Tracing the Future - Adrien Tirtiaux

00:04:46 M of Museum Leuven
Adrien Tirtiaux’s sculpture at the municipal park in Leuven literally breaks through the boundary between public and private. It challenges you to think about how far you’d be prepared to go in opening up your property for the general good.
Adrien Tirtiaux

Originally trained as an architect, Adrien Tirtiaux takes a special interest in buildings, spaces and their use, which is often visible in his works and interventions.

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Is Thomas More’s Utopia still a source of inspiration for artists today? Tracing the Future addresses this question by bringing together films and installations, both recent and new work, by leading contemporary artists of today. These artworks offer a critical look at the ecological, political and social impact of modern-day utopias. Adrien Tirtiaux’s sculpture at the municipal park in Leuven literally breaks through the boundary between public and private. It challenges you to think about how far you’d be prepared to go in opening up your property for the general good. Would it make us more inclined towards a utopian society in which possessions are distributed equally and everyone has ultimate freedom? Or does it actually have precisely the opposite effect? 

Sculpture ‘Boven de Muur’ 

Does a utopian society mean that we have to blend public and individual needs? Is it possible to reconcile our personal desires with collective wishes? Adrien Tirtiaux’s Boven de Muur is an installation that poses interesting questions. The construction is unusual in the way it links the freely accessible city park in Leuven with several private gardens on Vlamingenstraat. You are invited as a visitor to enter the artwork, which you can then explore via stairways, bridges, and platforms, some of which take you right into someone’s garden. Other parts, by contrast, have been adapted to the wishes of the householders and remain private. You can also view Boven de Muur as a social sculpture. The process leading up to the work was an important part of this project, in which the residents of Vlamingenstraat were actively involved. 

Tracing the future can be visited between 30-09-2016 and 20-11-2016 at different locations in Leuven. 

 

Video credits

  • Curators: Stéphane Symons, Hilde Van Gelder, Eva Wittocx 
  • Exhibition organized as part of the urban project Utopia and realized by the Commission of Contemporary Art of the KU Leuven and M-Museum Leuven conjointly with the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture, the Higher Institute of Philosophy 
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