ABOUT

School Of Love (SOL) is a collective based in Brussels. Members of SOL have various artistic backgrounds, such as performance, dance, visual arts, teaching, participative practices, anthropology and music.

We develop collective artistic practices, which invite people to explore ways and skills of being and acting together. We do this by approaching love as a mode of engagement in political and social spheres, rather than only as a personal  matter. Love carries qualities of embodied attention and emotional availability, its more than a feeling: it’s a choice, a practice, an intention.

SOL believes that new forms of collectivity need to be experimented with in order to create future resilient communities with a strong system of mutuality. We wonder if the liveliness, care, commitment and generosity that love evokes in us when we love privately, could claim the space in collectivity and community as a valuable survival skill.

SOL engages with the exploration and dissemination of this notion of love through artistic methodologies and formats for collective learning that bring together elements from art and pedagogy. We trust that both of these fields can cultivate love as a social agent.

We feel called to act upon the fact that individual challenges are often the product of social structures and historical constructions and therefore should be dealt with collectively and not on an individual level. This is why we consider the collective itself as an object of exploration. SOL  implements collective governance which we choose to understand as an exercise of love. The challenges that this practice poses are the core learning process SOL is committed to.

SOL’s practices contain workshops, participative events and performances that address diverse people, such as high school pupils and teachers, art practitioners and activists, and the broad public of art institutions.

The current core group of SOL consists of: Shila Anaraki, Olga Bientz, Roger Fähndrich, Laura Oriol, Martina Petrovic, Irena Radmanovic, Adva Zakai.

PRACTICES

SOL’s practices are largely based on the sharing of personal stories. We consider life experiences as valuable situated knowledge from which to learn about love practices. Both our public and internal events often develop through listening first, and then emotionally, theoretically and artistically responding to what has been shared.

Email us to keep updated: schooloflove@protonmail.be


DEEP HANGING OUT (DHO)

Very informal and intimate, but at the same time public, Deep Hanging Out (DHO) is a recurrent gathering based on a protocol of checking in with each person present. We usually focus on a question that addresses a critical inquiry about love. Out of these sharings a collective reflection on our lives would emerge and shape the event. Sometimes the event is lightly curated with artistic or theoretical interventions related to the question addressed. Sometimes we deliberately create an empty and empathetic space for the unexpected to emerge. There is always food brought by everyone and shared. The DHO meetings are open to everybody and take place in Brussels. 

The last DHO of 2023 will take place on Friday 13th (!) October, 19h – 22h at au Jus , Av. Jean Volders 24, Brussels
More info soon here

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From 2024 the DHO format will change into a series of performative alternative celebrations. We will get together during common holidays celebrated in Belgium, in order to actualise them. We wish to make their content and form more relevant for the urgencies that we feel deserve to be celebrated today. The intimate nature of the DHO will be kept – it will be a moment of encounter, of sharing, of creating a sense of togetherness.
More about that – soon.

TOGETHER-MESS

Together-mess is an art laboratory that fosters meaningful encounters among artists and activists.  Its motivated by the wish to contribute to mutual inspiration and a sense of community in the cultural field. Addressing urgent societal issues, the sessions aim to extend creative processes beyond artists’ individual practices. Part takers are invited to collectively develop or strengthen practices of love, solidarity and kinship.

Together-mess includes practice and theory sharing and collective brainstorming. It aims at developing collaborative creation processes that act upon the concerns the session addresses, which might be the springboard for future projects and collaborations.

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The next Together-mess sessions (April 2024) will revolve around an extended notion and practice of family life, where kinship, friendships and communality replace the model of the romantic couple and the nuclear family. Such models exist around and within us and we see in them a crucial way of survival, but they are often precarious and legally unprotected. The participants of Together-mess will engage with creating prototypes of support structures for those of us who live and love within these (still) alternative constellations. The poetic and the practical, the imagined and the hands on, the playful and the structured will hopefully reinforce each other in the creation of tools for a wished-for new kin paradigm.
If you wish to take part in the coming session – let’s talk.

LOVERYNTH

Designed as a workshop for secondary school pupils and teachers, Loverynth inquires in artistic ways on the nature of socially engaged love. Using the metaphor of love as a labyrinth, we explore various paths, in which the romantic is only one among other more social and political roads paved within the love maze.

Methodologically, we use artistic conversation tools to examine the relationships between practices of love, school and art. We ask whether the school is a place of kinship and research how love could be a part of its curriculum, and If school itself, as a system, is capable of loving. In that way, we create an intimate space where personal stories are shared and become the knowledge and material we work with. Consequently, the workshop itself becomes a space that fosters love and kinship. The exchange grows into collective creative processes that reflect on different notions of love or that enact love, in which art is regarded as a tool to study, or even transform socio-cultural realities.

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The coming Loverynth sessions will revolve around a comparison between a historical text about love, the Symposium by Plato, and what love could mean to us today.

NEWS

13 October 2023
Deep Hanging OutThe last DHO of 2023
Friday 13th (!) October, 19h – 22h at au Jus, Av. Jean Volders 24, Brussels
More info soon

15 October 2023
Artistic intervention at Réparer et transformer festival
Les rencontres de l’écologie politique 2023, Tour and Taxis in Brussels

February 2024
Loverynth
‘tvier school and kc BUDA, Kortrijk

April 2024
Together-mess – Kin families 
Kc BUDA, Kortrijk

 

PAST ACTIVITIES

“Do it Together” – contribution to the publication ‘STADSATELIER – 10 years of artistic practices in and with the city’.
6th of September 2023, published in Dutch and English.

DHO / the archive we live in
15 June, La vieille Chéchette, Brussels.

Together-mess 01 – A loving take on undoing, ‘caretorship’ and collectivity
24 – 29 April 2023, CIFAS, La Bellone, Brussels.

DHO at Kunsthal
31 March 2023, Kunsthal, Ghent.

Deep Hanging Out at Nekkersdal
9 February 2023, Gemeenschapscentrum Nekkersdal, Brussels.

Core Lab 0.1
2 – 6 February 2023, Potatoes collective’s house, Dourbes.

Workshop at ODC LAB
November 2022, ODC at KASK, Ghent.

Loverynth/Workshop III with high-school pupils and teachers
17 – 21 October 2022, with Athénée Joseph Bracops and CIFAS, Anderlecht.

Feelings can be valuable knowledge
March 2022, interview by Hans Bryssinck, founding member and co-director of SPIN.

Loverynth/Workshop II with high-school pupils and teachers
25 – 29 October 2021, with De Broederschool and kc Vooruit, Ghent.

Loverynth/Workshop I with high-school pupils and teachers
February – April 2021, with ‘tvier and kc BUDA, Kortrijk.

Designing Schools That Love
September – November 2019, Beursschouwburg and Open design course for refugees and asylum seekers, Brussels.

Free School @ Kunstenfestivaldesarts
17 May 2019, Charleroi danse/La Raffinerie, Brussels.

UNLEARNING LEARNING – LEARNING UNLEARNING
24 March 2019, Unlearning Center, BlueFactory, Fribourg (CH).

SYNTROFI “ON PRIVILEGE”Participatory lunch performance
January – February 2019, kc Vooruit, Ghent.

The Swamp Pavilion. 2018
24 – 29 September 2018, Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale, Venice.

A.PASS MEETS SOL / SCHOOL OF LOVE
2 September – 30 November 2018, a.pass, Brussels.

INSTEAD OF NEEDING TO KNOW
4 – 9 June 2018, with a.pass, ZSenne gallery, Brussels.

The School Of Three Legged Love – Episode 1
18 – 23 March 2018, Longchamps – Bertogne, Les Ardennes.

Syntrofi performative lunches
February – April 2017, KASK in Gent, M55 Art residence in Athens (GR) and kc BUDA in Kortrijk.