Can you describe what you do?
I’m a visual artist based in Batiment A; and co-partner at WERKTANK, a factory for both old and new media. My artistic journey crosses over into the visual arts, design, performance and a diverse range of working contexts. I live in Mollendaal, a small village in the countryside five miles away from Leuven.
How do you perceive Leuven?
Leuven is a medium-sized city, although it has been growing rapidly these previous years. A lot of buildings, squares and organisations have been created top-down by the city during the last eight years. At the same time, from my point of view, an immense amount of bottom-up initiatives is rising up, too. Leuven is transforming and growing rapidly.
What would you say is Leuven’s main appeal as a city? What gives it its edge?
Its small scale and strong local character, in combination with its international institutions and companies.
Between 2011 and 2013, I was cultural ambassador for the City of Leuven. This gave me the opportunity to learn and experiment with what it actually means to create in and within a public space.
How has Leuven contributed to making you who you are today? What role has the city played in shaping your outlook and career?
Between 2011 and 2013, I was cultural ambassador for the City of Leuven. This gave me the opportunity to learn and experiment with what it actually means to create in and within a public space. It was a difficult and challenging journey, but it also allowed me to obtain an art practice which now responds to my imagination better.
On a personal level, what would you like to see more of in the city? What could it do better?
Although its cultural scene is growing rapidly, Leuven still lacks a broad and living art scene, like art galleries.
If you had to take out-of-towners to one place that truly symbolises the city, what would it be?
Of course, a visit to the city centre with its incredible Town Hall is a must-see, alongside the Oude and Grote Markt squares. Besides this, some of my favourite highlights are the M-Museum, climbing up the tower of the University Library and taking a break at the Keizersberg Abbey Park where you’ll have a splendid view overlooking Leuven. It’s just behind OPEK at the Vaartkom; where you can also have lunch and coffee, or attend a performance or theatre play.iefspincemaille.com ropeblog.net werktank.org