False Promises: foregrounding audiences, contexts and local realities

Art Lab
False promises: foregrounding audiences, contexts and local realities.


3 - 12 July 2021


Vilvoorde, Belgium


How can contemporary artistic practices become resourceful tools for social cohesion?


Claire Bishop, Britta Peters, Aude Christel Mgba, Heidi Ballet, Jeremy Hutchison, Jessica Gysel, Fiona Hallinan, Sorana Munsya, Michelange Quay, Ella De Burca and others.


KU Leuven


The lab costs € 350 per participant.


The Art Lab gathers artists, curators and researchers whose practice revolves around developing art in peripheral contexts and forging authentic and co-authored methodologies of participatory or community-based art. During the Art Lab we research art as an instigator for social cohesion, ecological transformation and decolonisation. The context of Asiat, Vilvoorde will be our testing ground.The Art Lab consists of guest lectures, workshops, performative encounters and group discussions, as well as a visit to several art institutions in Brussels.

Ambitions of the Art Lab

The diversity of examples and case-studies covered during the Art Lab, will inspire you to finetune your own practice or research, in order to embed your activities locally while having them resonate widely. Due to the impact of Covid-19 some panels or talks will take place in digital form.



A critic and professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is a Contributing Editor of Artforum, and her essays and books have been translated into eighteen languages.


Art critic and freelance curator. She has held held various teaching positions including at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, and at the Kunstakademie Münster.


Independent curator based between Cameroon and the Netherlands. She was a participant of the De Appel 2018/19 curatorial Program.


Independent curator, Beaufort 2018 and 2021, former co-curator Lofoten International Art Festival.


British artist based in London. Working across performance, sculpture, text and video, his projects intervene in systems of production, exploring the relationship between consumerism and Empire.


Artist and researcher currently pursuing a PhD at LUCA School of Art, KU Leuven.


Psychologist and curator, in her curatorial practice and writings, she is currently concerned with the connections between art and individual as well as collective care strategies or practices.


American filmmaker and contemporary video artist of Haitian origin. Awarded Best Film Awards in Milan, São Paulo, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.


Ella de Búrca works through performance, sculpture and poetry to focus on how humans construct meaning, particularly from a female perspective. 

Apply before 25th April 2021, 23:59.
Selected applications will be informed on May 7.