Through art we care conference, festival & expo

Kaaitheater, De Markten, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, TOPAZ, UZBrussel, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, with the financial support of the King Baudouin Foundation, the Flemish Community (Kunstendecreet) and 


Scientific conference and contemporary art festival and exhibition.


2017- 19

We partnered with various artistic, cultural, and scientific partners to offer audiences a glimpse into art-care projects through a mix of sharings, exhibitions, performances, book presentations, discussions, and presentations. The following are some of the activities that were organised:

• Debates with artists and scientists on topics such as transhumanism, the importance of touch in art and caregiving, the effect of breathing on wellbeing, and the power of imagination when ill.

• New/adapted creations by Emi Kodama (Beyond the buildings, the clouds are a mounting range), Mike Schmid/Ictus (Breathcore, the score), Vera Tussing (Staging Encounters: Tactile Quartet), Rudi Meulemans (Om niet ten gronde te gaan), Christian Bakalov (PURE TOPAZ), and many more.

• An international symposium featuring presentations by Prof. Dr. Norma Daykin (Tampere University, FI), Julie Rodeyns (Through Art We Care), Mari Linnman (New Patrons), Isabel Vermote (RMFAB), Nigel Hartley (Mountbatten Hospice), and many others.

Tactile Quartet(s) - Vera Tussing
Beyond the buildings, the clouds are a mountain range - Emi Kodama
Breathcore score - Michael Schmid

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