Troubleyn/Laboratorium Jan Fabre Sigrid Bousset, Katrien Bruyneel, Mark Geurden, Nadia Sels, Luk Van den Dries, Koen Van Synghel, Frank Peeters

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
15 Mar 2016
ISBN:
9780300220124
Imprint:
Mercatorfonds
Dimensions:
224 pages: 248 x 190mm
Illustrations:
130 color illus.

This handsome book peers into Troubleyn/Laboratorium, the workspace, collective art space, and creative incubator of Belgian multidisciplinary artist Jan Fabre (b. 1958), whose performances, staged since the 1980s, have brought him international acclaim and recognition. Expressing the collective aims of Fabre’s theatre company, Troubleyn/Laboratorium functions as his workspace as well as a nurturing environment for the activities of his theater company and young artists alike, in which artists are free to develop and materialize their creative impulses. The building, situated in a progressive multicultural neighborhood in northern Antwerp, houses a uniquely integrated collection of art works from international visual artists, writers, theatre makers, and philosophers, with whom Jan Fabre feels a close affinity and whose works represent the overall cooperative spirit of the space itself. Fostering an environment that is as progressive as the artist’s varied oeuvre, Troubleyn/Laboratorium provides the grounds for an idealistic hotbed of artistic activity and this publication offers a glimpse of that possible utopia. 

 

Sigrid Bousset and Katrien Bruyneel work closely with Jan Fabre. Mark Geurden coordinates the development of the activities in Troubleyn/Laboratorium, as well as the research project concerning Jan Fabre's guiding lines for the performer of the 21st century. Frank Peeters is professor and honorary dean of the Institute for Translation at Antwerp University. Koen Van Synghel is an architect and architecture critic. Jan Dekeyser is the architect of the Troubleyn/Laboratorium building. Nadia Sels is a professor in the department of literary studies at the University of Ghent and in the department of architecture at the University of Antwerp. Luk Van den Dries is a professor of theatre studies at the University of Antwerp.