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Collapse Exhibition

Thu 18.11.2021
Sat 18.12.2021
Location: BAC ART LAB

What are you really looking at when you gaze up at the stars? Do stars make noise and, if they do, what would they sound like? Can a black hole be seen with the naked eye? Or are we, in fact, smack in the middle of one? Trying to grasp astronomical concepts such as star sounds, black holes, and an ever-expanding universe requires us to rely on all our senses.

And the Students of Media and Information Design (MIND) from LUCA School of Arts have come to the rescue. They translate state-of-the-art scientific knowledge into infographics, objects, and interactive installations. Supervised by KU Leuven astronomer Katrien Kolenberg and their teacher Sandy Claes, they fly you to the stars above.

A second group of students plunges into the information paradox of black holes. They have to know ... Is the information that disappears into a black hole really gone forever? Theoretical physicist Stéphane Detournay (ULB) and lecturer Klaas Verpoest invite their students to approach this complex problem upside down, from a unique and idiosyncratic point of view.

© Rob Stevens
© Rob Stevens


BAC ART LAB is KU Leuven’s very own house of art and science. At the end of the day, artists and scientists are asking the same big questions. And they want to understand, explain, and even change the world around them. The BANG! Big Bang City Festival is the perfect occasion for presenting an inspiring four-part programme.

During an artist talk, Haseeb Ahmed explains how art and science reinforce and enrich each other.

Students and staff members can apply for studio space in BAC ART LAB so that KU Leuven literally creates space for experimentation. Thuy Lê Thi Thu had the world at her feet, graduating from LUCA School of Arts and is one of our resident artists. Get acquainted with her work during a solo exhibition.

BAC ART LAB is also a lab for new forms of education, where theory and artistic practice go hand in hand. Intermedia students present a short performance. And group exhibition by students from Media & Information Design (MIND) will make your head spin.

Knal Fringe campagnebeeld


Our Startling Universe is part of the FRINGE exhibition trail. For a whole month, five locations across Leuven welcome you to admire the stories and work of promising young artistic talent. You get a glimpse into how they process the Big Bang Theory and a taste of the fascination they feel for the origins of space and time.

  • Tweebronnen City Library Exhibition Space - Our Startling Universe
  • BAC ART LAB - Collapse Exhibition and Thuy Lê Thi Thu Exhibition
  • OPEK/De Garage - Curating the Young (13.12 - 19.12)
  • maakleerplek - Installation by Koen Kloosterhuis (Cas-co)
  • Batiment A - Out of Orbit (Werktank)


BAC ART LAB is housed in the former Institute of Bacteriology. Drop by to glimpse not just a breeding ground for contemporary art but also to admire a protected monument and a gorgeous piece of university heritage.



The exhibition and FRINGE exhibition trail are free and open to all.


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Opening hours

  • From THU 18.11 to SAT 18.12
  • THU from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • FRI from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • SAT from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Vital Decosterstraat 102
3000 Leuven
+32 (0) 16 32 03 40