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.