27 September 2017 to 1 October 2017

The Art of Gathering
27.09 > 01.10.2017
La Bellone, Brussels,  Molenbeek,  Anderlecht

SIGNAL, the meeting place in Brussels to discuss living art in the city, is back at the end of September to explore what brings us together and what makes us move. Us: family, pack, gang, group, clan, community, class or society, we are not the same as soon as we are many.

In order to think and heal the wounds of the City – the recent ones resulting of terrorism, leaving us in a security convalescence, the ones resulting of the social wrench, trying to divide us, the ones of the pollution peaks which spares no districts – the challenge must be taken up commonly, the common being itself one of the biggest challenge.

What do we share in common?
How do we act simultaneously?
How do we gather, together?

Urban Academy
Wednesday 27.09 - 10:00 > 17:30
Thursday 28.09 - 10:00 > 17:30
Friday 29.09 - 10:00 > 17:30
Saturday 30.09 - 10:00 > 12:30

Three days to discuss and research, extended to Saturday morning to make prospective conslusions. This year, the format will be more collective in the morning, led by the activist and journalist Peggy Pierrot. Afternoon workshops will be moments to meet urban artistic practices from elsewhere - this year from Germany, Canada, Finland, Greece, India, Italy, Moldova and the Uited Kingdom. 

Special Guests : The Yes Men
Wednesday 27.09 - 20:00

Out of our usual format, in collaboration with Fabrique de théâtre, we will host the American activists Yes Men who will also be leading a workshop of which the result will be presented during the Urban Interventions of SIGNAL, in front of La Bourse, on Saturday afternoon.

Since 2016, some of the activities proposed in SIGNAL present practices of certain members of the In SITU platform, network of which CIFAS is part of. Last year we invited PLACCC from Budapest, this year, we have the pleasure to invite Vladimir Us, leading Oberliht at Chisinau (Moldova), and Linda Di Pietro, director of Terni Festival (Italy).

Vassia A. Vanezi (CY/GR), Eero Yli-Vakkuri (FI), Brigitte Mounier (FR), Mammalian Diving Reflex (CA), Linda Di Pietro (IT), Lotte Lindner and Till Steinbrenner (DE), Vladimir Us (MD), Martina Angelotti (IT), Leandre D’Souza (IN)...

SIGNAL is supported by the City of Brussels, the Finnish Institute, the Art Promotion Centre Finland, Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Organised in collaboration with La Bellone, la Fabrique de Théâtre and Nuit Blanche. 
With the help of Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Athénée Royal Serge Creuz, Ferme du Parc Maximilien and Direction de la Sécurité Publique de la police fédérale.

Programme and schedule under construction, soon more information.
In the meantime, save the dates!



Wednesday 27 September

Composing the Common

Those left-behind by universalism, by redrawing other maps, highlight this long-time blind spot: the common is effectively a space for thought and action still in need of construction. How do we go about creating the common today? What might it look like, given the constraints to which urban bodies are subjected? And, what can the performing arts in public space do to contribute to its creation? In which circumstances, and under what conditions?

10:00 > 13:00
Round table with Avec Vassia A. Vanezi (CY/GR), Leandre D’Souza / ArtOxygen, Mumbai (IN), Peggy Pierrot (BE), Eero Yli-Vakkuri (FI)

14:00 > 17:00
Choice of 3 workshops
Workshop led by Vassia A. Vanezi (CY/GR)
Workshop led by Leandre D’Souza / ArtOxygen, Mumbai (IN)
Workshop led by Eero Yli-Vakkuri (FI)

17:00 > 17:30
Summary of the day

17:00 > 20:00
Urban Intervention
"Where do you want to go from here?" / Eero Yli-Vakkuri

20:00 > 22:00
Conference by the Yes Men

Thursday 28 September

The Greatest Common Divisor ?

Symbolically, our collective universal identity lies in tatters. And yet alive, risen from its nationalist ashes, with barriers and barbed wire. Behind these walls, to which “we” do we belong? How can we jointly espouse hi/stories, struggles, and sometimes-contradictory trajectories? Irrespective of our origins, social or cultural trajectories, how can we legitimately take control of the common? How can the arts and culture be tools for the common good, and not divide those who can access them from others?

10:00 > 13:00
Round table with Linda Di Pietro / Festival di Terni (IT), Peggy Pierrot (BE), Lotte Lindner et Till Steinbrenner (DE), Eva Verity / Mammalian Diving Reflex (CA)

14:00 > 17:00
Choice of 3 workshops
Workshop led by Linda Di Pietro / Festival di Terni (IT)
Workshop led by Lotte Lindner and Till Steinbrenner (DE)
Workshop led by Eva Verity / Mammalian Diving Reflex (CA)

17:00 > 17:30
Summary of the day

17:00 > 20:00
Urban Intervention
"Where do you want to go from here?" / Eero Yli-Vakkuri

Friday 29 September

Reclaim the Common !

Whenever human bodies assemble in public space so as to lay claim to it, the expression of the common to which we aspire asserts itself. From the streets at night to access to healthcare, from zones in need of protection to solar festivals, from civil disobedience to the “reaping” of GMOs, from our right to a roof over our heads to struggles for survival on our borders ... What role do artists serve in these movements for the reappropriation of the common? What can the performing arts achieve, especially those that invest urban space, in response to the break-up of territories and the escalating privatization of public spaces? To better lay claim to the common, should we contribute to breakthrough actions, or take possession of the structures in place?

6:30 > 9:00
Party: Wake up Brussels!
(Soon more information for subscriptions)

10:00 > 13:00
Round table with Martina Angelotti / Careof (IT), Brigitte Mounier / Le Manifeste (FR), Peggy Pierrot (BE), Vladimir Us / Oberliht (MD)

14:00 > 17:00
Choice of 3 workshops
Workshop led by Martina Angelotti / Careof (IT)
Workshop led by Brigitte Mounier / Le Manifeste (FR)
Workshop led by Vladimir Us / Oberliht (MD)

17:00 > 17:30
Summary of the day

17:00 > 20:00
Urban Intervention
"Where do you want to go from here?" / Eero Yli-Vakkuri

17:00 > 20:00
Urban Intervention
"Home Sweet Home" / Subject to Change

Saturday 30 September

10:30 > 12:30

12:00 > 22:00
Interventions urbaines

Sunday 1 October

12:00 > 20:00
Interventions urbaines


10 euros/day (lunch included)
25 euros/pass 4 days (lunch included, except Saturday)
Subscriptions before 20.09.2017
(ATTENTION: please indicate which workshop you would like to follow in the afternoons in the "Comments" section)
The Urban Academy is addressed to artist, cultural operators, producers, cultural state employee, political representatives, students, social field workers and to all citizens interested by art in public spaces.
French and English (with simultaneous transaltion / facilitation)
La Bellone
27 > 29.09 - 10:00-17:30
30.09 - 10:30-12:30.
Bruxelles, Anderlecht, Molenbeek
30.09 - 12:00-22:00
01.10 - 12:00-20:00


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