Curators Till-Holger Borchert and Michel Dewilde have released the names of the artists and architects taking part in Bruges Triennial 2018, the contemporary art and architecture trail in the historic city centre.
With Liquid City – Vloeibare Stad as the theme of Bruges Triennial 2018, artists and architects from around the world will gather in Bruges and leave their mark on the public space. The Polish-born British sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) studied the globalizing society and came to the conclusion that change is constant and relentless. Long-established ideas and ways of life are coming under pressure. This globalization causes the “liquid society”, which engenders a number of threats.
A state of constant flux, driven by variation, pluralism and ambivalence can lead to uncertainty and even fear. But Bruges Triennial 2018 adopts the opposite stance as a possible beacon, a fluid city, open and involved, the engine of social, cultural and political change. Bruges as a creative melting pot where diversity leads to encounter. A seedbed for innovation in an urban context. With their artistic and architectural installations, the artists participating in Bruges Triennial 2018 | Liquid City – Vloeibare Stad create hospitable public spaces in the inner city. The temporary modifications they make to lesser-known and iconic places in the historic cityscape open up new opportunities for encounters for residents and visitors alike.
Invited international artists and architects like Jarosław Kozakiewicz (PL), Wesley Meuris (BE), Renato Nicolodi (BE), Nle – Kunle Adeyemi (NG-NL), OBBA (KR), Roxy Paine (USA), John Powers (USA), Raumlabor (DE), Rotor (BE), Ruimteveldwerk (BE), Tomás Saraceno (AR), SelgasCano (ES), Studio KCA (USA), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (IR) and Peter Van Driessche – Atelier4 (BE) are designing installations, videos, sculptures and works in other mediums for the arts trail through the city.
An exhibition of visionary architectural models, a cooperation project with FRAC Centre Orleans curated by its director Abdelkader Damani, finds a temporary home in the church and garden of Bruges’ Grootseminarie or Large Seminary.