Building Castles in the Sky

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What would your neigh­bour­hood look like if it were up to you? What would you want to add to your neigh­bour­hood? What would it take to make an exis­ting pla­ce your own? With Building Castles in the Sky, Gouvernement, together with a group of makers, trans­for­ms the spa­ti­al desi­res of a young gene­ra­ti­on of inha­bi­tants of Ghent into uni­que cre­a­ti­ons in the city.

From a rich sour­ce of yout­h­ful ima­gi­na­ti­on, a num­ber of artists trans­la­te both the most com­mon and the most uni­que ide­as. How do you make an end­less scarf that keeps the who­le street warm? Where in the city do you recre­a­te a life-size ver­si­on of your favou­ri­te video game? And what if the city was an amu­se­ment park? As archi­tects and buil­ders, the young­sters inspi­re the artists in this process.

All works will be com­bi­ned in a wal­king tour in the nor­thern part of Ghent with CAMPO BOMA as the cen­tral mee­ting place.

Participating artists and orga­ni­sa­ti­ons: 019, Hamza AbuAyyash, Bebe Books, Floris Baeke, Zeli Bauwens, Idries Bensbaho, Sixtine Bérard, Celebr8 Cultcakes, OKAN klas­sen van Lore Degrieck, Fatih De Vos, Reinout Dewulf, Dominique De Groen, Firas El Hallak, DKO klas van Sarah Eyckerman, Ilke Gers, Micha Goldberg, Madonna Lenaert, Ferre Marnef, Minus One, Ocup vzw, Lieselot Siddiki, Nina Van Denbempt Splinter vzw, Rachid & Remi, Sarah Vanagt, Oisoi stu­dio, Miet Warlop, deco­ra­te­lier Jozef Wouters, Manoeuvre & Sarah Vanagt.

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MEETING POINT BOMA — DECORATELIER JOZEF WOUTERS

CAMPO boma will be the cen­tral mee­ting pla­ce of Building Castles in the Sky during the fes­ti­val. Decoratelier Jozef Wouters trans­forms the boma into a gran­di­o­se playground whe­re the trail begins, par­ti­ci­pants meet and visi­tors can enjoy a ran­ge of activities.

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CELEBR8 CULTCAKES — A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

Building cast­les in the Sky is one thing, but what about buil­ding cakes in the sky? Especially for lovers of the finer pas­tries, Luna Demey (celebr8 cult­ca­kes) takes on the chal­len­ge of baking an excep­ti­o­nal­ly lar­ge cake.

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COLLECTIEF 019 — KASTEEL 019

W0W19 is an infla­ta­ble bouncy cast­le, reflec­ting on a smal­ler sca­le the pro­ject spa­ce of the 019 col­lec­ti­ve in Ghent. For Building Castles in the Sky, the cast­le repre­sents an ode to all yout­h­ful urban fan­ta­sies that may never be realised.

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MIET WARLOP — AMUSEMENT PARK

With Amusement Park, we trans­la­te a wide­ly sha­red desi­re to build an amu­se­ment park in the city. Amusement Park is a per­for­ma­ti­ve sce­no­grap­hy by artist Miet Warlop, fea­tu­ring kilo­me­t­res of plas­tic tubes that take over a buil­ding. During the fes­ti­val you can wit­ness the trans­for­ma­ti­on of a venue into an amu­se­ment park at various times.

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URBAN FAIRY TALES

Floris Baeke, Sixtine Bérard, Fatih devos, Madonna Lenaert, Nina Van Denbempt, Dominique De Groen and Idries Bensbaho each wro­te a new urban legend based on the fan­ta­sies and sto­ries of young­sters in Ghent. You can read their sto­ries in the BCITS Magazine or lis­ten to them via QR codes you encoun­ter on your walk.

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VR PAINTING

Oisoi Studio devel­o­ped a video game that allows any­o­ne to work as a vir­tu­al pain­ter. In the game, you get a lar­ge num­ber of tools with which you can cre­a­te your own VR work. All vir­tu­al pain­tings are exhi­bi­ted in a vir­tu­al expo that you can visit during your walk.

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CASTLE CUP 2023

Together with Rabbah Besseghir and the Minus One young­sters we are recre­a­ting the atmos­p­he­re of a pro­fes­si­o­nal foot­ball match on a local level. The songs, slo­gans and bill­boards they make are part of our foot­ball exhi­bi­ti­on. On the second week­end of GIF, we are orga­ni­s­ing a big foot­ball tour­na­ment for the young­sters of the neigh­bour­hood. The best team will take home the very first Castle Cup.

! The live foot­ball match was cancelled

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ZELI BAUWENS — THREE SECOND VIEW

Visual artist Zeli Bauwens cre­a­ted Three second view’ in 2021, a sca­le model of a swing that makes you dis­ap­pear for a moment under­ground. With the life-size repli­ca, you can expe­rien­ce the under­ground swing expe­rien­ce for the first time yourself.

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ILKE GERS — XO

Building on her work Street Games, Ilke Gers devi­sed XO, a color­ful illu­stra­ti­on on the ground at the entran­ce to the AZ Sint Lucas Hospital. Make up your own game, apply mar­kers or send mes­sa­ges to peo­p­le in the hospital.

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MALLRATS

Micha Goldberg and Lieselot Siddiki con­si­der life as per­for­man­ce. With a group of extras, they explo­re the bounda­ry bet­ween what is real and what is staged.

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MANOEUVRE & SPLINTER VZW — NAMES NOT NUMBERS

In recent months, Manoeuvre and Splinter vzw brought peo­p­le together at NTGent, VIERNULVIER and CAMPO for a soli­da­ri­ty embroi­dery pro­ject in sup­port of the vic­tims in Gaza. On eve­ry Sunday of the fes­ti­val, you can con­ti­nue to work on the embroi­dery pro­ject that ori­gi­na­ted during the Palestine Café.

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FIRAS EL HALLAK

Together with OKAN stu­dents from high school De Toren van Babel, film­ma­ker Firas El Hallak and archi­tect Saja Amro wor­ked on a video essay about edu­ca­ti­on, cul­tu­ral dif­fe­ren­ces and urban expecta­ti­ons. You can see their film in various pho­to booths around the city.

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FERRE MARNEF — 5 Ways of Capital(ism)

5 Ways of Capital(ism) is a brief sketch of the see­min­gly free’ life in the city. After all, haven’t we con­fu­sed the modern city full of machi­nes with the city as machi­ne itself? Through the life of a tri­ump­hal arch (and by exten­si­on other metro­po­li­tan indi­vi­du­als), I explo­re its own sca­le and rank within the com­pli­ca­ted cog of the city.

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HAMZA ABUAYYASH — KALLIGRAFFITI

Explore the art of calli­graf­fi­ti together with artist Hamza AbuAyyash. Calligraffiti, an amal­ga­ma­ti­on of calli­grap­hy and graf­fi­ti, mer­ges ancient tra­di­ti­on with spark­ling moder­ni­ty. Discover the artist’s mate­ri­als and tools and expe­ri­ment with them.

Workshop: 20.04.2024 at 10:30 — 13:00

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SARAH VANAGT — DIVINATIONS

For Divinations” Sarah Vanagt asked child­ren to read the futu­re in the elu­si­ve imprints of their city. Onto count­less abstract pat­terns, brought to life with the help of an old magic lan­tern, child­ren from Brussels, Athens and Sarajevo pro­ject their own impres­si­ons, dreams and fears.

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R&R-HULPBOOT

Remi & Rachid sket­ched an idea for an aid boat for coun­tries for peo­p­le in need during the pre­pa­ra­to­ry work­shops. The wooden 2D ren­der of their boat is dock­ed at CAMPO BOMA. They also wro­te a rap that was per­for­med live during the ope­ning of GIF.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Starting point walk: To start the walk, drop by with your tic­ket at CAMPO Boma (Bomastraat 35, 9000 Ghent) during the ope­ning hours of Building Castles in the Sky. There you will recei­ve both your maga­zi­ne and your itinerary.

DATES

Weekend 1 | 5 until 7 April
Weekend 2 | 12 until 14 April
Weekend 3 | 19 until 21 April

OPENING HOURS (each weekend)

Friday | 16.00 until 22.00
Saturday | 14.00 until 20.00
Sunday | 12.00 until 18.00

TICKETS

When you buy a tic­ket, you will recei­ve an iti­ne­ra­ry and a maga­zi­ne with the secrets of each artist, detai­led infor­ma­ti­on about the loca­ti­ons and times of per­for­man­ces. Your tic­ket is valid for a full week­end and grants you access to all the works.

You can buy tic­kets via this web­si­te (click on Building Castles in the Sky in the agenda/​programme or click on the links abo­ve under DATA) or at the tic­ket desk of VIERNULVIER.

TARIFS

22 | 18 | 14 (pay what you can)
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ACCESSIBILITY

All loca­ti­ons on the rou­te are wheel­chair acces­si­ble except CAMPO vic­to­ria (Fratersplein 7, 9000 Ghent).

CREDITS

TEAM BCITS: Nele Keukelier, Reinout Dewulf, Benoit Van Neck, Lauren Borremans, Vincent Focquet | PARTNERS: VIERNULVIER, CAMPO, Kopergietery, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, SMAK, Design Museum Gent, NTGent | WITH SUPPORT OF: Ghent European Youth Capital, Cultuurdienst Gent & Stad Gent