- A-Z night
- art in public space
- Art on the Meuse
- De Unie Hasselt-Genk
- Francesca Torzo
- Francesca Torzo
- Kunst in open ruimte
- Mies van der Rohe Award
- Milan Design Week
- Open Call
- performative exhibition
- Pit – Art in Public Space in Borgloon-Heers
- School of Time
- Studio Future
- The Time of Work
- The Wilde Things
- The Work of Time
Opening talk Konstantin Grcic-Panorama
Prior to the opening on March 21, 2014, of the exhibition Konstantin Grcic: Panorama (coproduced by Z33 and the Vitra Design Museum), the Vitra Design Museum hosted an opening talk in Zaha Hadid’s Fire Station on the Vitra Campus. Konstantin Grcic talks about his work with Mateo Kries (Director, Vitra Design Museum), and Jan Boelen (Artistic Director, Z33 ). They discuss inspiration and innovation, the challenges of contemporary design, and the social and technological utopias that could shape the world of tomorrow.
In Borgloon, Fred Eerdekens (BE) is exhibiting a folded line in the landscape. Along the Romeinse Kassei, you will find a wood-like sculpture in which you can read the word ‘twijfelgrens’ (doubtful border), but only when you look at it from exactly the right position. Fred Eerdekens often uses language as a medium for his artworks. At the same time, his work is a reflection on how language works. For Twijfelgrens, you must assume the right position to be able to read the “hidden” word and to acquire insight.
Once again the artist militia meets in an unruly group portrait
The Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde is creating a Night Watch 2.0. This monumental charcoal drawing was inspired by the genre of group portraits from the 16th and 17th century. He is bringing this tradition to Hasselt’s legendary local café Cambrinus. He depicts a fictional community of artists featuring both people from his own personal circle and the café’s regulars.
Picturesque Sketches: after Léon Becker
The concrete bridge at the Hoogzij connects the Heem Park with the nature reserve Kattevennen, but also brusquely interrupts this green area. British artist Nils Norman has painted the concrete walls with a collage of pictures that are inspired by the illustrations of the landscape painter and arachnologist Léon Becker (1826-1909). In the 19th century, Becker visited Genk and published a standard work on spiders. Norman’s painting refers to the surrounding nature and the importance of ecological balance. In it likewise a critique of the closing of the Ford factory and its social impact.
Designing Scarcity. Scarcity in Rotterdam
When key materials and ingredients are scarce, those who control them have power. The rising value of a commodity can cause it to take on new meaning and can alter our relationship to it. Jan Boelen, artistic director of Z33 House for contemporary art, curated the exhibition ‘Designing Scarcity – Design and Innovation in Times of Scarcity’ at The New Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Sound artist Paul Devens has created a new artwork in the Church of Saint Servatius in Groot-Loon. Proximity Effect is a sound installation tailor-made for the beautiful church, parts of which date from the 12th century. Using speakers and sensors, the visitor is absorbed in an interplay of tones, sounds of outside recordings, acoustics, echo and space.
The Swiss Atelier Amont designed Canal Pavilion, a pleasant meeting spot where you can relax or have a picnic. The expressive roof-shaped wooden structure, surrounded by curtains, was built in the Quartier Canal in Hasselt in 2014. You can now find it in the green environment of the Bethany Campus Hasselt.
Dunne & Raby. Not Here, Not Now,
In a Z33 commissioned ‘Not Here, Not Now,’ Dunne & Raby present different interfaces for an alternative world. The interfaces belong to the digitarian world; one of the kingdoms of the United Micro Kingdoms project, characterized by neoliberalism and digital technology.
Memento is a sculpture in the Central Graveyard in Borgloon. The artwork by Wesley Meuris is an anchor in the rolling landscape and invites visitors to enter. The architectural structure of the work ensures a special experience of looking and wandering. The steel-constructed space can be interpreted in various ways and challenges one’s imagination. Whoever visits the space experiences its intimacy. This reflects the memory of its surroundings.
Exhibition MANUFACTUUR 3.0 searches for new production models in a fast changing world. Digital revolutions, ecological awareness and shifts in the fields of work and labour encourage us to rethink the traditional industrial production model. MANUFACTUUR 3.0 brings designers and artists together to work around alternative production scenarios. The exhibition functions as a production platform, continuously in progress.
The Green House
The Green House in the middle of the Arboretum at Bokrijk was once ready to be demolished. Krijn the King decided to save it. He stripped the building from the inside out and added an extra layer to it, making it part of the Arboretum as a ruined pavilion. The design focuses on the beautiful enclosed garden that boasts a profusion of vegetation. He plays with the visitor’s gaze, sense of direction and perception. The work invites you to experience the place in a new way.
Reading between the Lines
The duo of architects Gijs Van Vaerenbergh created a see-through church in Borgloon. Reading between the Lines is 10 metres high and consist of 100 stacked layers of steel plate shaped like a little Loon church. The construction weighs no less than 30 tons. The special way in which the church was constructed ensures that the landscape always remains visible when looking through the church, but from a distance and close up. The church is thus present in the landscape, but also absent.
Gravitational Waves is a subtle installation by artist Tomás Saraceno (°1973, Argentina/lives and works in Berlin). His projects are inspired by, among other things, spheres, cloud formations and… spiderwebs. In his work, he observes patters that occur both in the macrostructures of our universe and in the microsystems of nature. To Saraceno, the web is the best metaphor to connect everything that lives and survives. The installation seamlessly matches the surroundings of the Kattevennen and the Cosmodrome, where microcosms and macrocosms meet.
In the landscape around the Abbey of Colen in Kerniel. The round construction with a stunning 360° view is delineated by uniform vertical wooden slats. Entering the artwork is a special experience that refers to the religious and is reminiscent of walking around an abbey. According to the artist, Aeneas Wilder, his work functions as a lens through which the visitor can focus his or her thoughts and emotions against the backdrop of the landscape around Kerniel.
Mentorship and Collaboration. Interview with Aldo Bakker and Rianne Makkink
In the third debate, Jan Boelen, Aldo Bakker and Rianne Makkink discuss their practice of mentorship and collaboration in their role as teachers at the Design Academy Eindhoven, in their own studios, and as mentors in the upcoming design biennial BIO 50 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in September–December 2014.
The Rock Show
In 2014, Erik Odijk expanded the Emile Van Doren Museum with an outdoor exhibition space. Along with an ensemble of artists, he transformed the villa of landscape painter Emile Van Doren back into a place of encounter. The museum garden features the permanently exhibited works ‘Meeting Place of Memorial Stones for Lost Loved Ones’ (Erik Odijk), the ‘Prediction Module’ (Vaast Colson), ‘A meteorite named Erika’ (Erik Odijk) and ‘A Landscape for the Painter’ by Rudy J. Luijters.
OpenStructures. Interview with Thomas Lommée
What is authorship in open source design? How is an object system based on open source distributed? Belgian designer Thomas Lommée, initiator of OpenStructures, talks about OpenStructures and prospective future of open source design in an interview published in connection with BIO 50 – 24th Biennial of Design Ljubljana in 2014.
Future Thinking. Interview with Tobias Revell
In the first Z33 Debate, ‘Future Thinking,’ Jan Boelen and Tobias Revell explore a series of questions related to design and future thinking. Whereas all designers design for the future, some do it more intentionally than others; for some, proposing or facilitating alternative future visions is the core of their work.
Imagining Futures. Perspectives on World-building
Future visions are everywhere. Politicians promise us a better future – certainly in times of elections – scientists and technologists work towards it, companies try to shape a version of the future in which their products and services become necessities, and you and I sometimes think about our future, or our children’s and grandchildren’s. But can we find our way in the midst of all those visions? Can we read and appraise them? Which parameters are important in order to do so?
Future Thinking in Art and Design. A Book
New Z33 Research book, ‘Future Thinking in Art and Design,’ approaches questions imagination, future literacy and ethics of future-oriented design and art practices. The publication, which will be published in the early 2018, consists of essays and reflections of prominent art and design thinkers and designers, and art and design projects.
Vera Sacchetti & Tamar Shafrir. A Good Virus
Partly triggered by the crisis and partly fighting to stay relevant, in recent years biennials have stepped out of their traditional boundaries by inviting multidisciplinary teams of curators to share relevant perspectives, exploring controversial niches in the design world or overlapping design and architecture with politics and policy.
In the landscape, beside the lane heading to the castle of Hex, you will find four tree tents where you can spend the night. The tear-shaped sculptures hang from high trees and provide an alternative form of accommodation to spend the night in Haspengouw. The work of Dré Wapenaar (°1961, the Netherlands) is always situated at the intersection of architecture and sculpture, between a stay and an encounter. His sculptures are primarily tent constructions that are installed temporarily. They invite visitors to occupy them, to stay in them or to shelter beneath them. The social interaction around the work is of great importance to the artist.