27 September 2017 to 1 October 2017
Bruxelles, Molenbeek, Anderlecht

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.

Programme schedule

Wednesday 27.09.2017                

10.00 > 19.00             Herman/Sampelayo/Thuot - Transcription - La Bellone
10.00 > 17.30             Urban Academy - Composing the Common - La Bellone
10.00 > 18.00             Chiara Colombi - Impressions Palace #2 - La Bellone
17.30 > 19.30             Eero Yli Vakkuri - Where do you want to go from here? 
20.00                          Yes Men - The Yes Men came out of an egg… - La Bellone

Thursday 28.09.2017
10.00 > 19.00             Herman/Sampelayo/Thuot - Transcription - La Bellone
10.00 > 17.30             Urban Academy - The Greatest Common Divisor ? - La Bellone
10.00 > 18.00             Chiara Colombi - Impressions Palace #2 - La Bellone

Friday 29.09.2017
06.30 > 09.30             Brussels WAKE UP - Rise & connect - La Bellone
10.00 > 19.00             Herman/Sampelayo/Thuot - Transcription - La Bellone
10.00 > 17.30             Urban Academy - Reclaim the Common ! - La Bellone
10.00 > 18.00             Chiara Colombi - Impressions Palace #2 - La Bellone
17.00 > 20.00             Subject to Change - Home Sweet Home - Galerie Horta

Saturday 30.09.2017
10.00 > 19.00             Herman/Sampelayo/Thuot - Transcription - La Bellone
10.00 > 18.00             Chiara Colombi - Impressions Palace #2 - La Bellone
10.30 > 12.30             Urban Academy - Conclusions - La Bellone
12.00 > 20.00             Subject to Change - Home Sweet Home - Galerie Horta
12.00 > 16.00             John Court - Common Ground #1 - Athénée Serge Creuz
12.00 > 15.00             Eero Yli Vakkuri - Where do you want to go from here?
13.00 > 14.00             Rispoli/Lindner/Steinbrenner - Your Word in my Mouth 
14.00 > 17.00             Yes Men - Facing La Bourse - La Bourse
16.00 > 18.00             Eero Yli Vakkuri - Police-horse care and control 
                                   Parc Bonnevie
17.00 > 18.00             Rispoli/Lindner/Steinbrenner - Your Word in my Mouth
                                   Brass'Art (Molenbeek)
18.00 > 22.00             Robin Pourbaix - Ēt qwè, Carnaval doûci ? / the oranges' carrier
 Parade in town, departure La Bellone
20.30 > 21.30             Loop-s / Luce Goutelle - Open Outcry - Parc Royal 

Sunday 01.10.2017
10.00 > 19.00             Herman/Sampelayo/Thuot - Transcription - La Bellone
11.00 > 15.00             John Court - Common Ground #2 - Parvis St-Jean Baptiste
12.00 > 18.00             Subject to Change - Home Sweet Home - Galerie Horta
12.00 > 18.00             Chiara Colombi - Impressions Palace #2 - La Bellone
12.00 > 13.00             Rispoli/Lindner/Steinbrenner - Your Word in my Mouth
                                   Brass'Art (Molenbeek)
13.00 > 14.00             Amalia Pica - Asamble - Walk, departure La Bellone 
14.15 > 15.15             Rispoli/Lindner/Steinbrenner - Your Word in my Mouth
                                   Hotel The 5th Avenue, Place de l'Yser 5, 1000 Bruxelles
15.00 > 17.00             Eero Yli Vakkuri - Horse Pride
                                   Departure Place Duchesse de Brabant
17.00 > 18.00             Subject to Change - Home Sweet Home (Street party) 
                                   Galerie Horta
18.00 > 20.00             Chiara Colombi - Impressions Palace #2 (Finissage) 
                                   La Bellone

Subject to Change (UK)
Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home
Durational and participative installation

Friday 29.09 - 17.00 > 20.00
Saturday 30.09 - 12.00 > 20.00
Sunday 01.10 - 12.00 > 18.00 (street party at 17.00)

"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!

Subject to change (UK) is an interactive Live art company led by Abigail Conway. Subject to change’s experience-led installations create temporary, dynamic and socially-engaged communities. The installations invite audiences to collectively celebrate their individual contributions.
Subject to change is concerned about the shifting and changing of the durational performance event. The audience is enabled and encouraged to partake in its transformation through their encounter with it. The work takes the audience on a journey that is centred around a particular activity. This activity asks them to leave a trace of themselves in order for the artwork to live.

Watch the video of Home Sweet Home in Brussels!


Anna Rispoli / Lotte Lindner / Till Steinbrenner (BE/DE)
Your Word in My Mouth

Your Word in My Mouth
Participative reading

Saturday 30.09, 13.00 - Au Daringman, rue de Flandre 37
Saturday 30.09, 17.00 - Brass'Art Digitaal Café, place communale de Molenbeek
Sunday 01.10, 12.00 - Brass'Art Digitaal Café, place communale de Molenbeek
Sunday 01.10, 14.00 - Hotel The 5th Avenue, Place de l'Yser 5, 1000 Bruxelles

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? 

Anna Rispoli (BE) focuses her work on unexpected usages of shared territories through participatory practice. She questions conceptual possibilities and esthetical options between public spaces and private territories. Together with ZimmerFrei, the Bologna-based collective she co-founded, she creates visual and audio installations that investigate real and imaginary environments where the mental and the physical blend in a personal narrative of human experience. Lotte Lindner & Till Steinbrenner live and work in Hannover, Germany. They develop in situ performances where they try to reduce the distance between the work and the observer. 

In collaboration with Nuit Blanche.
With the support of Far° (Nyon).
With the support by the IN SITU platform, in the frame of the Platform project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Eero Yli-Vakkuri & Pietari Kylmälä (Fi)

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:

Horse Pride
Parade for citizens, police officers and horses

Sunday 15.00 > 17.00
Departure Place Duchesse de Brabant

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

Wednesday 27.09 - 17.30 > 19.30
Saturday 30.09 - 12.00 > 15.00
Locate the taxi in town on www.wheredoyouwanttogofromhere.com

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

Saturday 30.09 - 16.00
Parc Bonnevie

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.

Eero Yli-Vakkuri (b.1981, FI) is a design orientated performance artist, who works primarily in public spaces. In the past he made annoying street interventions which made people uncomfortable. Pietari Kylmälä (b. 1983, FI) is a cultural journalist and a (non-)artist, who works as a writer and in the public radio. Together they form the core of the Trans-Horse working group which has explored the potential of horses as creative collaborators from 2014 onwards. They use performance art as a tool to affect the wellbeing of the environment and to experiment on how collaboration with animals affect our worldviews. 

With support from the Finnish Institute and the Art Promotion Centre Finland.


John Court (Fi)
Common Ground

Common Ground
Durational performance

#1 Samedi 30.09 - 12.00 > 16.00
Athénée Serge Creuz
#2 Dimanche 01.10 - 11.00 > 15.00
Parvis Saint Jean Baptiste

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.

John Court is a visual artist based in Finland. His work, presented worldwide, includes performance, sculpture and video, in relation with drawing, time and the subjective experience of dyslexy, as well as an exploration of the body limits.

With support from the Finnish Institute, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, with the help of Athénée Royal Serge Creuz. 

Amalia Pica (AR)

Participative performance created by Amalia Pica (AR)

Sunday 01.10
12.00 > 13.00 - Workshop to learn the choreography (La Bellone)
13.00 > 14.00 - Parade in town

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.

Amalia Pica is born in 1978 in Nequén (Argentina). She currently lives and works in London. The question of communication, enunciation and the performative nature of language – verbal or not – is one of her main centres of interest and she works on exploring its systems and functioning. Through sculpture, photography, installation, performance, or video, her work tries to define common communicational codes crossing the boarders of language.

You want to be part of this artwork? Contact us!
-> charlotte@cifas.be


Amalia Pica, b. 1978, Neuquén, Argentina
Asamble, 2015
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Alec Oxenford, 2015
With the support of Guggenheim Museum, New York

Robin Pourbaix (BE)
Ēt qwè, Carnaval doûci ? / the oranges' carrier

Ēt qwè, Carnaval doûci ? / the oranges' carrier
Participative parade

Saturday 30.09 - 18.00 (departure from La Bellone) > 22.00 (ending at La Bourse)

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. 


Yes Men (US)
Facing La Bourse



Facing La Bourse

Saturday 30.09 - 14.00 > 17.00
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. 

Chiara Colombi (IT/BE)
Impressions Palace #2

Impressions Palace #2
Participative assemblage

Wednesday 10.00 > 18.00
Thursday 10.00 > 18.00
Friday 10.00 > 18.00
Saturday 10.00 > 18.00
Sunday 10.00 > 20.00 (Closing at 18.00)
La Bellone

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. 

Chiara Colombi’s (1988, IT) artistic practice operates at the intersection of aesthetics and social strategies. The forms she produces, charged with a reflexive symbolic and sensorial  presence, respond to contextual purposes and mark the starting point of site-specific interventions characterized by public participation. As part of the project In other terms, the artist presents the fourth and last volume of Universal Manuals, a collection of book editions she initiated in 2013. Part 4, The act of graphiting provides the reader with a series of steps to act or engender a displacement of every day social attitudes. Here, to designate and draw the desires. 

Flore Herman, Anne Thuot and Sara Sampelayo (BE)

Video Installation

21.09 > 21.10.2017
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. 

Anne Thuot is performance artist, theater director and professor at INSAS (Brussels). She has developed from 2015 onwards the Lydia Richardson project, in partnership with Sara Sampelayo, photograph and video-artist, as well as Flore Herman, dramaturg.

With the support of La Bellone.

Loop-s / Luce Goutelle (BE)

Open Outcry

Saturday 30.09 - 20.30
Parc de Bruxelles (Big fountain

"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

Brussels WAKE UP (BE)
Brussels WAKE UP (BE)
Rise & Connect

Rise & Connect
Morning party
6:30 - 7:30 Yoga
7:30 - 9:15 Party + Breakfasts
La Bellone

Come and celebrate together the diversity of the city of Brussels at the legendary morning parties of Brussels WAKE UP.

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".
Brussels WAKE UP transforms the morning: wake up to yoga, let the DJ dance you into the day, enjoy a delicious breakfast & go to work with the energy to change the world.

Because art and culture can be fun!

6:30 - 7:30 // YOGA (optional)
Subscription is requested for the Urban Academy only, but not for the Urban Interventions in public space.

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