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TRACK announces the first projects!

Date uploaded: April 18, 2012

12.05.2012 - 16.09.2012

TRACK is a unique art experience in the public and semi public space of the city of Ghent, Belgium. It offers surprising, enriching and unexpected encounters with the city, its history and its inhabitants and incites to reflect upon urban realities and the contemporary human condition in a broader sense. 35 international artists were invited to conceive new art works that are strongly rooted in the urban fabric of Ghent but link the local context with issues of global significance.

The two curators, Philippe Van Cauteren and Mirjam Varadinis, took the time to select exemplary locations in the wider city centre of Ghent and invited artists who have an affinity with the thematical context of those places. The selected artists used the local reality as a fertile source of inspiration and the results of their in-depth explorations are not simply traditional works of art, but artistic projects in all different medias that embrace the social, economic, cultural and political conditions of the city and the times we live in. Their works call for participation, interact with the different communities in various ways and leave permanent traces.

TRACK is conceived as a universe of parallel narrations, occurences and (hi)stories. It consists of six clusters that offer a historical, cultural, architectural and mental cross-section of Ghent and the idea of a city today. Each cluster has its own distinct atmosphere and touches upon a specific issue like mobility, religion, migration, economy, language, science and city changes.

TRACK invites the audience to explore the exhibition in various ways. Visitors do not have to follow a given linear trail but are free to choose their own personal TRACK through the clusters and the city. Each visitor thus creates a different kind of narration, based on his or her background and the way they are approaching the exhibition. This free and multi-layered perception corresponds to our globalised world and the idea of plural realities happening at the same time.

TRACK is welcoming everybody to visit the exhibition and to be inspired by the visionary potential of art.

TRACK was initiated by the S.M.A.K. It continues the tradition established by the large-scale exhibition projects Chambres d’Amis (1986) and Over the Edges (2000), which installed contemporary art in the context of the city and entered into direct dialogue with the public.

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TRACK announces the first projects!

One month before the official kick-off, TRACK will announce all the names of the participating artists and six outstanding projects. What does Pilvi Takala have in common with pigeon breeders? Curious to discover what place in Ghent turns into a city slum or where an open air library is being built? Click here to read all about it.

22.04.2012 | Hero for a day! | 10:00 - 18:00

Heritage Day this year is completely devoted to Heroes. Go for eternal fame and become ‘heroically’ immortalized on 22 April with friends or family in ’FOTOFOOR'. This mobile studio, complete with decor, produces playful variations on the well-known group portrait. The photo is yours, a lasting reminder of a magical moment.
After all, isn’t there a hero in all of us? Click here for more information.

15.05.2012 | Remember the guide

From Sunday, May 15 TRACK will be launching the ‘Remember the guide’ format.
Every day of the week (except Monday), at about noon, your guide will be waiting for you in another cluster of the city to guide you around TRACK. At the end of the tour you can reward your TRACK guide for his enthusiasm with a contribution as you see fit. 
Reservations can be made from now on via Gentinfo, telephone number: 09 210 10 10 (Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 7pm).

Visit www.track.be/en/