Kunstplaats Vonk is a studio and residency space for visual and performance arts in Hasselt and Genk, Belgium. At their 3 buildings they support artists with artistic feedback, an international network, presentation opportunities, studio-space and a financial contribution (for the residencies).
KAIHO was unofficially founded in 2015 through the creation of the solo “Subdued” by Brandon Lagaert. Since then he has expanded the company and went on to collaborate with various artists. The company does no want to rely on structural funding but rather on commissioned work for various companies, schools and individuals that already have the required funding and audience but are looking for an artistic voice and input that has the ability to create for and with them. Following this logic KAIHO is based around a core team consisting of Brandon Lagaert in the role of artistic director, Sara Angelucci who’s the artistic assistant and Felix Machtelinckx who composes the music and soundscape of the touring performances. The work of KAIHO incorporates theatre, dance, visual imagery, film, plastic arts, lighting, music,… and uses any art form necessary to create artistic work that crosses boundaries and ends up telling a story.
Artefactourists* are a collective of four choreographers Valeria Januškevitš, Keity Pook, Sigrid Savi and Kadri Sirel and the dramaturge Kerli Ever. The dancers share a history of studying at Viljandi Culture Academy and the group recently worked together on a performance at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (2022). Their autobiographical investigation includes memory, labour, and the inherited working body in the Eastern European context. The group is developing a co-creative nomadic performance practice that, emerging from the body, remains truthful to individual needs within a group while concentrating on the experience of rooting amongst scattered identities.
* the act of remembering through movement; memories triggered by travelling through places and artefacts.
We are a group of people with different trajectories that coincide in spaces of activism and non-hegemonic art from the corporal and gender dissidences. We are part of a beautiful affective -political- anti-ableist, queer and anti-racist network in Barcelona. We have been working from artivism as a tool for transformation and a response to violences. We find it difficult for our art to move in artistic circuits, since it is only considered worthy of showing in “special circuits”. And that distinction of “special” perpetuates the discrimination of artists with diversity. We investigate the disease, the look of society towards people with functional diversity, vulnerability, sexuality and pleasure. We are Nodual, Elena, Xavi, Izaskun and Àrid: a caravan of centàurides wishing for new horizons.
Vonk has two studios to work with (7×20 meters with 24/7 access), one with daylight and one without. We’re usually not working with staged arts at our place, our studios have concrete floor and are not facilitated with technical equipment for theater. We do have equipment for video projection and a small PA system.
Only the ground floor is accessible by wheelchair, unfortunately there is no elevator or other facilities.
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