1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
Ondine Cloez

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.


Ondine Cloez is a choreographer and performer from Brussels. Her singular gaze reveals things that we don't always see, a priori. Her first piece, Vacances vacance, is about emptiness, vacancy, and not being quite where we are expected.

Ondine proposes a walk through Laeken while we are slowly coming out of confinement. Starting from the ringing bell of an empty school, we go along the canal, we follow pavements, walls, but above all we discover a green urban space where dozens of essences have mingled and spread out during the long weeks of calm. Ondine shifts our gaze on this city that is waking up, flourishing, and offers us to perceive the slight changes brought about by the confinement.

Her text (in French) is here for download. 

Confined Public Space

CIFAS has been interested by artists working in public space for 10 years, thus investing the city as an open space for reflection and action, organising workshops, debates and artistic interventions.

In this public space, the role of the artist is complex and varied: disrupting our aesthetic habits, developing tools for social cohesion, contributing to urban renewal projects, etc... The artistic strategies to be deployed in the public space meet necessities and constraints that are very different from the spaces usually reserved for art (theatre or exhibition spaces).

Today, however, with the COVID-19 crisis, public space is suffering: it is no longer possible to move around, cross each other, or get together. A social shock that we all experience, confined to our private spheres. So how do we make art at a time when everyone fears for their health and that of their loved ones and wonders when and how it will be possible to return to urban life? Is there an art of confinement? What artistic strategies should be deployed in order to create in this context? What has become of public space today?

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.