STUDIO SPACE

Francesca Torzo, Façade, photo by Gion Balthasar von Albertini

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

by Pieter T'Jonck

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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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

by Z33

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

by Z33

'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

by Z33

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

by Z33

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

by Z33

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

by Z33

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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October 3, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Chris Perkins. The Wider Significance of Performative Mapping

by Z33

Mapping in a broader context has increasingly been rethought as much more than a scientific controlling of the world, or a fixative political device. It is increasingly also understood as performative, as the in case of Pokemon GO. Text Chris Perk... Read more »

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Kolenspoor City. (c) Space Caviar
September 30, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Els Vervloesem. The Power of Collective Imagination

by Z33

Architect and researcher Els Vervloesem spoke to Martina Muzi from Space Caviar and Ciel Grommen from Z33 House for Contemporary Art to discuss the project they developed for the Kolenspoor in central Limburg region in Eastern Belgium. Text Els Ve... Read more »

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September 26, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Jon Geib. Designing Multivocality…from Outer Space

by Z33

The theme ‘neighbours’ provides an opportunity to explore a different approach to dialogue and participation, one less focused on bringing people together face-to-face than on the possibilities generated by drawing them apart. Text Jon Geib [... Read more »

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September 19, 2017STUDIO SPACE

Liesbeth Huybrechts & Veerle Van der Sluys. On Interventions and Institutions

by Z33

Small-scale citizen or professional initiatives can play a role in shaping to our cities. Without a profound research into the role of the small-scale in city-making, it might be easily romanticised or not taken seriously. Text Liesbeth Huybrechts... Read more »

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April 26, 2017STUDIO SPACE

by Z33

The book Trading Places rethinks, develops, and tests design-driven practices and methods to engage with participation in public space and public issues. The book aims in helping art and design researchers, students, practitioners and the multiple st... Read more »

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STUDIO SPACE

Studio Space explores the poetry and politics of (open) space, architecture and citizenship through a variety of trajectories. How do artists and designers explore space? Which artistic strategies do we use to create space together? In its trajectory towards its new home base, Z33 rethinks its own infrastructure, with specific attention to new forms of use of space that pull the city into the building and broaden its functions.

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