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Power Toilets / Council of the European Union

A copy of the Ministers’ restroom in the Justus Lipsius Building, Council of the European Union in Brussels, installed for public use inside the Turkish Restaurant Alaturka in Ghent.

Power Toilets/ Council of the European Union is designed in close collaboration with NEZU AYMO architects for the exhibition TRACK, commissioned by the S.M.A.K and completed 2012. With thanks to gentbouw+.

Address: Restaurant Alaturka, 59 Nederkouter, Ghent, Belgium

Photo: Superflex

Excerpt from TRACK info site :

TRACK is a unique art experience in the public and semi public space of the city of Ghent. It offers surprising, enriching and unexpected encounters with the city, its history and its inhabitants and incites to reflect upon urban realities and the contemporary human condition in a broader sense. 35 international artists were invited to conceive new art works that are strongly rooted in the urban fabric of Ghent but link the local context with issues of global significance.

The two curators Philippe Van Cauteren and Mirjam Varadinis took the time to select exemplary locations in the wider city centre of Ghent and invited artists who have an affinity with the thematical context of those places. The selected artists used the local reality as a fertile source of inspiration and the results of their in-depth explorations are not simply traditional works of art, but artistic projects in all different medias that embrace the social, economic, cultural and political conditions of the city and the times we live in. Their works call for participation, interact with the different communities in various ways and leave permanent traces.

TRACK was initiated by the S.M.A.K. It continues the tradition established by the large-scale exhibition projects Chambres d’Amis (1986) and Over the Edges (2000), which installed contemporary art in the context of the city and entered into direct dialogue with the public.¨


FRIDAY 11.05.2012 12 noon – 7:00 pm: professional preview day

SATURDAY 12.05.2012 11:30 am - 12 noon: public opening with performance by Ahmet Ögüt

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