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Marianne Berenhaut
Mine de rien
23.10.2021–15.01.2022

Marianne Berenhaut
Mine de rien
23.10.2021–15.01.2022

La recontre, 2013

CIAP and C-mine are delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition of Marianne Berenhaut (°1934, BE), offering a selective, intimate insight into the artist’s rich and versatile practice. The exhibition will unfold across different spaces on the first floor of the Energy Building, where the protagonists of Berenhaut’s work – her sculptures composed of daily objects – will inhabit and animate the unique interiors of this former mining site. More info will follow soon on CIAP and C-mine’s websites.

Miriam Sentler
The Chase
14.08.2021

Miriam Sentler
The Chase
14.08.2021

an artist talk and auditive performance

 

guest speakers: Drake Stoughton, Johan Schoonaert

 

CIAP invites Miriam to be the next guest to animate a piece of public furniture — the heated daybed, realised on the C-mine site by Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers. Departing from the question of how to inhabit the ‘disturbed landscape’of Winterslag, their project Le Paysage Ménagé provided both a physical and theoretical framework for future interventions on site. Miriam Sentler’s talk and auditory performance is the second episode in the series of events planned on and around the heated daybed, and bringing together its different users.

 

 

PROGRAMME

  • 3.00-4.00 PM  Artist talk and Q&A with Miriam Sentler and composer Drake Stoughton
  • 4.00-5.00 PM  Walk through Winterslag with ornithologist Johan Schoonaert
  • 5.00-6.00 PM  Listening to The Chase at the heated daybed

 

 

The Chase is an audio installation Miriam realised in 2020, in collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton and with the help of ornithologist Dr. Kees van Oers. The work evolves around the memories of some of the older villagers of Keyenberg (DE), a village which will soon be excavated due to the expansion of the North-Rhine Westphalian lignite industry. Those villagers and keen bird observers have reported the loss of a large variety of birds, triggered by the forced resettlement of villages and destruction of nearby forests. The missing of natural, site-specific flora and fauna results in ‘solastalgia’ – a particular feeling of loss first identified by the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht. The initial reason for exploring contemporary forms of this feeling was the disappearance of Langendorf, the village in which Miriam’s grandfather was born, tearing a geographical hole into her own family history.

 

The work examines and highlights a unique composition of birds present within this disappearing landscape. In collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton, a score was made, in which the musician follows the melody of the birdsongs in an attempt to ‘match’ individual sounds with the right notes and thereby ‘map’ them. The composer’s inability to keep track of the birds represents the problem of archiving the natural, resulting in an auditive play (or chase) between the archived and the archiver. The publication includes the score or the ‘capture’ resulting from this chase, representing an additional step of archiving.

 

 

PRACTICAL

The Artist talk will take place in the CIAP exhibition space on the first floor of the C-mine energy building. After Miriam has introduced us to the story behind her research project, we set off with Johan Schoonaerts, an ornithologist affiliated with the local ‘Zang- en Kleurvogels Genk’  association. We start at our exhibition space to go outside, don’t forget to put on appropriate walking shoes. Johan will teach us how to observe the local Winterslag bird species and how to recognise their song patterns. This enables us to round off the afternoon, by sitting on the headed daybed together, while listening to The Chase with a trained ear. You can book on the spot or via this link.

 

 

SPEAKERS

 Miriam Sentler (1994, Aachen) is an artist based in Rotterdam, a graduate of Fine Arts at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Artistic Research at UVA Amsterdam. 

 

Drake Stoughton is a componist and a recent graduate from The Eastman School of Music where he studied saxophone, literature and performance under the tutelage of Dr. Chien Kwan Lin.

 

Johan Schoonaert is affiliated with the Zang- en Kleurvogel Genk association. They have been active in Genk and the surrounding area since 1951 in keeping, caring for and breeding (ornamental)birds. From the moment they were founded they have been affiliated with AOB, the overarching national ornithological association. 

 

 

 

 

This event is part of the events planned on and around the heated daybed, a public sculpture created by Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers within the scope of their project Le Paysage Ménagé. This project has been realised with the support of the Flemish Community, the City of Genk, FLACC and CIAP members. 

 

Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg
becomes the new artistic director

Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg
becomes the new artistic director

photo: Roosje Klap

The two merging organisations appoint a joint artistic director to build together the common future on the C-mine site.

 

Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg (NL), curator and initiator working from Europe and the US has been appointed as new artistic director of CIAP, platform for contemporary art, and FLACC, workplace for visual artists. She will lead the two organisations through the exciting transition period into the common future. Still this year, CIAP and FLACC will merge, and in 2022, already as one organisation will move to a new location on the C-mine site in Genk.

 

Gouwenberg brings to the table a fresh perspective, underpinned by a substantial international network and experience. Currently, she is the co-curator for Melanie Bonajo’s presentation for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022. 

 

After running multidisciplinary exhibition space Expodium in Utrecht, Gouwenberg participated in the renowned de Appel Curatorial Program (2006-07) and worked at the research and production platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (2007-11). During the directorship of Defne Ayas at Kunstinstituut Melly, she was involved in major projects by Alexandre Singh, Michael Portnoy, and Rana Hamadeh. In 2010, together with artist Keren Cytter and curator Kathy Noble, Gouwenberg initiated A.P.E. (art projects era), which focused on the development of projects that cannot be realised within traditional institutional formats or frameworks. Since 2012 she’s part of the short and mid-length committee at International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2014, she founded the multidisciplinary residency program Deltaworkers in New Orleans together with Joris Lindhout, and in 2017, Gouwenberg joined the Performa team in New York as producer at large. 

 

The new director takes up the position in a particularly complex, fragile, and challenging context, but also one that requires new perspectives and experimental strategies.
“It is an unprecedented time that calls for outspoken choices,” she says. “We are at the tail end of the pandemic that has held up a mirror to the fast-paced, overcrowded capitalist world and forced the individual, on the one hand, to revert to small, local, sometimes lonely, physical ways of living, and on the other hand, expanded the possibilities of communicating, working, and presenting online. It is, therefore, a particular moment to look at how two strong locally-anchored institutions can consciously operate locally as well as internationally; in physical and virtual space.”

 

CIAP and FLACC are convinced that Gouwenberg, with her versatile experience and unfettered enthusiasm, is the best person to take the lead in shaping the vision for the new organisation.
“The DNA of the new organisation, originating from two existing institutions, is rich, layered and offers opportunities,” said the freshly appointed director. “It’s like a lichen where ‘1+1=plural’ is the rule and where specific combinations of chromosomes create the shapes that no one could have imagined in advance. It is this polyphony that bears potential and that drives me. The program that I want to develop for FLACC/CIAP will be tailor-made and will have a socio-political focus, building on the already existing basis. The organisation grows from the programme, in which the importance of art, the interest of artists and the connection with the public are key.” 

 

Ciel Grommen, Maximiliaan Royakkers & Accattone
Domesticity and Hospitality
03.07.2021

Ciel Grommen, Maximiliaan Royakkers & Accattone
Domesticity and Hospitality
03.07.2021

an afternoon of talks and encounters in and about the disturbed landscape 

 

special guests: Sophie Dars & Carlo Menon from Accattone magazine

 

Join us on the 3rd of July for an afternoon dedicated to the artistic and architectural practices dealing with landscape as a site of domesticity and hospitality.  

 

This special day marks a turning point for the long-term research project Le Paysage Ménagé, initiated in 2019 by Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers on commission by CIAP and FLACC. 

 

Departing from the question of how to inhabit the ‘disturbed landscape’of Winterslag, the project envisioned a series of spatial interventions, ‘furniture’ for the landscape that invite us to make new connections with and within it. Starting this summer, the heated daybed which the artist are currently constructing on the C-mine site, will become a public furniture, used by the art organisations, guests, neighbours, but also providing shelter for small animals and breeding ground for plants.

The talk is the first episode in the series of events planned on and around the heated daybed, and bringing together its different users. 

 

PROGRAMME

  • 3.00-3.30 PM Artist talk with Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers
  • 3.45-4.15 PM Talk with Sophie Dars & Carlo Menon from Accattone 
  • 4.30-5.00 PM Q&A on and around the heated daybed
  • 3.00-6.00 PM Launch of the edition Verwarmde aarde, verstoorde grond by Grommen & Royakkers

 

The afternoon starts with a talk by the two artists behind Le Paysage Ménagé — Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers, who will take us on a visual journey through their research, going back to the concepts underpinning the project. Making their way through their archive, the artists will talk about their experience of working with ‘disturbed landscapes’, about  ‘furnishing’ instead of ‘developing’, and they will share amazing stories they ‘unearthed’ in the course of the project. It is a moment of reflection on the values and ambitions from which Le Paysage Ménagé originated, and at the same time, an opportunity to open the project up and re-embed it in a broader context.

 

This is where the presentation by Sophie Dars & Carlo Menon, the editors of Accattone magazine, comes in. Sophie and Carlo will share some insight into the making of the magazine — or, as they call it, ‘an exhibition on paper’— and they will zoom in on a few specific practices featured in the latest, 7th issue, deal with open-air domesticity and the diplomatic hospitality of land.

 

Following the two presentations, all guests are invited to join the artists and the editors for an informal Q&A moment on and around the platform. This moment will also mark the official launch of the edition Verwarmde aarde, verstoorde grond developed by Ciel and Max in collaboration with CIAP.

 

PRACTICAL

Both presentations will take place at C-mine (specific location TBC) and the Q&A will take place at the heated daybed, on the C-mine site (see the map).

 

Throughout the entire afternoon, the edition, the 7th issue of Accattone magazine and other related publications will be displayed and distributed at the CIAP stand at the daybed.

 

SPEAKERS

Ciel Grommen  (°1989, Sint-Truiden) and Maximiliaan Royakkers (°1988, Hasselt) are a duo of artists/architects, whose work on the threshold of artistic research, education and spatial design questions present social, political and ecological dynamics. Often taking complex social contexts anddisturbed landscapes as a starting point, Grommen and Royakkers develop their projects through extensive fieldwork, spatial interventions, and other interactive, participatory formats. Their role as spatial practitioners involves weaving of new narratives into spaces and testing out alternative ways of living-together, inhabiting, and relating to our environments.

 

Accattone explores minor practices in art and architecture through the specific means of the printed magazine. As an exhibition on paper, each issue is a montage of contributions whose shared positions towards reality, history and representation resonate with one another. A-periodical, self-published and non-subsidized, Accattone was launched in 2014 by two architects (Sophie Dars & Carlo Menon) and two graphic designers (Ismaël Bennani & Orfée Grandhomme), joined in 2019 by architect Galaad Van Daele. 

 

Contributors to Accattone #7 (May 2021): Costantino Nivola, SNCDA et al. at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Aglaia Konrad, Alice Paris on De Smet Vermeulen, Osamu Ishiyama and Kenji Kawai, TEN, Wim Cuyvers, moilesautresart, DSCTHK, Piovenefabi, Emmanuelle Chiappone Piriou on Superstudio, Carlo Goncalves on Smiljan Radic, The Museum of Mistakes on Arakawa & Gins, and Zuber panoramic wallpapers.

 

 

This is the first in the series of events planned on and around the heated daybed, a public sculpture created by Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers within the scope of the project Le Paysage Ménagé.

The project has been realised in co-production with FLACC — workplace for visual artists, and with the support of the Flemish Community, the City of Genk, and CIAP members. Le Paysage Ménagé is part of ELEMENTS — a collaboration between art and cultural institutions in Dutch Limburg, Belgian Limburg and Liège and North Rhine-Westphalia.

 

Marina Sula
You may never know what's causing all the traffic
19.06–11.09.2021

Marina Sula
You may never know what's causing all the traffic
19.06–11.09.2021

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Due to the extreme weather conditions and the resulting technical issues, the exhibition is temporarily closed.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

 

 

Marina Sula’s practice spans photography, sculpture, and installation. She appropriates elements from the realms of industry, design, and advertising to construct highly controlled yet ambiguous environments.

Her interest gravitates towards objects and sites that problematise the distinction between original/generic, individual/collective, private/public, such as waiting rooms, offices, and airports. In blending the persuasive, utilitarian language of forms specific to industry and advertising with more intimate registers, her work transmits a similar sense of ambiguity.

In the months leading to the exhibition, the artist amassed a vast archive of ‘poor images’, either snapped with her phone or pulled off of the internet. All of them exhibit the kind of hyperreal, enhanced genericness characteristic of stock footage or ads. These images have been manipulated and transformed using both digital reproduction techniques and manual work and given a physical presence, encased in acrylic boxes or embedded in stainless-steel benches. In the nearly 10-meters-tall former industrial hall, the works are positioned directly on the floor, softly guiding the viewers through the layers of mirroring surfaces and deconstructed images.

 

The exhibition can be visited every Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Reservation is required. You can book your free ticket here.

 

 

Bio:

Marina Sula (1991°, Lezhe, Albania) lives and works in Vienna. She studied Art History at the University of Vienna and photography at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Currently, Sula is an artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Her solo exhibitions include: I’m Sorry, I can’t, don’t hate me at Gabriele Senn Gallery, Vienna (2019); Warten at Viennacontemporary (2019); After Solitude at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2018); What is it like.. at Kunstverein Kevin Space, Vienna (2016). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at: Galerie der Stadt Schwaz (2021); National Gallery, Prishtina (2021); GAM Fondazione Musei, Turin (2020); PCP Gallery, Paris (2020); Kunstverein Kevin Space, Vienna (2020); Nir Altmann, Munich (2020); Kunstforum, Vienna (2020), Belvedere 21 – Museum for Contemporary Art, Vienna (2019); Croy Nielsen, Vienna (2018).

 

With kind support of Flemish Community, the City of Genk, CIAP’s members and Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport in Austria.

Work with us!
Vacancy: Artistic Director

Work with us!
Vacancy: Artistic Director

FLACC vzw and CIAP vzw are looking for a driven artistic director who, together with the team, will give shape to the new organsation.

 

Still this year, CIAP, platform for contemporary art, and FLACC, workplace for visual artists, will merge into one organisation, which will move to a new location at the C-mine site in 2022. The new organisation will combine the strengths and functions of both partners: FLACC, with their long-standing expertise as a workplace, supporting artistic development, and CIAP, with their model of Kunstverein and the 45 years’ experience in mediating and exhibiting contemporary visual arts.

 

Working in synergy with C-mine and other like-minded partners, this new organisation will offer artists space, time, and resources to experiment and develop new projects, but also share them with others. With a broad array of activities — workshops, exhibitions, talks, social gatherings, and many more — it will become a new meeting space for artists, art lovers, neighbours, and broader public. The innovative, creative environment of C-mine and Genk — the city in constant transformation — provides a fertile ground for this new development. In line with Genk’s past as station d’artistes, a beloved refuge for artists, researchers, and thinkers, this unique context offers an opportunity to become an artist colony of the future.

 

You can find more info about CIAP and FLACC here:
https://www.ciap.be/en/
https://www.flacc.info/en/werking

 

Tasks & responsibilites

 

  • You take the lead in drawing up and executing the artistic strategy, in close and open collaboration with the team and the artistic committee;
  • You work closely with artists from Belgium and abroad, and you are able to translate ideas into an ambitious but realistic framework;
  • Together with the team, you develop an ambitious policy and action plan for the new organisation, which must be submitted to the Flemish government at the end of 2021;
  • You function as the representative and the public face of the organisation; and you give space, within their respective areas, to your colleagues, the artistic leader of the workplaces and the curator;
  • You report, in consultation with the team, to the board and the artistic committee on the artistic level;
  • You coordinate the business-financial side of your plans with the business leader;
  • You prepare annual reports, policy plans, subsidy files and other forms of reporting.

 

Your profile

 

  • You have a university degree (MA) or other relevant experience; 
  • You have at least 5 years of relevant experience in a leading position;
  • You have a great interest in and affinity for contemporary visual arts;
  • You have experience as a manager and someone who connects and can bring out the best in others (in the external network, the internal organisation and among artists).
  • You respect deadlines, and you are able to handle different tasks simultaneously and set your priorities.
  • You have excellent organisational skills, combining decisiveness and accuracy with flexibility.
  • You are looking for creative solutions, and you are motivated to maintain and increase financial flows.
  • You are proactive, and you bring in new ideas without playing solo. You act in cooperation with others.
  • You are flexible with regard to work and time arrangements and read to work in flexible hours, including evening and weekend work;
  • You have sufficient knowledge of Dutch and English (other languages are a plus).
  • You are a real team player, and you find good atmosphere in the workplace really important.

 

What we offer

 

  • Full-time contract (100%) with flexible working hours; 
  • Salary according to cao PC 329.01 (socio-cultural work), barema L1;
  • Indefinite term contract;
  • Job with a lot of room for your own initiative; 
  • An inspiring workplace, where collaboration is central; 
  • A great team;
  • ICOM card;

Seniority up to 10 years will be covered. 

 

Application procedure

 

To apply, send your motivation letter and CV via email atten. Rita Ceuppens at: communicatie@ciap.be

We expect your application at latest by June, 22 2021

 

The job interviews will take place physically in Genk, in the week of 21 June. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a second, in-depth interview and presentation of their vision for the new organisation in the week of June 28.

 

CIAP and FLACC do not discriminate between candidates based on age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or nationality.

Laila Melchior & Koi Persyn
winners of the 2021 Lichen prize

Laila Melchior & Koi Persyn
winners of the 2021 Lichen prize

 

Laila Melchior & Koi Persyn

 

Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium and CIAP are delighted to announce CS alumni Laila Melchior and Koi Persyn as the winners of the 2021 Lichen Prize for Curators. The jury appreciated the duo’s curatorial concerns with questions of place and landscape, interests that align with those of CIAP, and which will be the ground for a fertile collaboration and exchange. The exhibition will take place in 2022.

 

 

 

About the curators

 

Laila Melchior is an independent curator and researcher investigating the fields of contemporary art and audiovisual aesthetics. She holds a master’s degree in Communication and Culture from UFRJ (BR) and a postgraduate degree in Curatorial Studies from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK). Laila Melchior works on projects related to arts, film and theory, looking to incorporate perspectives from the Global South into her projects. As a curator, she collaborates with art institutions. Some of her recent projects are the exhibitions Trojan Horse Behind GlassTime, Times. Half a Time; and The Ghost Library. She is one of the founders and part of the curatorial board of Aventuras do Pensamento, a series of encounters between a children-composed audience and some of the greatest contemporary Brazilian thinkers, scientists and artists that since 2016 discusses pressing issues in the political, innovative and creative horizon of the country. Laila Melchior has also designed the Young Curators Programme, a project which she coordinates to promote a greater engagement of emerging curators in the frame of Belgian participation in the Venice Biennale. Formerly a lecturer at the undergraduate course in Cinema and Digital Media at IESB (Brasilia – BR), she has also published and presented academic works.

 

Koi Persyn is a Brussels-based independent curator and visual artist. He obtained a master’s in Fine Arts at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) after which he completed a postgraduate in Curatorial Studies, also at KASK. During his studies, Koi Persyn founded and co-curated STOCK, a three-year-running residency programme in Het Paviljoen, Ghent. His artistic and curatorial trajectory encompasses notions of authorship and collectivity, employing experimentation with exhibition formats in unconventional locations. His curatorial projects focus on process-based, experimental, and interdisciplinary practices through open-air, collaborative, site-specific exhibitions and residency programmes. Koi Persyn participated in the exchange programme with BIDAI college of arts in Kanazawa (JP) and worked in the framework of the Young Curators Program as a mediator for the Belgian Pavilion at the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale. Koi Persyn is currently co-curating Publiek Park, an open-air group exhibition in the Citadelpark of Ghent, as part of his activities in the frame of the Young Friends of S.M.A.K.

 

 

 

About Lichen prize

 

As a testing ground for visual thinking in diverse forms, CIAP and Curatorial Studies — KASK & Conservatorium have initiated and endowed the Lichen Prize to foster and support curatorial innovation in Belgium. The call is open to all alumnae and alumni of the Curatorial Studies programme — as well as of its earlier forms: TEBEAC and ‘Beheer, conservatie en restauratie van museale collecties hedendaagse kunst’ — regardless of age, current professional status or geographic location. In fall 2020, CIAP and Curatorial Studies proudly presented Petrichor, a group exhibition curated by the laureate of the 2019 edition, Lucie Ménard.

 

Exhibition view: Petrichor, an exhibition curated by the winner of Lichen 2019, Lucie Ménard.

Related Projects

Petrichor
13.09–08.11.2020

CIAP and FLACC
join forces at C-mine

CIAP and FLACC
join forces at C-mine

Maximiliaan Royakkers

 

Promising developments on the art scene in Limburg as two organisations join forces. Still this year, CIAP, platform for contemporary art, and FLACC, workplace for visual artists, will merge into one organisation, which will move to a new location at
the C-mine site in 2022.

 

In 2018, the news of the future house for FLACC and CIAP at the C-mine site was announced. The architectural project, designed by 51n4e (Brussels) and Point Supreme (Athens), combines ateliers, living facilities, indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, café, and a public garden. The project is supported by the city of Genk and the Flemish Community. In the last two years, CIAP and FLACC have been working behind-the-scenes on this new infrastructure, but also on the model for the new organisation that will inhabit it.

 

The two organisations jointly decided that merging is in the best interest of their shared future. The new organisation will combine the strengths and functions of both partners: FLACC, with their long-standing expertise as a workplace, supporting artistic development, and CIAP, with 45 years’ experience in mediating and exhibiting contemporary visual arts.

 

Working in synergy with C-mine and other like-minded partners, this new organisation will offer artists space, time, and resources to experiment and develop new projects, but also share them with others. With a broad array of activities — workshops, exhibitions, talks, social gatherings, and many more — it will become a new meeting space for artists, art lovers, neighbours, and broader public. The innovative, creative environment of C-mine and Genk — the city in constant transformation — provides a fertile ground for this new development. In line with Genk’s past as “station d’artistes”, a beloved refuge for artists, researchers, and thinkers, this unique context offers an opportunity to become an artist colony of the future.

 

CIAP and FLACC are currently developing and sharpening the profile, programme, and identity of this new organisation. Meanwhile, you can follow their current programmes via their individual websites.

 

Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner
Book launch & talk
31.03.2021

Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner
Book launch & talk
31.03.2021

 

The publication All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film by Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner  is a continuation of a multimedia project that began with the film A Demonstration.

The book launch coincides with the closing of Litvintseva’s & Wagner’s exhibition A Demonstration at CIAP. During the event, the artists will speak with curator and writer Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk about the book and their research.

The talk will be live-streamed on our website, on Wednesday the 31st of March. We start at 7pm. This event is held in English.

 

All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film is a narrative assemblage of prose and image. At once historical, theoretical and personal, the book continues the authors’ inquiry into the curious presence of taxonomies of monsters at the heart of Early Modern European science. The word ‘monster’ comes from the Latin ‘monstrare’, meaning ‘to show’, ‘to demonstrate’, ‘to reveal’. Picking up on this etymology, the authors explore monsters as prisms for modes of seeing and deciphering the natural world. When treated as perceptual apparatus, the monster also becomes a means of probing the medium of film and its relationship to indexicality, chance, corporeality, and metamorphosis. 

This book extends a multimedia project the authors began with their film A Demonstration (2020). The film’s underlying modular formal structure is here reconfigured and brought into new relations specific to the book as a medium.

 

The book is designed by Christophe Clarijs, co-produced by CIAP, and published by Sonic Acts – an interdisciplinary art organisation based in Amsterdam.

 

 

 

Related projects

Ciel Grommen & Maximiliaan Royakkers
Le Paysage Ménagé #2
28.03–11.05.2021

Ciel Grommen & Maximiliaan Royakkers
Le Paysage Ménagé #2
28.03–11.05.2021

Le Paysage Ménagé is a long-term research project of Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers, developed in collaboration with CIAP and FLACC – workplace for visual artists, inviting us to imagine new ways of being in the landscape and making connections with and within it. Taking the complex, post-industrial landscape of Winterslag as a starting point, the project envisages a series of spatial interventions, or ‘furniture’, which can function as both physical and figurative platforms for dialogue.

 

To ‘furnish’ a landscape means to create something provisional and flexible, to take a stance without planting a flag or claiming the territory. The first piece to furnish the C-mine site is a temporary brick platform – a unique meeting place where during the day meals and stories are shared and at nights animals and plants take over. Inspired by the Chinese ‘kang’ bed and the Russian ‘pechka’ stove, the platform can be heated up from the inside, emanating warmth and aura of hospitality.

 

The material used to construct this platform takes its roots in the local history; as the only mining site in Genk, Winterslag operated a brickyard, where the residue of the mining process was transformed into building material for the rapidly expanding residential districts. Still today, the characteristic black-charred bricks, known as Winterslagse Duivels (‘the devils of Winterslag’), clad the facades all over the neighbourhood.

With the support of passionate experts and amateurs, Grommen and Royakkers have developed a parallel brick-making technique, using the so-called ‘minestone’ – a mixture of sand, clay, and water, present in the ground and officially considered ‘waste material’. Those bricks are hand-formed, air-dried, and fired on-site, in a temporary field oven. With every baking cycle, this low-tech oven is assembled and disassembled again.

Every step in this slow production process takes place in the public space. The baking cycles become an opportunity to experiment, to exchange knowledge, and to engage in conversations about the local landscape with the visitors, neighbours, fellow artists, and
passers-by.

 

Where to see the work-in-progress?

 

We invite you to follow the project online, on our social media and our website, or come by C-mine to see the work-in-progress. In late February, Grommen and Royakkers will set up a temporary open-air brickyard at the foot of the terril (slag heap) adjacent to C-mine.

The artists will be working on the site during the baking cycles on the following dates:

 

28/03 – 31/03

18/04 – 22/04

07/05 – 11/05

 

In May, the bricks will be used to construct the daybed, in which forms, techniques, and materials inspired by both distant and local traditions come together; a concept which resonates with the multicultural character of Genk. In June, we plan a special inauguration of the platform, with an exciting public programme. More info will follow soon.

 

The project is realised in co-production with FLACC — workplace for visual artists. With the support of the Flemish Community, the City of Genk, and CIAP members. Le paysage Ménagé is part of the ELEMENTS partnership in which contemporary art and cultural institutions in Dutch Limburg, Belgian Limburg and Liège program around an ‘element’ associated with the region.