01/03 ~ 31/05
From 1 March to 31 May top photographer Liesje Reyskens opens a window on love and its various manifestations. With photographic frame stories set in downtown Hasselt, the photographer refers to themes from Boccaccio’s Decameron and unlocks a virtual, realistic universe of passion, censorship, disaster and lust for life. A unique and interactive journey for young and the old alike.
The city of Hasselt regularly displays (applied) arts in public spaces, since art and design are not only reserved for the museums, but can also be integrated into the streetscape in an accessible way. Choosing Liesje Reyskens for the creation of this AHA project is more than just the choice of a local talent. Her interactive art photography adds a new dimension to creativity, and the city of Hasselt serves as a canvas on which she can once again reveal her talent to the world.
New dimension in photography
As a child of her time, and unafraid of technological progress, the artist has invested in an exploration of the virtual possibilities of art. Reyskens personally has added a new dimension to photography. The result is an application which, like the frog in the fairy tale, kisses the perfect princesses and the often surreal scenes in her photography, to life.
When you are not in the possession of a smartphone, please note that you can rent out a tablet for free at Toerisme Hasselt in order to experience “Decameron” at the fullest.
1. Aim your device at an artwork by Liesje
2. Tap the screen to continue!
About love in all its forms
The Decameron, or the Book of Ten Days, was completed by Giovanni Boccaccio in 1353. The Italian wrote this ingenious frame story at the time of merciless plague. In the book, Boccaccio situated seven women and three men in total isolation at a retreat outside Florence, and had them tell ten stories a day over a ten-day period. In contrast to typical fourteenth century literature, Boccaccio didn’t want to be pedantic, but he did want to provide literary entertainment: juicy stories filled with mischief, dirty jokes, and most of all multi-layered erotic and lustful tales. More than 660 years later, the Decameron is still both a leading and cunning collection of tales about love in all its diverse manifestations.