1. The new http://www.0090.be/? is online and gives insight
into some of the upcoming productions of Platform 0090. Check it
2. In august we held
a kick-off meeting of the European
Middle Western Arts Project, supported by the EU Culture
Programme and with our partners Productiehuis Rotterdam (The
Netherlands), Arcola Theatre (UK) and Talimhane Tiyatrosu (Turkey).
We asked Carolina Maciel de França to join in
and give an impression :
It was too rainy a morning to be a start of
such a promising project. As the four partners in The European
Midwestern Art Production (EMWAP) gathered for their first kick-off
meeting, Antwerp refused to show what a sunny city she had been.
Sometimes. But here we were, with Productiehuis Rotterdam (The
Netherlands), Arcola Theatre (UK), Talimhane Tiyatrosu (Turkey),
0090 (Belgium), me, and a never ending stream of grey moist
After four short introductions things got very
practical. EMWAP includes each partner bringing forward a production
that will tour to one, two or three of the other partner countries.
0090 will coordinate and add to the dynamics by suggesting foreign
residencies, foreign artists or foreign venues. The project
culmination would be the 2015 International Festival in Istanbul,
that will combine all partners and productions and include a seminar
to present the results of the process.
Midwest-philosophy, if you’d ask me what that is to me right now and
I could point to you a picture of that meeting, I would simply say
it was that. It is to orchestrate interactions between artists and
producers from several European countries. To stage synergies, to
coordinate moments of mutual artistic influence, to take people out
of their comfort zone to see what happens when you put them in
another setting. I could also say this project is here to actively
obstruct any idea of a supposedly dormant/static/quiescent European
contemporary art scene. Pick one.
As we went through
the practicalities, the time tables, artistic choices, production
schemes and timing, common grounds were found in humour and
international politics. Please note that language was never a
subject, let alone an obstacle. Here’s how you win me over. Or at
least here’s how you really cross borders. Just as we silently
agreed not to complain about the weather, there was the silent
agreement just to talk art. Oscar Wilde once said that conversation
about the weather was the last refuge of the unimaginative. So yes,
no matter the weather. This project’s future seems to be quite
3. Two of our projects are in full
The Istanbul based company
Taldans just finished its residency in Fabrik -
Potsdam and is preparing to come over to Buda – Kortrijk and wp
Zimmer – Antwerp for two residencies.
A Speculation |
Eine Spekulation , the new production of Begüm Erciyas will
be in residency in Buda – Kortrijk and afterwards in Kaaitheater –
For all info on these two productions see our
Also mark the following dates:
2013, a semi-public “work in progress” moment of Taldans at
Wp Zimmer – Antwerp.
A Speculation | Eine
Spekulation will have its Belgian première in Kaaitheater – Brussels
on 23 and 24 january 2014.
Platform 0090 is a partnerorganisation of the COUP DE
VILLE exhibition in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Together
with curator Stef Van Bellingen we invited Istanbul based artist
Berkan Tuncay. COUP DE VILLE opened on 13/09 and runs till 13/10.
All aditional info http://www.warp-art.be/.
0090 will participate in the WoWmenfestival I Kaaitheater "a
critical look through rose-tinted glasses", running from 10 till 15
march 2014. We will keep you informed.