Artist Village 2015

During one week (August 10th – 16th) a group of maximum 25 artists until the age of 35 will be given the opportunity to join the Artist Village taking place in Bruges (Belgium) within the context of the Art and Architecture Triennial. Warp Artist Village provides an ideal environment where artists can immerse in a week long open investigation of their work. Participants attend six daily individual conversations with curators, established artists, gallerists, architects, psychoanalists, art critics, … The conversations are held on the basis of your portfolio and focus primarily on content and the contextualisation of it. The atmosphere of being away from routine allows for indepth discussions and a platform for open debate. Even at more advanced stages of ones career, it is important to have mentorship and support in a professional capacity. The range of discussions and feedback can provide you with a whole set of ideas and ways for further developing your practice.

The feedback, discussions and support from professionals are an intense and great combination that push the participants to continuously engage about their art practice. After several editions we have experienced this nomadic community leads to longterm relations between artists, commentators and institutes, creating an autonomous and alternative mental space in the contemporary art scene. Networks no longer stay virtual or ephemeral but become a profound, stimulating relationships.


Triennial of Bruges

The Artist Village takes place during the Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial of Bruges.

The Triennial examines the different aspects of global urbanization together with internationally renowned artists, architects, scientists, curators and the general public. In stark contrast to the relentless dynamic of the never completed megacity stands the timeless, unchangeable character of the old city of Bruges. The Triennial fuses both images in the unique historic centre, resulting in fascinating artistic encounters and confrontations.

Nicolas Grenier (1982, Canada) is one of the participating artists of the Triennial. In 2013 he was one of the participants of the Warp Artist Village at C-mine in Genk (Belgium).

Nicolas: ‘Warp Artist Village was a great experience on many different levels. In just one week I had the chance to meet with a great number of critics, curators, artists, gallerists and other professionals from the art world, in addition to fellow artists participating in the residency. Now, two years after the residency, I’m still in contact with many of the people I met there. The way the residency is organized creates countless opportunities to get precious feedback from a variety of practitioners and theoreticians, and some meetings I had led to actual projects, including my participation in the Bruges Triennale.

The work I will present in the 2015 Bruges Triennale is called “Vertically Integrated Socialism”. It consists of a housing concept that proposes the integration of the entire social pyramid in a single building. The building is an architectural template made to condense the economic, political and social disparity of any contemporary metropolis; it is the residents that choose how they participate in this microcosm, and whether it generates social order and stability, or political unrest and revolution. The project presented in the context of the Bruges Triennale will consist of a large installation that includes an apartment unit, an architectural model of a building embodying the housing concept, and an immersive video that will take visitors to each level of the building.’


Day programme:

breakfast and informal meetings with & visits by artists

• 10.30 am: start individual meetings with professionals (3 sessions of 45 min.)

• 12.30 pm: lunch

• 2.30 pm: individual meetings with professionals (3 sessions of 45 min.)

• 6.30 pm: communal meals (also open to non-participants)

• 8 pm: lectures / concerts / performances

Evening programme:

subscription via email (2 days in advance)
20h: start evening programme
• Tuesday- August 11st
* Lecture by Michel Dewilde
Michel Dewilde curated the Bruges Triennial, together with Till-Holger. He will present the concept of the Triennial.
• Wednesday- August 12nd
*Presentation by Samia Rab Kirchner.
Dr. Samia Rab Kirchner is an architect and educator, serving on the Board of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster and the editorial board of the Journal of Arabian Study (JAS, University of Exeter). She has taught at three universities (American University of Sharjah, University of Hawaii and Georgia Institute of Technology) while pursuing urban design projects in port cities across the world.
• Thursday- August 13th
*Jazz concert: Jan Wagemans and ‘Sweet’ Bibi
They will play and sing standards and own creations inspired by Michel Petrucciani, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett,…
• Friday- August 14th
*Presentation and Film by Fatou Kandé Senghor (Senegal)
Senghor’s film “Giving Birth” (2015) is shown at the 56th Venice Bienniale. This visual story documents the artistic process of sculpting with clay, addresses the African need to cherish and expose its art, touches on the spiritual culture vivid in western Africa, and recounts the hardships and achievements of a universally relatable person who finds solace in passion.
• Saturday August 15th
*Warp Art Party (22h) – Factor Club, Kraanplein 6, Brugge
Participants of previous Portfoliodays en Artists Village will join us.



Roel Arkesteijn (Curator Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands); Ben Benaouisse (Artist, Ghent, Belgium); Ignace Bernolet (Artist / Professor, Belgium); Jessie Brennan (Artist, London, UK); Helen Carey (Director Fire Station Dublin); Eric Croux (Artist & Curator, Hasselt, Belgium); Ellen De Meuter (Artist, Belgium); Sofie Dederen (Director Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium); Indra Devriendt (Art critic, Antwerp, Belgium); Michel Dewilde (Curator Bruges Triennial, Belgium); Hadassah Emmerich (Artist, Netherlands-Belgium); Krisztina Fazekas-Kielbassa (Artist Hungary / Germany); Carine Fol (Director La Centrale Brussels, Belgium); Philippe Grisar (Psychoanalist, Belgium); Eddie Guldolf & Kristof Reulens (Cultural promotors, C-Mine Genk, Belgium); Lieven Jonckheere (Psychoanalist, Belgium); Ramah Kahzam (Art critic, Paris, France); Anita Kaya (Director Im Flieger Vienna, Austria); Marta Kis (Curator Zagreb, Croatia); Martin Kudlek (Galerist Cologne, Germany); Alessandra Laitempergher (Curator Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands); Wesley Meuris (Artist, Antwerp, Belgium); Sofie Muller (Artist, Ghent, Belgium); Stefan Peeters (Artist, Belgium); Jessy Ramah (Artist & Curator Quartair The Hague, Netherlands); Ingrid Rollema (Artist, The Hague, Netherlands); Valeska Schneider (Curator Berlin, Germany); Angela Serino (Curator Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Jao Smet (Architect, Belgium); Nathalia Tsala (director Light Cube Art Gallery, Belgium); Stef Van Bellingen (Director WARP, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium); Lex Van Lith (Director Beeldenstorm Eindhoven, Netherlands); Marc Vandecandelaere (Arthistorian & Art Collector Belgium); Yves Velter (Artist, Oostende, Belgium); Thibaut Verhoeven (Curator SMAK Ghent, Belgium); Felix Villanueva (Art Philospher, Netherlands); Maïte Vissault (Director IKOB Eupen, Belgium); Tomas Wendland (Curator Biennial Poznan, Poland); Brigitte Wilfing (Curator Im Flieger, Vienna, Austria); Laura Wilson (Artist & Curator SLG London, UK); Els Wuyts (Curator, Oostende, Belgium).