On Saturday 27 August the fifth AIR Antwerp opened its cellars and gardens for the fifth OPEN AIR festival. OHNO COOPERATION (Maarten Seghers & Jan Lauwers) invited 8 artists in residence. The artists chosen – Michael Fliri, Pontogor, Rachel Lowther, Nicolas Field, Idan Hayosh, Mind Over Mirrors, Roberta Gigante and Fritz Welch – are from the United States, Brazil, Italy, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and they worked in Antwerp on the basis of mutual confrontation and total solitude from May to October 2011.

OPEN AIR #5 was an unprecedented and radical evening of performance and music, with video, sculptural, musical and performative works by the residents taking part, all of them internationally-renowned artists and musicians.

After three years on walkabout, the American cult band Peeesseye came together again for the first time during OPEN AIR #5. Fritz Welch (vocals & percussion), Chris Forsyth (guitar) and Jaime Fennelly (harmonium, electronics, keyboards, tape) set up this legendary group in Brooklyn. This band has been described as 'the most remarkable smorgasbord of back-porch minimalism, sound poetry and urban decay of recent memory' in Signal to Noise Magazine and 'post-everything' in The Wire Magazine.

Nicolas Field
Idan Hayosh
Mind Over Mirrors
Fritz Welch
Michael Fliri
Roberta Gigante

OPEN AIR #5 happening

A unique opportunity, a radical alternative, and in any case a vibrant clash of minds, images and sounds.


Mind Over Mirrors (USA), Nicolas Field (CH/UK), Michael Fliri (IT), Roberta Gigante (IT), Idan Hayosh (ISR), Rachel Lowther (UK/USA), Pontogor (BR), Fritz Welch (USA)


Peeesseye (USA)

A production by AIR Antwerpen & Needcompany.

With the support of the Flemish authorities.

@ AIR Antwerpen, Sasmeesterwoning Royerssluis -Oosterweelsteenweg 3, Antwerp