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Potential Estate at Brussels Biennial

Potential Estate (2006- ) is a Belgian collaborative* research project that operates along models of self-organization and participation. The collective’s practice is highlighted in public events, a website, and a series of cabinets.
For the Brussels Biennial they will be developing a project along
The Crying of Potential Estate (2008), a film of murder, money and multiplicity developed from a PE-scenario for a real-time auction. Against the backdrop of this public auction, a lethal plot is being executed.
The three characters in the story – Wally Hope, The Indian and The Tiny Economist – cohabit in the lining of a national space. Belgium, the little U.S. village born out of Belgian emigration, becomes the stake of a new conquest. Moved by the intrigue that is cut in various lots sold to the highest bidder, the present audience – spectators, investors and passers-by – rashly shifts position from extra to actor in becoming an accomplice to a long-drawn murder.
Equally a scenario, an event and a narrative placement, The Crying of Potential Estate (2008) ties the different modes of production into a science fiction story.

A future ‘residency’ was the key issue around which Potential Estate was initially conceived. After an exploratory mission, Belgium, a small suburban entity in Wisconsin, U.S. - founded by their 19th century Belgian and Luxemburg ancestors - was identified as a possible ‘residential’ site. Rather than setting a target to be realized it became a critical focus for Potential Estate activating a reflection on transnationality.

* Brussels Biennial configuration (2008) is David Evrard, Ronny Heiremans, Pierre Huyghebaert, Vincent Meessen and Katleen Vermeir, in collaboration with Kristin Rogghe and Veronique Vaes.