The Third Space Foundation was established at the beginning of 2015 to support the theatre projects of Lotte van den Berg. Third Space is neither the space of existing physical reality nor an imaginary one. It is the space in which alternative scenarios for reality are possible. It is the space in which everything comes together, the space that unites extremes without neutralising the differences between them. In the work that Lotte van den Berg is making in the coming years, the focus will be on creating the third space, a meeting place for extremes.
Mission Our mission is to make the conflicts and contradictions that are present in society apparent, examine them collectively and raise awareness about them.
Vision Together we face the challenge of giving a place to the differences that exist in society without ironing them out or radicalising them. A challenge that requires us to question our own positions and momentarily relinquish our own standpoints. Often, simply taking a little step back, a slight shift in perspective, putting yourself in someone else’s place for a moment, is enough to gain insight in existing dynamics and patterns. In the midst of the demands of daily reality, you soon get the feeling that you can’t afford to take such a step back and you become fixed in your viewpoints. However, in the space of the arts, which is just a little apart from everyday life, we can adopt the mind-set of a rehearsal in relative safety and are able to exchange perspectives, standpoints and roles in a playful manner. Self-realisation and self-development seem to have become the domain of many different forms of therapy. We think it’s important for the arts to re-hijack this domain. Art is the space where we can try things out, rehearse our ways of relating to others and the other.
Goal Within the context of the arts, we create temporary public spaces, spaces among and in the midst of people, in which we raise the matter of our social (in)capacity and get an inter-personal process going. The most valuable spaces in the arts are not the theatre or the museum, but the studio, the rehearsal space, the sketchbook. Third Space sets itself the goal of offering this rehearsal space to the public.