WIRED FOR EMPATHY

Recent developments in biology and neurosciences agree: We, as human beings, are exceptionally well equipped to walk through life as empathic beings. Yet, increasingly it is said we find ourselves in an empathy crisis; a widespread lack of empathy in our society.

Through the artworks of sixteen artists, Wired for Empathy explores the contemporary role and meaning of empathy: How can we understand empathy today? Who asks empathy from whom and what does that say about contemporary power relations? Which evolutions within society strengthen or undermine our capacity for empathy? How can we relearn/train empathetic strategies and behaviors? And, is the concept of empathy limited to human relations, or can we expand the notion to involve relations to other living creatures?

The artists and their works in this exhibition address and challenge you to understand the other’s perspective and share their emotions. Deploying different artistic strategies; from language and visuals to the creation of participatory or immersive situations, they, in their own way, speak about care, action for kindness, and the mending of the social fabric.

With work by Anouk De Clercq, Khaled Barakeh, Helen Cammock, Tom Callemin, Daria Martin, Claudia Fontes, Charline Tyberghein, Ben Thorp Brown, Eva Kot’átková, Elliott Erwitt, Anagram, Suzanne Lacy, Alexandra Leyre Mein, Francesca Grilli, Ugo Rondinone and Peter Aers.


Wired for Empathy was conceived and can be understood as the second leg of the exhibition Alone Together, which in February 2020 explored ideas of solitude and togetherness.

OPENING HOURS

10 JUNE
opening expo 19:00 - 23:00


11 JUNE - 27 JUNE
We - Sa 14:00 → 22:00
Su - Tu 14:00 → 19:00


Expo visits are free of charge, but ticket reservation is required. Reservations start May 25.


Would you prefer to follow one of our (free) guided tours? Please make a reservation via the Guided Tours page - reservations start May 25.

Works in the expo