Incubate is about more than music alone. Besides the music line-up we also maintain an extensive fine art program, which is completed as of today. Next to leading and controversial artist like Santiago Sierra and Leah Capaldi, there is also a free-of-charge exposition with art by more than 300 artist. To this it is the largest exposition of its kind. We also invited young Brabant artist to create new work, invited an American artist group to start conversations about capitalism with random people on the street and during the festival week hundreds portraits of mothers of Tilburg will hang throughout the city als part of the worldwide art project Inside Out. You can find all the information about the artprojects below.
Between April and June Incubate gave everyone the opportunity to submit work for the Open Source Expo. all types of works were allowed and no one would be dismissed. Of all the notified work curator Merijn Denkers selected one work of each artist to exhibit during Incubate. It attracted more than three hundred submissions whose work can be seen for free in de Koepelhal (photo) in Tilburg, next to the train station.
“Three times as many artist as last year”
Vincent Koreman, artistic director of Incubate: “The Open Source Expo was a huge success last year. This is also reflected in the fact that this year three times as many artists participate. I am very proud that we can present this alongside renowned artists such as Santiago Sierra and Leah Capaldi. I can’t wait until September.”
Check out these pictures of last years Open Source Expo
A gas chamber erected inside a synagogue and a room full of mud: two examples of Santiago Sierra’s attempt to challenge reality and our perception of it. At Incubate 2012, Santiago Sierra will perform the latest instalment of his project ‘The Destroyed Word’.
The Spanish artist’s work revolves around the dismantling of structures that form national, political and economic systems, by the very people who are affected by those systems. He gives the underprivileged of the world the opportunity to empower themselves symbolically. Sierra has been known to hire workers to complete often pointless and/or unpleasant tasks in the name of his art, like paying a museum guard to spend 15 days behind a brick wall.
Sierra’s project ‘The Destroyed Word’ is about the friction between creation and destruction. On Friday September 14th, the latest instalment of this estafette-artwork will be part of Incubate 2012, but not for long, as this project is –hence the name- based on the destruction rather than the preservation of it. As a part of the word ‘capitalism’, a 3,5 meter high character S will be created, entirely made of fruit and vegetables, ready to be eaten by pigs. A clear nod to the massive pig-farming industry that can be found in the province of Noord-Brabant.
Leah Capaldi ‘7 hours, 7 days’.
We’re also really proud that performance-artist Leah Capaldi will come to Tilburg between 10 and 16 September to perform her intriguing Seven Hours, Seven Days. Capaldi will come to Tilburg to sing karaoke. Seven hours, seven days. As she gets exhausted by all this singing, we will ask the audience to help her out, and let her have a break. It’s up to the audience if this will be one happy sing-a-long, or if it turns into heartfelt suffering of the artist. This means that this performance is highly effected by the way the audience reacts to Capaldi.
Inside Out Tilburg: Hundreds of portraits of mothers in Tilburg
Together, the citizens of Tilburg create a giant art project. Together we create the largest version of the ‘Inside Out’ project ever. All residents of Tilburg can participate. The project transforms personal portraits into art and then makes them visible in the city. To make this possible we need your help.
People make art and the streets are the largest gallery in the world. JR is an anonymous French artist. He is the driving force behind this project and consciously chooses a place in the background. He uses streets worldwide as exhibition spaces with which he attracts the attention of everyone, including those who would never visit a museum. The portraits are exhibited in various places, in front of windows of houses, at offices or on special columns. Old women become models and children become artists. With Inside Out, JR won the TED Prize in 2011, which is also won by Bono, Jamie Oliver and Bill Clinton. With those proceeds, the project is partially funded.
The theme of the Tilburg group action of Inside Out is ‘mothers’. This way we can let them know we appreciate them. Joyous young mothers till grandmothers full of wisdom and experience. These mothers have made a significant contribution to Tilburg, and we think that all mothers deserve this kind of attention to show them in all their beauty and diversity.
Center of Creative Activism
Capitalism works for me. That is the statement on which this big arts-project is founded. A huge score board is placed in the center of Tilburg during Incubate with that question and the choice between true and false. Everyone is invited to come and voice their opinion about this topic, which will be extra relevant as there will be Dutch elections in the same week as Incubate. Don’t be shy and tell if capitalism works for you.
New Jacks 4.0: New work by young artists from Brabant.
For the fourth time we invited young artists to create new work for our festival. Since last year we collaborate together with bkkc on a shared exhibition by artists that graduated not yet, or less than 5 years ago at a Brabant art academy. For the first time we invited artists to submit themselves for New Jacks 4.0. All the selected artist will work with the theme: “You are Incubate”, the selected artists are Jordy Koevoets, Petra van Noort, Angela de Weijer, Robert Lombarts and Erik van Liere.
Check out the photos of New Jacks 3.0 below