This year’s edition of Independent Brussels was characterised by a mega-dose of performance art curated by Vincent Honoré. For this project Diogo Passarinho Studio with Alexine Sammut have been commissioned to develop a scenography that could accommodate this immersive and intense public program.
The general strategy was to create an arena for experimentation that tries to reframe the art fair model into a performative festival that welcomes live art, installations, curated displays, music, and discussions, resulting in unexpected interactions and collective thinking. The new spatial setting focused on the main court of the historical Vanderborght building, creates a “gathering spot,” says Elizabeth Dee, Founder of the fair.
A gigantic metallic stripe that works also as a light shaft, is now the “nerve center” of the spatial design that designates a new assembly space on the ground floor. Here, debut performances and related talks are surrounded by a set of curtains which work as spatial dividers and enable a flexible public program and its different intimacy requirements.In addition to it a variety of objects, pralines, inhabit the building in multiples, visually connecting all levels - like personalities with different colours and shapes, coexisting between sculptures and functional furnitures.
Vanderborght building, Brussels, BEL
Commissioned by Elizabeth Dee, founder of Independent Fair
Curated by Vincent Honoré
Exhibition Architecture by Diogo Passarinho Studio
Team: Diogo Passarinho and Alexine Sammut
Exhibition dates: November 8-11, 2018