Decoratelier Jozef Wouter / Globe Aroma - Underneath Which Rivers Flow
© Illias Teirlinck
Wed. 11.09.2019 - Sat. 14.09.2019
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Decoratelier Jozef Wouters & Globe Aroma

Underneath Which Rivers Flow
Wed 11.09.'19
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Sat 14.09.'19

A place where you can decide to be visible or invisible

One day, a large banner suddenly appears on the facade of the Decoratelier, showing a virtual vision of what the neighbourhood might look like in the future. The studio and its surroundings have been replaced by a large park. That same day, Jozef Wouters met a group of people from Globe Aroma and they decide to dig a hole towards this future park that, right now, is still an old factory. However, in the enormous void an alternative park gradually takes shape. A park where memories and imagination intermingle, a secret garden filled with shadows and a jumble of grey zones. Here they teach each other to build out loud: a form of construction in which there is no difference between speaking, dreaming and building. It seems to be a place where people can decide for themselves whether or not to be visible or invisible, and this in the heart of the city.

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"Underneath Which Rivers Flow is het voorlopige hoogtepunt van Wouters’ diep politieke, ecologische en sociale engagement. Zijn vermogen om ruimtes te transformeren, en daarmee de mensen die ze bevolken, is uitzonderlijk. Zelden zo’n ­radicaal utopische kunst gezien die ongebreidelde fantasie inzet om een werkelijk gevoel van vrijheid en verzet te creëren."

De Standaard

Decoratelier Jozef Wouters worked with Open Arts House Globe Aroma on Underneath Which Rivers Flow for the past year. A group of women and men (builders, poets and dreamers) met weekly in the Decoratelier in Molenbeek. Together, they built stories, a secret garden full of wormholes to unsuspected worlds. 

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Credits

Building poets: Barry Ahmad Talib, Ali Alkrizi, Mimouna Amri, Mbarek Bouallaga, Zohir Boumelha, Sekou Coumbassa, Chantal Gyselinx, Idris Hassan Hardi, George Khuroshvili, Bushra Lamsyeh, Soumaya Mahroug, Shilemeza Prins, Randy Renders, Tahar Sadam, Marie-Ange Sibi, Ifrah Yusuf Magan - artistic direction: Jozef Wouters - artistic collaborator: Jeroen Peeters - dramaturgy: Vladimir Miller  - decoratelier: Menno Vandevelde (technical director), Lukas Geerens, Jan Rymenants, Willem Rys, Koen Schetske, Vic Van den Bossche, Siemen Van Gaubergen, Casper van Overschee - film: Robbrecht Desmet - lighting: Michiel Soete - sound: in collaboration with Vincent Malstaf - production management: Penelope Desloovere, Brecht Theunis, Camille Thiry, Ewoud Vermote - production: Damaged Goods, Globe Aroma - co-production: Kaaitheater, Netwerk Aalst - special thanks to: Saïd Amrawu, Alex Cepile - thanks to: Thomas Collier, Wannes Cré, Philip Delbecque, Pieter Dumoulin, Marlies Jacques, Sirine Jen, Lila John, Sanae Khamlichi, Ferre Marnef, Hana Miletić, Kristof Vande Walle (M – Museum Leuven), Sarah Vanhee, Nathanael Van Hoecke, De Lork vzw, Town Molenbeek, L’Escaut Architectures, WijkAntenne de Quartier

Part of the two-year collaboration between Netwerk Aalst and Jozef Wouters, within the framework of The Unreliable Protagonist-programme (2017-2019). For Netwerk Aalst, this project was managed by Els Silvrants-Barclay.

in French, with Dutch and English surtitles

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