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Terenja van Dijk



Enlightened city

About day, light and night

Commissioned by Ghent City of Culture / STAM city museum Ghent

Curatorship, scenography opening exhibition of the new STAM, City museum Ghent (2008-2010) , editorial book

Enlightened city ( October 10, 2010 - May 1, 2011 )explores how light and dark determine life in the city and how the city and its inhabitants use light and darkness: in the life of every day and night, in the architecture, in the design and lighting of the city, in symbols. Light is a foundation of urban life.

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The exhibition takes place in the fragmented cloister spaces and the former church of the museum. Each of the fourteen spaces of the Enlightened City approach a theme from different angles. The exhibition starts with the installation 'City One Minutes'. The installation of 24 video screens connects Ghent in a 24-hour period worldwide with 23 other cities and time zones. The cloister unlocks the various spaces and introduces the themes with hand painted titles and cartoons on its ancient walls. At the centre of each room is a cube of a metal frame with a fabric covering, graphically printed and with projections from the hollow interior.

An installation of moving solar simulators and tables with "twin maquettes” show five urban and architectural locations at Ghent at two different times in their history. It shows how the thorough transformation of each location had a completely different light as a result.

The church is the great and final area of the trail: the apotheosis which invite to reflect on the symbolism of light. A very large painting is placed opposite the altar. The painting in which the symbolism of light in the socialist struggle is contrasted with that of Christianity.

Foto’s Phile Deprez


In addition to the exhibition, there is also the richly illustrated book 'Enlightened city, about day, light and night' with various authors and edited by Terenja van Dijk and Patrick De Rynck, published by Lannoo and STAM and with the graphic design by Dooreman .

general coordination and communication
  • STAM City Museum
  • Terenja van Dijk
  • Veronique Boonen
  • Wout De Vuyst
  • Herman Rosseau
  • Marieke Vangheluwe
  • Patrick De Rynck
  • Terenja van Dijk
  • i.s.m.
  • Rika Deltour
  • Tania Ally
graphic design
  • Dooreman & Dams
graphic design
  • Realization: John Van Oers en Fien Van Elzen
  • Solar simulator: Guy Wauters, Sterrenkunde Ugent i.s.m. Kris Uyttersprot
  • Light: Raf Brauns
exhibition construction
  • De Muur, Gent
wall drawings
  • Geert Clarisse
city one minutes
  • Production City One minutes: One minutes Foundation Amsterdam
  • Production City One Minutes Ghent: KASK, Daniel Libens en Henk Vandekerkhove
  • Filmers Gent: Jan De Loore, Lotte Van den Audenaere, Frank Goethijn, Amilie De Vlam, Michiel Hendryckx, Terenja van Dijk, Jess de Gruyter, Luc Gobyn, Daniel Libens, Dany Deprez, Henk Vanderkerkhove, Dirk Zoete, Jurgen Willocx, Nathalie Teirlynck, Làzara Rossel Albear, Julien Vandevelde, Kenneth Michiels, Emma De Swaef
audiovisual production
  • Direction and editing: Terenja van Dijk
  • Camera and editing: Jess De Gruyter
  • Sound: Sammy Goemaere
  • Sound editing: Ludo Engels, LEAV
  • Technique: Ludo English, LEAV
  • Kris Pype
stained glass restoration
  • Aletta Rambaut
interior room
  • Lighting arrangements: Sjoerd Meerburg , Cheyns
  • Furniture: Het Archief and Habbekrats Ghent
lending coordination
  • Rika Deltour
  • Amsab-ISG, Gent
  • Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gent
  • Stadsarchief Gent,
  • Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek Albert I Brussel
  • Algemene Centrale abvv - federaal, Brussel
  • Stadsarchief Amsterdam
  • Koninklijk Oudheidkundig Genootschap Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Fondation le Corbusier, Parijs
  • Groninger Museum, Groningen
  • Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen
  • FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerpen
  • Galerie De Zwarte Panter, Antwerpen
  • VPRO, Nederland
  • Philips Compagny Archives, Eindhoven
  • SMAK en Ricardo Brey, Gent
  • Albert Waerie,
  • Antoon Devogelaere
  • Hans Oldewarris, Rotterdam
  • Rudi Chatelet, Gent
thanks to book’s authors
  • Erik Raspoet,Wim Blockmans, Bart De Wilde, Hendrik Defoort, Bruno Vanobbergen, Raymond Cluydts, Yves Schoonjans, Veronique Boone, Aletta Rambaut, Stijn Bussels, Maarten Delbeke, Paule Verbruggen, Evelien Jonckheere, Patrick De Rynck
thanks to all who have worked for the exhibition
  • Chris de Wolf, Veerle De Vis, Chantal Vermassen, Renée Van Baelenberghe, Jan Van Elzen, Hans Van Droogenbroeck, Raf Vergauwen, Chris Gys, Astrid Brummer, Bressers architectenbureau, Martine Tiberghin, Laurence De Craene, Jempie Vermeulen, Ricardo Brey, Anouk De Clerck, Hans Martens, Germana Tack and many others…