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TOGETHER IN LIGHT @ DARK 2.0 ART EXPO PRESENTED BY LIVING TOMORROW & PSYCART Through the artworks of contemporary artists Panamarenko, Koen Vanmechelen, Fred Eerdekens, Peter de Cupere, Nick Ervinck, Ulrike Bolenz, Athar Jaber and Sergey Dozhd, meet the artwork of artists of PsycArt: Bruno Gérard, Nils Dieu, Mireille Dubois, Frédéric Etienne, Luc Derck, Nancy Oliver, Vital Van Kriekinge, Kim De Veylder en Philippe Da Fonseca. The exhibition will confront the audience with the immaterial activity of the artistic brain and its reflection via artistic output. The exhibition challenges the art world to go beyond known scientific facts that lead the audience into unknown dimensions. The expo plays constantly on the border of the immaterial and the material, starting from a perfume bottle from Kazimir Malevich. 154 Art has always taken its place in Living Tomorrow as a concept that refers to human creativity in thinking about the future. Under guidance of curator Barbara Dietrich, two partners — LIVING TOMORROW and PSYCART — want to give art a place in the exhibtion TOGETHER IN LIGHT @ DARK 2.0 to confront the audience with the creativity of the human brain and how to become reflection and innovation. HOW TO BECOME INNOVATIVE? Through creativity. But you can’t just buy creativity and you can’t enforce no one’s creativity. SO, HOW TO BECOME CREATIVE ? By inspiration. But that inspiration rarely comes by itself. SO, HOW TO GET INSPIRED ? When a person takes the time and space to see actively around itself, he can get inspired. This is how it works for artists who challenge themselves to work out a unique idea, to continue in being innovative. Art can invite a person to take the time and space to look around and to get inspired by something a person doesn’t know yet, something never seen before, that can inspire. For each future project in which people want to get challenged in the search for innovation, art can help to look at what they didn’t know yet, at what they haven’t seen yet. And when people take the time and space to try to look in a different way, at that moment inspiration and imagination can arise and change into creativity and finally into innovation. In this exhibition every artist leads the audience into a new way of looking at and thinking about living as a human being in the constantly changing world. PsycArt is a non-profit association dedicated to artists with a mental or social vulnerabilty to guide and support them in various ways so that they can present their creative work to a broad audience. PsycArt looks at the creative work nor merely as “creation itself”. It is a non-profit association that focuses on the meaning of artists to create in life by offering

© Athar Jaber opportunities that lead to present their work in a qualitative and ethically correct manner. Although the non-profit association PsycArt was founded recently (July 2013), the PsycArt project celebrates its twentieth birthday in 2018. Initially, this project set up by a pharmaceutical company specialised in psychiatry and neurology, consisted of organizing exhibitions for health care professionals working in mental health institutions. Since 1998, the two main action areas of the project are as follows: • Support to artists with a mental or social vulnerability through exhibitions and other creative projects, ensuring an ethical and secure environment around the sale and rental of their artworks • Expertise in artistic management as to support exhibition projects in the sector of mental health care and social reintegration. An underlying goal remains the elimination of any stigma around artists with a vulnerability. With the support of volunteers, following activities are now part of the daily operation: 1. Organizing and coordinating exhibitions, debates and symposia (artistic management) through projects on location in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia 2. Organizing exhibitions, lecturers, debates and workshops for groups at the fully equipped location where PsycArt has its administrative seat (Schaerbeek) 3. Managing the art library: rental and sale of the art collection of more than 400 works to individuals, businesses and other associations. So far, PsycArt is one of the few NPAs in charge of a sociocultural project at (inter)national level, focusing the greatest part of its work on the three Belgian regions and the Grand- Duchy of Luxembourg. Over a period of almost 20 years, PsycArt has exhibited over 500 artists. The most part of the money raised from sales has been returned to the participating institutions and the artists themselves. The success and reputation of PsycArt has grown steadily over the years, extending well beyond the medical environment. In particular the project has on several occasions won Prométhéa’s Caïus awards, which it won twice in 1999 and 2012, and for which it received a special mention in 2003. PsycArt vzw, Thiéfrystraat 51–53, 1030 Schaerbeek (Brussels) Contact: Stefanie De Weirdt, T + 32 472 92 66 03 155