HORST is a celebration of art and music in a setting like no other, a refreshing take on what a festival can be. The two day festival offers alternative electronic music. During these two days, an exhibition of art in the public spaces around the castle also starts for a period of 2 months. An underlying theme of this edition is the dialogue between art and architecture shown in the work of contemporary artists and architects. This theme is also of particular interest to curator duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. Historically, art and architecture have always been closely related. This interdependence has slowly faded in the course of the 20th century, leading to a relative separation between the two disciplines.
In ‘modern art’ the main concern for artists was the properties and potentials of the specific media. In the last fifty years, especially since the rise of minimalism, interest in interaction between art and architecture was revived. Traditional medias, such as painting and sculpting, were redefined by architectural space since more and more architects were inspired by visual arts. Today this interaction plays an important role in a number of contemporary practices. HORST highlights some of these practices, both by established names and young talent. Among them are Luc Deleu (BE), Pieterjan Ginckels (BE), Adrien Tirtiaux (BE), Anne Dessing (NL), Filip Dujardin (BE), Lodewijk Heylen (BE) & Elise Eeraerts (BE).
The 2016 music line-up is diverse, combining an array of impressive underground producers and guaranteed to deliver deejays. HORST invited personas and collectives from all over the wolrd, each of whom contributing to a bustling hyper-local scene whilst resonating on a global scale. Among them were: Antal, Honey Soundsystem, Mister Saturday Night, Machinedrum, Mala, The Black Madonna, Lone, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Jordan Rakei and many others.