A Project by Constructlab

During the summer months of 2017 Construclab moves to the former mine of Waterschei in the industrially coined Limburgian town Genk, Belgium. Living on site, we will construct an inhabitable support structure that can be used as a social, artistic and community-shaping tool. Between the 21st of August and 2nd of September the vault-shaped support structure will be covered with a newly developed brick, invented and produced in our laboratories on site.

Thor park, André Dumontlaan 67, 3600 Genk, Belgium
phone: +32 486167644

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The era of mining and the presence of the company Ford have given strong identities to the city of Genk. Constructlab intervenes in a moment where the search for a new strong identity permits an experimentation and a reflection on visions of the future. A living support structure will be conceived to welcome the public; as a popular space where people of Genk, local associations, artists and scientists meet each other and appropriate the site; as a place to share existing knowledge and to learn new skills. In connection to the research activities already happening and to be established at Thor Park, we propose an applied research laboratory that is situated somewhere between artistic experimentation and public research. It positions itself as a complementary approach to academic scientific models, to deal with new technologies in an accessible and associative way. To try to produce a monumental arch as a result from this collective effort is like wondering physically, if now could be a moment of paradigm shift from the faith in efficiency and productivity to a smaller, transparent production in the city that incorporates deviation and allows change.

Weekly Program

On Monday and Tuesday we are closed for public.

Morning closed Open Workspace + Bar Open Workspace + Bar Open Workspace + Bar
Lunch Open Workspace + Bar Open Workspace + Bar Open Workspace + Bar Public Brunch
Afternoon Open Workspace + Bar Public Workshop: Tile-Making Open Workspace + Bar Open Workspace Public Workshop: Tile-Making
Evening Talking Heads: Public Discussion Concert or Film Biweekly: Food + Film
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