Art Lab 1
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Deadline: June 30

When July 25
Where Vilvoorde, Belgium
Result The Lab offers an engaged moment facilitating in-depth discussion, collective reflection, the sharing of resources and generous feedback on your own activities from invited experts.
Coaches Mario Mainetti (IT, Fondazione Prada), Debbie Griffith (UK, Spiral Tribe), Nav Haq (UK - BE, M HKA) and Bogomir Doringer (RS)
Partner KU Leuven

Smiley faces and magic pills. On rave and contemporary art.

Unraveling contemporary arts’ symbiosis with club culture. How do club culture and contemporary art inform each other, and in what ways do they exert influence on their (urban) surroundings? 

The Art Lab is divided into three different moments, each taking a closer look at a topic that concerns Horst, that is viable for the long term development of Asiat, and that links back to the broad contemporary art discourse.

Lab participants should have a proven interest and affiliation with club culture, some professional background and/or a specific project willing to deepen out. 

Coaches & Guests

Mario Mainetti


For the last two decades, Fondazione Prada’s activities have analyzed intentions and relevance through an evolution of projects. These have included ‘Utopian’ monographic artist commissions, contemporary philosophy conferences, research exhibitions and initiatives related to the field of cinema. With the opening of a permanent cultural complex in Milan, the Fondazione offers new opportunities to enlarge and enrich our processes of learning. Mario Mainetti is chief curator at Fondazione Prada, and was involved in the conception and execution of The Double Club, a project by Belgian artist Carsten Höller in an old Victorian warehouse in London. The place functioned as a temporary restaurant, bar and a dance club, infusing typically “Western” with Congolese music, lifestyle and other cultural manifestations - proning questions on identity, entertainment and hospitality.
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Deborah Griffith

Debbie Griffith aka Feenix13 is one of the co-founders of Spiral Tribe – the radical underground sound system from London created at the end of 1990. Her role was that of organiser as well as design and decoration of the spaces. When the sound system got chased out of Britain in 1992 and travelled to Europe, Debbie coined the word 'Teknival' to describe a new kind of festival event in France, with techno music being a central focus. At the end of the 1990s she fulfilled a similar role with 'Sound Conspiracy' which organised many huge and successful donation only parties in Italy, and then travelled overland with the sound system to India.

Based near Marseille since 2000 she has been resident designer for the Audiotrix record label. In 2008 the creative core of Spiral Tribe formed SP23 and have been performing live together ever since. Debbie is the resident VJ. In 2015 with a french meditation teacher, she created 'Dharma Techno', a new concept of silent meditation retreat with an evening of live Techno. This unusual and heartfelt project brings together the worlds of silent meditation and electronic music.
Debbie Griffith
Nav Haq

Nav Haq is Senior Curator at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp. He was previously Exhibitions Curator at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Curator at Gasworks, London. Haq has organised numerous monographic exhibitions with artists such as Hassan Khan, Cosima von Bonin, Shilpa Gupta, Kerry Tribe, Imogen Stidworthy, Alexandre Estrela, Otobong Nkanga and Cevdet Erek, as well as significant overviews of work by Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Joseph Beuys, Kerry James Marshall and Laure Prouvost. At M HKA he co-curated the group exhibition Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics in 2014, and the interdisciplinary exhibition Energy Flash: The Rave Movement. Haq is on the editorial board of the online research platform for the L’Internationale confederation of European museums. In 2012 he was recipient of the Independent Vision Award for Curatorial Achievement, awarded by Independent Curators International, New York.
Nav Haq
Bogomir Doringer

Bogomir Doringer is an artist whose practice revolves around ascertaining and researching various social phenomena that are the consequence of social-political interactions. More specifically, he researches how these phenomena manifest themselves on bodies and in bodies of humans (people), crowds - hereby looking at the correlation between the impact of the phenomenon and the amount of people gathering around it.

He studied Sociology in Belgrade (Serbia), and holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, as well as a MA Film Program from the Netherlands Film Academy. Currently, he is doing an Artistic Research PhD at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, with the ongoing research project “I Dance Alone”, observing clubbing  from a birds-eye-view as a mirror of social and political changes, and investigating the collective and individual dynamics of the dance floor.

Based on the gained knowledge and experience he has been curating many programs and talks on the topic of the dance of urgency, club culture as empowering phenomena, contemporary rituals of dancing. His vision has been translated also into Rave Diplomacy program of Stadt nach Acht /freitraume conference in Berlin. Recently Bogomir also curated the program Body in Revolt for ADE Playground in collaboration with ICK in Amsterdam. He established the definition of the dance of urgency, a dance that rises in times of personal or collective crises and aims to empower individual or collective.
Bogomir Doringer


Enrollment Fee

60 euro


You're expected to arrange your own in and outbound transport to the lab location, Vilvoorde. All (local) transport during the class will be taken care of.


not applicable.


Your enrollment fee includes welcome coffee, lunch and dinner.


25th of July 10.00 - 21.00.


All talks and workshops will be in English.


You’ll be part of a group of around 15 people, including 4-5 invited guest speakers, fellow-participants, the Horst staff and participating artists of the exhibition.


Your birthday should be on or before September 1, 2000.

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Application deadline: June 30 00:00