The pop-up exhibition ClayConversations is part of a series of events around the heated daybed on the C-mine site. This unique meeting place was realised by Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers within the scope of their project Le Paysage Ménagé, which provides both a physical and theoretical framework for future interventions on-site, bringing together its different users.
In the second stage of the project we had a surplus of clay, sourced at the foot of the terril and prepared by the artists. The clay consists of minestone — a mixture of sand, clay, water, and coal particles present in the ground. The residue coal present in the clay accelerates the firing process and accounts for unique, black-charred accents in the ceramics This special material was used to produce the bricks for the heated daybed.
The clay surpluses from this project were redistributed to all interested parties on the condition that they later will bring back their creation. The pop-up exhibition on and around the daybed featuring works by artists, other organizations, volunteers and neighbours involved in our redistribution action. Together with the artists behind Le Paysage Ménagé, we will talk about making your own clay from local soil and about what you can do with this versatile material.
This event takes place in and around the heated daybed on the C-mine site (follow the signs from the C-mine energy building, to the adjacent grass field behind the housing estate). In case of unfavourable weather conditions, the event will move to the CIAP exhibition space on the first floor of the C-mine energy building.
This event is part of a 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.
Vermeir & Heiremans and Luke Mason 7 WALKS (resolution) 12.09.2021
The Musée de la Ville d’eaux in the city of Spa (BE) presents 7 WALKS (resolution) a project by artist duo Vermeir & Heiremans and legal philosopher Luke Mason. This first public installment of an extended collaboration between the museum and the artists offers an experimental perspective on the city’s rich history of water.
7 WALKS (resolution) consists of a series of walks in the therapeutical landscape around the city. These walks will inform and complement a small presentation in development in the museum, with archival documents and maps that will situate the walks in their historical and socio-economic context.
Spa became renowned for its medicinal water as early as the 16th century. Its ferrogenous spring water not only attracted many visitors, it was also exported internationally. Gradually the city became the so-called ‘Café de l’Europe’. Visited by kings and czars, political refugees, artists and philosophers, it was a peaceful haven where a wide range of philosophies, social questions and artistic visions could interact. The ‘bobelins’, as the locals used to call these international visitors, walked through the surrounding forests, along landscaped paths on their way to the springs. They came for their health, but also to see and be seen, for diplomacy or espionage, and even for the arts. The local painter Antoine Fontaine depicted these illustrious visitors in Le Livre d’Or (1894), a 9 metres wide group portrait spanning four centuries of visitors.
Next month Spa shall be added to the list of protected immaterial heritage by UNESCO. 7 WALKS (resolution) draws inspiration from the intangible legacy of historical walkers and, strongly anchored in a local context, invites its participants to discuss and explore a balance between private property of and access to resources that we hold in common as a society. Spa offers the project the unique opportunity for a series of itinerant reflections on water and art.
Each of the walks embodies this thematic focus through a selection of inspiring historical visitors, such as the art dealer Ernest Gambart (1814-1902) who lived at the Château d’Alsa in Spa. Before settling in Spa Gambart’s London business unquestionably pioneered the commercial gallery system as is still in use today. The project also includes the philosopher J.P.Proudhon. When living in Brussels as a refugee of justice, he regularly visited the liberal journalist and social utopist Alexandre Delhasse in Spa. Or Gustave Courbet, who befriended Proudhon, and promoted his ideas on mutualism. Courbet visited Spa twice during a long journey through the low lands.
7 WALKS (resolution) responds to current and recently intensified debates about the position of art in today’s society. Like water, art can be considered a basic necessity of life, a proposal that many international resolutions have promoted. The project questions how basic human rights enter into dialogue with individual private property- and exclusive use rights.
A MONOPOLY ON WATER AND ART?
Sunday 12 September 2021
08.30 AM Departure in Hasselt at the parking behind CCHA
9:00 AM Departure in Genk at C-mine, parking 2
10.30 AM – 0.30 PM City walk Spa (1 km)
0.30 – 1.30 PM Lunch with sandwiches in the museum garden
1.30 – 2.30 PM Visit of the Muséé de la ville d’eaux
2.30 PM Pick-up at the museum, busdrive to Geronstère
3.00 – 6.00 PM Forrest- and City walk (4 km)
6.30- 8.00 PM Dinner with pizza and wine at the museum
8.00 PM Travel back to Genk and Hasselt
Starting at 10.30am our morning programme will take us along a number of urban sites that will give you a feel of how the presence of the ‘bobelins’ influenced the development of the town. At the Pouhon Pierre-le-Grand we will taste its ferruginous water, while we discover the famous visitors to Spa on Antoine Fontaine’s painting Le livre d’or. From the Pouhon we will follow the river Wayai, which runs underneath the city, walking through the Promenade de sept heures, a tree-lined park dedicated to the bobelin’s after dinner strolls. It takes us to the garden of the royal villa, which currently houses the Musée de la ville d’eaux.
After a light lunch in the garden, we take a brief tour through the museum, highlighting the remarkable history of four centuries of exploitation of the sources, up unto the point of their industrial exploitation. We’ll also take the opportunity to introduce some of our historical protagonists, like Proudhon, Delhasse, Gambart…
After the visit the bus will drive us to the Source Geronstère, from where we descend along one of the famous 19th century promenades that were developed as walking became more and more part of Spa thermal cure. The Promenade Meyerbeer, named after the opera composer, has been artfully landscaped as a ‘natural’ set. The promenade connects the Source Geronstère with the Source Barisart, both waters we can taste.
At the end of the walk we come to the former estate of Ernest Gambart, some of it in ruins, some of it redeveloped as apartments or hotel. After Gambart sold his gallery business in London he bought Chateau d’Alsa, a prestigious residence in Spa where he invited a social elite to sumptuous garden parties and showed his extensive painting collection on display in his ‘villa-museum’. Having carefully built up the dis-interested lifestyle of a maecenas, he was at the same time monopolizing the entire production of ‘his’ artists. Acquiring exclusive copyrights allowed him to distribute of etchings of their work worldwide, which made his fortune.
Via the staircases of Vieux Spa, walking by 19th century pleasure villas in eclectic styles, we will pass by the bottling plant of Spa Monopole, from where mineral waters are exported globally. Arriving back at the garden of the Musée de la ville d’eaux, drinks & dinner will be served.
You can make a reservation for this trip by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 089 65 50 88. The price for this trip is €65 per person (€55 for members), young members pay €45 per person. In this price lunch, dinner, drinks, artist fee and bus ride are included. Not a young member yet? No worries, your new membership is included in the price.
The reservation is completed after transferring the money to BE23 3350 0271 0891. A maximum of 25 people can take part in this trip. Before the start of the trip, registered participants will receive more practical information via e-mail.
In (day)bed with Les jeunes sur l'herbe 27.08.2021
an afternoon with performances
CIAP’s Young Members Stefanie De Bakker, Rachel Daniels and their invited guests are taking over the heated daybed and transforming it into a stage for an afternoon of performances and encounters. Starting from sound and the body, the artists seek out surprising connections with the platform, the surrounding landscape and the public.
By using blankets as a scenography in the field around the heated daybed, a pleasant environment is created that invites the visitors to relax and observe. Blankets are associated with intimate activities that bring rest and security such as napping, relaxing, cuddling… In the grass the blankets form a place that encourages interaction, where meals and conversations are exchanged. With the pun Les jeunes sur l’herbe, the association with picnicking is not too far off.
3.00- 9.00 PM Refreshing dialogues by Milan Gillard & Stef Lemmens
4.00 PM soundscapes by Itzorf
5.00 PM Tea ceremony by Anne Büscher
6.30 PM Musical performance by Stijn Wybouw & Rachel Daniels
7.30 PM Dance performance by Samuel Valo Reyes
The performances take place in and around the heated daybed on the C-mine site (follow the signs from the C-mine energy building, to the adjacent grass field behind the housing estate). In case of unfavourable weather conditions, the event and activities will move to the CIAP exhibition space on the first floor of the C-mine energy building. You can book your spot here!
photo: Stefanie De Bakker
‘In (day)bed with’ creates a framework for sharing and exchange, where different actors and inititatives temporarily take over the heated daybed – a public sculpture realised by Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers on the C-mine site. The guests are invited to develop their own concept, with the production and organisational support of CIAP.
The project was realised with the support of the Flemish community, the city of Genk, FLACC and the CIAP members.
Apples & Oranges an artists' publications and multiple fair 02.10.2021
photo: Alexandra Bertels
Apples & Oranges brings together artists engaging in experimental publishing and, through their work, probing the extremities of this term. Combining a curated fair section with a lively public programme of performances, interventions and talks, the event presents a variety of material, digital and performative approaches to artists’ publications. By reaching across disciplinary boundaries and engaging with practices, formats, and genres on the fringe —self-publishing, collective writing and reading, fan-fiction, zines, book-objects…—it creates a platform for debate on what publishing as an artistic practice may mean today.
The title, Apples & Oranges, alludes to Clive Phillpot’s notorious fruit salad diagram — comparative in nature and yet open to necessary nuance. In that diagram, apples and pears yield lemons, illustrating an impossible attempt at categorising the plethora of forms resulting from the marriage of ‘art’ and ‘books’.
One of the most interesting things about artists’ publications, and self-publishing in particular, is that it is often an engine for collaboration and leads to the development of intricate systems of networks and ‘scenes’. Apples & Oranges features a sample of these networks and, at the same time, encourages new connections to emerge.
Publishing means bringing something out to the world, sharing it with others – sometimes in direct proximity, but often at a distance. Publications travel through different, more or less visible and official distribution channels, passing from hand to hand, getting further and further away from their makers. Apples & Oranges presents an opportunity for an encounter between the publication makers, lovers, and public, for the flow of transactions and other non-monetary exchanges.
Ana Mendes — An Onghena — BALTA (Anne-Marie Durand) — Ben Leenen — Che Go Eun + Power Metal Protection (Yemo Park & Xavier Frederick) — CLAUS BOOKS (Ines Claus) — CLUBEFEMEER (Arnaud De Wolf & Maarten Vanermen) Dries Segers — Ella De Burca — Emily Kelly — Gilles Hellemans — Infinitif (Tim Bruggeman & Jelle Martens) — Ignace Schretlen — Intermerz (Remco Roes & Koenraad Claes) — Josephine Kaeppelin — Karina Beumer — Katrin Kamrau — Level Five / Salon Sale — Lize Plomteux — Lucia Mrakovcic — Marieke Gelissen — Maud Vande Veire — Nabil Aniss — Nina Glockner — Oliver Leu — Pierre Corric — Pink House Press (Ersi Varveri & Gijs Waterschoot) — PXL-MAD / READSEARCH (Ancy Camps, Celine Mannens, Fay Janssen, Carl Haase, Ann Bessemans, Janneke Janssen, Aline De Feyter, Laura Kreemers, Marta Guidotti, Céline van Bakel, María Pérez Mena, Walda Verbaenen, Kevin Bormans) — Reinier Vrancken — Rod Summers — Varamo Press —Wannes Missotten — William Ludwig Lutgens — Wool Collective (Eline De Clerq & Koyuki Kazahaya)
ONGOING MARJOLEIN GULDENTOPS, The Bureau of Lost Causes, 2021, performance
13.00 ADRIJANA GVOZDENOVIC, On a Drift II, video presentation
16.00 ALEXIS GAUTIER, Moving with the shape of an eight, book presentation
16.30 JEROEN PEETERS, The elusive eloquence of dozing off, lecture-performance
17.00 SIWAR KRAYTEM & RASHA DAKKAK, Language Café: The Language of Oppression and Resistance, workshop II (reservation required)
All profit from the sale of the works remains with the artist. The fair section and public programme are curated by a group of professionals from the partner organisations. The selection took place directly and via the open call.
The fair takes place at the compressors hall at C-mine, Genk (1st floor of the Energy Building) on the 2nd of October, from 12 am until 6 pm. The list of the participating artists will be announced in August, and the results of the open call will be made known in early September. The public programme unfolding in the same space during the fair will follow soon. The entry is free of charge.
Apples and Oranges is a collaboration between CIAP & FLACC, Genk; KRIEG, PXL Mad, Zero Desk, Hasselt; B32, Maastricht; C-mine, Genk. With kind support of the Flemish Community, the city of Genk and CIAP members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luca Vanello & Sina Hensel Temporalities of the studio 08.11.2020
Through their practices, Sina Hensel and Luca Vanello explore the artwork as a process, an ongoing event rather than a finished object. During the talk, they will discuss how the mutability and various temporalities of the materials they use affect their artworks.
Both Sina Hensel and Luca Vanello participate in the exhibition ‘Petrichor’ at CIAP Kunstverein, curated by Lucie Ménard.
Named after the earthy scent emanating from dry soil during summer rain, Petrichor echoes the fleeting nature of the artistic practices presented in the exhibition. What if artworks were envisioned as continuously changing processes, appearing and disappearing in the exhibition space like meteorological phenomena?
Crystallising or distorting memories, accelerating or slowing down the materials’ lifecycle, the invited artists explore different strategies of dealing with time that both surrounds and composes us.
Sina Hensel (°1986, Mainz) shares her studio with various species of plants, algae and other organisms that partake in her creative process. The acts of researching, nurturing, and harvesting are all embedded in the layers of her paintings which, just like the natural pigments she uses, alter with time and changing atmospheric conditions. Hensel received her MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg (2013) and in 2019-2020 she was a resident at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent. She is currently holding a research/teaching position at the Chair of Visuals Art in Architecture Department at RWTH Aachen University.
Luca Vanello (°1986, Trieste) combines perishable and organic materials with durable, synthetic ones to create his hybrid objects. Playing with various ways to alter the life cycles of the materials, he creates sculptures that seem to be frozen in time, neither developing nor deteriorating, and in doing so, he highlights the vulnerability and circularity of all living organisms.
Vanello graduated with MFA from Slade School of Fine Arts, London (2015). He is a 2020 laureate of HISK, Ghent.
Lucie Ménard (°1987, Caen) is an independent curator living in Lille. She is a 2019 alumna of the international post-graduate program Curatorial Studies at KASK School of Arts, Ghent. Since 2012, she has worked as the head of education programmes at Le Fresnoy — Studio national des arts contemporains in Tourcoing. She is one of the co-founders of moss, a cross-border collective for curatorial projects founded in 2020 in Ghent with Lieselotte Egtberts, Elisa Maupas and Anna Stoppa.
She’s the laureate of the 2019 edition of ‘Lichen’, a prize for emerging curators, established by CIAP platform for contemporary art and the department of Curatorial Studies at KASK School of Arts to foster and support curatorial experimentation in Belgium.
Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner Book launch & talk 31.03.2021
The publication All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film bySasha 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 Demonstrationat 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.