Hasselt/Maastricht - For Real - 28 Utopian Projections in Urban Space05/10/2010
October 1 - 31, 2010
Our contemporary living environment is increasingly permeated with visual stimuli. Film, television, advertising and games present in various media a plethora of fictional, realistic or imaginative-appearing (3D) animations and interactive visual stories. Stories in which existing and fictional realities run into one another. This raises questions about how our perception of the actual reality is influenced by the constant stream of images, in which boundaries between reality and virtuality increasingly blur the artificial and the authentic. To what extent is it still possible to ascribe meaningful definitions to a visual culture in which the distinction between reality and fiction seems to disappear? And what role does public art have in creating meaningful links between physical, imaginary and mental spaces?
For Real - 28 Utopian Projections in Public Space draws on these contemporary developments within our media culture. Between 1 and 31 October, the public spaces of the cities of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Hasselt (Belgium) are displaying a total of twenty-eight various artistic visions of the shifting boundaries between the 'real' and the 'unreal'. The projections, by established national and international artists and new emerging talent, visualize unknown realities, dream worlds, utopias or conversely apocalyptic stories that both amaze and alienate.
Participating artists: Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (NL), Thomas Bürke (DE), Brody Condon (US), Chris Cornish (UK), Erwin Driessens & Maria Verstappen (NL), Pieter Geenen (BE), Stephen Honegger (AU), Harald Hund & Paul Horn (AT), Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer (D/CH), Clare Langan (IE), Michael Najjar (DE), Jan van Nuenen (NL), David O'Reilly (IE), Saskia Olde Wolbers (NL), Jacco Olivier (NL), Hans Op de Beeck (BE), Joris Perdieus (BE), Nicolas Provost (BE), Christine Rebet (FR), Hiraki Sawa (JP), Monica Studer & Christoph van den Berg (CH), Mungo Thomson (US) en Markus Vater (DE).