I am (not) a Monster Graphic_Copyright: I am (not) a monster LTD/Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios 2018

9 July 2018 and I am (not) a monster

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As part of the School of Time exhibition that Z33 is preparing for the Istanbul Design Biennial coming up in September, we’re happy to reveal some of the first ideas and steps towards a new project, I am (not) a Monster, by designer Nelly Ben Hayoun. Throughout this research project Nelly Ben Hayoun intends to demonstrate the state of ideologies- their origins, formulation and power structures- in contemporary society. Trained by Noh theatre and Kabuki’s experts and Sumotoris in Japan, with Bunraku puppets in hand, Nelly Ben Hayoun will reenact and question the writings of Hannah Arendt while talking to philosophers and families about their views on the role of learning and education in society today. In this first of two blog posts, she gives us some insight on how this project came into being. Read more »

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Francesca Torzo, Façade, photo by Gion Balthasar von Albertini

Francesca Torzo’s new wing for Z33: the art centre as an analogous city

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In less than a year, the new wing of the Z33 art centre in Hasselt, Belgium will be ready. This project by the Italian architect Francesca Torzo proposes a museum space that highlights a few fundamental ideas about the nature and the position of architecture itself. In this essay architecture critic Pieter T'Jonck runs through the particularities of the project. Read more »

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Courtesy of the artists
April 16, 2018STUDIO TIME

Adam Gibbons. Blocking

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Adam Gibbons writes about the time of the archive, competence, and how the one-off rehearsal was staged in the recent exhibition White Horse/Twin Horse by artist duo Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen. Text. Adam Gibbons. In the exhibition White Ho... Read more »

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Jon Stam @www.commonplace.nl

Virginia Tassinari. The Wunderkammer of the Future: Philosophical Notes on the Idea of History in Speculative Design Practices

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Virginia Tassinari explores how Walter Benjamin's reflections on history can illuminate speculative design’s implicit critique of the linear understanding of history and time. Text. Virginia Tassinari This contribution is linked to the next De... Read more »

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Nuclear Culture Round Table. 17 November 2017, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium. © Pieter Fannes.
February 23, 2018STUDIO TIMENuclear Culture

Ele Carpenter and Pieter Fannes. Underground/Overground. An Annotated Visual Report

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Curator Ele Carpenter looks back on the Nuclear Culture Roundtable held on November 17th at Z33, and shares what she took home from the talks and debates, inspired by Pieter Fannes’ drawings. Text. Ele Carpenter and Pieter Fannes. The seventh... Read more »

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Discussing 'Deep Time communication through long term projection'. Nuclear Culture Roundtable, 17 November 2017, Z33. © ONDRAF/NIRAS, photography by Buket Dorbar.
February 23, 2018STUDIO TIMENuclear Culture

Underground/Overground. Roundtable on Art and Radioactive Waste Storage in Belgium

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On November 17 last year, the seventh Nuclear Culture Roundtable took place at Z33, a day of debates accompanying the exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty. What exactly is nuclear culture, and what’s the origin of the Nuclear Culture Roundtable? Tex... Read more »

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Tomás Saraceno. Gravitational Waves, 2017. Installation view, Cosmodrome, Kattevennen, Genk, Belgium. © Photography by Kristof Vrancken / Z33 House for Contemporary Art.

Nadine Botha. Generally Relative – The Expanding and Contracting Perspective of Tomás Saraceno

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Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno discusses with artistic researcher Nadine Botha about the meaning of the newly-found gravitational waves to our perception of the universe, his work and the blurred boundaries of art and design. Text Nadine Botha... Read more »

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Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. Installation view, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Commissioned by Bonniers Konsthall. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar, Andersen's Contemporary, Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Esther Schipper. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010.

Studio Tomás Saraceno. Gravitational Waves with Giovanni Amelino-Camelia

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'Gravitational Waves' by Tomás Saraceno evokes an analogy often used by scientists: the comparison between a complex, 3-dimensional spider web, and our “spongy” universe, with galaxies morphing into wall-like sheets, leaving huge voids of nearly... Read more »

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October 30, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Saba Golchehr. Design from the Inside-out: Critically Adopting Big Data Methods

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Designers should be aware both of what is lost if they ignore new digital tools, and of the implications of uncritically appropriating big data technologies. This has occurred before in the uncritical acceptance of participatory approaches in the des... Read more »

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October 23, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Annelies Vaneycken. Beyond the Line: Design for Participation in the Light of Children’s Culture

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Children and their culture of play and curiosity form good allies in disorganising the world: disrupting routines by which public space is fixed, rethinking the rules on which the city is based, and interpreting public space in new ways. Text Anne... Read more »

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Kolenspoor City Open Workshop. 30 September 2017, ZLDR Luchtfabriek, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Photo Kristof Vrancken.
October 20, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Els Vervloesem. Visual Storytelling to Re-imagine the Future

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Architect and researcher Els Vervloesem reflects on the Kolenspoor City project, aimed at developing the Limburg region in Belgium, as a new form and method of urban planning. Text Els Vervloesem [caption id="attachment_1549" align="alignnone" wi... Read more »

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'Play Space'. Mohamad Balshi, Burj el Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp.  Lebanon 2005.
October 16, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Reem Charif & Mohamad Hafeda. A Space for Ambiguity: Play and Playfulness as Spaces of Protest

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Looking at playgrounds as public social spaces reveals how communities operate, how they innovatively respond to limited resources and relate to each other and to their environment. Playfulness can be about play itself, but can also function as a for... Read more »

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Z33 Research re-enforces and recapitulates strands of thought and research from exhibition projects of Z33 House of Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium. Thematic art and design research studios – Studio Time, Studio Work and Studio Space – accumulate and connect the practice-based and academic research into an evolving body of knowledge. Z33 Research online (beta) collects and connects these different research threads.

Z33 House for Contemporary Art

Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, organizes projects and exhibitions of contemporary art and design. Instead of having a permanent collection, Z33 focuses on an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions. These exhibitions always have a strong social and research-based orientation, and they address topics from various artistic standpoints with a critical eye. Each project combines an exhibition with an extensive programme of related events. In addition to exhibitions, Z33 organizes artistic projects in public spaces and serves as curator for exhibitions for external parties. In 2017–18, Z33 House for Contemporary Art will be renovated and a new wing will be built.

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