SuperBodies, 3rd Triennial for Contemporary Art, Fashion & Design, Hasselt

SuperBodies, 3rd Triennial for Contemporary Art, Fashion & Design, Hasselt

Triennial for Contemporary Art, Fashion & Design, Hasselt

Anna-Nicole Ziesche, Childhood Storage, 2009.
© the artist.
January 13, 2012

4 February–27 May 2012*

SuperBodies‘ is the third edition of the triennial for contemporary art, fashion and design organised by the city of Hasselt. The first edition was simply called ‘Super!’ Starting with the second edition, a specific theme was chosen for each edition. In 2009 that theme was ‘stories’. Hence the title ‘SuperStories’. For 2012, the chosen theme is the human body. So this edition is called ‘SuperBodies’. Curator for this edition is Pieter T’Jonck.

However, in spite of its name, ‘SuperBodies’ is not an exhibition about super-bodies and super-people. On the contrary, it is actually about just regular bodies. Because even though bodies are not all that extraordinary or perfect, they do wonderful things—they are, in fact, wonderful machines.

‘SuperBodies’ explores thus the fascination of many artists and designers for the way in which our body secretly moulds and shapes our experiences. The exhibition presents the body in all of its often half-conscious operations. A large, interactive ensemble of works from visual artists, choreographers and (fashion-) designers makes us see and feel the body as the source of our thoughts and emotions. Upcoming and internationally established artists and designers operate on the boundaries between disciplines to unravel the mysteries of the body. Of course, not only are fashion, design and contemporary art all present in ‘SuperBodies’. There are also choreographers present in the exhibition, in some places with physical works of art and in others with performances.

The whole of the city of Hasselt will qualify as a stage, but the main focus will be on larger venues such as the Cultural Center, the house for contemporary art Z33, the Fashion Museum, CIAP and the city museum Het Stadsmus.

Who’s is Pieter T’Jonck
Curator Pieter T’Jonck is an engineer-architect. He has had his own firm since 1986. Furthermore, he is one of Belgium’s most important dance critics. He has been a contributor to innumerable domestic and international newspapers, magazines and radio. He has also worked on various books about theatre, dance, architecture, urban development and the visual arts.

Vincen Beeckman (1973, BE), Sylvia Bossu (1962-1995, FR), Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010, FR), Trisha Brown (1936, US), Fernando & Humberto Campana (1953 & 1961, BR), Boris Charmatz (1973, FR), Lygia Clark (1920-1988, BR), Contredanse (Baptiste Andrien & Florence Corin) (BE), Christophe Coppens (1969, BE), Theo Cowley (1976, GB), Christoph De Boeck (1972, BE), Deufert & Plischke (1973 & 1971, DE), Ivo Dimchev (1967, BU), Angelo Figus (1975, IT), Naomi Filmer (1969, GB), William Forsythe (1949, US), Lisbeth Gruwez (1977, BE), Ann Veronica Janssens (1956, BE), Eric Joris (1954, BE) + CREW, Hannah Joris (1984, BE), Rei Kawakubo (1942, JP), Kaisu Koski (1975, FI), Ginna Lee (1982, KR), Bernhard Leitner (1938, AT), Jorge León (1967, BE), Lemm&Barkey (ID & BE), Bernd Lohaus (1940-2010, DE), Lawrence Malstaf (1972, BE), Martin Margiela (1957, BE), Linda Molenaar (1972, NL), Jean-Luc Moulène (1955, FR), Matt Mullican (1953, US), Ernesto Neto (1964, BR), Anna Opperman (1940-1993, FR), Steve Paxton (1939, US), Gaetano Pesce (1939, IT), Piero Gatti (1940, IT), Cesare Paolini (1937, IT) & Franco Teodoro (1939, IT), Michelangelo Pistoletto (1933, IT), Gio Ponti (1891-1979, IT), Janneke Raaphorst (NL), Liesje Reyskens (1984, BE), Martin Riches (1941, UK), Kiki Smith (1954, US), Erwin Stache (1960, DE), Meg Stuart (1965, US), Studio 65 (1965, IT), Superamas (1999, AT/BE/FR), Ilke Theeuwes (1986, BE), Marloeke van der Vlugt (1971, NL), Danny Venlet (1958, AU), Junya Watanabe (1961, JP), Franz West (1947, AT), Yang Zhenzhong (1968, CN), Anna-Nicole Ziesche (1972, DE), Zhang Huan (1965, CN)

Practical information

free entrance
04/02/2012 – 27/05/2012* – from Tuesday through Sunday
* The exhibition in Z33 and CIAP run to 13/05/2012

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