Belgian artist Stief DeSmet (°1973, Deinze, Belgium) is known for his imaginative sculptures, paintings, videos, and installations through which he often researches the friction between nature and culture. He studied at KASK and LUCA School of Arts in Ghent (Belgium). In recent years, his work has been shown at a.o. De Garage Cultural Center Mechelen (Belgium), De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), MUDEL, Deinze (Belgium), and Be-Part, Waregem (Belgium). For Beaufort 2018 he created the permanent artwork Monument for a Wullok, a giant bronze whelk along the coastline of Ostend. In 2005 he was a laureate of the Provincial Prize for Visual Arts of East Flanders (Belgium). When possible, he works with local makers. For the masonry work for KOMPAS, he could count on the expertise of the students and teachers of the Guldensporen College in Kortrijk.
40 kunstenaars uit 18 landen brengen 60 kunstwerken op 16 binnen- en buitenlocaties naar Kortrijk.