‘It’s up to You. It's up to Me. It’s up to Us’ is the motto for this summer’s Theatre bythe Sea. It is also the theme of this Encounter with… Involvement is the keynote in the activities of the various speakers. And that is the basis on which we go in search of individual and collective concepts of solidarity and dialogue. It makes us think about our place and our role in the world, about what we want and can and must do.
‘It’s up to You. It’s up to Me. It’s up to Us’ is the motto for this summer’s Theatre bythe Sea. It is also the theme of this Encounter with… Involvement is the keynote in the activities of the various speakers. And that is the basis on which we go in search of individual and collective concepts of solidarity and dialogue. It makes us think about our place and our role in the world, about what we want and can and must do. What potential and what infrastructure is available to facilitate reflection on loneliness, inequality and injustice?
Pieter Meuwissen is a partner in the architectural firm LAVA, which will soon be collaborating with Ruimteveldwerk (RVW) on Bouwmeester Label 019. The RVW collective is already well-known in Bruges, thanks to the participatory trajectory it realised in St Trudo’s almshouse during the Bruges Triennial 2018. For the BWMSTR Label, both firms will collaborate with Flemish Refugee Action on the transmigration issue.
Lucas De Man moves between visual work and theatre and Belgium and the Netherlands. He is a creator, concept developer, presenter, chairman of the day, theatre maker and director, and is founder and Artistic Director of Stichting Nieuwe Helden. He was the official city artist of Den Bosch (NL) for four years, presents Kunstuur and Man en Kunst on NPO2.tv and is currently guest curator atTheatre by the Sea in Ostend.
Wouter Hillaert is a cultural journalist and is on the editorial board of the magazine rekto: verso. For 15 years he worked as a freelance theatre critic at De Morgen and then De Standaard. He is co-founder of Hart boven Hard, a grouping of citizens and associations that speaks out against social injustice and calls for solidarity, sustainability and inclusiveness.
In a temporary artistic intervention, visual artist Filip Berte takes us into his visual world, inviting every visitor to reflect on freedom of movement, borders and hospitality towards asylum seekers and newcomers to Europe. Through his drawings, sculptures and videos, he focuses on the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, on the past and the future, on expectation and reality.
During this one-day exhibition, Filip Berte enters into a dialogue with Ruimteveldwerk (RVW), the collective that worked with residents of St Trudo’s almshouse during the Bruges Triennial 2018, and is now continuing its experiment in St Jozef – De Meulenaere almshouse.
Filip Berte studied architecture and painting and he combines both in his art. Drawing on his interest in how people deal with space and how they organise themselves in the complex context of living together, he creates installations using various media. In his work he combines question marks with exclamation marks and explores social, geographical and historical boundaries.
Ruimteveldwerk is a multidisciplinary architecture collective that investigates the ‘place’ of vulnerable groups and populations in an urban context and formulates a (spatial) response to this. By highlighting the problems that these groups face in the public space, RVW aims to open up the boundaries of architecture and question and rethink the role of the architect.