Bureau d'EspoirIn Bureau d'Espoir Elke Van Campenhout and Aude Thensiau open up a research office developing, exporting, designing and therapeutically redefining hope.
During a 2 months residency, the Bureau will open to artists and theoreticians, changing its identity and esthetics every so many weeks, working with the passers-by and the neighbourhood, sending out wild card invitations to whomever feels like getting invited, opening up an alternative therapy center, organizing workshops, lectures and film screenings on hope and related topics.
Bureau d'Espoir is a critical hope-project: a project about hope on the edge of extinction. A project about hope in the now, disregarding the future. About hope as a social choreography, disregarding my private expectations. About hope as availability, vulnerability and relational desires.
Everyone is welcome in Bureau d'Espoir to buy, to sell, to exchange or to attend. Every one is invited to excavate the last remnants of hope, refine it, and export it. Every one can produce hope, consume hope and design hope during one of our working sessions.
On the programme: workshop around the work of Lygia Clark, reading sessions of contemporary philosophers on the subject of hope, constructing hopeful therapeutic strategies for passers-by, designing hope for export purposes, etc....
The result of this first session will be shared with the public in three talk shows during the Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht (may 2010)
Everyone interested is welcome to drop by, add, adjust or rethink the set-up of the project. Just send a mail to email@example.com.
Video performance by Bureau d'Espoir after Adrian Piper's "Cornered," 1988 and Tim Jackson's book "Prosperity without growth"
concept and text by Elke Van Campenhout and Ariane Loze
performance by Ariane Loze
bureau d'espoir - blind practice
bureau d'espoir - first thoughts
i opened up a new project, archiving the first results of the bureau d'espoir project.
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