Time and Space to Create (and to be Human)
18 & 19 October 2018
At the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
In this seminar we explore whether the existing models of studios and rehearsal spaces are still suited to the current arts and creative practices. Every culture policy generates its own creation formats as well as its own distribution and grant systems, regardless of whether it is based on the logic of a (welfare) state or on market logic. Not all of these systems are equally propitious to every artistic achievement. Which of the current organisation and funding models facilitate creative processes and which make them (almost) impossible?
The seminar is organised around a performance by tg Stan, De Koe and Maatschappij Discordia, called ‘Atelier’, during the evening of Thursday 18 October, to which all seminar participants are invited (please note: places are limited so reservation is required).
Drawing inspiration from this performance, we will discuss over the next two days whether artists still have the time and space to create. Do they still work in the traditional artist’s studio and rehearsal space? How is this space used in an era of creative industry and creative cities? Do creative hubs, pre-fabricated breeding grounds and start-up studios provide a valid alternative? On the first day, Bojana Kunst will give a talk, after which policy-makers, researchers and artists will reflect on a good policy for this artistic space. On the second day, we look at how the studio or rehearsal space works, and how artists work in it: we discuss the requirements for this space with the ‘Atelier’ performers and scenographer Jozef Wouters and examine how it can support the creative process.
Featuring (in order of appearance):
Bojana Kunst – philosopher and theatre scientist
Markus Bader – architect at Raumlabor in Berlin
Giuliana Ciancio – culture manager and curator of transnational cultural projects
David Dramm – composer and founder of Splendor in Amsterdam
Nienke Jansen – visual artist and member of Commissie Ateliers en (Woon)Werkpanden Amsterdam (CAWA)
Jozef Wouters – scenographer and visual artist
Damiaan De Schrijver – actor and co-founder of tg STAN
Matthias De Koning – actor and co-founder of Maatschappij Discordia
Peter Van den Eede – actor and co-founder of de KOE
Jaïr Stranders – lecturer in theatre and philosophy
Bo Tarenskeen – actor, playwright, director
Patricia Jozef – novelist
The two-day seminar and performance are free, but registration is compulsory.