Can fringes still exist within the art world?

Wednesday, 1 July

Can fringes still exist within the art world?

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A debate in context of the exhibition WGDD

Artist and WGDD initiator Karl Philips will give a short introduction, in which he will talk about his Luna park ‘Jacky Sport’, which he uses as a studio and a platform for his work. The former location of the Luna park has been disbanded, therefore he now has to look for a new place. This urgent situation is the immediate cause for a debate about the possibilities of living and working in the fringe.

History has taught us that the friction between society and art has always been a breeding ground and motivation for the arts. But does the city still offer this friction to the artist? When the entire city is taken over by Starbucks, Zara and H&M, what is left for the ‘outcast’ artist? The market system is so interconnected with the art world that every artistic intervention is in danger of extinction. For example, MTV and Redbull are located at the NDSM area, while cultural initiatives like ADM are threatened to be shut down.

Can fringes still exist within the art world? Or should we prepare ourselves for the exodus of the arts to the periphery, the deserted industrial areas of Genk and North Rhine-Westphalia?

Bart Stuart, artist and activist, co-founder of Buro Spelen, will open and moderate the debate.


Doors open: 19.00
Debate starts: 19.30


Entrance: pay-what-you-will


WGDD is on show until the 5th of July, daily from 12.00 -18.00. For more information:

Date & Time: 

Wednesday, 1 July, 2015 - 19:00 to 23:00


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