As of 2017, scenographer Jozef Wouters will be an integral part of Damaged Goods. 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 place, the artist will build on INFINI, the Decoratelier performance that saw him take over the main auditorium of the Brussels City Theatre (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 shaped within these walls was the site-specific Atelier III (2017) project, in collaboration with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and dramaturge Jeroen Peeters. Atelier III was presented in the Decoratelier during Performatik17 (Kaaitheater).
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