gRig, Brussels / 29.10. - 31.10.2009

Brussels, 29.10. - 31.10.2009

FoAM, nadine & gRig (the Guild for Reality Integrators and Generators) a society of people exploring the realities emerging from mixing art, science and technology,  invited you to gRig Froesjels, a celebration of mixed realities and the Guild's annual meeting.

During the last three days of October 2009, the Guild hosted a public gathering, gRig Froesjels, a chance to encounter gRig members, funders & fans, as well as experience some of the Guild's works. The event began on 29 October with a series of events focusing on mixing physical and digital realities – an exhibition and a bazaar, including experimental works from esteemed European artists and artisans.

On 30 October, the Guild held its formal reception in the ancient halls of the Guild of Saint Georges. The reception was accompanied by gRig’s gastronomic refreshments, followed by a talk by Maja Kuzmanovic, gRig's co-ordinator and the premiere of Viriditas, a new musical composition by Stevie Wishart, with Penelope Turner, soprano, specially commissioned for this unique event.

31st of October began with the Data Ecologies seminar, about mixing real and abstracted systems. In the evening, gRig Froesjels concluded with a costumed All Hallow's Eve. In this spirited closure of the events, gRig summoned its past, present and future members to Toone, a quirky puppet theatre in the centre of Brussels.

Detailed Programme
Thursday 29 October 2009
6 – 9 p.m.
gRig froesjels at FoAM: groWorld Bazaar
FoAM, Koolmijnenkaai 30-34 Quai des Charbonnages, 1080 Brussels

A rarity cabinet of experiments, games and artworks dedicated to the ‘vegetal mind’, urban gardening, patabotany and the interaction between humans & plants. With: Tale of Tales, Sixtostart, Angelo Vermeulen, Bart Vandeput, Dave Griffiths, Maki Ueda, Foamlab Holland and others.
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9 - 11 p.m.
gRig froesjels at nadine
Plateau, Herdersstraat 30 rue du Berger, 1050 Brussels Inauguration of the gRigroom, a visual archive of all the partners of gRig and the première of x-med-k Media Ecologies Documentary by Audrius Mickevicius. In the presence of gRig-residents Alex Davies and Performing Pictures.

O.L.Vrouwekerk van Goede Bijstand, Kolenmarkt - Marché aux charbons, 1000 Brussels
Video-installation by Performing Pictures to visit during the opening hours of the church O.L.V. van Goede Bijstand.
Friday 30 October 2009
8.30 - 11p.m.
gRig froesjels at the Saint George's Guild: Viriditas
Grand Serment Royal et de Saint-Georges des Arbalétriers de Bruxelles
Impasse du Borgendael - Koningsplein 7-9 Place Royale, 1000 Brussels.

The premiere of Stevie Wishart’s Viriditas, a musical pece for two voices, hurdy-gurdy and cello. The performance is based on Hildegard von Bingen’s Lingua Ignota and her vision of Viriditas, the greening energy behind all life.
The performance will be followed by a guided tour of Saint George’s guild-hall and initiation into the guild. With: Stevie Wishart & Penelope Turner, members of the Saint George's Guild.
gRig froesjels at nadine

O.L.Vrouwekerk van Goede Bijstand, Kolenmarkt - Marché aux charbons, 1000 Brussels
Video-installation by Performing Pictures to visit during the opening hours of the church O.L.V. van Goede Bijstand.
Saturday 31 October 2009
11a.m. – 5 p.m.
gRig froesjels at FoAM: Time's Up Data Ecologies seminar
FoAM, Koolmijnenkaai 30-34 Quai des Charbonnages, 1080 Brussels

Data Ecologies ‘09 is the fourth in a series that deals with the ways that real and abstracted systems interrelate. This year money (as an abstraction) and value (as something real) are the topics. Questions arise such as the use of money, how invest-ments and maintenance of non-money assets work, the way that interest breaks with ideas of real value and the different ways that value can be translated into the abstraction of money. With: Dougald Hine, Frithjof Bergmann, Karl Svozil, Ludwig Schuster and others.
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gRIg froesjels at Toone: Three Musketeers & All Hallow's Eve
Théâtre Royal de Toone, Impasse Sainte Pétronille, Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes 66, 1000 Brussels
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Showing of The Three Musketeers by the Royal Puppet Theatre Toone.

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
All Hallow's Eve, a costumed soirée with members of the Guild for Reality Integrators and Generators. Only gRig froesjeleirs will be admitted, so we advise you to bring a completed membership card:
Dress code: Please wear a costume with a story. Dress as a member of the Guild for Reality Generators or Integrators, from the past, present or future. The costume could include reality generation tools, instruments, documents or any other paraphernalia you deem necessary. You can find pictures of costumes worn previously at

gRig is a group of European artistic and cultural operators gathered around a mutual purpose; to research and create meaningful situations in hybrid (or mixed) reality, where digital media and physical materials, objects and spaces are increasingly intertwined.

Partners in the project:
FoAM (Brussels, Belgium)
Time's up
(Linz, Austria)
InterMedia (Oslo, Norway)
Interactive Institute (Stockholm, Sweden)
Nadine (Brussels, Belgium)
KID KIBLA (Maribor, Slovenia)

gRig project is supported by European Commission – Program Culture 2000 and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Maribor.

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