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The Battle of Lice
In progress 2018/19

The Battle of Lice is a research in the neighborhood Brugse Poort in Ghent and an assignment by De Koer.

This exploration so far, provided ideas for The Placing to be organized on 5 and 6 October 2019. At this very moment I am looking for people who live in the area and would like to participate? Please feel free to contact me.

De Koer is a hotspot in full deveopment located in the middle of the Brugse Poort in Ghent. Read their full statement here.

My research in this program listens to the title: The Battle of Lice (translated from: Het Luizengevecht). This was a 19th-century housing area for laborer's in the Brugse Poort. People lived there in great poverty and poor hygiene. The people of Ghent also called these poor living conditions mockingly 'Het Luizengevecht' because so many lice would have lived there that they had to fight for a proper place.

Het Luizengevecht

[park view Het Luizengevecht offered by the city of Ghent]

Today it delivers the name of a park as part of the urban renewal plan 'Oxygen for the Brugse Poort'. For me this research title refers also to a marginal and unnoticed battle.

Where art is often used by cities as a tool for their urban renewal I would like to turn this role around.

My research so far organized itself around the possibility of using art as a meaningful instrument from the perspective of the inhabitants of this neighborhood. Where art is often used by cities as a tool for their urban renewal I would like to turn this around. In my opinion art has the capacity to visualize alternatives and therefore it could show something else available for de Brugse Poort.

bushalte en luifel op het wijkplein Malpertuus

[view on rooftop and bus stop at Malpertuus offered by Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Sociaal Wonen/Stad Gent]

So far I contacted people and initiatives that could show me their examples from the urgence of the environment. By doing this I tried to formulate an actual question that could count on a broad support and delivered me ideas for The placing.

For now, I will focus on the collection of potential (lice) to be able to come to a visualization (the battle). Zonevreemd (foreign to this zone) is a nice word in this context, because I want to make means available for alternatives that will be foreign to this zone. With The placing I want to interrupt a meaningful situation temporary in order to create a space that allows us to rethink these circumstances.


The presentation of art should play an essential role in shaping and thinking about our lived environment. This is unfortunately often not the case in today's society. With this project I follow the concept behind #theorganisation and want to make knowledge and resources available in the service of society as a whole. Do you have tips or suggestions? Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Publicity about this project: Jegens & Tevens

The Battle of Lice (Het Luizengevecht) is made possible by: De Koer

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Best regards, Edwin Stolk.

The images on this page come partly from internet and refer to their source others are taken by Edwin Stolk.