Jozef Wouters is an independent artist in residence with Damaged Goods. He initiates projects, using his Decoratelier in Molenbeek (Brussels) as a base.
From this old factory building, the artist builds on INFINI 1-15, the Decoratelier performance which saw him take over the main auditorium of the Brussels City Theatre (KVS) during Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2016. Decoratelier Jozef Wouters functions as an accessible workplace 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 that was shaped within these walls was the site-specific creation Atelier III (2017), in collaboration with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and dramaturge Jeroen Peeters, as part of Performatik 17 (Kaaitheater). In 2018-19, Decoratelier worked with Open Arts House Globe Aroma on Underneath Which Rivers Flow, a project that premiered during Performatik 19.
In 2018-19, Decoratelier is working with various artists, makers and organisations including Bâtard, De Lork, d e t h e a t e r m a k e r, Dream City (Tunis), Globe Aroma, Radouan Mriziga (Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre), Netwerk Aalst, Performatik 19 (Kaaitheater), WAQ Molenbeek and Z33.
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