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, the museum of contemporary art in Eupen, Belgium on Saturday, 2nd September 2023 and is co-produced with Greylight Projects, platform for art and culture, Heerlen, The Netherlands.

Institutions from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany will 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 will take place inside the museum as well as making use of the surrounding areas. The participating artists will 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.

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).

Brenda Guesnet & Wouter Huis

Graphic design & code
Éloïse Alliguié

Supported by
Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
RKP (Regionales Kulturprogramm NRW)
Provincie Limburg