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Foregrounding audiences, contexts and local realities

Art Lab
Foregrounding audiences, contexts and local realities.


1 - 9 August 2020


Vilvoorde, Belgium


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


Claire Bishop, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Britta Peters, Aude Christel Mgba, Jeremy Hutchison, Fiona Hallinan, Filip Van Dingenen, Anne Pontégnie, Ella de Burca and others.


KU Leuven


The lab costs € 350 per participant.


A week-long gathering of artists, curators and researchers whose practice revolves around developing art in peripheral contexts and forging authentic and co-authored methodologies of participatory art. We aim to research art as an instigator for social cohesion, ecologic transformation and decolonisation. The context of Asiat, Vilvoorde will be our testing ground. The Art Lab consists of guest lectures, workshops 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.


Founding Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit since 2013.


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.


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.


Visual Artist & PhD researcher at LUCA Gent and KU Leuven.


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


Multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of the Ecole Mondiale in Brussels. He was researcher at LUCA School of Arts in Ghent/Brussels (2013-2018) and affiliated researcher at the Laboratory of Education and Society at KU Leuven.


Art critic and curator-at-large for Le Consortium (Dijon) and curator for the Cranford Collection (London). Prior to that, she was chief curator at Wiels (Brussels), an institution she founded together with Dirk Snauwaert.


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.

Apply before July 12 2020, 23:59.
Selected applications will be informed on July 14.