Within the framework of Pilot Projects Art by Commission the City of Aalst and Netwerk initiated a long-term collaboration focusing on the role of art in the context of urban regeneration. Although the area along the Dender has the potential to be the biggest public space in the city, it is not (yet) accessible. Therefore the development of this area, spreading over several kilometers in length, is key in the further transformational process of the city. By running an art workgroup, both Netwerk Aalst and the City of Aalst aim for an intense collaboration concerning the possible artistic strategies within this continuously changing public realm.
The artist collective Observatorium from Rotterdam who investigate the relation between art, landscape and society, was invited to conceive an artwork that engages with the spacial potential of the banks of the Dender.
They designed the Dwarsligger (Obstructionist), a floating construction on the water that literally obstructs the river flow, to on a temporary basis connect left and right bank. The artwork serves as a meeting point: a floating laboratory for ‘residence on and at the water’ and as a base to explore both river banks
The project Dwarsligger, runs from 28 April until 14 May 2017 and accommodates several activities at different locations. Netwerk will host various events on 13 and 14 May with free access to the exhibition Murmur.
|group exhibition / concerts
Tim Bruniges / Christoph De Boeck / Luke Fowler / Luca Frei / Francesca Grilli / Amalia Pica / Imogen Stidworthy / Richard T. Walker
SA 08.04 — SU 02.07 2017
On view from 2 to 6 pm: exhibition Murmur at Netwerk + exhibition Beleef de Dender at Oude Vismijn
|2 pm||artist talk Observatorium|
|4 pm||concert Ian William Craig at Mirrors, an interactive sound art piece by Tim Bruniges at the Statieplein which is part of the group show Murmur|
|5 pm||sound walk by Aifoon on the shores of the Dender|
|6 pm||Dwarsligger turns awry|
|7 pm||sound walk by Aifoon on the shores of the Dender|
|9 pm||Dj-set by Innershades in zomerbar|
On view from 10 am to 6 pm: exhibition Murmur at Netwerk + exhibition Beleef de Dender at Oude Vismijn
|11 am||sound walk by Aifoon on the shores of the Dender|
| 12 pm | picknick and Dj set by Maurice Ravel, Moana at Dwarsligger
|2 pm||sound walk by Aifoon on the shores of the Dender|
|4 pm||Dwarsligger turns awry|
|4 pm||concert by Christina Vantzou at Dwarsligger|
|5 pm||closing Dwarsligger|