The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, HISK Belgium
Visual identity + online platform
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us (...) — Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
The well-known opening line of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities (1859) resonates strikingly with today's climate of lingering crisis, like an endless soap opera or emotional rollercoaster. The HISK responds to these circumstances by launching a digital, curated channel onto which the candidate laureates will present and contextualise their work. Studio visits, interviews, a radio show, video portraits, experimental sound recordings, video art, performances,... the channel presents the most surprising and diverse contributions that offer a unique, virtual insight into the practice and/or work process of the first- and second-year candidate laureates.
This brand-new channel, an absolute first in the history of the HISK, launched on the 15th of April 2021 with works by several artists that will be presented systematically, one by one, over the coming period. In the weeks that follow, the platform will be gradually updated with new contributions, like new episodes in a serial. Keep an eye on the HISK social media to stay up to date with the programming.