BOZAR, de Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have built up a strong connection on the crossroads between art, research and society. In the 2017-2018 academic year/cultural season the three institutions are moving up a gear.
Henceforth, the VUB and ULB are moving into their own city under a brand new concept: konekt.brussels, with its own Brussels City Campus. The central location of the Ravenstein gallery forms the headquarters of this Brussels City Campus. The universities can come here for regular lessons, debates and symposia – all in close collaboration with the BOZAR teams. So the university, the city and the Centre for Fine Arts are literally and figuratively moving closer together.
In the first instance the structural collaboration fits in with the desire to see the worlds of culture and science come together organically, to have two-way traffic from the campuses to the Centre for Fine Arts and back again. BOZAR’s mission is the cross pollination of diverse disciplines and social sectors. That is explicitly stated in the BOZAR AGORA discussion programme, amongst others with the annual Difference Day, in response to the World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Crosstalks and the Brussels Academy are permanent partners of BOZAR AGORA. BOZAR established the Mahmoud Darwich chair in collaboration with, amongst others, the ULB. The new BOZAR LAB, a permanent space for art and research, offers numerous additional opportunities for collective reflection, co-creation and co-presentations.
Alongside the stimulation of new research, whereby artists and scientists come together at an early stage, the VUB/ULB and BOZAR also want to address students as active citizens in the metropolis of Brussels. The commemoration of May ’68 – with the Occupation of the Centre for Fine Arts – and the revival of civil protest movements make the collaboration between the universities and a cultural centre such as BOZAR very topical.