Lecture: Chris Keulemans: The city as a podium for the artist’s imagination
Lecture by Chris Keulemans at U staat hier (you are here), an ArtEZ studium generale event on 10 November 2016 in Zwolle.
They look more and more comfortable, the cities in the Netherlands. More and more polished and organized, to such an extent that the human work that has gone into building up a real city, becomes invisible. As does the complex interplay between money, power, government and legislation.
While, actually, to really be at home in a city, you should understand how it works, especially behind the scenes. At home, meaning a place that you are allowed to style as you please, restyle and reinvent.
Artists like doing that. They like displaying their work in the city. Funny work, controversial work, imaginative work. To demonstrate that the city does not have to be as it is presented. That you don’t have to take it for granted. Chris Keulemans will make a short tour past artists who unsettle the city with their work, open it up, take control of it, make it human. Artists such as Benjamin Verdonck, Laser 3.14 and Nathan Coley.
Art, the city and the future
one day festival10 Nov '16