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concept, idea & curated by Laurens Mariën, co-curated by Leontien Allemeersch, produced by Campo (Ghent).
ON ICE, was and still is the first exhibition ever curated on an ice skating rink. More than just an exhibition, it became a happening/performance/a social occasion where people with all different cultural backgrounds met each other. You had the art people who came to the exhibition, the ice skaters who are doing this in a competition, and also the people who came there just for fun.
As a curator I never really liked those typical exhibitions, where there is a big white space with very little work. Where being present at the opening becomes more important then the exhibition itself and where everything is hermetically sealed. With ON ICE I wanted to create a different kind of white cube, existing of 3000 m2 of ice. I wanted to dare 25 artist to make a work especially for his exhibition or for them to find a way to present an existing work under these conditions:
Because of the short duration of the exhibition it became a happening, all artists were having fun, they were ice skating, falling down, drinking, laughing, dancing…. This was the same for the audience. I really liked that because of the ice, people couldn't pretend to something they were not, because they constantly had to see if they would fall down.
The people who weren't used to go to exhibitions also really enjoyed the fact that their habitat was taken over by these “strange” artists. Even though they sometimes didn't like the work. It brought a very wide range of people together, in a very nice atmosphere.