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Resonating with the theme of the exhi­bi­tion, Tina Gillen, Christophe Gallois and a group of stu­dents and young artists are con­duct­ing a long-term research project at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Entitled Forms of Life, it takes shape, among oth­ers, as a month­ly sem­i­nar at the Academy and a work­shop in Venice at the start of September 2022. Initiated in 2021, Forms of Life will cul­mi­nate in an project at Mudam in the sum­mer of 2023, as part of the Mudam Summer Projects organ­ised by the museum’s pub­lic out­reach service.

M Marques Labrassee 2017

Manuela Marques, La brassée, 2017, Baryta print, 6598 cm, Courtesy galerie anne bar­rault, Paris

Dwelling in the world (…) is tan­ta­mount to the ongo­ing, tem­po­ral inter­weav­ing of our lives with one anoth­er and with the con­stituents of our envi­ron­ment.
Tim Ingold, On Weaving a Basket”

Forms of Life explores the mul­ti­ple res­o­nances of a ques­tion ani­mat­ing all fields of con­tem­po­rary cre­ation, thought, and soci­ety: that of our rela­tion to oth­er forms of life, and the ways in which we inhab­it the world. Our aim is to ques­tion the links that weave togeth­er the work of art and the world; images and the liv­ing; the forms that sur­round us and those we cre­ate – in oth­er words, the fab­ric of life itself. The dri­ving force of this project will be an explo­ration of the var­i­ous mean­ings and trans­dis­ci­pli­nary char­ac­ter of what we define as forms of life” in the field of visu­al arts.

Forms of Life will unfold over the course of two years as a month­ly sem­i­nar cre­at­ed as a time for exchange, reflec­tion, read­ing, prac­tice and encoun­ters with inter­na­tion­al artists and thinkers from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines. Several high­lights will punc­tu­ate the project’s devel­op­ment, includ­ing a work­shop in Venice dur­ing the sum­mer of 2022 that will con­sid­er the city and its lagoon as a ter­ri­to­ry for reflec­tion and artis­tic experimentation.

Forms of Life

Research project 2021–2023

Forms of Life is realised in part­ner­ship with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

More info on the Academy Website More info about the work­shop in Venice