Collectief Alleen

Collectief Alleen (Collective Alone) is a research project in which Merel explores the notion of loneliness. In this research, as in most of her work, the expert through experience ("ervaringsdeskundige") plays a central part. When it comes to loneliness a lot of us have become an expert through our own experiences in one way or another. All combined this generates a vast knowledge of loneliness and ways of coping with it. It is this embodied knowledge Merel wants to tap into by coming together as Collectief Alleen.

© Maria Stuut
© Maria Stuut

The residency at KAOS will be the first environment in which Merel seeks to make a space for collective loneliness. She aims to find new embodied and ritualistic forms to enclose the knowledge stored within each individual, making it something that can be experienced and shared by others. Her role as an artist will be that of an apprentice, letting the experiences and input of the residents, visitors, staff and others from the psychiatric environment guide her on this research journey.

About the KAOS residencies

KAOS develops art projects with artists who may or may not be psychologically vulnerable and has an Artists in residency programme in psychiatry. It brings art and psychiatry together and tells something about the perception of this. In collaboration with workspacebrussels, a few long term residencies are organised each year starting in 2022.



30.11.2022 - 27.01.2023