January 2015: Launch of the new website of Enough Room for Space,
currently developed by Rekall Design.
................................................................................................................................2014 - 2015: Performing Objects, ERforS HQ, BE / Vision Forum, SE
Image: The 1936 Los Angeles Electrical Exposition
Participating Artists: Céline Butaye, Marjolijn Dijkman, Hedwig Houben, Bas Schevers, Adrien Tirtiaux, Kristof Van Gestel, Herman Van Ingelgem
The research project Performing Objects will explore objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer towards its users or audience. Performing Objects will research different ways artists can anticipate this process during the conceptualisation and the conception of their work. The artworks made for this project will possibly manifest themselves in different locations outside the regular arts contexts. The home base for the meetings and talks is the ERforS HQ, a space that can function as a temporary studio, meeting- / events-room and presentation space. Besides this location we will create temporary set ups and incorporate work in various sites that will act as a sort of test cases.
26 September 2014: 10:00 - 14:00, Marjolijn Dijkman will present Performing Objects at the Vision Forum Autumn Meeting, Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden
October 15 – 17 2014: Artistic Training and Arts Education in Cameroon:
Academic and Non-formal Approaches Colloquium, Yaounde, CM
Concept: Annette Schemmel and Dr. Paul Henri Assako Assako
Goethe-Institut Yaoundé in collaboration with IFA Mbalmayo and Enough Room for Space
Dates: October 15 – 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 05:00p.m. at the Goethe-Institut Yaoundé
Reservations: +237 22214409 / email@example.com
Following a resolution of the 2009 National Forum on Education arts education has become part of the curricula of Cameroon’s secondary schools. This reform affects also two types of vocational artistic training that coexist in this country; firstly, the partly new academic courses of government institutions and secondly the training that takes place in diverse privately initiated, non-formal settings that are embedded in the contemporary art scene. Besides scrutinizing these interrelated educational contexts, the colloquium establishes links to recent debates about the terms of artistic learning in further African contexts, such as the international symposium “Condition Report: Symposium on Artistic Education in Africa” that took place in June 2014 at the independent art space Raw Material Company in Dakar.
Pedagogic exchanges amongst profiled visual artists and academic teachers are in the focus of the colloquium in Yaoundé. The invited experts will critically assess pedagogic attitudes by means of lectures, film screenings and discussions and thus contribute to a skill enhancement of the participating art teachers, artists, art historians and art critics. Another objective of the meeting is to reconsider the national art curricula in relation to two new scientific studies by German and Swiss Universities that explore non-formal types of training in Cameroon and in different other African contexts. The colloquium aims to thus promote transcultural and transdisciplinary exchanges and to strengthen professional networks around contemporary art in Cameroon.
photo by Paul Henri Assako Assako
Uncertainty Scenarios, Starting in September 2014, ERforS HQ, BE
Uncertainty Scenarios is an experimental research project that will unfold over time from September 2014. It will explore the way people throughout history have tried to speculate, predict and anticipate the future. The project will start with a survey (a growing archive and library) and a series of participatory semi-public events under title ‘The Complementary Sessions’.
Uncertainty Scenarios will create moments to experience different methods and rituals that have been developed throughout time and look into the objects and settings that accompany these. During semi-public events we will experiment with different methods, traditions and rituals that have been developed to relate to the future. During these sessions we will invite guests practitioners to guide and introduce the group to the different approaches. Besides these moments the project aims to establish a context for the development of new works, and other artists will be invited over time.
Together with a flexible group of participants we will research notions of speculation, methodologies used to predict the future, strategic thinking and scenario planning, risk and crisis management, voodoo rituals, spiritual forecasts and science fiction. How do these phenomena affect our thinking, behaviour and acting? What operations are we dealing with when we speak about speculation? How have technologies, like for instance computer modelling and calculating, affected our thinking about the future?
The project will reflect on possible consequences of current global socio-political or ecological issues and its participants will share experiences of different speculative methods and ways to approach the future. Uncertainty Scenarios will become an artistic tool to grasp the ‘futurity’ that is already, and increasingly, a part of our present.
20 September 2014: ELIXIR 2014, FeliXart, Drogenbos, BE
Harvesting in the public orchard of Felixart Museum located around the corner of ERforS HQ from 13:00 - 23:00h. We'll be making apple cider, pear liquor, compote & confiture, bake bread & make pizza's in the bakehouse. Please feel free to join! Kuikenstraat 6, Drogenbos, behind the FelixArt Museum.
The orchard is maintained by the Museum and the Province but it's resources are scarcely used; most of it becomes fallen fruit. Elixir will harvest some of these fruits and transform this resource during public events into all sorts of products which will be used for upcoming events of Enough Room for Space.
23 May 2014: Artists Talk at 18:00h. by Salifou Lindou, ERforS HQ, BE
The Cameroonian artist Salifou Lindou will give a presentation at the Enough Room for Space HQ about his work and show the results of his 3 week residency at the Frans Masereel Center. Frans Masereel Centrum (1972) offers residencies and a working space to graphic designers, artists and critics who want to work with intaglio, relief printing, screen print or lithography, or who want to investigate the relationship of graphics with other visual arts.
The Frans Masereel Centre in Kasterlee
Salifou Lindou his interest for printmaking emerged during a residency in The Hague in relation to his project JAMAN (with Christian Hanussek) produced for Diartgonale Special Edition #1 published by Enough Room for Space. After this working period at the Frans Masereel Centrum, Lindou plans to open a printworkshop in Douala in Cameroon.
ERforS HQ, Sterstraat 10 Rue de l'Etoile, 1620 Drogenbos (Brussels), Belgium