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(Dis)placed Intervention

Project: Research project

  • Deleu, Luc (Project coordinator)
  • van Dienderen, An (Co-promotor)
  • Van Eeghem, Elly (Project participant)
  • Verschelden, Griet (Project partner)
  • Butler, David, Newcastle University, Belgium (Project partner)
  • Corijn, Eric, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (Project partner)
  • Uyttenhove, Pieter, Architectuur & Stedenbouw, Universiteit Gent, Belgium (Project partner)
  • Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Belgium (Project partner)
  • KVS Brussel, Belgium (Project partner)
  • Kunstenaar, Belgium (Project partner)
  • Verschaffel, Bart, G.U.S.T., Universiteit Gent, Belgium (Project partner)
  • Bains Connective, Belgium (Project partner)
  • CityMine(d), Belgium (Project partner)
  • Vanhaesebrouck, Karel, RITS, ULB, Conservatoire de Liège, Belgium (Project partner)

Under the title (Dis)placed Intervention Elly Van Eeghem sets up a series of artistic interventions in public places in Paris, Berlin and Montreal that are in a state of physical and social flux. Each time, she will translate these into installations that are shown on a location in Ghent that is related or in resonance to the place where the intervention was realized. On the one hand, (dis)placed refers to the localization of an intervention in a specific context, on the other hand, it relates to a decontextualization by displacing the intervention to a different form and location that reveals new meanings. As an 'interacting' artist-in-residence, Van Eeghem wants to link her home base to these three international contexts by creating glocal narratives. The inquiry of this study deliberately builds on an iconic quote by artist Francis Alÿs (in Godfrey et al., 2007:39), but innovates this through a crucial shift in focus: "Can an artistic intervention translate local social tensions into glocal narratives that in turn intervene in the imaginary landscape of a place?" By adding the words local and glocal, the inquiry on the relevance of the artistic 'translation' is not situated in its potential for social reflection or transformation, but in its capacity to create a sustainable dialogue between local experiences and global processes of city development. This research is set off by a need for new artistic models that connect local and global areas of tensions and thus create insights with regard to social relations and community conditions. The objectives of this research project are (1) to develop innovative cross-disciplinary artistic processes and products, (2) to generate insights into alternative production methods for artistic practice in public space, and (3) to acquire a discursive framework for the role of public art in a changing urban society. The project consists of four interacting work packages: a series of artistic interventions, a displaced transformation into installations, an enquiry of involved people and finally an integration and diffusion of research results through a closing exhibition, a book publication and a conference. The research is supported by an interdisciplinary discursive framework that collects views from socio-cultural geography (Sharp, 2005), philosophy (Cauquelin, 1999; Rancière, 2004), political science (Mouffe, 2008), anthropology (Soenen, 2006; Low & Smith, 2006; Tonnelat, 2008) and sociology (Lofland, 1998; Wacquant, 2008). This project bridges the performative with the visual, thus creating links between the fields of study of Fine Arts and Drama. Artistic methodological innovations resulting from the applied research approach will be valorized by seminars, guest lectures and readings.

StatusIn execution