full program bureau d’espoir ZSenne

Bureau d’Espoir
Natural History Museum of Hope & Battery
+Book release ‘Tarot of Hope’

From the 13th of December to the 3rd of January 2013 Bureau d’Espoir occupies the performance gallery ZSenne. With the 22 days ongoing performance ‘Battery’ in the street windows of the building in which two hope researchers test the power of the machine to turn dire circumstances into hopeful ones.
And with the Natural History Museum of Hope: an active exhibition and performance installation in which visitors can come to exchange Hope Objects, browse through the Hope Library or have a sessions with the caretakers to read the Tarot of Hope with them.
The more adventurous visitors are also invited to join the performers in the battery, as test volunteers to try out different strategies of hope, developed by Bureau d’Espoir.
The opening of Bureau d’Espoir takes places on the 13th of December from 7pm onwards. This marks the start of the Hope Object Exchange: we invite all visitors to come with a Hope Object, object that for them is associated with or produces hope in its use. These objects then become part of the Natural History Museum of Hope, and become (if you agree to that) become part of the Hope Exchange.  The opening will be accompanied by The Hope Sessions, a sample concert using the material of hope interviews conducted over the last 5 months.

Next to these ongoing activities, Bureau d’Espoir also organizes lectures and concerts, on the topic of Hope today.

Everything takes place in performance gallery ZSenneaddress: ZSenne: Anneessensstraat 2, 1000 Brussel. http://www.zsenne.be

FULL PROGRAM

13th of December – 3rd of January:
every weekday from 1-7pm
weekends 12-6pm
Natural History Museum of Hope: the gallery is open for visitors that want to bring in or exchange a Hope Object, have their Tarot of Hope read to them, visit the Hope Library, watch the Hope Sessions movie, or just have a cup of tea and a bit of quiet in the Christmas chaos.

ongoing: research performance of the Battery workers in the windows of the gallery

Fri, 13th of December, from 7pm onwards

OPENING EVENT: The Natural History Museum opens its doors. We invite you to come with a Hope Object: an object that you associate with hope, or that actively produces it in your life. This is also the moment the researchers of Bureau d’Espoir introduce their work, and the Battery researchers start on their 22 days of confinement in the Battery boxes in the windows of the gallery. At 8. 30 there is the Hope Sessions concert, a musical sampling event of the materials developed in the hope sessions interviews conducted by Bureau d’Espoir in the last months.   Throughout the evening we offer some heart warming drinks and a first experience of the anorexic food experiment.

Thu,19th of December, 8pm

EVENT: Hope Session Dialogue: public discussion between theatre maker, writer and philosopher Pieter de Buysser and artistic researcher, theater maker and all-round thinker Geert Opsomer, on the subject of hope today, in politics, art, daily rituals and gift strategies.

Fri, 20th of December, 6pm

EVENT: Anorexic Dinner I, hosted by Rares Craiut

In the last years Bureau d’Espoir has been looking into different strategies to deal with the loss of control we experience in our relation to food. Global foor industry, the implosion of the local food markets, health issues and ethical questions keep us occupied all the time. In response to this feeling of loss of control Bureau d’Espoir has developed Hunger artist and Anorexic strategies.

The anorexic dinners are an invitation to come and take part in the preparation and consummation of a dinner that tries to rethink the logics of our food consumption, and also make this an enjoyable experience.

If you want to join a dinner, please write to hope@bureaudespoir.org

Sun, 22nd of December 2013, 7pm

EVENT: lecture Samuel Vriezen, the Location of Hope. Samuel Vriezen is a dutch pianist and composer  and philosopher and will talk about the location of hope in poetry and music practices.

CONCERT: Simon Loeffler is a Danish composer and performer. For Bureau d’Espoir he developed a silence concert, using the Battery boxes as amplifiers.

Thu, 26th of December 2013

10.30-5pm

WORKSHOP: garbage forensics: what does our waste tell us about ourselves and the priorities we put forward in our lives and our patterns of consuming. Various Artists takes you on an explorative journey. Inscribe through hope @bureaudespoir.org

6pm

EVENT: Trash movies: 2 movies dealing with the phenomenon of living on trash in Rio de Janeiro. More than a sketch of a phenomenon, these two movies lay bare the very diverse strategies of the movie makers and the artists involved.

Fri, 27th of December 2013

6pm EVENT: Anorexic Dinner II, hosted by Rares Craiut

In the last years Bureau d’Espoir has been looking into different strategies to deal with the loss of control we experience in our relation to food. Global foor industry, the implosion of the local food markets, health issues and ethical questions keep us occupied all the time. In response to this feeling of loss of control Bureau d’Espoir has developed Hunger artist and Anorexic strategies.

The anorexic dinners are an invitation to come and take part in the preparation and consummation of a dinner that tries to rethink the logics of our food consumption, and also make this an enjoyable experience.

If you want to join a dinner, please write to hope@bureaudespoir.org

Fri, 3rd of January 2013

6pm EVENT: Anorexic Dinner III, hosted by Rares Craiut

In the last years Bureau d’Espoir has been looking into different strategies to deal with the loss of control we experience in our relation to food. Global foor industry, the implosion of the local food markets, health issues and ethical questions keep us occupied all the time. In response to this feeling of loss of control Bureau d’Espoir has developed Hunger artist and Anorexic strategies.

The anorexic dinners are an invitation to come and take part in the preparation and consummation of a dinner that tries to rethink the logics of our food consumption, and also make this an enjoyable experience.

If you want to join a dinner, please write to hope@bureaudespoir.org

8pm:  Closing of Bureau d’Espoir and last Hope Exchange

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