In 2017, art collective Nieuwpaatz began managing a large industrial venue located on the Hoge Morsweg. So far, the location has been used for various productions, staged by Hardt, PS|Jong and other (theatre) groups. For this project, we would like to use this intriguing space as our ‘hangar of experiments’. The venue is located outside the city’s ring of canals and approximates its liquid boundaries. The location is connected with Leiden’s cultural heritage, and is highly suitable for this particular project.
The hangar is situated along the Hoge Morsweg, on one of the banks of the Rhine river and in close proximity to ‘Haagse Schouw’, a historic river-crossing and intersection of roads to neighbouring villages. The Hoge Morsweg used to be a bustling area, with brickyards, lumberyard, sawmills, and shipyards together supplying the city with building materials. Over the years, many of these factories have been replaced by houses. Within the next couple of years, the hangar’s plot of land, which makes up a part of the city’s fringes, will be transformed into a residential area. At present, however, the lot still houses the Leiden Sea Scouts chapter, as well as a shipbuilder building boats for Leiden’s annual boat parade (“Peurbakkentocht”); both are closely connected to the water, and to the history of Leiden. Liquid Society experiments with these cultural-historical and geographical elements, and gives artists an opportunity to produce artworks inspired by these elements.
The venue will be open to the public an average of two days a week. In addition to these two days, visitors will have several opportunities to see the artists at work. The creative process these artists engage in is very interactive, meaning their art comes into being through interaction with their audience.