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Studio Stadswaag #5: Feeling Things Together – A Synthetic Adventure
Book launch / lecture / dialogue by Expanding Academy
Wednesday 22 March, 19:30
The Expanding Academy publication Feeling Things Together is an invitation to participate in the (almost) eternally ongoing research and dialogue that seeks to discover how we can create beauty and do good.
According to its initiators, the goal of the Expanding Academy programme is “to imagine and re-imagine novel relationships between things and people that were previously unrelated, and thereby produce new realities”. But when imagining, designing and realizing new realities, how do we make sure to establish harmonious relations between our given contexts, cultures, perspectives, planetary boundaries, and so on?
The publication Feeling Things Together will be presented in the context of Studio Stadswaag, to fuel the ongoing participatory process for the art integration on the Stadswaag Square.
Feeling Things Together is a synthesis of the experiences of Maarten Desmet’s office Endeavour, his research into Bhutan’s ‘Gross National Happiness’, the process-relational thought of Alfred North Whitehead, and the work of the 15th century Tibetan architect, philosopher and iron-chain bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo. Feeling Things Together is a synthetic adventure featuring Upasana Dahal, Maarten Desmet, Ronny Desmet, Nico Dockx, Gilly Karjevsky, David Price, Alejandra Sarria, Pelin Tan, Wouter Van der Hallen, Judith Wielander, and Louwrien Wijers, and is published within the Expanding Academy Publication Series edited by Nico Dockx and Judith Wielander at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Studio Stadswaag is a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Stadsform.
It is a co-creative process in which artists and (former) students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, together and in dialogue with the neighborhood of the Stadswaag (a square located on the North of the Academy Campus) and its residents, examine what the stratification of the Stadswaag consists of today, what is in the balance, and how we can create harmonious connections and new realities through art in the public space.
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Studio Stadswaag is a collaboration between the District of Antwerp, the Flemish Community, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Stadsform vzw, and the University of Antwerp - Faculty of Design Sciences.
(Graphic identity Studio Stadswaag by Ines Cox, Bas Rogiers and Maren Rommerskirchen)