Call for proposals 3: Working digitally in the arts field

Desert Hearts Gallery — A space to connect the virtual and the physical worlds

Which challenges for working digitally in the arts carry your interest?

I’m interested in connecting the virtual and the physical worlds and at the same time creating an online art space that focuses on queer perspectives. For this I will invite artists to find a place or an object in the public space in Brussels or Flanders and produce a work around that. It will be exhibited online but activated through an opening event that happens at the chosen space.

Why do you want to participate in this call?

I’ve always been interested in creating art online and with the start of the pandemic and everyone spending so much time in front of their computers I feel like it is a new challenge to create an online space that also has the ability to connect people in the “real” world. So for this project I want to invite artists to use the physical space as the source and starting point for an online exhibition. The activation of the exhibition is a meeting at the chosen space: it can be a reading, a performance but also just a sticker on the wall. It is a way to make art that relates to the public space but happens mostly in an online space. It’s not about the transformation of the physical space but more about the exploration of it, seeing something that nobody else might have ever noticed and creating a work around that in the virtual space. I think this is a great possibility to explore all the hidden or very obvious spaces around us and to get to know the city- and landscape of Brussels and Flanders in a different way.

How could your work on these challenges have an impact towards fairness and sustainability in the arts of Flanders and Brussels?

With the Desert Hearts Gallery I hope to create a platform to represent upcoming queer artists and understand their life or stories in relation to our surroundings. I think it is really important to have more queer perspectives represented in the arts and I hope that this can be a way to achieve that. I also think it is a way to show love and appreciation to unknown places in Flanders and Brussels and give them another value or meaning through the artist’s perspective. With the openings happening at a public space, it can be a great chance to get into exchange with the community around that space. It is so important to think about the ways where and how art is shown and who has access to it, so these openings can be a way to get into exchange with a broader public and to create a dialogue between the people online and the local communities.

Contact details

Mara Ittel,