Kronos Europe NV
in progress 2021
Position 1- View of Kronos Europe NV is part of the proposal entitled 'Mission Dhuicque' and was developed during my Konnektor residency in the summer of 2020. This proposal consists of three interconnected positions that service the area around the Langerbrugge Power Station.
The Langerbrugge Power Plant provided the right infrastructure so that companies such as Kronos Europe NV could see the 'light of day' here. When we look at the deterioration of the heritage today, people mainly point out to me the negligence of the current owner - MG Real Estate - to maintain the building properly.
However, my research also showed that the chemical company Kronos is contributing to this impasse. This high-risk seveso company makes it difficult to use the heritage site in any other way. Residents express their fear that the building will eventually decay to the point of demolition. The 'spectacle' offered appears to be a Greek tragedy.
The Langerbrugge-South coupling area was opened in 2019. The paths of this park lead me to the industrial 'cathedral' - the Langerbrugge Power Station. During my first visit I was unaware of the risks involved here. During my research, this area slowly unfolded before my eyes. Here, the visual transition from living area towards industrial zone is carefully directed.
In order to fathom the perception of this heritage site, we must be able to face the complexity of this landscape. For Position 1, I therefore want to work together with the management of Kronos Europe NV. Today, this company is hidden behind the grass-sown hills of its own (filter cake) landfills. It is of great importance to offer a view of this industrial culture.
I am thinking of a 'corporate film' (without sound) in which the imposing structures that lie directly behind the green buffer are made public as seen from the air. A projection that can be shown to visitors in the park area, on a large screen, with the green landfill as its background. Position 1 thus forms the left panel of the intended landscape triptych. The situation sketches on the right give a good impression.
Position 1 - View of Kronos Europe NV
[This position offers a view of the present, which has a major influence on the choices that are made.]
Position 2 - View of the Langerbrugge Electricity Station by sunrise and sunset
[This position offers a view of the visible past, which seems to slowly wither away.]
Position 3 - View of the former fly ash dumb from the Langerbrugge power station
[This position offers a view of the consequences of a past that seems to have been disappeared forever in the green of trees.]
Shaping our culture is a shared responsibility. That is why I would like to examine the cultural landscape on offer here collaboratively.
Best regards, Edwin Stolk
During my research I have been in contact with representatives of the municipality of Evergem, Het agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed, de Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie, de provincie Oost Vlaanderen, Comeet and the Projectgroep Gentse Kanaalzone. I was reading a thesis about the architect Eugène Dhuicque written by Roos Pauwels at the University of Ghent and studied many (governmental) reports about this area and the companies active in this area. I spoke with the founder and conservator of the former Museum Energeia, with former workers of the power plant and people who are born and raised with the view of this power station. It was special to meet with supporters and opponents of this heritage.
I want to thank everyone for their confidence.
Slide 1 An overview of the three positions of 'Mission Dhuicque'
Slide 2 'Corporate film' shown from garden area Herryville
Slide 3 'Corporate film' shown from the park direction in the coupling area
Gouvernement made this proposal 'Mission Dhuicque' possible during Konnektor and it will be further elaborated with the following partners: (your company, organization, name here?) 'Mission Dhuicque' follows the concept of #theorganisation
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