The first week of June (3-8) nadine organises Buratinas Cruise, a journey to Charleroi and back with our boat Buratinas. People who are interested to join can mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
As part of the “Slow Mobility” platform for artistic research established in 2011, nadine provides a framework for experimental artistic production involving mobility scaled to the body and in relation to defined territories. The means of transport are walking, cycling, boating, and so forth.
Speed- limited movement induces a more intimate immersion in the territory and its features, such as landscape, history, social and economic context, architecture, natural environment, and people.
The slow movement and the physical and mental immersion becomes locally embedded and creates the context for the work of the artists involved in the project. They focus on a particular aspect of the environment, and adapt their usual method of working to this particular modality of travel, creating works directly related to the territory. Artistic research conducted in these projects can result in performance, photographic or video work, installation, collection of data, narration, or interaction with people.
The Buratinas boat is an artistic project developed by nadine and interested individuals to question several issues in Brussels: renewable energy, slow mobility, ecology, public space, and water in the city. Buratinas moves beyond the realm of the cultural infrastructure and explores the possibilities of a mobile platform in a specific part of Brussels – the Brussels–Charleroi Canal.
During the winter of 2009 three Lithuanian artists, Julius Markevičius, Aurimas Lažinskas, and Linas Markevičiu, built a boat designed by the Danish naval architect Morten Olesen. Thus Buratinas was born and baptised. During the summer of 2010 they this crew embarked on a four-month tour taking them from Lithuania through Poland to Germany and the Netherlands, and finally Belgium.
Nadine's acquisition of this boat was a symbolic action that pushed us in a new direction. In the last two years, Buratinas has contributed to the cultural life of Brussels and the Brussels-Charleroi Canal. Several activities were taken on around the canal which served as a focus for the communities in the neighbourhood to experience “their” canal in a different way. A water taxi service for example was organised during a car-free Sunday, and for Festival Kanal the boat served as transport and a story generator.