#1 | Marnix Rummens - Scripting Common Places

Scripting Common Places
Scripting common places is an experiment. It starts from a shared fascination for the use of script, recipes and instructions in contemporary artist practices. Rather than conceiving an artwork as material object or even a performance, scripting practices explicitly generates an active experience, an encounter, a shift in our social behavior as only tangible residu. This processual approach challenges many classical conceptions we generally make about art. By its engaging or participatory nature scripting often blurs the role division between the creating artist and the passive spectator. Scripts leave space for interpretation and executive decisions, which redivides artistic responsibility and authorship. The outcome is often bilaterally generated in stead of an unilateral proposal, and will differ depending on the participant and the presentation context. But above all these co-creative formats have the ability to directly infiltrate daily life. This allows not only a variety of framing options in both artistic as social environments. It offers the potential to influence more directly the various processes that take place in them.

Scripting common places is a collective and action-based experiment that brings together different artists who develop strategies involving scripts, recipes and instructions. A series of working sessions will lead up to a public workshop and an exhibition with script related works in order to gain insight in their potential to generate encounters, commonalities, and alternative ways of interacting. What exactly happens when art isn’t produced unilaterally in an abstract relation to its presentation context, but co-creatively, in a site-specific approach? How do these alternative formats relate to classical disciplines such as visual arts, performance and sound-art? Which flexibility do these low-tech interventions generate? Do they re-articulate the ways we facilitate art? And could this creativity ultimately transgress it’s artistic origin into more diverse domains of everyday life, allowing complementary ways to share, reflect and develop more than the details of daily life?
With: Begüm Erciyas, Roel Heremans, Flore Herman, Diane Rabreau, Marnix Rummens, Einat Tuchman, Gosie Vervloesem

Marnix Rummens 
Marnix Rummens studeerde kunstwetenschappen en antropologie aan Universiteit Gent en werkte sindsdien als publiekswerker voor o.m. Kunstenfestivaldesarts, M KHA en S.M.A.K. Tot 2014 was hij werkzaam in kunstenwerkplaats wpZimmer als artistiek medewerker. De drie daaropvolgende jaren werkte hij als artistiek coördinator bij workspacebrussels, een multidisciplinaire kunstenwerkplaats in Brussel. Van 2017-2019 ontwikkelde hij Broeikaai in Kortrijk, een co-creatieve broei- en bloeiplek met ruimte voor expo’s, evenementen, een bar, een pop-up resto en een stadstuin. 
Als dramaturg werkte hij met makers als o.m. Benjamin Vandewalle, Roel Heremans, Christian Bakalov, Emi Kodama, Nazanin Fakoor en Begüm Erciyas. Als curator ging hij aan de slag met kunstenaars als Céline Butaye, Meggy Rustamova,Hans Demeulenaere, Sarah Westphal, Ann-Veronica Janssens en Müge Yilmaz. Hij schreef voor tijdschriften zoals Rekto:Verso, Etcetera en TOOP. 
In het kader van zijn doctoraatsonderzoek ’Responsieve Ruimtes’ aan LUCA & KULeuven onderzoekt hij modellen voor een nieuw soort transdisciplinaire culturele plekken, die uitwisseling en co-creatie stimuleren tussen uiteenlopende domeinen in de samenleving.

#2 | Eva Cardon (Ephameron) - Never Alone Again

Research presentation of Eva Cardon (Ephameron) + book launch “re/collection” + live performance with CHVE – Colin H. Van Eeckhout (Amenra)

Never Alone Again
“Never Alone Again” investigates graphic narratives, using fine arts strategies to develop short comics that question the constraints of the art form. In this research project, fictional elements are incorporated into autobiographical stories about different facets of motherhood, to call for a lesser degree of identification from the reader, and from the artist. This is not accomplished by moving completely from autobiography to fiction, but by looking for multiple voices and collaboration by interweaving the stories with experiences of others.

#3 | Maarten Vanvolsem - New Photodynamism

7-8 March 2018

The research project ‘Photodynamism Revisited’ (2014-16), conducted by Maarten Vanvolsem and John Ryan Brubaker, takes Anton Giulio Bragaglia’s manifesto, ‘Fotodinamismo futurista’ (1914) as a starting point, but broadens its scope to contemporary photographic techniques (Slit photography, Stereo Photography, Alternative Processes, Photographic Abstraction, etc.). Starting from their own photographic results, and with the current photographic practice and knowledge in mind, Vanvolsem and Brubaker wrote a new manifesto of photodynamism anno 2016. The thesis is a call for practitioners of experimental photography as an art form to expand the range of photographic semiotics by heeding the thoughts of Bragaglia, Flusser, Coburn and others. In addition to the written text a series of postcards operates as an alternative exhibition format. They include a selection of contemporary photographic works which exemplify the core premises of the manifesto.

#4 | Johan Van Looveren - The Organizing Principle

21-23 March 2018

The Organizing Principle focuses on the underlying mechanisms that are at work in various organized structures and investigates
through what kind of visual representation they can be made comprehensible. Graphic models – like hierarchical networks, flowcharts and diagrams – and a deliberate use of graphic semiotics can substantially enhance our insight into complex matters. Several exemplary cases of such visualizations were made by information design pioneers like Will Burtin (The Cell, The Brain), Herbert Bayer (World Geo-Graphic Atlas), Vladislav Sutnar (Controlled Visual Flow), Paul Otlet (The Mundaneum) and Jacques Bertin (Sémiologie Graphique). This research wants to further expand the boundaries of conventional visual representation models. Ambiguous situations – like endless refinement in categorization, hybrid identities, lack of information, fluctuating data or high entanglement – are considered in this respect as the most challenging ones.

#5 | Robbrecht Desmet 

18 - 20 March 2018

#6 | Greet Billet 

8-9 May 2018

Show Research

Show Research is a 2-3-day long presentation by researchers linked to the Intermedia Research Unit of Sint-Lukas Brussels, giving insight into their research practice.