Intro

For its sixteenth edition, Playground is once again offering a platform to artists who are not bound to one discipline but work at the interface between stage and visual arts. Playground is a sanctuary for experimentation and a place where installation, film, architecture, sculpture and choreography merge into continuous installations and live activations. The programme challenges the codes assigned to different spaces.

More and more artists are breaking down the walls that traditionally separate the disciplines. They combine elements from installation, text, film, sculpture, architecture and choreography and often do this as part of live performances that challenge us. They create new images that reflect on art, the world and the mediatisation of life.

At Playground’s sixteenth edition from 17 to 20 November you can see, amongst others, 'Glowachrome Garden', a performance by Evelien Cammaert that will have its premiere at M, and lie down with headphones on a carpet by Ana Torfs, for an extraordinary experience. Ruta Butkute brings sculptures in motion, La Ribot and her company focus on endless transformation on a human scale, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust explores how costumes prompt us to dance. In short: an extensive programme of live performances, installations that are activated at specific times, film screenings and master classes.

Playground is a collaboration between M and STUK. This sixteenth edition is special as STUK Arts Centre is currently being renovated and to this event will take place almost entirely at M. That is why the museum presents a more extensive programme that continues also in the evening and with additional support from STUK. On Saturday, STUK presents the 'Venus Parade' by the French artist duo Clédat & Petitpierre, a parade in public space that starts and ends at M.

Artists: Clédat & Petitpierre, Ruta Butkute, Esther Kläs & Gustavo Gomes, Ana Torfs, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, La Ribot, Johanna Billing, Evelien Cammaert, Hedwig Houben, Peter Morrens, Eric Minh Cuong Castaing

Curators: Eva Wittocx, Lore Boon, Steven Vandervelden