THIS RARE EARTH - STORIES FROM BELOW

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THIS RARE EARTH - STORIES FROM BELOW

On February 13, 2018 STUK will be taken over by the Artefact expo and festival. Once again, we went on a quest for contemporary art practices that allow us to explore, experience and understand an urgent societal topic in a poetic, critical or investigative way. In parallel with a heightened geological awareness, we chose to direct our gaze down to our feet, to the geological materials that lie beneath the earth’s surface.

In Artefact 2018, the connections between man, earth and geological materials take centre stage. Under the title This Rare Earth - Stories from Below, the exhibition and festival will give voice to the stories told by geological materials, conflict minerals and -metals, and rare earth elements. The artworks involved focus on the political, economic and ecological implications of their circulation; from mining, processing, and trading, to use, and recycling. They allow us to question what our relation is or can be as humans vis-a-vis these materials.

Specific attention goes out to artist practices going beyond critical reporting, towards an embedded, involved way of relating to the geological turn. They shed light on otherwise invisible themes, create new narratives, or offer alternative concepts that can help us in creating a different understanding of or perspective on the global, political, economic and ecological tales of extraction and trade.


With works by a.o.:
Jimmie Durham, Julian Charrière, Otobong Nkanga (tbc), Justin Bennett, Prabhakar Pachpute & Rupali Patil, Cecilia Jonsson, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Liam Young & Kate Davies, Toby Smith, Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Susanne Kriemann, Füsun Turetken (tbc), Milo Rau, Lara Almarcegui,...


Curators:
Karen Verschooren (STUK) & Ils Huygens (Z33)

Artefact is an initiative of the Province Vlaams-Brabant i.c.w. Stad Leuven, and is supported by KU Leuven in the context of the policy guideline ‘art and science’.


FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING

Also this year, an exciting program of lectures, performances, workshops and a conference complete the festival programing of This Rare Earth - Stories from Below.  

On Monday February 19th, Prof. Koen Binnemans is giving a lecture on critical metals and their importance in the transitioning towards a low carbon economy. The lecture will be in dutch, and takes place in the context of Lessen voor de XXIste eeuw

On Wednesday February 21st, STUK organizes together with SIM² KU Leuven, i-Cleantech Vlaanderen, EIT RawMaterials, and KU Leuven Kunst & Wetenschap a conference titled: Transitioning to a low-carbon economy. The social license to operate for mining and recycling of critical metals. An initiative of Province Vlaams-Brabant.

More info soon!