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Rites of Exchange

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FR - L’ISELP accueille une série d’interventions d’artistes et de curateurs prenant notamment la forme d’une conférence TED, d’une dégustation culinaire, d’une partie de ping-pong, d’une danse ou d’un audioguide. Une volonté de solliciter physiquement, émotionnellement et intellectuellement les spectateurs demeure constante au sein de ces diverses approches performatives, mises en scènes dans les salles de l’ISELP.

Ce programme est la résultante d’une collaboration entre des artistes en résidence à l’HISK – l’Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts (Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten – HISK) et des curateurs issus du programme d’études curatoriales de l’École des arts (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten – KASK), deux institutions académiques gantoises.


EN - Over one afternoon, ISELP plays host to a series of performative lectures by artists and curators, ranging in format from the TED talk to the dance floor demonstration. Other contributions include variations on the ping-pong game, the audioguide and food tasting. Yet across all the performative situations staged in different parts of ISELP, there remains a constant desire to de-passify the spectator and to mobilise her and him physically, emotionally and intellectually.

The programme is the result of a close collaboration between artists in residence at HISK - Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Ghent, and curators on the Curatorial Studies programme at KASK - School of Arts, Ghent. 



Sofia Caesar, Goeun Choi, Lisette de Greeuw, Béatrice Didier, Frédéric Ehlers, Megan-Leigh Heilig, Roel Heremans, Hannah Mevis, Mark Požlep, Marijke De Roover, Lisa Wilkens 


Nathalie Cohen, Romuald Demidenko, Maxime Gourdon, Hélène Jacques, Alicja Melzacka, Benedict Vandaele, Anna Zhironkina

works descriptions

* Asterisks next to titles indicate that the performance is in English. 

13.00 >18.00

Questioning the answer* 

Questioning the answer is a performative conversation between an audience and an art installation. Through mathematical algorithms, de Greeuw tries to question the concept of performative lecture and raises such questions as ‘What makes a lecture performative?’, ‘Does the knowledge exchanged need to be true?’ and ‘Is interaction the most important element of a performative lecture?’

Lisette de Greeuw / Benedict Vandaele (curator) / Anna Zhironkina (curator)

In salad we trust

In salad we trust is a statement about institutions, lectured through gustatory senses. In the form of a food installation, it invites participants to experience new tastes and interpret them according to their preferences.

Hannah Mevis / Anna Zhironkina (curator) 

What is lecture performance? Invitation taken literally

Béatrice Didier’s action will consist in reading and performing, in the context of a day about ‘lecture performances’. Her piece considers the expression physically, asking ‘What happens when a term is

repeated for many hours?’ If, by repeating a word for hours, it begins to lose its meaning and reveals its hollow materiality, what happens to the one uttering it? And for the one listening to it?

Béatrice Didier / Nathalie Cohen (curator) 

The ping-pong talks 

The ping-pong talks is an open dialogue between artists, curators and spectators whilst playing table tennis. The playful format aims to encourage free and spontaneous discussions among participants of various levels of skill and interest, knowledge and training.

Lisa Wilkens / Anna Zhironkina (curator)  

13.15 >14.00

Blueprint for revolution

Lecture performance*

In 2017 I circumnavigated Manhattan Island in a canoe. One of main goals of the performance was to explore human reconciliation through conflicting notions of freedom. Through the physical act of canoeing, I tried to activate ideas of fantasy, discovery, conquest, and survival by confronting the Island’s overwhelming capitalist system.

Mark Požlep / with Gašper Piano 

Zero hour

Zero hour invites audience members to assemble paper structures that stand for parts of a ‘Zero Hour’ working contract template. The four sides of the structures present alternatives to contractual language, speaking of unsaid the elements of such contracts. By re-arranging the order of these sentences, the participants establish tacit agreements and write a text in space.

Sofia Caesar / Alicja Melzacka (curator) 

14.00 >15.00

How far is the South?

The audience is warmly invited to dance and feel free to own and move its body the way it wants. Dance allows for a non-hierarchical relationship, as opposed to a conventional lecture, and a starting point for critical engagement with the body and place-making practices. The artists’ joint playlist will be interrupted by questions or statements by the artists based on some of their encounters in Europe.

Chego Check (aka Goeun Choi) / Megan-Leigh Heilig / Hélène Jacques (curator) 

Why Work?*

Why Work? is based on the idea of contracting an artist to work on site, to perform drawing in real time. The process will be regulated by a contract, which itself will be drawn or rather retraced by the artist during her working period to be then mechanically multiplied and distributed among the visitors. The performance will be followed by a public discussion revolving around such topics as invisible labour, precarity and alternative ways of valuing/financing artistic practice.

Lisa Wilkens / Alicja Melzacka (curator) / Maxime Gourdon (curator)  

15.00 >15.30

Lezing performance: the small strokes of tomorrow will never become whole again

Inspired by the word ‘lecture’, which in French means ‘reading’, this performance invites the visitor to read the self, and engage in a momentary personal reflection – one that asks her or him to imagine and literally read her/his own memory. This reading might trigger a listening, in particular of interior sounds that often go undetected.

Roel Heremans / Nathalie Cohen (curator) 

15.30 >16.30

Dead People Are Liking Things on Facebook*

A performance of scrolling through lists of Facebook friends, discussing their death. Dupuis will talk about how he met them and how they died and what, if anything, he learned from knowing them.

Chris Dupuis / Nathalie Cohen (curator) 


16.30 >17.00

Le courage d'être soi

Frédéric Ehlers / Hannah Mevis (curator)


17.00 >17.30

The Eggcelent Adventures of Marijke De Roover

(a musical TEDx Talk) on non-nuclear parenting*

Surrogacy, egg donation, adoption or co-parenting create or offer a certain hope for gay couples, but it is only a starting point for rainbow couples to raise their children. In her musical TED talk Marijke De Roover deals with questions regarding the nuclear family, feminism/motherhood and ethics of reproduction.

Marijke De Roover / Romuald Demidenko (curator)



Sofia Caesar’s work rearranges the power relations present in structures that act on the body, such as architecture, language, surveillance, or the camera.


Nathalie Cohen is a dancer, film programmer and curator. Her work and research focus on spatial practices, such as contemporary dance and the sonic visionary. 


In his artistic practice Frédéric Ehlers sometimes dances, rarely sings, never paints. He likes to print books, is really bad at remembering names but good at making mayonnaise.


Lisette de Greeuw is an artist working with information, systems and data to build installations that exist between art and science.


Romuald Demidenko works on exhibitions, publications and other formats of artistic distribution. His work often focuses on the intersection between digitisation and real-life events, interweaving public and private realms, mediating individual and collective practices.


Chris Dupuis is a writer and curator based in Brussels. He is one half of the RT Collective, a curatorial team presenting commission-based media arts screenings and exhibitions.


Marijke de Roover, via her mostly performative and video-based work, focuses on the meaning of identities and various aspects of their creation, researching such subjects as grass roots politics and the relation between presidential campaigning and Greek theatre.


Béatrice Didier is a performer and curator, among others of Actus – a programme she founded, now in its fifth edition.


Maxime Gourdon is a writer and curator based in Brussels. Reflecting his background in film practice and theory, his research centres on questions of the image and its technological reproducibility.


Both Megan-Leigh Heilig and Chego Check (aka Goeun Choi) have a performance-based practice, besides video, photography and installation for Megan-Leigh, and drawing and collage for Goeun Choi.

 Retrospection, timing, sound, memory, dematerialisation, reconstruction and disintegration form the basic themes of Roel Heremans’ work.


Hélène Jacques is a writer and curator based in Brussels. Her work, informed by her research in the artist and philosopher Adrian Piper, addresses issues of discrimination and exclusion in the context of a hyper-mediated present.


Alicja Melzacka is a writer, curator and editor based in Maastricht, whose research focuses on the interaction between the urban, the social and the arts, particularly the role of architecture and public art as carriers of memory and identification. 


In her artistic practice, Hannah Mevis is inspired by society, which she likes to observe but not judge. Interpretation is always a key point in her work and she leaves it open to the spectator’s tastes.


Gašper Piano is a composer, musician, sound and video artist active as an independent artist for performative arts, visual arts and acoustic-experimental-electronic music groups.


Moving between the worlds of painting, music, performing, video and installation allows Mark Požlep to make his critical practice uniquely interdisciplinary. All of his explorations can essentially be expressed with the question: what is it that gives us power and motivation for action after the end of the great metanarratives?


As a writer, mediator and curator Benedict Vandaele has worked with numerous institutions, both public and private, on projects that frequently involve curatorial, archival and art historical research.


Lisa Wilkens’ work is based in drawing and the understanding and exploration of images through their production and reproduction.


Anna Zhironkina is a curator, writer and educationalist based in Antwerp. In her curatorial projects she often collaborates with artists, commercial organizations as well as with government agencies.