Beaufort Beyond Borders Triennial 2015
The 5th edition of Beaufort entitled ‘Beyond Borders’ continues to build upon its tradition of art in the public space, but also makes a firm choice for change and innovation.
The concept of the triennial on the Belgian coast had remained unchanged since the first edition in 2003. After 12 years, however, the world has changed profoundly and artists and the public view the world very differently. 'Beyond Borders' is an invitation to think outside of the box and explore other zones. Can we go beyond the boundaries of the art world at all?
The 5th edition of Beaufort aims to create an environment that raises questions and invites people to formulate questions. How can we make the world readable again? What do we need, what do we long for? The exhibition 'Beyond Borders' can be perceived as a communal space where we can learn about the ambition, involvement, responsibility and allure of an artwork, poem, film, performance and piece of music. Improvisation, self-organising systems and participation: these 3 concepts are a starting point to introduce the 5th edition of Beaufort and to provide the exhibition with a context. 'Beyond Borders' opts for a complete project along the coast, whereby a solo exhibition by the A Dog Republic collective led by 91-year-old architect, urbanist and designer Yona Friedman is combined with a group exhibition in 3 locations in the province. The solo exhibition constitutes the artistic link between these 3 locations, in order to complete the continuity of 'Beyond Borders' in content and presentation.
'Beyond Borders' takes place from 21 June until 21 September 2015, but has the ambition of going ‘beyond the borders’ of the exhibition itself, and of its temporary nature. By reflecting on art in the public space, by looking for new ideas on art and architecture, art and science, art and urbanization, ecology, sustainability, activism, education,... its aspiration is to have a long-term impact on society. How do contemporary artists formulate new proposals within the walls of a museum or an art exhibition?
The curatorial team or 'collective' Lorenzo Benedetti (de Appel in Amsterdam), Patrick Ronse (Be-Part in Waregem), Hilde Teerlinck (freelance curator) and Phillip Van den Bossche (Mu.ZEE in Ostend), have made a conscious choice to include barely any seaside and beach locations or monumentality. This edition of Beaufort responds to the demand for small scale and ‘public intimacy’ of art proposals – even though the scale may certainly still be large. The 3 locations where the group exhibitions will take place show strong connections with nature and are closely related to this approach. Participating artists: A Dog Republic, Marti Anson, Polly Apfelbaum, Charif Benhelima, Otto Berchem, Marc Bijl, Katinka Bock, Kasper Bosmans, Thorsten Brinkmann, Mariana Castillo Deball in collaboration with Innovando la Tradición, C L A I R E F O N T A I N E, Lucile Desamory, Liesbeth Doms, Matias Faldbakken, Thomas Galler, Pieterjan Ginckels, Pablo Helguera, Cyrus Kabiru, Scott King, Gabriel Kuri, Mark Lombardi, Ingrid Luche, Domenico Mangano, Moondog, Alessandro Pessoli, Falke Pisano, Nicolas Provost, Kelly Schacht, SUPERFLEX, Zhou Tao, Oscar Tuazon, Rinus Van de Velde, Lily van der Stokker, Mark Wallinger.
More information: beaufort2015.be/en/beaufort2015/beyond-borders