De Unie Hasselt-Genk | An initiative of

De Unie’ke Stad

In the run-up to De Unie Hasselt-Genk, Z33 initiated an educational art school project under the name De Unie’ke Stad (The Unie-que City). Together with schools and artists, Z33 took on the challenge to realize tailored art in the open space projects. In this way, children and young people are given the opportunity to be heard, and connect with the artists of De Unie Hasselt-Genk. The project not only brings together four different school environments, but also creates a new map of Hasselt and Genk, as seen through the eyes of the schoolchildren.

For this project, Z33 joined forces with Het Kleine Atheneum, the VTI, KTA2 and the technical institute Sint-Lodewijk. An artist was assigned to each school. Together with Z33, Eveline Lambrechts, a young artist in the visual arts and Simon Halsberghe, a sound artist with experience as a field recorder, DJ and producer, make sure everything runs smoothly.

Sint-Lodewijk build a foghorn from plumbing PVC pipes

The technical institute Sint-Lodewijk (Genk) works around sound art. The team of teachers indicated that the students are often busy with music and sound in their free time, which is why we got Simon Halsberghe involved in the project. In consultation with the technical teachers, he tried to find a connection between technology and sound, and came up with the idea to design and build a foghorn from plumbing PVC pipes.

Het Kleine Atheneum makes a stamped city

The kindergarten children of Het Kleine Atheneum in Hasselt take the ideal dream city as a starting point. Eveline Lambrechts lets the children experiment with printing techniques. She also teaches them to design stamps in the form of streets and houses. Every toddler literally makes his or her own impression on the city by stamping a piece of fabric. Afterwards, all the pieces of fabric are put together in the form of a tent in which the children can play.

KTA2 visualises street map in stained glass

The students of KTA2, in turn, were inspired by the still empty building in which they will be given classes in the coming years. The many windows in the building create a beautiful play of light and shadow with many different patterns. This then inspired them to work on the concept of stained glass. They create a fascinating interplay between old and new, between the glass windows and the old and the new school building. They have taken the street plan of Hasselt as the basis of their design. After a survey of students, it appeared that their vision on Hasselt was quite limited. By using a street map, they get to know the city better. They dissect the map and then make their own interpretation in 2D.

VTI creates soundwalk with map designed by themselves

The VTI resolutely pulls the sound card and sets out a trajectory for the students of the KSO, keeping the move from the old to the new KSO school building in mind. They also opted for an original approach: what is sound before it means something? The students collected sounds from the route between the old and the new school. They then worked the sounds into a sound walk that brings together the familiar environment with the new. In addition, the students put their graphic skills to good use and design a visual map of the soundwalk.