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The Battle of Lice
October 2018 until October 2019

The Battle of Lice is a research based residency in the neighborhood Brugse Poort in Ghent. It is an assignment by De Koer which should lead towards the development of a visualization. At this very moment I am looking for social topics related to the urban renewal of this specific district. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Please feel free to contact me.

With pleasure I can announce my nomination for a residency period at De Koer in Ghent. De Koer is a hotspot in full deveopment located in the middle of the Brugse Poort in Ghent. Read their full statement here. My participation in this program is devided in three parts and the working title for my contribution is The Battle of Lice (translated from: Het Luizengevecht).

Het Luizengevecht 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. It is not a very cheerful story, but today on this spot, the name of the park originates from this past and is part of the urban renewal plan 'Oxygen for the Brugse Poort'. For me this title refers to an invisible fight and it offers a potential from the bottom up to address a certain situation. Also it refers to contemporary forms of displacement on the housing market as a direct result of this urban renewal.

Democrazy, zonevreemd, het luizengevecht, de gewone man, inplanting, cirkante tafel, just a few Flemish words that inspired me to apply for this residency at De Koer.

The first part of this research focuses on finding stories related to the urban renewal. In my opinion, culture arises as a cooperative and human movement that is intrinsically embedded within life itself. A good art project is able to give a voice to what is usually not heard or seen. The artwork therefore has an important journalistic signaling function. I would like to get in touch with local residents who want to share their stories from their immediate and urgent surrounding.

The second part focuses on collecting & gathering potential (lice) in order to arrive at a visual intervention (the fight). I find the word 'zonevreemd' nice within this context, which means strange or unusual for this particular area. This asks for the reorganizition of available knowledge and resources in favour of an image that is foreign or unknown to this zone. It refers to my artistic practise in which I temporary interrupt meaningful situations in order to open them and offer space for reflection and otherness.

The third and final part is the possible realization of a temporary visual project for which I will come up with an appropriate title when the time comes.

Please contribute to this research.

The representation of art should play an essential role in shaping and thinking about our community. This is unfortunately often not the case in today's society. As an external service provider I am looking for an inclusive environment for the execution of this research, the sharing of the results and the possible realization of the idea, in which all those involved can actually become shareholders. Do you have tips or suggestions? Please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Battle of Lice (Het Luizengevecht) follows the concept behind #theorganisation and wants to make knowledge and resources available from the market for alternatives in the service of society as a whole. The chances for a successful visualization depend to a great extent on the enthusiasm with which various 'shareholders' receive these ideas and visualize the results.

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

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Best regards, Edwin Stolk.

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