Expo

ARTEFACT 2023: BETWEEN KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING. NOTES ON THE ECSTATIC BEING

‘What the rest of us see only under influence of mescalin, the artist is congenitally equipped to see all the time. His perception is not limited to what is biologically or socially useful. A little of the knowledge belonging to Mind at Large oozes past the reducing valve of brain and ego, into his consciousness. It is a knowledge of the intrinsic significance of every existent.’ – Aldous Huxley - Doors of Perception, p. 33

The ego dissolves, the I becomes we. Our psychic privatization is suspended. We synchronize. – Persis Bekkering in conversation with Bogomir Doringer - Laatste utopie

The exhibition Between knowing and understanding - notes on the ecstatic being explores how altered states of consciousness open the way in which we understand ourselves, and ourselves within the world. Especially in the West, this relation seems to have been primordially one that emphasizes a linear, cognitive way of understanding expressed through language. Yet, this leaves much aside; a richer and more complex understanding lies just outside the perimeter of the default networks that have dominated our knowledge narratives. In this, the notion of the ecstatic can be understood as an outlier functioning as a lens onto the spectrum of altered states of consciousness.

Artefact 23 digs deeper into a variety of self-chosen states of altered consciousness taking into account the interconnections between context, intent and substance/inducer. As such, different narratives on the contemporary relevance of the ecstatic unfold, taking it beyond its classical connotations traditionally limited to religion, sex or drugs. Between knowing and understanding aims to look at these phenomena without judgment but with an attentiveness to the conditions that make us crave for the ecstatic, and the complex and multi-layered ways in which it is present within our society. The exhibition is an invitation to follow a number of artists through their doors of perception.

With works by o.a. Julius Bockelt, Fia Cielen, Laurie Dall’Ava, Nan Goldin, Tom Hannes, Hanne Lippard, Henri Michaux, Warre Mulder, Matt Mullican, Laure Prouvost, Ben Russell, Selkie, Jeanne Susplugas, Emma Talbot, Myrthe Van der Mark and Sophie Whettnall.


CURATOR: Karen Verschooren

Artefact is an exhibition and festival on the crossroads of contemporary visual arts, current events and societal challenges. Inspired by its theme, Gilles Helsen curated the ARTEFACT SOUND program focusing on the varied dimensions of the ecstatic within the world of sound and music. A film- and lecture program, a podcast by Selkie and a mesmerizing dance performance furthermore allow you to engage with the notion of ecstasy and more broadly altered states of consciousness in yet another way. More information about the Artefact program will be made available at artefact-festival.be throughout the Spring season.

A huge thank you to Jan Godderis, Erik Thys, Stéphane Symons, Anouk De Clercq, Grace Ndiritu, Shana Moulton, Laura Herman, Anna Stoppa, Zeynep Kubat, the students of KASK curatorial studies (academic year 2021-2022) and all participating artists for the invaluable conversations and insights that formed the basis of this exhibition.

WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE FLEMISH GOVERNMENT, THE CITY OF LEUVEN AND KU LEUVEN (ART & SCIENCE).

EXPO

08 JUNI - 25 JUNI 2023
STUK — FREE

WE-SA: 14:00 → 22:00
SU-TU: 14:00 → 19:00

Thu 8 Jun 2023 14:00 - Sun 25 Jun 2023 19:00

Location

STUK

Price

FREE

Extra info

WE-SA: 14:00 → 22:00
SU-TU: 14:00 → 19:00