The CHIPKA exhibition forms an initiation an event that takes place mainly on location, overlooking to the island anno 2010.
The first part of the event is with guided tours trough the city of Aalst is a map-making activity on a small scale, in response to the infrastructural limbo caused today by major construction and renovation works within the central parts of Aalst. It is about changes from the nineteenth century to today, and about the remarkable influence that industry still occupies within the city centre. The guides for the tours are Christian Kieckens and Jan Louies, an introduction is given by a delegate from Syral Frabic, currently located on the Chipka island.
On the event the catalogue of the exhibition is presented.
The dominant architecture of Amylumville, the current Syral Fabric, is for the second part of the event, the ideal backdrop for performances by sound artists such as Justin Bennett, Mark Bain and William Fowler Collins & Claudia X. Valdes.
The event is a part of the European project Interreg IVa ‘2 Mers Seas Zeeën’ Cross-boarder cooperative programme 2007-2013. This project is a cooperation between Aspex (Porthsmouth), Boem vzw (Kunst & Zwalm), Fabrica (Brighton), L’H du Siège (Valenciennes), La Malterie (Lille) and Netwerk (Aalst). United by the motto ‘Investing in your future’ sustainable strategies for audience paticipation are developed.