Playground 2021

M and STUK present:

Fifteenth edition of the arts festival Playground

11.11.2021 - 14.11.2021
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For this fifteenth edition, Playground once again offers a platform to artists who are not bound to one discipline, but work on the interface between stage and visual arts. Playground is a sanctuary for experimentation, where installation, film, architecture, sculpture and choreography merge into continuous installations and live activations. In this programme, the codes of different spaces are challenged.

In M, Alice Van der Wielen-Honinckx focuses on de-stressing: on a slowly rotating platform, three performers investigate what can happen if you stop wanting to do too much. Violaine Lochu tours the museum with a choir in which gender and feeling related are central. For Skinscapes, Nefeli Papadimouli investigates dependency within social and natural structures. Connecting is key. Marijke De Roover and Helen Anna Flanagan explore trauma and collectivity in an installation that will be activated at certain times.

 

M is also hosting a solo exhibition by Alexis Gautier, simultaneously with Playground. The artist invites different people to be protagonists and co-authors of the exhibition's script. During Playground, he will lead several storytelling tours around his exhibition (initially planned in a car, a setting that has changed due to the recent Covid surge), and reveal “Pocket Works” to visitors at moments of his choice, acting as a museum attendant in the M galleries.

 

In the Forum, you can enjoy a film programme compiled by María Inés Rodríguez. In four video works, artists reflect on communities in constant transition. Under the pressure of critical circumstances, they are forced to come up with new forms of solidarity.

A selection from the range

VIOLAINE LOCHU

EDEN/B4

VIOLAINE LOCHU

EDEN/B4

In Eden/B4, research into the choir, gender and the sense of being related are central. Where traditional choral groups divide according to gender and age, Eden/B4 explore the composition of an 'Adelphe' choir. The queer term Adelphe refers to a brotherhood or sisterhood without reference to gender. Four singers go in search of the genderless voice and body in the collection rooms of M.

ALICE VAN DER WIELEN-HONINCKX

CREATURES AT REST

ALICE VAN DER WIELEN-HONINCKX

CREATURES AT REST

On a slowly rotating platform, three performers explore what 'just being there' can mean. This 'being' is, of course, not that simple. Nor is it purely passive. In an intimate and vulnerable quest for rest, daydreaming, and perhaps even sleep, they seek an embodied presence that stems from a paradoxically active intention to 'do nothing'.

MARIJKE DE ROOVER & HELEN ANNA FLANAGAN

AND THEN SHE SAID, “YOU HAVE A FUTURE, BUT IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE YOUR PAST”, 2021

MARIJKE DE ROOVER & HELEN ANNA FLANAGAN

AND THEN SHE SAID, “YOU HAVE A FUTURE, BUT IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE YOUR PAST”, 2021

This collaborative project by Helen Anna Flanagan and Marijke De Roover is a way of deconstructing conventional writing, claiming space and allowing feminist voices to emerge as an ecstatic flow of words.

NEFELI PAPADIMOULI

SKINSCAPES

NEFELI PAPADIMOULI

SKINSCAPES

Nefeli Papadimouli's work explores dependency within social and natural structures. Connecting is key. Papadimouli's installations are inclusive meeting spaces in which she explores how people come together. In M's tower room, Nefeli Papadimouli presents large works in textiles that at a given point are worn by the performers.