A Grey Space Weekend – Reach: Performative Symposium

Sat 14 May

A performative symposium in the context of Karel van Laere’s Open Space residency ‘Reach’ at The Grey Space. With: Guus Bökkering, Simon Bus, Ellen ter Gast, Anke Smits, Raphael Vanoli and others.

A Grey Space Weekend

A Grey Space Weekend is an adventurous festival consisting of an extensive music program with live acts and DJs, an exhibition, performances, a performative symposium and film screenings.

Driven by the belief that major tendencies in the world find common ground in the relationships between people, this edition of A Grey Space Weekend will focus on the concept of radical relationism. In the program we aim to stimulate encounters between the public, makers and thinkers with backgrounds in different disciplines.

Below you can find the different programs weaving together A Grey Space Weekend.

Symposium timetable to be announced.

Reach: Performative Symposium

The aim of this performative symposium is not only to share, but to also facilitate (social) revelation by stimulating the most powerful characteristic of mankind: imagination. The event has developed a tradition of sparking this imagination in visitors and participants alike through the engaging both the mind and the body and connecting people form different backgrounds.

This edition centers around Karel van Laere’s artistic research in the context of his newly developed body of work Reach. Besides a panel talk between surgeons Anke Smits and Guus Bökkerink and Karel van Laere moderated by philosopher and biologist Ellen ter Gast, the symposium features performances by dancer Simon Bus, musician Raphael Vanoli and Karel van Laere.

The Grey Space invited OUTLINE to present a live interactive broadcasting performance during the weekend. OUTLINE is a publishing platform and floating collective that aims to create interventions within intermediate spaces, and accelerate an exchange by connecting ideas, artefacts, individuals and localities.


Ticket information will be available at a later moment. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date.

Dinner at The Grey Space
  • Dinner is served on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 18.30. Prices vary.
  • The menu of our cafe wil be revealed later.
  • The cafe will be opened for drinks and bites throughout the program.
  • Payment at the bar (pin only).
  • Vegan-friendly menu.
  • Students get 20% discount on the drink menu.
  • Reservations: via reservations@thegreyspace.net. Please mention your name, the amount of guests, the date and which dish you would like.

A Grey Space Weekend is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

The festival is curated by The Grey Space in collaboration with Karel van Laere, Onderwereld, Kantarion Sound and WYSIWYG.

Reach is a project by Karel van Laere developed in a co-production by The Grey Space in the Middle and Stichting Largo and is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Mondriaan Fonds, Amarte Fonds, the In Art We Trust Fund (by We Are Public) and Laparoscopyboxx (a brand of Outside the Boxx).