At the still point of the turning world
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STUK invites you to STUK on February 8th. At the stillpoint of a tumbling worldArtefact festival, the new edition. In a diverse exhibition, contemporary art, current events, and societal challenges are brought together in energizing performances and concerts, thought-provoking films, and in-depth lectures.

“At the still point of the turning world. / Neither flesh nor fleshless; / Neither from nor towards; / at the still point, there the dance is, / But neither arrest nor movement. / And do not call it fixity, / Where past and future are gathered. / Neither movement from nor towards, / Neither ascent or decline. / Except for the point, the still point, / There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” —T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”

How can you remain awake in the midst of the turmoil and still be able to hold your own?

The following are some of the ways to get in touch with us At the stillpoint of the turning worldArtists search for comfort, meaning and strength. In the cosmological and oceanic, family ties, kinships between generations, the relationship between materials and forms, and in poetry.
The title of this exhibition is a reference from T.S. Eliot’s Burnt Norton He described in his 1936 poem a state that is beyond our physical bodies, a state that exists between time and motion. Eliot composed the poem between the two world wars. Eliot was trying to find an escape from the tension of social destruction and social hostility. Chaos and suffering are a part of our everyday lives today. How do we remain awake and conscious enough to stand up for each other’s rights in solidarity instead of rubbing the sleeping sand of powerlessness deeper into our closed eyes?

As the world shifts from chaotic to repressive, the question about how to stand your ground becomes more urgent. In this exhibition, the artists show how to take a stance by connecting with each other and sharing intergenerational stories, ancestral knowledge and exploring the relationship between the material and the emotional, the individual, and the cosmic. It may seem naive but art and poetry are essential in a declining world. Audre Lorde had already stated this in 1985. “Poetry Is Not a Luxury”. The words of poets like Lorde, Etel Adan, CAConrad and others are infused into the exhibition.

Artefact Sound is a collaboration of musicians and sound designers who have been inspired by the exhibition. The programme features new creations by artists-in-residence such as Kara-Lis Coverdale & Leuven’s Alumni Choir, Valentina Magaletti and NAH, complemented by a handful of world-class performers: Swans, Tashi Wada with Julia Holter, Bolis Pupul and Oren Ambarchi’s trio Ghosted. Artefact Sound is a three-week platform for music that is off the beaten path. From opening night to closing day, from club night to performance, and from Tashi Wada with Julia Holter to Bolis Pupul.

Etel Adnan, Felipe Baeza, Anouk De Clercq, Arpaïs Du Bois, Beatrice Gibson, Sky Hopinka, Saodat Ismailova, Alfredo Jaar, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Germaine Kruip, Liliane Lijn, Margaret Salmon, Hyun-Sook Song, Pei-Hsuan Wang, Sophie Whettnall, Mickey Yang.

Artefact Sound
BELLY FLOP (Farida Amadou & Leslie Gutierrez), Bolis Pupul, Brorlab, Clara Levy, GAIKA, Gaëtan Rusquet, Hiele Badenhorst, Hieroglyphic Being, Jente Waerzeggers, Kara-Lis Coverdale & Leuven Alumni Choir, Laura Conant, Lukas De Clerck, ML Buch, Maria W Horn, NAH, Nixie a.k.a. Siren Calls, Oren Ambarchi, Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin, Swans, Tashi Wada with Julia Holter, The Germans, Valentina Magaletti & Theresa Baumgartner.

Films, talks and performance
Malek Rasamny, Matt Peterson, Adam Pendleton, Paul B. Preciado, Gaëtan Rusquet, Angie Madalijns (bricol’art vzw), Stéphane Symons.


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