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Symposium: Francis Alÿs - The Nature of the Game (EN)

Book launch
24 11 2023 14:00 17:00

Symposium on the occasion of the publication Francis Alÿs - The Nature of the Game. This volume provides a multidisciplinary perspective to the many layers of Children’s Games. It includes an interview with Francis Alÿs and Rafael Ortega, a series of essays by well-known scholars and art critics, curatorial statements, and a logbook related to the presentation of Children’s Games at the Venice Biennale of 2022.

14:00 – 14:15: Welcome by WIELS Director Dirk Snauwaert and introduction by Gerard-Jan Claes and Stéphane Symons
14:15 – 15:30: Lectures by John Potter (University College London) and Jan Masschelein (KU Leuven)
15:30 – 16:00: coffee break
16:00 – 16:45: Lecture by Karen Lang (Royal Society of Arts)
16:45 – 17:00: concluding remarks

Free entrance
WIELS Auditorium

Publication Francis Alys KUL

Francis Alÿs. The Nature of the Game
Gerard-Jan Claes, Stéphane Symons (eds)

In 1999, a short video of a solitary boy kicking an empty bottle up a hill in Mexico City became the first instalment of Children’s Games, a series of works by artist Francis Alÿs (b. Antwerp, 1959). The ongoing project, which now numbers around thirty-five works, has gradually given shape to an extensive collection of videos of children at play. For almost twenty-five years, Alÿs and his collaborators Félix Blume, Julien Devaux, and Rafael Ortega have been travelling around the world to document the distinctive ways in which children interact with each other and their physical environment. They have gone from remote villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, and Nepal to the mountains of Switzerland and metropoles like Hong Kong and Paris, but have also visited the war-torn city of Mosul in Iraq, the border between Mexico and the United States, and the strait of Gibraltar that divides Africa and Europe. The resulting images are standing proof of the seriousness of play and of children’s stunning powers of resilience in the face of conflict.

Open Access ebook, ePDF 9789461665416
Paperback, € 30,00 / £29.00, ISBN 9789462703841, 176 p.