Caveat is a collective research into the ecology of artistic practice. It is initiated by Jubilee, in partnership with Open Source Publishing, No New Enemies and Été 78. Caveat tries to find more sustainable, balanced ways of operating within the existing legal frameworks. And when the limits of the existing system are reached, it tries to come up with possible new narratives that open up space for reflection.

Curating is Writing the Future. A Portrait

Eté 78
Rue de l'Eté/Zomerstraat 78, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Solo exhibition by Stijn Van Dorpe at Eté 78 - one of Caveat's partners.

Curated by Stijn Van Dorpe in collaboration with Convivial, Florence Cheval, Fonds du Logement, Olivier Gevart and initiated by Eté 78 and Caveat.

Stijn Van Dorpe, Curating is Writing the Future. A Portrait, installation view, 2019
Stijn Van Dorpe, Curating is Writing the Future. A Portrait, installation view during opening, 2019

As a kind of anthropologist, Stijn Van Dorpe started his exploration of the Eté 78 space and its surroundings, which he describes as a micro-environment. In doing so, he wants to investigate the space, mechanisms and potentiality of art. The micro-environment involves the exhibition space, the ‘give away’ library, the private collector’s house, the social housing project (Fonds du Logement) on the other side of the street… as well as the protagonists related to these spaces: the artist himself, the owners/co-initiators of the art space, the art collector, the curator, the craftsman, the civil servants…

Stijn Van Dorpe, Curating is Writing the Future. A Portrait, installation view, 2019

Stijn Van Dorpe, Curating is Writing the Future. A Portrait, installation view during opening, 2019

Van Dorpe approaches the whole context of this micro-environment at short range, as a kind of test case to analyse and open up the art space and the relational positions floating around it. Van Dorpe uses the concept of third space (situated between institutional art space and other places created by society) in order to describe this opening up of different spaces towards one another, the creation of interstices between them, which also functions as a means to shift the ecology of the art field towards the wider society.

Stijn Van Dorpe, Curating is Writing the Future. A Portrait, installation view during opening, 2019