December 1st, in art magazine hART #89, my article on the Fantastic works of Lisa Jeannin and Rolf Schuurmans will be published. This is an introduction to their body of work of which the latest installation can be seen until the 17th of december at the Base-Alpha gallery, Kattenberg 12, Antwerp. Do go there if you’re around. After the publication I’ll put the English translation on this blog.
On december 22nd, also in hART (#90), my text is published on the highly interesting videoworks of Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst, which are now part of the exhibition ‘It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards‘ by equally interesting Johan Grimonprez at S.M.A.K. in Ghent. This text will mainly focus on why Villevoye & Dietvorst’s works are actually there and will attempt to explain the controversy that surrounds their projects concerning people from the Papua New Guinee area ‘Asmat’. Again I’ll put an English translation here after publication.
The idea of both texts originates from the notion ‘under the radar‘. Though Jeannin and Schuurmans have been living and working in Antwerp before moving to Sweden, and participated in several Belgian art projects, they unjustly didn’t seem to get picked up by the local art world. In the case of specifically this exhibition at S.M.A.K. with Villevoye and Dietvorst, whose works are internationally acclaimed, the focus of publications, reviews and texts lies mainly on Johan Grimonprez.
From 11/02/2012 until 15/04/2012 a variation on my installation ‘Practicle Applied Hermetics’ will be presented during the exhibition ‘Visions Fugitives‘ at Le Fresnoy, centre for the arts in Tourcoing (Doornik), France. This exhibition brings all kinds of animation-related, international works together and seems extremely promising.
I’ve also, amongst other things, been working on the title & credit sequence of a short film, ‘The Golden Springroll’. This can be viewed on this page, which refers to a site that is dedicated to the design branch of my – eh – empire.
Also, I’d like to mention that my gallery LhGWR in The Hague has recently moved to a new location, which can be described as a mini-museum. They’re located on a one minute walk from The Hague HS station and constist of a bookshop, a design shop, a large exhibition space and a project space in the cellar. LhGWR has been compared since with the concept of ‘Colette‘ (please ignore the music on the site) in Paris and to an art/design Walhalla. Hip, Hot and Happening but nevertheless LhGWR’s admirable integrity is maintained. At the moment the constructed photographs of Marleen Sleeuwits are presented in the main gallery.