Jozef Wouters is 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 spatial 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 Performatik19 and was revived during Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2019 and as part of its selection for Het Theaterfestival. Later that year, the production The Soft Layer premiered at Dream City festival in Tunis. In 2019 Jozef Wouters, Decoratelier and co-founder of Decoratelier Menno Vandevelde were awarded the Flemish Culture Award (Ultima) in the category of performing arts.
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