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Hangar Krowd is a project in which the co-creationhub Hangar K has entered into a partnership with artists /designers to showcase the people and enterprises that are involved in the network of Hangar K and to inspire them.    



At the end of March 2019 there was a group selection with artists and designers.

  • The partnership for the first period from 1 April to 30 July started with the artistic duo Veerle Michiels and Jonas Vansteenkiste. They worked with their concept: BOTANIEK . The working period of Jonas&Veerle was extended until 31 October so that the collaboration they set up could be better integrated into the Hangar K community.
  • De Wilde Frederik worked as an artist with the community in the second period from 1 August to 30 November and this was extended until 15 March 2020. His approach departed from his own existing projects NEO, FILM - VR/GAMES and SYN7 and he sought to connect with companies in the community. In this way, he took the community with him and brought about interaction between the companies. 

Both projects were presented at the symposium: 'Hangar Kreativ: Where do you get your inspiration from?' on 24 October as part of Kortrijk Creativity Week. A focus discussion about the project and its sustainable implementation took place with a group of stakeholders on 8 October.


Second period: artist Fredrik De Wilde 1 August 2019 - 15 maart 2020

Concept NEO, Film-VR/Games and Syn7 

SYN7 is a first step in the development of a multimodal, emotion-focused, responsive and interactive artistic installation based on an AI model. It detects the emotions of people in the community in order to get to know, understand and promote the community better.



Graphic representation of the SYN7 project


An employee of a company in Hangar K tells how she experienced the collaboration with the artist. 


Frederik meets Hangar K and Howest who is a partner of Hangar K


First period: artistic duo Veerle Michiels & Jonas Vansteenkiste 1 April - 31 October 2019.



Final set-up of the '4 co-workers', herbal clusters, in Hangar K

The artists Veerle&Jonas opted for an arrangement that integrated into a business environment: they used storage racks on which they placed the '4 co-workers': the herbal clusters. These '4 co-workers' communicate digitally with the 'ordinary residents' of Hangar K when they need water or have too much or too little light or warmth. The '4 co-workers': herbal clusters, are a means of contact and communication between the 'ordinary residents'.


Thursday 26 September the connection between the personalities of the herbs and the digital world which is the world of the companies in Hangar K will be programmed by the partners of Hangar K.


Tuesday 27 August: workshop Modelstorm in collaboration with the Industrial Design Center, Howest

Modelstorm is a brainstorm with the intention of distilling a 3D model from it. The assignment for this Modelstorm is to design a digital connector with a plant. The teams in Hangar K are digitally connected via plants i.e. 4 herbs. The teams will give each of the 4 herbs a certain identity: Mr /mss Jiogulan, MssTripmadam, Mr Munt, MSS Rau Ram. A prototype of this connection in the form of an arduino with its housing will be developed during the Modelstorm. After that a 3D model will be printed.


Veerle&Jonas are building up their network in and around Hangar K


The infiltration from Veerle and Jonas in Hangar K


Concepts of the projects


'BOTANIEK' concept of 1st project: artists Veerle Michiels and Jonas Vansteenkiste.

The proposition BOTANIEK starts from the ‘ relational aesthetics’ from Nicolas Bourriaud where cultural and social structures in which we live are examined by artists. The artwork ‘materializes into a relationship with the world’. This kind of relationship detaches the participant from the usual cultural codes of behaviour. BOTANIEK introduces atypical co-workers, as constructed identities in the form of ‘herb clusters’ with a virtual identity such as Valeri An. These new BOTANIEK CO-WORKERS, just like all other users, demand their place in the co-workspace and regularly get into contact with their colleagues. In this way ‘a micro-utopia’ appears. It enables the co-workers to find other forms of interaction, common ground and different ways of working. These focused acitivities are not meant to overthrow the prevalant logic but want to be part of it or form a contrast with it.

In their common work Jonas Vansteenkiste and Veerle Michiels are looking for contextual challenges. They start from the chances and limitations of a place and get into conversation with it or look for activation. They examine a form which creates an immersive experience for visitors and users. Their intervention is meant to start an active dialoque between the audience, the user and the creation.


Concept 2nd project: artist Frederik De Wilde.

  • NEO (Near Earth Object) : Start up project HangarK. he questions the impact of an artist in HK as a starting point for NEO. The project was internationally opened up in the exhibition  'The Art of Resilience' in the World Bank in Washington DC. The crossover artwork bridges the gap between art, data analysis and predictions. In 2020 he will show the work in Singapore in an exhibition organized by the World Bank.
  • With Moonmonster, a company within the co-creation hub Hangar K, he is developing a VR/GAME film script
  • SYN7 Affective Computing (AC) has been a popular field of research for several years. Much research has been done to enable machines to detect and understand human affective states such as emotions. The inability of today's systems to recognise, express and feel emotions limits their ability to act intelligently and interact with people naturally. To become more user-friendly and effective, systems must become sensitive to human emotions.

    De Wilde's software prototype is a first attempt to bridge the communication gap between human users and computers with a "soulless" and "emotionless" feeling. It is the first step in developing a multimodal, emotion-based, responsive and interactive artistic installation based on an AI-based model designed to extract information about the user's emotion from different devices and media. 


Hangar K is looking for a partnership with artists and designers who make people and companies involved in its network tangible.

‘The network always wins’ Peter Hinssen

In these times of social media, networks are becoming increasingly important. Where they used to be in the form of physical meetings, the internet ensures that they become less tangible. A network has different dimensions, namely trust, expertise, detail knowledge, general insights, technical skills, social skills ... On the one hand there is the network that we know directly and on the other hand there is the more extensive network: the friends of my friends. There are also different contexts: the family, personal friends and the Hangar Krowd.

Hangar K is more than just a coworking space. It is a co-creation hub where startups, scale-ups and established companies are brought together under one roof with a clear mission: to strengthen entrepreneurship. Hangar K connects starters with growth ambitions and established companies looking for inspiration and innovation, with the aim of stimulating co-creation and cross-fertilization between the various companies.

The people within the business units are the link which forms the community = the KROWD. The KROWD includes the companies that are active within the building but also those from the area. Hangar K sees itself as a catalyst to involve the companies and other significant partners between Gent-Lille-De Panne-Bruges in the KROWD. To achieve this, a strong KROWD ENERGY that connects everyone with each other is needed.

Hangar K assumes that artists and designers, in addition to other factors, can play an important role in making the KROWD energy tangible. Thus Hangar K wants to enter into a partnership with artists/designers in close collaboration with Arteconomy.


Engagement Hangar K

  • offers a workplace in an innovative co-creation hub with a focus on digital technology
  • enters into a partnership with 2 different artists / designers.
  • organisation of  2 Hangar K & Friends events as a focus of the artist for the community.
  • Hangar Krew supports the projects of the artists / designers.
  • in collaboration with Arteconomy, organization of 2 feedback moments with focus group
  • in collaboration with Arteconomy organization of  a closing symposium with lessons learned and proposals for a sustainable and strategic implementation of the partnership.

Engagement Arteconomy

  • takes the lead in this project.
  • coaches the partners involved during the process.
  • this project provides the impetus to develop, together with Hangar K, a method for a sustainable strategic implementation of such partnerships, both for artists/designers and companies.
  • the artist/designer receives a fee of € 4,000 including travel and accommodation costs through subsidies from the Flemish Community. If a collective is selected, this amount is shared with the entire collective.
  • the operating budget is determined in consultation with the artist/designer and Hangar K.

Engagement artist, designer

  • the artist/designer works out a Krowd process for 4 months with two Hangar K & Friends events as focus moment.
  • the artist/designer is committed to be active on site during the process and to interact with the companies in Hangar K.


  • 25 February 2019 : Deadline applications artists/designers
  • before 15 March, the composition of the partnership will be made by the Hangar K and Arteconomy team.
  • working period:
  • period 1: 15 March - 15 July 2019 with 2 Hangar K & friends events
  • period 2: 15 July - 15 November 2019 with 2 Hangar K & friends events
  • November concluding symposium


Application & more info:

Submit your application before 25 February via the application form.


Hangar K & friends is a recurring community event in Hangar K where the Hangar Krowd meets , new Hangar Krowd members present their projects to each other and there is always a fun and informative peripheral activity organized.


  • Hangar K is an inspiring hub for ambitious entrepreneurs in the Kortrijk region. It is a dynamic concept with a clear mission to strengthen innovative entrepreneurship. Hangar K encourages co-creation and cross-fertilization between starters, scalers and established companies. Within Hangar K entrepreneurs support each other, learn from each other and realize their growth ambitions.
  • Arteconomy brings together art, economics, science, technology, education and creative industries to dare to do business differently through pioneering collaboration and to create new ideas, new products, new services and a different view of the corporate culture.

Supported by:
This project is realized with grants from the Flemish community