Out of Sight and Werktank decided to resist the autumn blues and prolong the summer vibes with the collaboration on the next Zomertank 2023: ALL THAT WE HAVE HERE IS ALL THAT WE’VE ALWAYS HAD.
When they excavate the modern day
They’ll find us, The Brand New Ancients.
All that we have here
Is all that we’ve always had.
We have jealousy, tenderness, curses and gifts.
– From “Brand New Ancients” by Kae Tempest
ALL THAT WE HAVE HERE IS ALL THAT WE’VE ALWAYS HAD starts from two architectural landmarks in Kessel-Lo – the old train maintenance hall “Hal 9”, and the social housing complex Koning Albertbuilding. Both sites are residues of important periods in the history of the neighbourhood, empty and awaiting a final decision that will determine their future. They symbolize the inevitable changes that our living environments continuously go through.
This edition of Zomertank is based on the premise that collective memory enables citizens to identify with history, as well as with the tangible and intangible heritage of their city. It plays a defining role for the identity of a city, and enhances cohesion within the community. Moreover, collective memory can contribute to urban planning and reconstruction based on saving and reviving cultural heritage that goes beyond a symbolic representation of the past.
It looks at processes of modernisation that go hand in hand with scientific, technological and social innovations, exploring the link between urbanism, architecture and arts, and the possible social impact that they can have on the way we form communities, live together and then go apart. The notions of centre and periphery are brought to the foreground. Together with the invited artists and partners, we look at how these positions are continuously renegotiated and redefined.
The exhibition ALL THAT WE HAVE HERE IS ALL THAT WE’VE ALWAYS HAD symbolically mirrors invisible and long-term dynamics within the urban landscape, through the work of Py & Verde, Sarah Smolders and Anna Witt. It grows from the 28th of October until the 25th of November, presenting the outcome of participatory projects and site specific performances in the neighbourhood by Corpo Máquina Society, Dina Rončević, Davide Tidoni and Zorka Wollny & Tevin Mulumba.
The exhibition is the starting and end point of a guided walk in Kessel-Lo with architect Koen Stuyven, who grew up in the neighbourhood. After the walk the space becomes a cinema, screening videos and films by Eden Tinto Collins, Jamie Crewe, Ibro Hasanović and Saša Tkačenko, around topics that came to the foreground during the development of the project.
Saturday, October 28th, 2023
15:00 — Start of the reception
Location: Domo, Bondgenotenlaan 169, 3000 Leuven
16:00 — Welcome and official opening of ZOMERTANK 2023, in presence of artists
Domo, Bondgenotenlaan 169, 3000 Leuven
16:30 — Walk from Domo to Casablanca neighbourhood in Kessel-Lo (approx. 20min)
17:00-17:45 — ATTACK-DECAY by Davide Tidoni (durational performance)
Parking lot in front of the Koning Albert Building, Koning Albertplein 4532, Kessel-Lo
ALL THE WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS ARE FREE