20-something

Seelik Tristan

Age: 25
Location: Brussels
Instagram: golcedabbana_

You may have met him at an after party or walked past him as he wanders the streets of Brussels, beer in hand. Alistaire Seelik, aka Golce Dabbana, is a multidisciplinary artist living with 15 other crazy people in a Brussels squat.

Photo by Jill Verhaeghe

His most important projects at the moment are 3000 DEGREES, a ‘Performance Running Space’ located at la Brasserie Atlas in Anderlecht; The Sploachsploach Project, where he and his crew focus on philosophical aspects of life and create fictional narratives; and then there’s LEAVING LIVING DAKOTA, a series of parties he organises together with Célia Lutangu where they provide a platform for young visual artists and DJs and bring people together. When you meet him – which is pretty likely if you spend any time in the cultural underground of the capital – you can’t help but feel the vibrant and positive energy Seelik carries with him.

I think peers are everything

What’s your specialty?
In art or life? Because for either I don’t really have a speciality. I mean, most of the time I’m listening to music in bed or drinking beer on the BX streets. Walking on the streets gives me the energy that makes me feel alive.  

How do people know you?
If they know me it’s probably because we meet at an after party.

What are you working on?
I can’t talk about my last project because it would mean it was the last one and that’s not the case. I’m working on several projects. The most important are 3000 DEGREES, The Sploachsploach Project and LEAVING LIVING DAKOTA. The first one is about performances and curating young performers in an independent art space. The SploachSploach Project is more the work of my performance crew, based on different philosophical aspects of ‘caring is sharing’ by creating fictional stories. The LLD is about creating a platform for young visual artists and DJs to see how can they collaborate, with the idea of bringing together people.

Do you have an exhibition coming up?
On 17 June, with my collaborator Laura Tinard and the Sploachsploach crew, we’ll perform for 3000 DEGREES in La Brasserie Atlas. And with my collaborator Célia Lutangu we’re preparing a big LEAVING DAKOTA with artists from Paris for September, but before then we plan to organise LIVING DAKOTA parties in the club.

What will the second part of 2018 bring you?
You learn a lot when you’re doing so many different things. I hope the second part of 2018 will bring me courage and strength to continue to work in a good vibe and meet amazing artists.

Are you part of a crew?
As I said before, I’m a part of Sploachsploach, the new unborn/born babies performing group. But I’m also in the LLD crew.

Do you think it’s important to have a good social entourage?
Well, it depends what you need. If it’s important for you, keep it; but if it isn’t, let it slip away from you. But what is a good social entourage, by the way? I mean, there isn’t a good or bad social entourage; it only depends on how much you can give your friends love and it’s the same the other way around.

I’m such a groupie so there’s so many people I admire. But I have to say, most of my influencers are women

How did peers influence your life?
I think peers are everything. I really feel comfortable when I’m working or having fun with one person at the time. Like, it brings me so much to always have someone on your side to encourage you to move forward.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your peers?
The most important thing I learned is that you’re never alone when everything gets mad. Not alone when you’re crying on the sidewalk because you booked DJs and you don’t even know if you’ll have enough cash to pay them. Not alone when you take extreme decisions. Not alone when you feel the stress before events you worked on. It brings you the strength to fight together and take risks as much as possible.

Who has most influenced you in life?
Everyone I meet influences my life in a certain way. I’m such a groupie so there’s so many people I admire. But I have to say, most of my influencers are women.

Is there anyone in your scene who needs more attention?
Young artists like Gitte Hendrikx, Remi Calmont, Alexandre Tarek, Tamara Alegre, Nikita Dedel and Summer Satana, to name a few…