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Spring 2021

What happens when the arts step out of the realm of aesthetics? Our dealings with art, whether in repertoire or creation, sometimes expose societal privileges and injustices. The artists themselves know this, and all too often they are forced to occupy the harsh no man's land between voluntary recalcitrance and involuntary precarity.

What about the relationship between art and political revolution? More questions, and even a few answers, can be found in the new Spring issue of FORUM+.

Lynne Cohen - Untitled (Space Invader), Courtesy In Situ Fabienne Leclerc


On the margins: caring for the arts

Zeynep Kubat

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Learning from precarity. How a perfect storm of crisis, precarity and imagination might be able to cultivate and nurture fundamental, and much needed change in the arts.

Louise Vanhee

Triggered by the course ‘The Arts in Times of the Corona Crisis’, Louise Vanhee started exploring the cultural difference between Belgium and The Netherlands in their appreciation of and support for …

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Between two revolutions. Early nineteenth-century keyboard methods as an artistic playground.

Jeroen Malaise

Using keyboard methods from the first part of the nineteenth century, Jeroen Malaise’s academic research, titled Les doigts acrobatiques , la fantaisie libérée , focuses on the era’s keyboard …

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Caring for fugitive imaginations. Co-elaborating with the poetics of care of former youth centre Rzoezie

Robin Vanbesien

In this essay, Robin Vanbesien reflects on his artistic approach of ‘co-elaboration’ with regard to the social imagination of the former youth centre Rzoezie (1978-2006) in Mechelen. As he explains, …

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Artistic contribution

Liminal minds

Goda Palekaité

In my project Liminal minds , I invite the viewer to encounter controversial and marginalized historical figures in their transgressive states of mind. I see them as futurists from the past who were …

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Reflections on unisono. The politics of uniformity in contemporary dance

Tuur Marinus

In his article, Tuur Marinus delves into the various manifestations of unisono in dance. Affirmative or reflexive, kaleidoscopic or activist: unisono performances turn out to come in many guises, but …

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Laboratory. The legacy of Lynne Cohen

Bert Danckaert

This essay analyses the work of one of the most controversial photographic artists of the last decades, and reflects on Depth on the Surface , an exhibition at FOMU (the Antwerp museum of …

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Primary musical formalism. Arriving at an honest appreciation of musical form through experience

Suzanne Roes

Musical formalism, or the idea that the beauty or meaning of music lies in its form, has taken quite a beating in philosophical debates. We find it too intellectual and too far removed from the …

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Words, spoken during the doctorate by Lucas Vandervost

Rebekka De Wit

Lucas Vandervost, actor, director, teacher and co-founder of theatre company De Tijd, defended his doctorate in the arts on 8 December 2019. (The day, by the way, did not sound like a defence. There …

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‘Here’s looking at you…’

Matthias Heyman

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Between the written word and the stage

Kristof Van Baarle

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‘Saying something differently’

Luc Vertommen

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