SPIN is an artist-run support and research platform carried by the Brussels-based artists Hans Bryssinck, Diederik Peeters, Kate McIntosh and admin key-master Laura Deschepper.
SPIN is structurally funded by the Flemish Government (2015-2016 and 2017-2021) and the Flemish Community Commission (2015).
SPIN is long-term resident of and structurally supported by Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk (BE) since 2013.
Hans Bryssinck received a formal training at KASK in Ghent (Belgium) where he learned to develop a multidisciplinary and versatile arts practice. His initial artistic explorations led him into working as a designer, a performer, a theatre maker, a visual artist and a filmmaker. In 2004 he completed the research program in theatre and dance studies DasArts in Amsterdam. In the years that followed he developed work for the stage through a variety of artistic collaborations. More recently he went back to a more diversified practice that includes music, film and publication projects. In these projects the subjects are dealt with through various forms of performativity, more often than not by acting them out on Latin American soil.
Kate McIntosh (1974) is a Brussels-based artist who practices across the boundaries of performance, theatre and installation. Her works often focus on the physicality of both performer and audience, the manipulation of objects and materials, and the development of direct relations with and between audience members. Kate's practice is guided by her ongoing fascinations with the misuse of objects, playfulness with the public, a love of theatrical images and an off-beat humour.
Originally from New Zealand and trained in dance - since 2004 Kate has developed an internationally recognized body of stage and trans-disciplinary work which tours extensively in Europe as well as to Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
Her stage works include the performance solos All Natural (2004), Loose Promise (2007), and All Ears (2013) and the group performances Hair From the Throat (2006), Dark Matter (2009), Untried Untested (2012), In Stereo (2015 with Bree Van Reyk) and In Many Hands (2016). Her installation works include the video-installation De-Placed (2008 with Eva Meyer-Keller), and the interactive-installation Worktable (2011).
Within these creations she has invited collaborators such as Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Minna Tiikkainen, Mikko Hynninen, John Avery, Bree Van Reyk, Arantxa Martinez, Josh Rutter and many more.
She is currently an artist in residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels.
Beside her own practice, Kate was a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punkrock band Poni, and has collaborated as a performer with many directors including Tim Etchells (UK), Wendy Houstoun (UK), Simone Aughterlony (NZ/CH), Antonia Baehr (DE), and Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre.
Kate holds an MRes in Performance and Creative Research from Roehampton University (UK) and regularly teaches performance practice within various university courses.
Kate is also a founding member (together with Diederik Peeters, Hans Bryssinck and Ingrid Vranken) of SPIN - an artist-run production and research platform in Brussels, which also organizes public gatherings for knowledge exchange.
The self-acclaimed typical example of the neoliberal immaterial labourer slash cultural job-hopper that he is, Peeters has been reported to pop up in the work of colleague-artists, cunningly disguised as actor, performer or even advisor. But he especially keeps insisting on brewing his own artistic concoctions, sometimes in collaboration with carefully selected accomplices. He is an officially certified visual artist that accidentally got lost in the stables of stage-art, and usually makes performances, but has also been caught writing texts, inventing installations or video's and crafting other amalgams that appear hard to categorise. Because Peeters is a proud patient of a pathological preference for confusion, in his work impossible contradictions and absurd consistencies are stubbornly piled up.
Since 2017 Laura Deschepper is the administration and office Key-Master at SPIN.
Laura (1992) is an art worker who focuses on business coordination, production and development. Within and without these roles, she is drawn to critical narratives that question status quo atmospheres.
Her personal arts legitimisation finds itself in a socio political context: questioning power structures, establishment, heteronormativity and body politics. Laura works on interventions - related to these topics - in specific cultural fields and generates exchange.
Besides operating as art worker, she’s a queer activist that zooms in on connecting and supporting fellow community members. What does it mean ‘caring for each other’? Laura doesn’t envision a queer community where conformity in voices and bodies are pursued, but rather she seeks a radical and non fixed space in which members can transcend normativity without dysphoria.
As she is currently astral projecting between Brussels and Rotterdam, between structures and non formalised initiatives, Laura meditates on the concept of fair practice in the arts on a wider scope. In 2016 she started coordinating the business administration of Bâtard festival. Not long after that Laura’s current base position came along: Key Master at SPIN. After moving to Rotterdam partially, she became part of the Queer Rotterdam community. Together with fellow navigators they are working towards a local platform to support and connect members and facilitate the production of actions.
Before working in the Brussels arts field Laura worked with several cultural organisations from Antwerp: The Ministry of Operatic Affairs, Studio Bernadette, Stieglitz 19, Octopus Choir, and SKaGeN.
Laura has a Masters degree in Theater and Film sciences (University of Antwerp) followed by a Master in Applied Economic Sciences, Arts Management (University of Antwerp). In these education programs she wrote papers and dissertations on: hysteria, women in film, policy making in the arts, artistic leadership, and digital conversion in WACCO cultural centres.
Board of Directors
Our fantastically engaged board of directors consists of Bie Vancraeynest, Mathilde Maillard, Dries Douïbi, Benny Vandendriessche.
In the General Meeting they are joined by: David Elchardus, Antoine Defoort, Sarah Parolin, Agnès Quackels, Katrien Reist, Marion Leguerroué, Elisa Demarré and Hanne Doms.
In 2011 SPIN received a generous financial donation from Cis Bierinckx. One of the things we used this money for was to built this wonderful witty website.