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House of Time, on living in the now

'House of Time, on living in the now' is a look back at the eponymous social-artistic project that was started in Bruges (BE) in 2017.

House of Time is a look back at the eponymous social-artistic project that was started in Bruges (BE) in 2017. It is the narrative of an exceptional place, where youngsters can be, think about change and, above all, live in the now, by helping to shape the collective. As these youngsters design and build together, friendships are made, relationships forged, talents discovered and change processes – small and large – are set in motion.

Pre-Triennial Bruges 2019 is an occasion to discuss social themes that play a role in our city and beyond. It is also a momentum to look back to the previous edition and how the Bruges Triennial 2018: Liquid City lives on, literally or figuratively.

One of the continuing projects is House is Time, a social-artistic project in Bruges (BE), started by Berlin-based architects’ collective raumlabor in the context of the Bruges Triennial 2018. It was developed in close collaboration with a group of (vulnerable) local youngsters, their social workers, young artists and other residents of Bruges. Within a year, the former industrial and dockland site has been transformed into a place where youngsters can be, reflect on their lives and above all: live in the present.

The booklet looks back at the social, design and build process of House of Time, between September 2017 and September 2018. It wants to share some of the experiences and immaterial memories, and also some of the special moments that are every bit as much the essence of House of Time as its physical appearance. House of Time, on living in the now is not a comprehensive documentary, but rather an attempt to transmit this intense period of imagining, producing and being together into the timeless sphere of this booklet. It is a mixture of descriptive texts, conversations with the involved youngsters, social partners and cultural partners and visual material — such as artistic drawings and photos of the building process and spaces — that captures the spirit of the project. Complementing this are three short essays, written from specific perspectives on House of Time. They share thoughts about the social, cultural and spatial impact of such a project on a historical city like Bruges. They broaden the subject and explore House of Time as a case study to give us an insight into the impact of such an artistic project on a group, a neighbourhood and a city.

House of Time, on living in the now
First edition: August 2019, Triënnale Brugge – raumlabor
Edited by: Markus Bader, Shendy Gardin, Jan Liesegang
With contributions by: Steven Slos, Koen Timmerman, Tineke Van de Walle
Language: Dutch – English
Illustrations by: Yü Chen, Lukas Hamilcaro
Graphic Design: Studio.Dier
ISBN: 978-94-63960-10-6
Size: 33 x 23,5 cm – 170p.

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