Route Electricité extraordinaire REE
In 1911, English investors built the first power station in Drogenbos, which was to supply the city of Brussels with electricity. Since the 1990s, the power station included an iconic cooling tower which, like a landmark, dominates the landscape of the southern fringe of Brussels. Inspired by the omnipresence of infrastructure for electricity in the southern periphery, Chépas Collective is tracing the hardware behind and under the city for PeriFeria 2019. With R.E.E. – Route electricité extraordinaire – they will map out a route that will lead you along a number of infrastructural elements for the supply of electricity to the Brussels region. Through a series of performative interventions, the spatial and physical impact of these elements on our (peripheral) urban living environment is subjected to a new reading.
R.E.E. Route electricité extraordinaire is a project by Chépas Collective for PeriFeria 2019 which is being realised within the framework of the research project Continental des Gaz et de l’Electricité of City3 and Common Room.
Chépas collective is a multidisciplinary collective, founded in 2015 by Sebastiaan Willemen, architect, and Lola Daels, visual artist. Inspired by marginal spaces, urban or rural, they create interventions and performances in public space as well as in white cubes. Their work balances between poetry and criticism, rationalism and humour, activism and art, between now and the future.