Learning how to walk: an essay on space

The stage setting for Learning how to walk was designed by the artist Jozef Wouters. ‘You might call it an essay on space. It is a shared quest in space; a conversation in straw, wood and stone,’ says Wouters.

After various creations in collaboration with KVS (All Problems can Never Be Solved, 2013; Zoological Institute for Recently Extinct Species, 2013; INFINI, 2016), the scenographer will be an integral part of Damaged Goods from 2017 on. He will initiate projects as an independent artist in residence for the next five years, using his newly established Decoratelier in Molenbeek (Brussels) as a base.

From this old factory, the artist will build on INFINI, the Decoratelier performance that saw him take over the main auditorium of KVS during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2016. Jozef Wouters/Decoratelier aims to function as an accessible studio for artists, where there is room for both set designers and audiences, as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations and social experiment.

'Decoratelier is a space that accommodates the various forms of collaboration and labour that is inherent in my work. Space is tested, conversations take place in wood, iron and cardboard. It is a permanent place within the constructional quest for constantly changing spaces in which art, thought and artisans meet.' (Jozef Wouters)

The first project to be shaped within these walls is the site-specific Atelier III project, in collaboration with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and dramaturge Jeroen Peeters. Atelier III will be presented in the Decoratelier, from 30 March to 2 April 2017, during Performatik17 (Kaaitheater).

Photo: (c) Iris Janke