Lab.01 Conference and debate

For A Brave New Brussels

23/10/2018, 15:00 - 17:00

MAAT: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Av. Brasília 1300-598

Lisbon, Portugal

To accompany the exhibition For A Brave New Brussels at MAAT’s Main Gallery, Brussels-based artists, scientists, scholars, curators and policymakers come together and discuss the role that art can play in the creation of our future cities. What new approaches to art in the public realm are being explored and what effect are they having on our cities? In this conference diverse Brussels-based experts from various fields and artists will explore the possibilities for greater collaboration between the arts and non-artistic stakeholders leading to development of more inspiring, original and human-centred cities.

Speakers: Els Vermang (BE, Artist), Katrien Mondt (BE, Director General Innoviris), Jan De Cock (BE, Artist), Frank Raes (BE, Climatologist), David Surprenant (BE, Interactive Developer), Christophe De Jaeger (BE, Director Gluon / Coordinator BOZAR Lab)

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Introduction by Paul Dujardin
Paul Dujardin (BE) is CEO and artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels since 2002. Under his direction the Centre has turned into an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary arts center, offering a wide range of events, from concerts, to exhibitions, cinema, literature, theatre, dance performances or debates and workshops for its audiences. The Centre for Fine Arts stands not only for the classical ‘fine’ arts and the esthetical and socio-cultural aspects of art; through the new department for Art & Research and the BOZAR LAB programme it also focusses upon the larger context of art, science and technology collaborations and their spill over potential for other fields, from town planning to social innovation, media, education or ICTs. This results in many debates and exhibitions on the still complicated relationships between art, science and technology.

3:15 -3:45 pm: Keynote by Els Vermang
Els Vermang (BE) is part of the artist trio LAb[au] with Manuel Abendroth and Jérôme Decock. They question contemporary aesthetics and semiotics, though an algorithmic and conceptual thinking while bringing into play geometry, color, light and motion. Together with Manuel Abendroth Els Vermang curates Société, an exhibition space in Molenbeek (BE) establishing a dialogue between algorithmic and conceptual art. In her talk she will present past and upcoming artistic realizations for the built environment.

3:45 – 4:00 pm : Break

4:00 – 4:15 pm: Keynote by Katrien Mondt
Katrien Mondt (BE) is General Director of Innoviris, the Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation. The mission of Innoviris is to support and stimulate research, development and innovation in and for Brussels through the funding of innovative projects by companies, research organisations and the non-commercial sector. In this keynote, Katrien Mondt will highlight the necessity for municipalities to respond to today’s urban challenges by supporting collaborations between architects, entrepreneurs, artist and creative thinkers.

4:15 – 4:45 pm: Panel discussion on the collaborative project Resistance Transistor
With Jan De Cock (Artist), Frank Raes (climatologist) and David Surprenant (interactive developer). Moderation by Christophe De Jaeger (Director Gluon/ Coordinator BOZAR Lab)

Within the framework of the Scientist in Residence Programme, artist Jan de Cock (BE) has invited climatologist Frank Raes (BE) and interactive developer David Surprenant (CA) to his studio for a new collaboration. Currently at the stage of prototype, Resistance Transistor, aims at raising awareness on climate change while fostering a feeling of empathy towards nature. In this presentation Jan De Cock, Frank Raes and David Surprenant will present the project and delve into their collaborative process.

4:45 – 5:00 pm: Keynote by Eurico Neves
Eurico Neves is CEO of INOVA+ Innovation Services, a leading player in Innovation in Europe, partner of the project VERTIGO (STARTS Residences) and coordinator of STARTS Ecosystem project that will start next year to support the STARTS community. In his presentation he will introduce the concept of STARTS (Science, Technology and the Arts) and why is an artistic vision important for Europe’s competitiveness, innovation and research. Also, what is expected from and what can artists provide within innovation projects, how they can influence research by providing insights from the market and audience reaction to innovation, and the role of the STARTS Residences and STARTS Ecosystem projects in this dialectic.



Date: Tuesday 23 October, 3 – 5 pm

Venue: MAAT I  Av. Brasília, Central Tejo, Belém 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal

Location: Main Gallery

Tickets & Reservation: Free upon reservation – Please confirm your attendance before 19 October to