What makes it possible for a work of art to live simultaneously in the aesthetic and social worlds? How can we encourage or enhance a multi-temporality and cross the line between common objects and artistic objects without succumbing to the privatization of culture as a form of property? Questions like these are the crux of the year-long program SYMPTOMS OF THE FUTURE.

The first exhibition in this series BRICKS — BASKETS — POTS presents works by Bie Michels and Marjetica Potrč, exploring our deep connection to soil.

Over three years Bie Michels explored the production of bricks in Madagascar and worked closely with local craftsmen. For this exhibition Michels develops a script/choreography for bricks that is continuously performed during the exhibition, as an extension of her project Piles of Bricks (working process).
Marjetica Potrč transforms her original drawing Nomads Inhabit Islands, Settlers Build Walls (2016), that brings together the desire for freedom and the desire for security into a monumental walldrawing. The Basket Weaver Weaves Difference and The Pot Maker Shapes Unity, two drawings and two objects inspired by indigenous practices, compare object-making with world-making.
Bie Michels's film La couleur de la brique will be screened at OUT OF SIGHT during Antwerp Art Weekend, on Friday, 14 May at 7pm.

SYMPTOMS OF THE FUTURE is supported by Flemish Authorities and the City of Antwerp.

DETECTIVE AGENCY OF MONSTERS by Gosie Vervloessem investigates how the horror genre, the monsters and the character of the confused and overly concerned detective can help us understand a world that is becoming increasingly complex. She identifies as a Sick Detective, a character that involves the vegetal kingdom as a possible ally in her research.

During AAW, Vervloessem invites visitors to come to her Open Office and help investigate unsolved vegetal mysteries of the City of Antwerp (Fri, 12pm-8pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-6pm).

DETECTIVE AGENCY OF MONSTERS resides at Out of Sight from March 2021, with an open end. It is a part of the year-long program SYMPTOMS OF THE FUTURE.

It is generously supported by the Flemish Authorities and the City of Antwerp.

Walking together in silence is not only a set of encounters staged as art, but a political act. With this Walk Piece, David Bergé proposes an altered kind of perception of the city: one that will cut through the fabric of Antwerp, to then stitch it back together again by our shared act of walking. The everyday gesture of walking is David’s language. The imposed silence on such a temporal gathering augments all our other senses. We see the city not only with our own eyes, but feel it, smell it and hear it.

Throughout the walk piece, the city will slowly materialize on the skin of our bodies — like the image of the city gets trapped into a photograph. This corporeal image is made in a specific time and place through which the body moves, and always in relation to others. A moment in the present.

Once again we are walking together.

The Walk Pieces start on Saturday at OUT OF SIGHT at 8am, 11am, 5pm and 8pm, and will take maximum 7 participants each time.
Please, book your place in a Walk Piece by sending an email to press@out-of-sight.be, providing your name, contact number and time choice.

The event is supported by the Flanders Cultural Activity Grant.