Emptor is a collective reflection, initiated by Jubilee. Questioning current ways of practicing property with and from within artistic practice, Emptor inhabits the territory revealed throughout Caveat’s research on the contract. Doing so, it actively continues the quest for an ecology of artistic practice.

Publishing & Performing Relationships. Caveat at Bâtard Festival

Bâtard Festival, Beursschouwburg

Each day during the festival, an artist will present a proposal as a sharing ground for thoughts, discussions, and reflections on authorship, value, economy, distribution, participation...

Why would artists contractualize relationships?

How do artists engage into working conditions?

How to survive as an artist?

These questions will develop in a back and forth movement from publishing to performance and the other way around. Indeed, the artists invited by Caveat approach publishing as a means to make things public, as a medium for emancipation and coalition, as a tool for thinking, and as a (third) sculpture.

With: Eva Barto, Sofia Caesar, Loraine Furter & Laurie Charles, Ben Kinmont, franck leibovici, Eric Schrijver & OSP

The practices of the invited artists testify both for an intense research in and a sharp awareness of the conditions and context in which their work come into life, are exhibited, circulated, and archived. Furthermore, they engage actively and critically in sharing, coming together, disseminating these issues not only amongst their peers but also towards a wider audience. Because, as Ben Kinmont put it once, "There is also a need outside of here."

The display module used during Publishing & Performing Relationships was conceived by graphic designer and researcher Loraine Furter and artist Laurie Charles.

The Zero Hour relational object by Sofia Caesar will be installed on the stage for the whole duration of the festival. It will be activated during her presentation-performance on Saturday.

Caveat is a collective research project reflecting and acting on the ecology of artistic practice. Convened in 2017 by the Brussels-based artists’ initiative Jubilee, the project title alludes to the legal principle caveat emptor (buyer beware), signaling the research's ambition to raise awareness and co-create alternatives.

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