La Tricoterie / Saint-Gilles
Conférence ACT

This conference will look back over the last four years of the network's activities in the frame of the cooperation project IN SITU ACT supported by the European Commission, giving a glimpse of artists’ journeys to reclaim public space. 

Facing the crisis linked to the spreading of Covid-19, CIFAS has decided to suspend all its activities planned until the summer. We are exploring alternatives to make them happen, more information will come soon.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Take care of yourself, your relatives and your neighbours, we hope that we can all take this opportunity to reflect upon the world we want for tomorrow.

On the menu: insights into new ways of developing artist-organiser relationship models, case studies illustrating the links between artistic creation in public space and the civil society, thematic speeches on sustainability, audience development and education, a performance by the IN SITU artist Benjamin Vandewalle, and many more opportunities to dive into artistic creation in public space!

Master of ceremony, Chrissie Faniadis, director of EUNIA (Sweden) will lead the conference.

Participation at the conference is free but registration is compulsory (see below).


09:30 - 13:00

Opening Speeches
-> Representatives of the European Commission, CIFAS and IN SITU

Artistic creation and European cultural policies
The conference will start with an overview of what is at stake today when it comes to European cultural policies, and how artistic creation and societal challenges are intertwined.
-> Keynote by Hannes Heide, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education, former Mayor of Bad Ischl, European Capital of Culture in Austria in 2024

“Artistic Acupunctures”, a dialogue with the civil society
What is happening when you let nine artists explore nine European places, asking them to respond to social, cultural and urban local issues? This session will highlight three examples of “Artistic Acupuncture”, an experimental concept of artistic research.
-> Case studies moderated by Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, researcher and writer (Spain) with Danae Theodoridou, performance maker and researcher (Greece) & Werner Schrempf, director of La Strada Graz (Austria), Joanne Leighton, choreographer & director of the dance company WLDN (Belgium/Australia) & Kees Lesuis, artistic director of Oerol Festival (The Netherlands), Morten Traavik, film and theatre maker (Norway) & Florent Mehmeti, director of ODA Teatri (Kosovo)

How to connect art and sustainability?
While we see numerous hot-topics emerge, questioning the relationship or even the responsibility that art should have in an evolution towards an inclusive and environmental-friendly society, where do artists and organisers stand? How to foster a holistic approach that can really make a difference?
-> Keynote by Thomas Lamers, dramaturg and philosopher from Collectief Walden (The Netherlands)

13:00 - 15:00- Lunchbreak

Performance Studio Cité* by Benjamin Vandewalle (Belgium)
How do you observe your environment and the people within it? And do you dare and surrender yourselves to new perspectives? Come to Studio Cité, an artistic funfair that offers unexpected experiences on Brussels’ squares!
Place de Bethléem, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Brussels – 13h-19h – Thursday 23rd of April 2020
And also Place Saint Gilles, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Brussels – 13h-19h – Friday 24th of April 2020

15:00 - 18:00 Afternoon

Implementing a contextual project
Implementing site-sensitive and site responsive artistic projects requires time, in-depth understanding of a context and mutual sharing. In this session, we will explore examples of long-lasting collaborations between an artist, an organiser and a context.
-> Sharing of experience moderated by Jay Wahl, producing artistic director at Kimmel Center (USA) with Ambrus Ivanyos, film and theatre maker, co-founder of MeetLab collective (Hungary) & Fanni Nánay, director of Artopolis Association (Hungary), Florent Bergal, performer and co-founder of Collectif G. Bistaki (France) & James Moore, curator-producer for Østfold Internasjonale Teater (Norway), Salomé Mooij (The Netherlands), theatre maker and performer & Trevor Davies, co-director of Københavns Internationale Teater (Denmark)

The MOOC “Create in public space”
What is public space? Why do artists choose to work in unconventional places? How do they use these spaces around the world? Many questions answered in the Massive Open Online Course "Create in public space", the first of its kind at a European level.
-> Sharing of experience by Jean-Sébastien Steil, director of FAI-AR (France)

Involving the audience
How to connect with the inhabitants? How do you include the reaction of the audience in your creation process? Several IN SITU artists will share their way of working, involving, embedding, relating with the audience.
-> Sharing of experience moderated by Linda di Pietro, artistic director of Indisciplinarte (Italy) with Floriane Facchini, performer (Italy), Marcelo Sánchez-Camus, creative practitioner (The United Kingdom), Seth Honnor, artistic director of Kaleider (The United Kingdom)

18:00 - 20:00 Closing Drinks 

Studio Cité, an IN SITU Pilot project, has received a creation aid by the ACT project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The co-producers are Atelier 231 (FR), Festival di Terni (IT), Freedom Festival (UK), La Strada Graz (AT), Lieux publics (FR), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Østfold Internasjonale Teater (NO), Oerol Festival (NL), Theater op de Markt (BE), UZ Arts (UK).

Practical information

Participation at the conference is free but registration is compulsory.

Subscribe directly on In Situ website.

If you want to have lunch at La Tricoterie, reservations must be booked in advance (until Friday, 10 April 2020). The confirmation email that you receive after you have filled out the registration form will contain the link to book your lunch.

In partnership with CIFAS, International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts. With kind support of Kaaiteater.
ACT 2016 - 2020 is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

If you do not receive an email confirming we have received your application, please contact Cifas: