Time and Space to Create (and to be Human)

Organised by ARIA, Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (UAntwerp), and CCQO, Culture Commons Quest Office

18 & 19 October 2018

foto Jorn Heijdenrijk

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):

Day 1: 

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)

Day 2:

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.

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