On-Trade-Off is an ongoing artistic-research project that reflects on environmental and economic implications of the extraction and processing of Lithium, the main raw material needed for the global production of ‘green energy’. Focusing on this one naturally occurring element (Li3), allows the project to zoom in on particular social, ecological, economic and political phenomena that characterize the production processes that are currently in full development in the global transition towards a ‘green’ and fossil fuel free economy.
Initiated by Philippe Mikobi and Maarten Vanden Eynde, ICC consists of a collection of artefacts representing colonial presence in Congo, mainly focusing on the period 1884-1960. There is hardly any tangible material left in Congo of that period, due to the hastily departure of most colonisers after the independence in 1960.
ICC is scheduled to officially open at the National Museum of Lubumbashi in the coming years. A selection of the collection of books, documents, personal and religious items and tools, equipment, photographs, letters and administration will be made public in Drogenbos, Belgium at Enough Room for Space.
Uncertainty Scenarios explored the ways people throughout history have tried to speculate, predict and anticipate the future and different attitudes that go along and come about.
Performing Objects experiments with objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer towards its users or audience. Performing Objects researches different ways artists can anticipate this process during the conceptualisation and the conception of their work.
Critically reflects on topics like new scientific and industrial developments, but also art, education and social rights that occupied the Lunar Men during the Enlightenment or the Age of Reason.
Triangular Trade investigates the influence of pivotal materials like cotton, copper, rubber and uranium on economic inequality and global power structures.
Elixir transformed fallen heritage fruits during public events into all sorts of products which are used for events of Enough Room for Space. Felix De Boeck, an early modernist Belgian painter, made his living from this orchard, as a result he was working independently as an artist without the pressure to sell his works.
Present Perfect was a long-term project consisting of an ongoing series of research travels, discussions, artistic residencies, talks, events, exhibitions and collaborations between Cameroonian and European artists. It explored phenomena of cultural import and export between Europe and Cameroon through new artistic productions.
Genetology or science of first things is a self invented science creating an opposition for the existing dominant science of last things, Eschatology. Genetology’s main area of research is our fascination with time and its consequences: How will we look back to the past in the future? What will remain of the present?
The Invisible Hand explored the way Adam Smith has influenced contemporary rhetoric's around Capitalism. The group was challenged to take a stand in the discussion and develop a response towards these rapidly emerging global issues.
Smooth Structures explored the unexpected intersections between a new dark matter and dark energy hypothesis and its conceptual visualization mediated through art. The mathematician Martin Lo (JPL/NASA), who is currently researching the “Brans’ Conjecture” theory with several other scientists, invited Enough Room for Space to respond artistically to such a hypothesis.
CURATOR CURATOR was a series of exhibition projects by upcoming curators in the presentation space of the HISK in Belgium.
The Spanish word Corrillos stands for an informal meeting of people who casually gather together and discuss whatever topic in a non-hierarchic way. The program of Corrillos consisted of two presentations, tried to challenge its formats and each time had a different host.
Contrapolis questioned how art, and cultural production more broadly, is at once driving capitalist valorisation in the city and able to project forms of social relations that do not produce value for capital?
Formatting Utopia explored the potentials and pitfalls of the internet and it's formats for knowledge organisation at the Mundaneum.
Los Angeles Works initiated artistic research, collaboration and dialogue on the city of Los Angeles. There is no other city that is as globalized as the city of dreams, but what about being ‘least remembered’? Does the city have its own identity, or has it become a mere stand-in in its own movies?
Localisms focused on the poetry in the street, the discovery of the (urban) landscape, unnoticed sounds, the investigative look, archives of image and sound, wanderlust and world travellers.
Please Excuse Our Appearance was an experimental artists’ residency that reflected on the changing face of Eastside, a former industrial area in Birmingham. Birmingham was the future, but that bit of the future is worn out now and we need a new one.
The Annex functioned as an additional residence and production and research space within the existing structure of the Jan van Eyck Academie and opened up space for artists to work there for maximum three or four weeks.
Europe is facing it’s most difficult challenge: how to create a united Europe? Europe is further away from unification than ever. But as a result inertia about Europa was replaced by genuine interest. What does it mean to be European? What do we represent? How much personal identity do we want to hand over to become a unity?
After the Rose Revolution in 2003, the new Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili called back his fellow country-men, who fled Georgia in the past decades, to come and help rebuild the once prosperous and wealthy country into a modern western democracy. We responded to this call and explored the side-effects of such an enormous political and sociological shift.
The last exhibition of Filiale, an artist-initiative in one of the few old non-renovated locations in Basel. The building was going to be torn down after the project, that consequently focused on this unique position in the city and tried to open up free space in this over-regulated city.
An intense ten day residency during which new works were developed in the heart of Rome.