Artist residency & Artist-run gallery • Ecole Mondiale
Artistic project by Filip Van Dingenen & Ive Van Bostraeten (BE)

Waterloosesteenweg 4, Chaussée de Waterloo 1060 Brussels (BE)

Ecole Mondiale was originally  initiated by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1902 as a postgraduate school to develop and prepare young men for a colonial career in the overseas areas of the European nation states. Filip Van Dingenen, Ive Van Bostraeten and a loose collective of artists and participants, aspires to rethink this project trough the design of several thematic ‘fieldstations’ on various locations in the world. The aim is to redefine and investigate the feasibility of the Ecole Mondiale as a pedagogical project. In 1905, King Leopold II placed a cornerstone at Tervuren-Brussels to mark his project to build Ecole Mondiale. The classic eight departments included: Agronomy, Ethnography, History, Languages, Law, Mathematics, Medicine and Natural History. These departments were accompanied by a document centre with the expectation that its graduates would build an international knowledge centre. In particular, Leopold aimed to prepare people to explore new territories. Today, we no longer have to explore the world, but to learn how to care for an existing world. The former Ecole Mondiale’s focus was embedded in the particular knowledge domains of its epoch and close related to the main classification systems still in use of today’s thinking. EM is reconsidering the school’s model and is an attempt to bridge spiritual -scientific/rational and artistic knowledge by bringing it together into harmony. Or how to bring a balance into thinking, doing, and feeling?


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