#94: No objections? Just do it.|#36: We support production separately.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#26: More artists, less borders.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#61: No all male install teams.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#4: Pay what you can.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#40: Follow the artist|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#120: The new type of art institute cannot merely be an art museum as it has been until now, but no museum at all. The new type will be more like a power station, a producer of new energy.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#119: Be a space of production.|#28: Make Contracts.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#111: Do it together.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#124: Do less, do it better.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#34: We pay artists.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#54: What about disabled artists?|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#36: We support production separately.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#26: More artists, less borders.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#61: No all male install teams.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#4: Pay what you can.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#40: Follow the artist|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#120: The new type of art institute cannot merely be an art museum as it has been until now, but no museum at all. The new type will be more like a power station, a producer of new energy.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#119: Be a space of production.|#28: Make Contracts.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#111: Do it together.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#124: Do less, do it better.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#34: We pay artists.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#54: What about disabled artists?|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|
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Opening: 25.09.2020 – 20:00

25.09—25.10.2020

Exhibition

croxhapox presents:
THIR(S)TY THIR(S)TY #1 - Looking at the letter A

THIR(S)TY THIR(S)TY #1: Looking at the letter A
25.09.20 — 25.10.20
Sat & Sun 11:00 — 18:00

30 YEARS CROXHAPOX GENT

Art centre croxhapox celebrates its 30th birthday with thir(s)ty thir(s)ty. Looking back, croxhapox is looking ahead to develop new future perspectives. For thir(s)ty thir(s)ty, 5 artists that have a history with a croxhapox are invited as guest curator to develop a presentation project, making their own selection of participating artists. Croxhapox works with 5 different partners to host these projects. The first exhibition in this series is curated by Lore Smolders and will take place in the Old House at Kunsthal Gent.

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Looking at the letter A
croxhapox invites Lore Smolders invites Eleanor Ivory Weber, Laure Prouvost, Leendert van Accoleyen, Lieselotte vloeberghs, Maarten De Vrieze, Mekhitar Garabedian, Sjoerd van Leeuwen

“I invited 7 other artists for ‘Looking at the letter A’, based on my affinity with their artistic language and way of thinking. Our encounters prompted me to look at the origins and principles of writing. Looking at the letter A refers to A as the ‘adelaar’ (eagle) of Egyptian hieroglyphs, the tension between letter and sign, pictographic systems, deciphering an unknown language. Looking at the Letter A is inspired by Broodthaers’ endless alphabet game, adopting the eagle as an absolute symbol.

To me, in these practices drawing becomes cryptic writing and vice versa; writing as a sign, writing as a political act, the sign as poetical commentary, repeating words as a mantric gesture, learning a language, imitating, scratching as a didactical performance, erasing as rewriting, symbols, sometimes universal, sometimes incomprehensible.

These works will be brought together in an exhibition in the ‘Oud Huis’ at Kunsthal Gent, a space that preserves a 15th century fresco, thus merging historical and contemporary layers.

Lore Smolders

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Opening weekend
25 September, 20:00 – 23:00
26 & 27 September, 11:00 — 18:00

Performances

25 September - Sjoerd van Leeuwen
25 October, 15:00 & 16:00 - Eleanor Ivory Weber

Every Sunday
– guided tour through the exhibition

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croxhapox presents:
THIR(S)TY THIR(S)TY #1 - Looking at the letter A

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