OPA Live! returns to Instagram Live with this first session with Danny Bracken and Stef Van Bellingen.
This conversation will focus on the work of Stef Van Bellingen through his Belgian based organization WARP. Van Bellingen will discuss the WARP Artist Village which aims to provide emerging artists with feedback and stimulating input through personal interviews with professionals. The pair will also discuss Van Bellingen’s arts festival ‘Coup de Ville” which immerses the city of Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) in new site-specific creations and already existing historical art pieces or oeuvres of sometimes underestimated artists.
To attend their discussion, follow OPA on Instagram @officeforpublicart.
Danny Bracken is an artist and organizer of exhibitions in Pittsburgh. He is currently the Director of Exhibitions at the Mattress Factory, an artist-founded and artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer of installation art where he leads the museum’s exhibition program. His wide ranging experience as a cultural producer has led him to performing at Coachella, exhibiting across Europe, scoring a television sitcom, and working with dozens of artists through his work at the Mattress Factory.
Stef Van Bellingen is a curator and the director of Contemporary Art Platform WARP in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. WARP is a visual arts platform that originated in 2006 and operates in the region of Waasland. WARP is an acronym for ‘Waasland Artistic Projects’, and a reference to the verb ‘to warp’, i.e. a creative transformation of an environment starting from a single point. WARP focuses on talent development, which enables establishing long-term relationships with artists, and results in all kinds of collaborations and exhibitions with mainly new productions.