Jozef Wouters

Jozef Wouters (Belgium, 1986) is a stage designer and artist in the Flemish and Brussels performing arts world since 2007. In 2010, he graduated in Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies and specialised in scenography. He has worked with Thomas Bellinck, Benny Claessens, Michiel Vandevelde, Scheld’apen/Het Bos, and with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods for Atelier I (2011), Atelier II (2012) and Atelier III (2017). His work relates to a specific location, such as in All Problems Can Never Be Solved (2012, Cité Modèle in Laeken), the Zoological Institute for Recently Extinct Species (2013, the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels) and in INFINI (2016, kunstenfestivaldesarts) where he took over the main stage of the Brussels City Theatre (KVS).

Wouters often departs from questions that may be predetermined, ideas that gradually take shape inside and outside the boundaries of making. Strategic spaces enter into dialogues with social processes and the power of imagination; sometimes functional, committed or absurd, but always with a focus on things that preoccupy him. Since 2017, he sets up projects as an independent artist in residence for five years at Damaged Goods, using his Decoratelier in Brussels as a base. Atelier III, his first project initiated in collaboration with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and dramaturge Jeroen Peeters, was presented during Performatik17.