Jan Boelen is co-founder and artistic director of European Design Parliament (2018–21).
The European Design Parliament (EDP) is a transnational cooperation project that seeks to lead the change in design in the 21st century. Today, design is in crisis, and needs to change and adapt to contemporary times. Europe, the birthplace of design, should lead the discipline’s transformation. With this goal, the EDP sets in motion a large-scale collaboration uniting over 80 different agents in Europe, throughout the course of 3.5 years.
In a coordinated effort from 2018 to 2021, they will learn from each other, build and reinforce skills, grow stronger and spread knowledge. Together, they will adapt to 21st century economy and embrace changes in the labour market. As the lead institutional partner, Z33 House for Contemporary Art will be one of the pillars upon which the European Design Parliament (EDP) stands. Z33 will lead a local case study investigating the nature of post-industrial design in their particular context, in collaboration with research associates — young design minds coming from peripheral areas of Europe — to generate new insights that will inform the outcomes of the EDP project.
Atelier Clerici, an event and exhibition project by Space Caviar and Z33 House for Contemporary Art, brings together designers, companies and institutions experimenting with new forms of living and making.
Atelier Clerici, situated in Milan’s distinguished Palazzo Clerici, is an annual independent event and exhibition project at the centre of the Fuorisalone during Milan Design Week in Milan, Italy.
Founded in 2014, Atelier Clerici’s exhibition and events programme offers daily performances and discussions amidst eleven exhibition galleries, bringing out new questions on the future of design as well as its links to architecture, technology, and global contexts for living.
From young practitioners to established actors in the field, Atelier Clerici cuts a cross-section through the most forward-thinking work in social design, material and technological innovations, maker culture, education, independent publishing, and international platforms for design curation and research.
Since 2016, Jan Boelen has held the position of artistic director of Atelier LUMA, an experimental laboratory for design at LUMA Arles in Arles, France.
Atelier LUMA is a think tank, a producer, a learning network and a library for knowledge and tools of the LUMA Foundation. Based in Arles, in the Camargue region, atelier LUMA wants to co-develop new ways of producing and caring for a bioregion, using design as a tool for transition.
LUMA Arles, founded in 2014, is an experimental cultural centre in the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, France. LUMA Arles functions as an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to the production of exhibitions and ideas, research, education and archives. The aim of the centre is to integrate the program into the artistic, ecological, social and economic fabric of Arles and the surrounding region. This engagement with the region also allows LUMA Arles to look at bigger issues cities face all over the world and to foster a sense of individual and collective responsibility in addressing the issues.
Artistic program of LUMA Arles is currently presented in the refurbished former railway warehouses. Construction of the new LUMA Arles campus, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is scheduled for 2018.
In 2013, Z33 House for Contemporary Art established Z33 Research in order to recapitulate the different projects and time frames into continuous strands of research.
In the past years, Z33 House for Contemporary Art has redefined its core from a project-based exhibition maker to a research-based institution. Z33 exhibitions have always been strongly based on research with a focus on phenomena not only from perspectives of art and design, but with a frame of interlinking these views with theoretical, scientific and philosophical thought. Exhibition projects that spread out over several years constantly reconsider and build on themes, projects and artists of earlier exhibitions.
Thematic art and design research studios – Studio Time, Studio Work and Studio Space – accumulate and connect the practice-based and academic research into an evolving body of knowledge.
Z33 Research online (beta) collects and connects these different research threads. A new Z33 Research online platform for art and design research will be launched in late 2017 / early 2018.
At the initiative of Z33 House for Contemporary Art and the Province of Limburg, Manifesta 9 biennial of contemporary art was organized in Belgium on 2 June–30 September 2012.
Manifesta 9, organized at the site of the former Waterschei Mine in Genk in Limburg region in Belgium, not only presents an international, industry-leading selection of contemporary art. The exhibition also consists of an impressive collection of historical works and will display the rich mining heritage in a surprising and innovative way to both local and international audiences.
Curator of Manifesta 9, Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico City, Mexico) addresses the social and societal impact of the recent past in Limburg. The exhibition ‘The Deep of the Modern’ is presented as a triptych. For the exhibition, 35 international contemporary artists are invited to create new work, paying heed to regional context and linking the local theme with global issues. The art historical section provides an overview of works of art from the 19th and 20th Centuries, with the impact of the coal industry as their subject. The third section focuses on the extensive legacy that the Limburg mining industry has left behind.
Jan Boelen is former artistic director and founder of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium.
Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, organizes projects and exhibitions of contemporary art and design. Since 2002, Z33 has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters in a novel manner.
Instead of having a permanent collection, Z33 focuses on an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions. These exhibitions always have a strong social and research-based orientation, and they address topics from various artistic standpoints with a critical eye. Each project combines an exhibition with an extensive programme of related events. In addition to exhibitions, Z33 organizes artistic projects in public spaces and serves as a curator for exhibitions for external parties.
Projects at Z33 House for Contemporary Art touch on specific societal issues without an obligation for the ideas of proposals to be scientifically true, economically productive or politically correct. Alternative visions, multiple voices, fluctuating meanings and interpretations of the projects challenge to re-think certain issues with a fresh and open mindset.
In 2017–18, Z33 House for Contemporary Art will be renovated and a new wing will be built.