In the autumn of 2015 the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens started a residency programme in the House Van Wassenhove. Since 2018, The Wunderkammer Residence, located along the Lys, in the vicinity of the museum, also offers a place for residents. Both residencies aim at a reflective activity within the scope of a research or a development-oriented project. With these new, autonomous free ports, the MDD wants to intensify contact with artists, researchers, writers, thinkers, … and to (re-) activate Sint-Martens-Latem and the Lys region as a historically important source of inspiration.
Subversion is the key word. In addition to reflecting on the museum, its collections and the landscape, the residencies are open to critical reflection of one’s own practice, architecture, the (art) world and the broader, social structures. The residencies want to be creative think tanks in a rural and museum context.
The residency wishes to establish a dialogue and exchange between the resident and the museum, its staff and entourage. The focus is on insights, thoughts, encounters, investigations or creations that intensify and challenge our daily museum activities – and vice versa, can be of a distinctive added value for the resident.
During a residency in the House Van Wassenhove (1974), this single-person house of the Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens is entirely at the disposal of the resident. The utopian ideas of the architect, the postmodernist architecture and its progressive design, together with the rural location in Sint-Martens-Latem, provide a special place for reflection and isolation. Some of the residencies will be filled in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Art Sciences of the Ghent University.
Type of residency
The residency period can vary from one week to several weeks or months. The number of residents per year is restricted on the basis of the focus on dialogue and slowness. The residents are selected by the curatorial staff of the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. The selection is the result of the prevailing intrinsic interests associated with the daily artistic workings of the museum.
Some residencies may be filled in through application. Interested parties can make themselves known through a brief motivation letter (free format) or through the recommendation of a previous resident. Applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum will be in touch, if any interest.
If there is any specific interest in scientific research into the Jan Hoet library, the Dhondt-Dhaenens collection or the architecture of Juliaan Lampens, please contact the museum: email@example.com