SIGNAL features a program of artistic actions addressing and transforming momentarily the City's urban fabric.
After the reflection and the action proposed during the three first days of SIGNAL comes the moment of creation: artists invest different locations of the City with artistic interventions specially created for or adapted to the spaces where they occur.
The program in public space will take place between the centre of Brussels (Central Station, Bourse, Dansaert, Vismet...), Molenbeek and Anderlecht.
Precise schedule will be online later in the summer. Stay tuned!
Home Sweet Home
Durational and participative installation
"Home Sweet Home " is a cardboard community of neat streets and magnolia houses, just waiting to be turned into homes.
You are invited to collect a flat-packed house and turn it into your own cardboard home, in order to build this new community. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to meet your new neighbours, to explore the city, and get to know the world around you. A number of services will help you to settle – a notice board, a postal service and even a local radio station.
As residents, you can come and go as you please. On the final night we will organise a street party for neighbours to raise a glass and celebrate the formation of this unique community.
Come and play with "Home Sweet Home" communities and make your property owning dreams a glorious cardboard reality!
Your Word in My Mouth
An investigation around democracy
Eight people have been invited to confront their views on the topic of love from ethical, moral, religious and sexual points of views: a polyamorous woman raised in a kibbutz, a Protestant pastor, a sex club manager, a Muslim Syrian, a German extreme right-wing Buddhist, a sexual assistant for the disabled, a neuropsychiatrist and a woman... Confronted with a radical diversity, they were all encouraged to speak out, to express the unsaid.
In very intimate or very public places, the transcription of this original conversation is proposed to the public who will lend its own mouth to these words from others in a collective reconstruction.
What does it mean to be the vessel of someone else's words, of its beliefs and values?
How to continue the dialogue after this experience?
In collaboration with Nuit Blanche
More and more, animals have been put away from urban development planning. Apparently, animals are not supposed to be part of the future of our cities. However, Eero Yli-Vakkuri challenges this tendency by creating art with horses. He will propose three projects for SIGNAL, three opportunities to question the place of the horse in Brussels:
Parade for citizens, police officers and horses
Horses and riders from all walks of life and all types are invited to meet on Place de la Duchesse de Brabant, historic place where horse markets took place until very recently. Led by the mounted police, a parade will start and stream as a Pride to the sound of electronic music along the neighbourhoods of Anderlecht, Molenbeek and around the Canal area.
Where Do You Want to Go from Here?
Horse Talk Taxi
Joe the horse and its cart travel through the city. Passers-by can jump on and off. In the cart, special guests share their point of views anout the city, its urban developments, sustainability and the role of animals in the city.
To catch the Horse-Taxi in the city, a geolocation will be available on the website www.wheredoyouwanttogofromhere.com.
Police-horse care and control
Police horse, riot gear presentation and gymnastics – Workshop
Two officers from the mounted police force present the riot protection gear worn by horses during crowd control situations. Through the talk appear personal stories drawing a portrait of their relationship to the animal. After the talk a crossfit workout session will take place, guided by the officer. After the workouts, we meet the horse, calmly grazing.
This workshop will be presented twice: once in the frame of the “Workshops” part of the Urban Academy at La Bellone, and a second time in a park for a larger audience on Saturday.
With support from the Finnish Institute and the Art Promotion Centre Finland.
John Court creates simple and often long, repetitive and percussive performances interweaving drawing, writing and sculpture.
These repetitive actions refer to a society based on duplication and mechanical repetition, to his native labour social environment, and to the difficulties he encountered in his youth as a dyslexic child in an educative system in which mechanical reproduction is the only tool given to learn to write and read.
During SIGNAL, John Court will work with students from the Athénée Serge Creuz in Molenbeek. He will discuss, draw, conceive and construct an object with young newcomer students, and a carpentry class.
The performance will take place in the courtyard of the school in front of the metro station Comte de Flandre. The next day, John Court will present another performance on Parvis Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
With support from the Finnish Institute, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, with the help of Athénée Royal Serge Creuz.
Participative performance created by Amalia Pica (AR)
In a line, people carry different chairs and try to place themselves in a circle, as if they were to start an assembly without ever getting to succeed. Each time the last person in the line starts to sit on the chair which has just be placed on the ground in order to close the loop, the first person which had launched the creation of the circle stands up to start a new circle some meters further.
Growing up under a series of military dictatorships in Argentina, Amalia Pica later witnessed the restoration of democracy and the joys and difficulties that come with post-totalitarian attempts at collective grassroots organizing. "Asamble" (2015), like much of the artist’s work, examines how form determines the ways in which we come together. The piece explores the circle as an ancient form of gathering; its title is a truncation of the Spanish word for “assemble.” The result is a hypnotic meditation on the circle and its status as a universal emblem of assembly.
You want to be part of this artwork? Contact us!
Amalia Pica, b. 1978, Neuquén, Argentina
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Alec Oxenford, 2015
With the support of Guggenheim Museum, New York
Ēt qwè, Carnaval doûci ? / the oranges' carrier
For SIGNAL, Robin Pourbaix creates a popular parade composed by forty clones of Robin Pourbaix and walking as the “Gilles de Binche”. They are accompanied by an orchestra playing traditional music of Carnaval de Binche. Behind the procession, Robin Pourbaix distributes oranges to the passers-by who are invited to join the parade.
Robin Pourbaix’s work oscillates between various techniques: installation, performance, video, photography, painting and drawing. The essential element of his artistic approach is the context displacement. Through simple ways, he interrogates, amongst others, the social codes. The installations he creates are reflective, poetic and semantic spaces. Humour and derision are part of his process. With sweet irony, he invites us to other possible readings of our reality.
Facing La Bourse
The Yes Men came out of an egg and come from Zorcon… Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno found a way to describe themselves in a few absurd words. For 20 years, these two Americans have pushed the art of provoking and derision to the heights of anti-liberal activism. They fight their enemies (big industrial groups, finance giants or political leaders) with ultra-mediatised impostures. This is how they attacked George W. Bush, the Quai d’Orsay and the World Trade Organization. Nobody is powerful enough to stay untouched by the Yes Men.
In September, the Yes Men will be in Belgium for an exceptional residency at the Fabrique de Théâtre in Frameries with several artists. All of them will immerge themselves in a short and intense movement of creation, in the frame of a workshop led by the two American Artivists. The results of their researches will be presented during SIGNAL and in the frame of A.P.R.E.M.#6 at the Fabrique de Théâtre, on 16, 17 and 18 November 2017.
An initiative by, and with support from the Fabrique de Théâtre.
Impressions Palace #2
Back from a journey through India and Maldives Islands, Chiara Colombi conceived the artwork "Impressions Palace"; a collective creation process, starting with the sampling on paper of city pieces using scrubbed graphite. These impressions are then transformed into “bricks” which are then put together as an architectural patterned wallpaper. The artwork is installed in specific sites and grows with time and with the collective involvement of participants. The result of this collective construction will be visible throughout SIGNAL #6 in the courtyard of La Bellone.
"Transcription" is a pluridisciplinary project. Based on performance, video, writing and cartography, it explores a precise urban perimeter in Brussels: the neighbourhood surrounding the Federal Agency for the reception of asylum seekers – Fedasil Centre "le petit château" and its many urban micro-zones.
As a sensitive map where everyone would draw its own stories, physical habits, remembrances or sensations, the project transforms public space into an artistic experimental space where anyone can inscribe him/herself physically and emotionally, regardless of life routes and origins.
Developped with a group of inhabitants of Petit Château and its neighbourhood, "Transcription" is also a participative project. The diverse sociocultural profiles of the participants are a starting point to invent new ways to use the space, common to all but that can be reinvested differently through artistic practices. No matter if Brussels is the city of origin, a stopover-city, or the destination city after a long migrating route, the city becomes a playground based on the multiple possibilities to use public space according to cultural differences.
With the support of La Bellone.
"Open Outcry" is a multidisciplinary project taking the shape of a ritual of disenchantment of finance. It is situated on a balance point between magic ritual, theatrical performance and political action.
In a context of repeated economic and financial crisis with deleterious effects, it is urgent to regain control on the society in which we live and to master its issues. To let the economic and financial questions in the only hands of experts is not conceivable anymore. Time has come to bring to light the spectres of the networks of influence, to dissect the finance and economy machinery and to get our hands dirty. "Open Outcry" is a rite of passage which ambition is to get us out of inaction, to put us into movement in order to open an access to other models of wealth distribution, of production, of creation; to bring other solutions to the foreground and to broaden the scope of what is possible.
"Open Outcry" is one of the founding projects of the Laboratoire sauvage de recherches expérimentales Désorceler la Finance created in 2017 by the company Loop-s , which gathers together a community of artists, activists and citizens.
Production : La Bellone - Kunstencentrum Buda - La Nuit Blanche 2017 - Fédération Wallonie- Bruxelles - Centre Culturel Le Brass - L’ERG – BIJ - Hypercorps - Cyclo - Les Ateliers de la Senne
In the magnificent court of La Bellone and in partnership with Cifas, we are proud to announce the fourth edition of Brussels WAKE UP under the theme "Rise & Connect".
Because art and culture can be fun!
6:30 - 7:30 // YOGA (optional)
7:30 - 9:15 // PARTY, BREAKFAST & SURPRISES