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image from Pride and Concrete Documentary, Petrut and Ioana Calinescu

image from movie Housewarming by Effi and Amir

Program

 
Welcome!

From friday the 27th of July until Sunday 30th of September

Open during 65 days, every day, for everyone !

 

There is a fridge, a cooking plate, WiFi, plugs and chairs. Please come and make yourself comfortable.

 

Happy hours: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., from monday until friday.

Friday 27th of July, 17h30 – 21h
OPENING

Please feel most welcome to celebrate the installation of “The Mobile Unit” and the beginning of this 65 days residency in Borgloon.

With free drinks and nice music, we invite you to join us and help us imagine how to live in this seasonal home.

During 65 days, House for Seasonal Neighbours - The Mobile Unit will descend upon the Aldi parking of Borgloon. It will stay over the maximum period ascribed by Belgian law for seasonal workers in agriculture. This public house for private time will be parked in a field bordering the supermarket and serve as a place for refuge and otherness, open for everything except work. On various moments, the house will nestle itself in between the cars, mini-vans, and buses of shopping. It will be a place for gathering amongst seasonal neighbours, for coffee meetings, for taking selfies and ultimately for an open conversation about the changing living conditions in the rural region of Hesbaye today.


Two regional archetypes, the row house and the container house, are rescaled, skewed and overlapped to form a familiar but simultaneously alienated hybrid. The resulting Mobile Unit will be dropped as a temporary guest into the existing urban fabric or become a strange comical fragment in the generic parking environment, to serve as a symbol for a hybrid social living environment in which notions of home and hospitality are being questioned and operates simultaneously as generator and archive for discussion.

Saturday 25th of August, 16h30 - ...
SEASONAL NEIGHBOURS NIGHT

 

An afternoon of screening of films and artist projects dealing with labour migration. Everyone is invited to gather around the screen, and later around the dining table near the Mobile Unit.

 

16:30 Screening of “Pride and Concrete”, photographic documentary by Petrut and Ioana Calinescu

Language: Romanian, subtitles in English

 

One in six Romanians lives and works abroad. Most of the migrants come from rural areas and the money sent back home has irreversibly transformed their native villages. Unlike in the city, where economic competition is a more subtle affair, in the villages changes are highly visible and the main street acts as an open stage for ostentatious display. Pride and Concrete is a project about the recent transformations occurring in rural communities, especially around Tara Oasului and Maramures in Northern Transylvania, following decades of migration abroad for work.

 

Petrut Călinescu is a freelance photographer that has travelled the world and has been working for all main journals of Romania. Recently he chose to focus on issues closer to his home, where he can understand better the cultural context and is able to spend time with the people he photographs. Ioana Călinescu is a trained etnographer that has accompanied Petruț in almost all of his documentation trips and is responsible for the editorial part of the project.

17:15 Screening of “Housewarming”, artist movie by Effi and Amir + aftertalk with the artists

Language: Albanian, subtitles in English

Housewarming is a proposition of an inverse immigration, from a place perceived as abundant to one seen as lacking. A movement from the full to the empty, from excess to need. Borrowing the language of tales, it evolves around these and other oppositional terms - inside/outside, host/guest - that shift positions and meanings throughout the work.

 

The film is shot in half-built abandoned private houses in ex-communist Albania. The artists, a contemporary version of Goldilocks from the tale of the Three bears, invade the houses and occupy their emptiness and 3 missing furniture: chair, table, bed, while the local community comments in song and speech on the new arrivals and their enterprise.

 

Effi & Amir are visual artists who live and works together since 1999. Studied at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Their work is not confined to a specific discipline but often involves video, performance and participatory elements. In their work they are interested in collective or symbolic identities and the way they are constructed. Apart from their own artistic projects, they collaborate with other artists as editors, cameramen and effects designers. They facilitate video workshops worldwide, destined to diverse audiences

 

18:00 Seasonal Neighbours Barbecue, with fresh vegetables from Braakland

The evening closes with a barbecue where all gather around meal and get the change to discuss, chit-chat, celebrate.

Vegetables are delivered by the gardeners from Braakland. Braakland is a biological community garden, with vegetables and fruit, run by some youngsters of ‘t Biejke.

20u DJ-set by 2 Wicky Deejays

2 wicky deejays met each other under the sunny rainbow of 2003. Ever since dueling with jazz & afro, dub & brass, balkan & other spices... they dance the world around your ears in 80 tastes.  Besides a well kept secret within a circuit of wild private party's the 2 wicky's spinned the first quarter of the 21° century in the periphery of such legendary events as the Cactus Festival (Bruges), the Zomerfeest (Bocholt), MaanRock (Mechelen), Pukkelpop (Hasselt) and Midzomernacht (Zelem) as well as party's after concerts by Balkan Beat Box in Muziekodroom (Hasselt), Jaune Toujours in AB (Brussels) and Ne T' En Fais Pas in diverse clubs (Berlin). Their colorful beat juggling at opening party's at Z33 (Hasselt) and De Nieuwe Zaal (Hasselt) is legendary too.

Thursday 20th of September 
WORK, EUROPE AND STRAWBERRIES

20h: An open conversation on seasonal labour

with invited guests, curated and moderated by Dieter Leyssen

Saturday 29th of September
GREETINGS FROM BELGIUM
 
16h - 19h : a cosy afternoon as closing event

 

After 65 days of work, most seasonal workers return to their home country. In the same way the Mobile Unit will leave its base. We will close its doors with an intimate gathering of participants and invitees.

image from Pride and Concrete Documentary, Petrut and Ioana Calinescu