'The word embedded is a bit problematic, it all depends how you interpret it.'
Antenna talked with curator Daniëlle van Zuijlen on a brownfield in the middle of the poorest part of the city of Ghent in Belgium; now used as a local public garden for the neighbourhood. Right here in the near future a gigantic real estate project will be developed over the coming ten years. She was asked to formulate an artistic vision for this situation and together with a group of artists she aims to develop a long-term program called Pilootproject Tondelier in which a residency might be an important base that would allow artists to be on site, to do research and to react to what is going on.
"The word embedded is a bit problematic, it all depends how you interpret it. To be really embedded in a place you have to live there. I chose myself to live here and even I would not call myself imbedded because that’s a process that takes a lot of time. It is very important to respond to where you are and this is where being embedded starts. So not just coming up with an idea and throwing it in but using all the sensitivities you have to see what is relevant in a certain situation and a process like this unfolds in very small steps. That is where the idea of the artistic program I proposed for this location came from. I didn’t want to provide one answer to a situation but create room for multiple answers from very different perspectives through the voices of the visiting artists. All these answers together can-for different people here- create a deeper understanding and new insights of this specific situation.“