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Arenberg organizes the Belgian edition of CURIOUS, a festival on arts & science. "Culture as a Unique Resource to Inspire, Outreach and Understand Science".

We're living in a world where the solutions to our challenges are not merely about changing how we think and work. They also lie in an essential need for science and technology. However, as amazing as they are, these new scientific insights and technologies aren't usually communicated in clearest, most comprehensible manner. They often get lost in translation for people with little to no scientific background. This creates a knowledge gap between the scientific world and the people whose lives are impacted by science. CURIOUS aims to bridge that gap.

The festival wants society as a whole to embrace and understand science and technology, and to involve citizens to take part in these discussions. That's why CURIOUS revolves around both arts and sciences. CURIOUS offers artists and scientist the opportunity to collaborate. These residencies will result in performances, so a broad audience gets a better view of how science and tech impact our lives. Arenberg will host the CURIOUS Festival in December 2022.

This four-day event sets out to connect the audience by Augmented lectures. Each artist will have chosen a scientific partner in crime with whom they wished to work. The result of these collaborations will be shown during the festival in a series of unique lecture-performances. Consider these Augmented lectures as try-outs, where science and arts come together. Hoping they will one day lead to a full theatrical performance, and be picked up by educational systems as a way of getting more engagement on a scholary level.

CURIOUS is short for "Culture as a Unique Resource to Inspire, Outreach & Understand Science". The project is co-financed by Creative Europe and is a joint project of four innovative operators: Arditodesìo Theatre Company (IT), Arte Urbana Collectif (BG), Interactive Arts Laboratory of the University of Arts in Belgrade (RS), and Arenberg (BE).

CURIOUS 2021

In 2021 CURIOUS set out to connect artists and scientists for the first time. Due to corona-related restrictions, performing in front of a live audience was a no-go. However, all three pairs of artists and scientists presented their work in progress.

Three teams - consisting of a scientist and an artist - sat down and let their talents merge. The result is a series of three unique encounters, in which performance arts and sceince flow harmoniously together. This group of curious creators (ranging form Space Exploration to Theater, from Dance to Philosophy) seeks not only to intrigue and enlighten the audience, but also to trigger the next generation of artists and scientists into continuing this dialogue with society.

We're pleased to introduce you to the work in progress of three creations, built by an artist-scientist duo, combined with moments of feedback and knowledge-sharing. Each duo will show their creation to a selected audience of relevant experts on December 10 & 11, 2021.

WIP 01 — Dance, by Impulsion Dance, Dr. Sarah Baatout & music by Daniel Vives-Lynch

During a short dance-performance you discover how space exploration has changed over time. Going from the past to the future, Sarah and Ayrton show how the role of astronauts changed, and how progress has affected the space suits they wear. This performance combines dance, music, and scientific progress, presenting where we've been, and where we're going. Into space, and beyond.

Dr. SARAH BAATOUT

Dr. Sarah Baatout is head of the radiobiology unit at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN). She graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain, where she also completed her PhD in Biochemistry. After her PhD she joined the Belgian Nuclear Reserch Centre, combining her work there with giving lectures on radiation protection, radiobiology, and space biology.
Her scientific curiosity has been the driving force behind all her endeavours. She continues to study the impact of space conditions on health, to advance science and medicine in the field of human space exploration.

DANIEL ANTHONY VIVES-LYNCH

Daniel graduated from the GAMW (Academy for Music & Word) in Mol, Belgium, after studying piano, viola, composition, musicology, and theary and aural skills. Now he studies music and history at the Trinity College in Dublin. He's been composing and performing since early age, and experimented with a number of different musical styles and compositional techniques. He already worked with the SCK•CEN, performing commemorative piano compositions, celebrating 60 years of human space exploration, and 25 years of Belgian space exploration.

AYRTON VAN PRAET

Ayrton, aka Ayrton Slayers, is a dancer, graphic designer, and a dreamer with a great sensitivity towards arts. Life is what inspires him most. Ayrton was raised with an open philosophy to life. Art is a form of expression, enabling him to freely express himself without judgement. In this creation, his body is his art form. He embodies different characters related to space travel: Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, a Mars-bot, and a final character which is left open for interpretation.

WIP 02 — Theatre, by ERLNMYR & Dr. Katrien Schaubroeck

Love is a loaded word, with many meanings. Katrien and Ben explore various relationships, and what love means. The scientist becomes the artist, and the artist becomes the scientist. Pushing the boundaries of both disciplines, each actor picks up the role of the other. During this monologue, the creators encourage you to think about concepts of love which might suit you, or which you want to endorse. 

Love comes in many shapes and forms, and is manmade. Especially for (but not limited to) young people this realisation can be both liberating and bewildering.

ERLNMYR

Ben Verhoeven is an improv actor and science communicator, operating as ERLNMYR. In addition to teaching improv at the Mechelen Conservatory, he's also a lecturer of Pitch & Presentation at Karel De Grote College.

Dr. KATRIEN SCHAUBROECK

Dr. Schaubroeck hold a PhD in Philosophy, and works for the University of Antwerp. She writes about the ethics of autism, the morality of love, and the meaning of it all.

WIP 03 — SLAM & MUSIC, by Dr. Maya Van Leemput & Piet Verbist

We can't visit the future. Tomorrow may seem fuzzy, but it doesn't have to be so. Maya wrote a text in rhyme, intended to shake up the way you think about the future.  The words of Physical Abstratcion, accompanied by the rhythms and tones of Piet's double bass, take you on a journey from the abstract to the concrete. The future will be real.

Dr. MAYA VAN LEEMPUT

Dr. Van Leemput is a Senior Researcher at the Research Center Open Time - Applied Futures Research at the Erasmus University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Brussels. Van Leemput is the UNESCO Chairholder Images of the Futures and Co-creation for the Open Time team. Exploring the future in a variety of ways, working with a wide range of different people, is Van Leemput's forte. Her critical, forward-looking work on media, culture, arts, cross-cultural communications, development, and science and technology in society is widely celebrated.

PIET VERBIST

Verbist is a double-bass player, composer, and teacher. He studies bass at the academy of Ekeren and Turnhout, and followed jazz clinics with John Clayton, Hein Van De Geijn, and Riccardo Del Fra. In 1994 he won the first prize Performing Jazz Musician at the Conservatory of Brussels. During his well-filled career, Piet played with numerous musicians, on stages all over the world.