenography was continued by De Groot; the project became increasingly more complete and its setting more defined. Roosje’s leaving the project opened everything up again. The project, now once again on an open field, became a ‘Non Space Conflict’. The project will be presented in the fall of 2013.

Kaleb De Groot, Roosje Klap

Artists:

Kaleb de Groot en Roosje Klap wish to thank Nina Thibo for her story ‘The Room That is Oozing Oil’, p. 53-57 that was written especially for the occasion of this publication and based on the artists’ research for FLACC.
The work ‘Black Thesaurus’ was made with the generous support of BKVB Fund, the Netherlands and the CEAC, China. It was first published with the artist book ‘Exquisit Gunpowder City 16 Shots’ Revolver publishers, Frankfurt in 2008.

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