Changing City Dynamics and Visual Arts: Beyond the Hype –Antwerp, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne
The visual arts reflect on, and are part of, the ever-changing dynamics of the city: a mix of economies, politics, urbanism, media and hype. Artists and curators are attracted to a city’s available spaces, in which professionals meet and share ideas. Private galleries are interested in the city’s available market. Cities rise and fall. They experience a temporary influx of important art professionals who are hired for a short time, and private galleries and collectors who move between cities. But what’s hot today might not be tomorrow. How can one redirect these energies to invest in long-term and stable initiatives? How can one build a strong, durable connection between art and the city? How can neighbouring cities benefit from each other? Taking the paradigms of Antwerp, Berlin, Brussels and Cologne as examples of ‘art cities’ – the panel aims to address all these questions.
Speakers: Eric Corijn, cultural philosopher, social scientist and professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the Free University of Brussels; Dr. Brigitte Franzen, director, Ludwig Forum Aachen; Martin Germann, senior curator, S.M.A.K., Ghent; Erika Hock, artist, Brussels; Anna Tilroe, art critic & curator, Amsterdam.
Moderated by Lieven De Cauter, philosopher, art historian, writer, and professor of philosophy of culture at the Department of Architecture of the University of Leuven, LUCA and RITS, School of Arts.
Co-organized by BAM – The Flemish Institute for Audio Visual Art and Art Brussels.