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13.00 > 22.00
SIGNAL also features a program of artistic actions addressing and transforming momentarily the City's urban fabric.
After the thinking and the action proposed during the three first days of SIGNAL comes the moment for creating: artists invest different locations of the City with artistic interventions specially created for or adapted to the places where they take place.
The program in public space will focus on the axis from place de la Bourse, symbolic place since the attacks in March, and Molenbeek, the neighbourhood jeered by the international community on a fantasy basis. The artworks reflect the concerns of the Temporary University through 9 urban creations by Belgian and international artists.
Stories of Refuge
15 September - 15 October
Stories of Refuge tells the story of three Syrian refugees who fled the war in Syria and attempted to seek refuge in Munich, Germany. Each one of them was given a discreet camera and asked to film a day in their life in their refugee camp. Their identities remain anonymous for security reasons.
Dictaphone Group is a research and performance collective that creates live art events based on multidisciplinary study of space. It is a collaborative project initiated by live artist Tania El Khoury and architect/urbanist Abir Saksouk. Together along with various collaborators such as performance artist and producer Petra Serhal, they have been creating site specific performances informed by research in a variety of places like a cable car, a fisherman’s boat, and a discontinued bus. The aim of these projects is to question our relationship to the city, and redefine its public space.
Opening 15 September at 5pm at La Bellone. The same day at 6pm, a meeting with the press will take place to present SIGNAL#5.
The exhibition will be accessible during SIGNAL#5 at La Bellone.
Beauty Verhalen Salon
Performance / Installation
Saturday 24 September
Place communale de Molenbeek
13:00 > 17:00
13:00 > 16:00
Shall I tell you a story while I pamper you?
Wearing a blindfold to cut them off the outside world, visitors to the Beauty Verhalen Salon (Beauty Stories Salon) enjoy a hand massage while listening to a personal story from the life of an unidentified local person. The Beauty Verhalen Salon takes place at a table at which the audience come to sit.
Zina (NL) is a theatre company of artists from different cultures and different disciplines. Its repertoire consists of stories from the lives of local people. Its stage is the streets where they live.
Wednesday 21 September - Shooting
10:00: Piétonnier/Bourse/De Brouckère
17:30: Porte de Flandre
Thursday 22 September - Shooting
12:00: Grand Place
15:00: Piétonnier - Bourse/De Brouckère
17:30: Place du Nouveau Marché au Grains
Saturday 24 September - projection
29 rue de Flandre et 25 rue du Comte de Flandre
Six months after the attacks, our everyday lives have taken over again, though imperceptively changed by the events. Other news overtake old ones, with the impression that it is more numerous and omnipresent than before.
Habitants des images dives into media archives of the last six months worldwide, and looks at events which have had a strong impact on public space. Momentarily but also on a longer time basis, for example when it comes to new behaviours from inhabitants, police and spatial organisation.
A team will shoot differents scenes in the City inviting the passers-by to become actors of reconstitutions. A replay to commemorate, to remind the societal stakes and the obsessive insanity of live.
Final edit of the film will be projected on a location outdoor.
Project by Adèle Jacot and Mélanie Peduzzi, ASBL Habitants des images.
Habitants des images is an association based in Brussels, its sphere of action is the City and the Media. When art meets social or urban issues and put people to action: participants, inhabitants, institutions. Their artistic creation use different media always with a link to public space (streets, places, townhalls, networks etc...)
Saturday 24 September
13:30 > 17:30
Referring to the Speaker's Corner in London, the "Thinker's Corner" is a living art and knowledge sharing experience in public space. Questioning our society through nowadays or older thoughts, always innovative, it revisits our common beliefs. In this "Thinker's Corner", actors equipped with earphones and a microphone relay the words of thinkers and intellectuals from civil society, citizens of the world, poets, artists. The selected texts tackle different issues that feed fundamental principles: do not give up hope and build collectively a "better" without ignoring complexity. For SIGNAL, new texts will be proposed in accordance to its issues.
Dominique Roodhooft is both an actress, director and artistic director of Le Corridor, production and contemporary creation house for living arts in Liège.
Lydia Richardson - Europe in Pieces
Saturday 24 September
Marché aux poissons / Vismet
14:00 > 18:00
Considering the inhuman conditions that migrants are facing when arriving in Europe, Anne Thuot wants to create a new public action with her character Lydia Richardson: dressed up as a "grande bourgeoise", and with the complicity of the painter Saidou Ly, she questions the privileges of her identity as a whole - white, educated, recently heir - in Europe which closes its borders everyday a little more.
Lydia Richardson will pose in public on the theme "the decline of Europe" in front of painters - famous or amateurs - who will produce her portraits. The collection of artworks will be exposed a few days later during Nuit Blanche, and will be sold. All benefits of the sale will be given to the association Globe Aroma who supports migrant, refugees or newly arrived artists.
More info on the blog of Lydia Richardson
Anne Thuot (BE) is a performer and theater director. She directed for Groupe Toc and collaborated with the groups Transquinquennal, Dito’Dito, youth theatre Bronks as well as choreographers Hans Van Den Broeck and Jérôme Bel. Recently she created "Wild" and "J’ai enduré vos discours et j’ai l’oreille en feu" co-written with Caroline Lamarche. She is associated artist of Centre Dramatique Wallonie Enfance et Jeunesse and professor at INSAS.
You are a painter, illustrator or visual artist and would like to take part in the performance? Please fill in the form and send it back to us.
We picked you up, carried you like a feather, like a shell
- Helen Troy, retired nurse
Saturday 24 September
Starting point at Red-Cross Section, rue Rempart des Moines
15:30 > 18:30
Within her work Sheila Ghelani is very interested in the practice of medicine and care. In Brussels she was drawn towards the Red Cross, learning that it was some of its workers who took care of victims after the recent attacks on the city. On considering the different kinds of support such organisations and people provide in times of need (physical, psychological and social), and inspired by the book on nursing "Tenderly, lift me" by Jeanne Bryner, Sheila imagined walks or moments in which passers-by are invited to be carried or carry others on a chair, palanquin or stretcher in the city… a chance to physically experience taking the weight of another, or sense the feeling of being held aloft, a symbolic act of care, made visible in public. The performance also gently nods towards the complex history of the Palanquin and Sedan Chair, which takes in the battlefield, colonialism, royalty and tourism.
Sheila Ghelani (UK) works in the field of performance, participatory event, installation and moving image. She enjoys the weight of words when spoken or held and finds multiples of objects and actions arranged in repetitious patterns very reassuring. She likes to cut things up, break things apart and mix things together. She is also very interested in the practice of medicine and care and the relationship between art and science with particular focus on hybridity.
الكفاح من أجل السلام
(Striving for Peace - Lutte pour la paix)
Saturday 24 September
Starting point La Bourse, direction Etangs Noirs
16:30 > 19:00
Elvira Santamaria conceives a deambulatory action that goes from La Bourse to Molenbeek, an action pushed by the wind and the elements. A peace gesture offered as a differetn reference for a youth lacking positive models.
One of my biggest personal and artistic concerns has been to try to understand and work on one of the strongest and unavoidable aspect of human life: death. Beyond its existential dimension, I want to explore and understand the processes of mourning and the day after day, in which humans find themselves after a traumatic event, especially when this part of life has been perpetrated by human violence and lack of justice. Violent death denies all the struggles and votes of human kind for a civilise world and it’s an empty dark sign of our actual neoliberal societies, which deadly threatened the very meanings of human existence. Many individuals tend to internalize the shadow of denial of the existence in favor of societies that have the dimensions of human deformity. Only communities can empathize actively to promote the resistance of those surviving families of the victims and their own, thus nothing is irremediable. There will always be a sector of human kind that continue to invest efforts and creativity as well as risks to denounce the causes and mechanisms of violence and its perpetrators; others, providing signs, expressions and acts of empathy with their artistic creations in order to mitigate the ravages of completed cases and accompany the mourners and fellow citizens. The mission is to force a move towards fairer and less painful forms of existence and coexistence. The continuity of the survivors, traumatic memory and trembling certainties is all what remains after a murderous act; dark starting point and yet, very condition for a "regeneration process" which undoubtedly is active, creative and public.
Elvira Santamaria Torres was born in Mexico City (Mexico) in 1967. Since 1991, her performance art practice follows personal research on humanistic issues by means of many forms of action art (chamber performance, public interventions, processes, urban actions and Insitu installations). For her, action art is an existential practice of self-knowledge and humanistic engagement. Its poetics postulate self-creation through symbolic acts. These create important reference points in the evolution of the artist´s consciousness, but the un-symbolic act is the true dimension of the present.
Installation and Performance
Saturday 24 September
Quai aux Barques
17:00 > 19:00
A multimedia installation in which dystopia takes over utopia: a performer protects a shelter from an invisible ennemy. In this set up, Vincent Gérard gets away in a digital world and proposes a thinking on the stakes of cyber-spaces. Scenography is created by the movements of the performer and mixes reality, fiction and virtual.
Vincent Gérard (BE) is a set designer and a performer. His work questions reality or realities of a certain place through multimedia setups. His installations, generally ephemeral, show a troubled universe watched by an ever more threatening nature facing a society of Progress.
Si tu vois un canard blanc, ce n'est pas toujours un signe (If you see a white duck, it's not always a swan)
Hidden camera / Projection
Saturday 24 September
Parvis Saint-Jean Baptiste
Projections at 20:00 and 21:00
"The mission we accepted was to make Molenbeek inhabitants laugh of their sulphurous reputation. Take your whoopee cushion to assist to the projection of the hidden cameras, jokes and other hoax made in the neighbourhood!"
Artist duo Ouistiti Glace will shoot hidden cameras in the neighbourhood around Square Saint-Jean Baptiste during September. For SIGNAL, there will be a projection of these hidden cameras on Square Saint Jean-Baptiste, passers-by are invited to watch it around a cup of tea.
Ouistiti Glace (FR/BE) is an unemployed comic duo who started on radio and has been flourishing through unexpected punches. In front of wickedness, stinginess, violence or even the ignominy of the worls, they brandish a green humour. Also cowards, they live of subsidies and aspire to social state benefits. Still, they are the queen of throwing peanuts.
Géographie Subjective Anderlecht
After the maps made in Saint-Gilles and in the City of Brussels, Catherine Jourdan will lead a workshop with inhabitants and workers of Anderlecht.
Presentation of the map of Anderlecht on Friday 23.09 at 18:00 at Centre culturel Anderlcht - Escale du Nord (1 rue du Chapelain 1070 Anderlecht).