Stefanie Klingemann, CYCLE, courtesy the artist.

With performances by: Stefania Crișan, Helena Dietrich, Robin Faymonville, Stefanie Klingemann, Mikail Koçak, ChunYao Lin, Sjors Smit, Isolde Venrooy

Very Contemporary is pleased to present the 2023 edition of its performance festival, entitled PERFORMING LANDSCAPES. This vibrant and dynamic one-day event takes place at IKOB on Saturday, 2nd September 2023 and is co-produced with Greylight Projects, Heerlen.

Institutions from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany present new performance works by international contemporary artists, ranging from interactive walks, interventions in public space, sound and musical performance, spoken word and installation-based works. The festival takes place inside the museum as well as making use of the surrounding areas. The participating artists delve into the distinctiveness of the Euregio-Meuse-Rhine region, with a focus on border politics, post-industrial ruins, and the contradictions inherent in the landscapes that surround us.

For more detailed information on the programme and tickets, please visit the Performing Landscapes website.

Very Contemporary is a network of exhibition venues for contemporary art in the EUREGIO Meuse-Rhine. The cultural exchange between the three countries (Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands) in the middle of Europe is also of particular importance for the art scene. The network has been testing an intensive exchange across the borders for many years. The Very Contemporary venues are: Museum De Domijnen (NL), SCHUNCK (NL), Greylight Projects (NL), IKOB (BE), La Châtaigneraie (BE), Art au Centre Liège (BE), Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster (DE), Leopold-Hoesch-Museum (DE), Ludwig Forum Aachen (DE), NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (DE).

Two of the participating artists, Stefania Crișan and Isolde Venrooy, have been developing new work for the festival during their residency at Greylight Projects between March and May 2023. Following an open call for proposals, the two artists were selected by a jury consisting of Very Contemporary members Guus van Engelshoven (De Domijnen, Sittard), Roy Voragen and Wouter Huis (Greylight Projects) and Brenda Guesnet (IKOB).