Time is a Book (is Time)
21 - 25 October 2019
Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten - Mutsaardstraat 31 - 2000 Antwerpen
Symposium to create an active, unifying artist movement for reflection, action and dialogue in an imperative response to the ecological and socio-economic challenges of our time
In 2009, Els Dietvorst and Dirk Braeckman curated what would turn out to be the last edition of the Ghent-based Time festival. Instead of a festival, they launched a platform for artistic research and discourse in the form of a publication. The result was a reference work, titled Time is a Book, in which over fifty international artist participated. Each of them had been invited to reflect on their role in society and exteriorise their engagement and concerns about the (art)world in the form of a contributing text or image. Among the participating artists, writers, film- and theatre-makers were John Berger, Mekhitar Garabadian, Suchan Kinoshita, Lawrence Weiner, Boris Charmatz, Chantal Ackerman and Wang Bing.
Now, a decade later, Els Dietvorst and Dirk Braeckman are resuming their original platform. Taken aback by how the (art)world has further developed, they call for a revaluation of Time is a Book in an imperative response to the ecological and socio-economic challenges of our time. More than a book, a reference work locked in time, they aim to give their initial project the anticipated afterlife of an active, unifying artist movement that reaches beyond the borders of their artistic practice. What they aim to create is a lasting, dynamic den, a ceaseless basis to further negotiate art’s leading ‘role’ and significance in our society, not from the sideline of the theatre, where it may stand aloof and observant, but from the very centre of our society.
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