Artefact 2020 : Alone Together
13 FEB - 1 MAR 2020
STUK — FREE
WE-SA: 14:00 → 22:00
SU-TU: 14:00 → 19:00
TH 13 FEB 2020 - 19:30 - STUKCAFE
‘There are so many things that art can’t do. It can’t bring the dead back to life, it can’t mend arguments between friends, or cure AIDS, or halt the pace of climate change. All the same, it does have some extraordinary functions, some odd negotiating ability between people, including people who never meet and yet who infiltrate and enrich each other’s lives. It does have a capacity to create intimacy; it does have a way of healing wounds, and better yet of making it apparent that not all wounds need healing and not all scars are ugly. - Olivia Laing. (2016)
The lonely city. Adventures in the art of being alone, p.280
In February 2020, Artefact: the exhibition and festival focusing on contemporary art, current events, and societal challenges, will zoom in on ideas of solitude and togetherness in contemporary society.
Under the title Alone Together, the exhibition aims to look into questions such as: What does contemporary solitude mean? How does it relate to feelings of loneliness? Can we consider loneliness not in individual terms, but as the result of more structural forces, be they social, cultural, economic, technological or architectural in nature? How do we connect in today’s society? What is the quality of our interactions / connection, and which role do (social and communication) technologies play in this? The exhibition aims to shed light on these questions, and while potentially confronting, it also hopes to offer some consolation through the fact that we are many.
With a.o. Helmut Stallaerts, Chloé Op de Beeck, Meiro Koizumi, Ante Timmermans, Hanne Lippard, Molly Soda, Tino Sehgal, Kyoko Scholiers, Liana Finck, Karolina Halatek, Cécile B. Evans, Lauren McCarthy, Pilvi Takala, Ephameron, Hans Geyens, Ief Spincemaille, Bisser, Siemen Van Gaubergen.
For more information, please check artefact-festival.be from mid-January 2020.
With the support of the Flemish Government, the City of Leuven and KU Leuven (Art & Science)