About - The Golden Wall
'The Golden Wall' is part of a special art project initiated by BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, in the context of 'NEXT GENERATION, PLEASE', an exposition which took place in May 2016 and which concerns how a new generation is reflecting about Europe. Guy Dermul, theatre director and artist, came up with the idea of holding a ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE between students representing every EU member state, according to the European Council. Mathias Ruelle, documentary filmmaker, recorded the full outdoor conference 360° degrees. The recorded images were presented to the public in a 360° video-installation at the exposition in BOZAR in May 2016 and translated the conference into a walkthrough audiovisual experience.
The title of the conference is a reference to a chapter with a heading of the same name from Harry Mulisch’s ‘The Discovery of Heaven’. In the book the character Onno Quist, a lawyer/linguist/politician, gives his vision of what politics is all about. Quist imagines a golden wall which separates society from politics. Behind the golden wall lies the power; that’s where real decisions are made by statesmen. People in society think that there are statesmen behind this golden wall who, bound by rules and protocols, are playing a tactical game of chess at the very highest level, in which all kinds of intrinsic arguments play an important role. But nothing could be further from the truth: behind this wall everything is just as much of a mess as it is on the other side. Rational considerations and formal rules have no role to play, it is a mess in which all manner of small events and personal considerations play a far bigger role than Reason or the Constitution. This will be one of the numerous texts/documents which will be presented to the participating students.
GUY DERMUL is first and foremost an actor, but he is also a writer and increasingly a director. In the past he performed with Jan Decorte, Steve Paxton, Jürgen Gosch, Jan Ritsema and Wim Vandekeybus. In 1984 he co-founded the theatre company Dito’Dito, worked regularly with tg STAN and Transquinquennal. Since 2006 he has been a key artistic member of the Brussels City Theater. There he has produced plays such as Litanie, Barakstad, It’s my life and I do what I want (with Pierre Sartenaer) and Skieven. At the KVS he is the initiator of Armwoede/Pauvérité/Powerty, for which this season he created the show Hunger for Trade in the context of a major international project. In addition, he irregularly appears in films, most recently in ’The Misfortunates’. MATHIAS RUELLE is a Brussels-based documentary filmdirector and cinematographer. As a video artist he creates films for live projection on stage in collaboration with performing artists, theater companies and art centres. Both artists are supported by The Golden Wall voluntary team members without whom this would not be possible: Antoinne Delagoutte, Ditte Van Brempt, Josja Van Zadelhoff, Laure Vercruysse and Leslie Taelemans.
BOZAR - Next Generation Please
Two hundred young people from twelve schools and young people’s organisations join artists to think about (open) borders, European culture and identity, being a citizen and a sense of public responsibility, democracy and participation, freedom of expression, migration and diversity. Between 17 and 29 May 2016 the short films, texts, performances, photos and interactive installations which result from these inspirational collaborations will be free to visit in BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.
Paul Dujardin, Director-general BOZAR, about the BOZAR experience: Creativity, quality, and artistic diversity have been at the heart of the Centre’s mission since its foundation. But for art not to be something abstract and distant, for it to be truly part of the “culture” of a society – and particularly in a city as variegated and international as Brussels – the public must be able to experience it in a way that is both natural and lively.Art and people must find and recognise each other, must interact with and enrich each other. For the greater happiness of all.