Bureau Doove wishes you a healthy and happy 2022 ! It’s always good at the end of a year to reflect on what’s been achieved before launching into a new year. Despite difficult circumstances we managed to organize two group exhibitions: Troupe/troep at ChezKit, Pantin (29-31 January) and BOLERO at Centre André Malraux, Grand Mare and the rue des Bons Enfants, Rouen (20 March – 10 April). We continued to participate in the online project Empirical Nonsense Daily initiated by Jimi Dams, New York that started 1 August 2020 and ran until the… Read More

Alexandra Dementieva in COSMOS and CHAOS at National Arts Club, New York

The “Cosmos and Chaos” project at the National Art Club in New York is the latest in a series of exhibitions organized as part of the CYFEST-13 International Media Art Festival. This exhibition brings together artists working in different media including painting, drawing, graphic art, photography, video, new media and interactive installations. They all share an interest in the proposed topic, which evokes a wide range of responses to space exploration, climate change, the contemporary cultural and historical context and the social environment. The CYFEST International Media Art Festival was held in… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels – Out-of-control-ness and the emergence of possibilities

The fourth edition of LASER Talks Brussels will take place on Tuesday 7 December at 7pm CET at iMAL – Center for Digital Cultures in Brussels with panelists Francis Brazier, Joost Rekveld and Frank Theys. The recorded talk is available here. LASER Talks Brussels are chaired by Alexandra Dementieva, moderated by Edith Doove and hosted by iMAL. This talk discusses notions of out-of-control ness in a social and technical context that are at the core of the work of the three panelists: Prof. Dr. Frances BRAZIER who is a full professor in Engineering Systems Foundations at the Delft University… Read More

Film sans fin – exhibitions and concert-lecture in Saint-Nazaire

The Film sans fin (Film without end), the project by Ollivier Moreels and Jean-Louis Vincendeau has been developed since 2018. It is now the subject of two exhibitions in Saint-Nazaire until the end of October. On this occasion a book with images of the film and texts by Jean-Louis Vincendeau is presented. About their project the authors say the following (text in French below): A change of scenery through and on the territory, a device that allows for a change of scenery in thinking, experiments and the search for a “point of… Read More

Sara Bomans in Niemand is een Eiland

‘Niemand is een eiland’ (No one is an Island) reflects the sensitive everyday connection of fauna and flora. The duality of everything that exists reinforces the fragility of that great connection. As in previous editions, the artistic content of Stadsfestival Damme grows organically around the vision of artists, writers, poets and other creative partners. Kunstenfestival Damme presents collected stories every year. The power of the word and the power of the image play the main roles. With a combination of literature, poetry, visual art, photography, philosophy, heritage, nature and gastronomy, the Kunstenfestival… Read More

Kristof Vrancken – NOT IN MY BACKYARD!

An invasive alien is spreading rapidly and threatening our native species, biodiversity, and infrastructure. What can we do and how should we react? What is its impact? Can we return to a landscape free of these exotics or should we challenge our protectionist attitude? What role can we play? Photographer Kristof Vrancken and graphic designer Niek Kosten investigate and dissect the position of the plant species Japanese knotweed in their environment. Not in my backyard! showcases a wide array of experimental work that explores various visual and imaginative strategies to relate to the issue… Read More

Alexandra Dementieva at Ferment

Cyfest-14: Ferment examines the theme of fermentation through the dual lenses of art and ecology. Through art installations, workshops and talks, it will explore the metamorphoses that fermentation represents. Ferment is a collaboration with Cyfest, the biggest digital art festival in Eastern Europe, formed by Cyland, a Russian artists’ collective. The festival began in St Petersburg in 2007 and explores new forms of art and high technology interactions, exposing audiences to works in the field of robotics, video art, sound art and net art. Alexandra Dementieva will take part in the festival… Read More

Currer Bell Residency #4 – Fleur Leclère

Fleur Leclère, former student of ESADHaR Le Havre Rouen, started her residency in Saint-Nazaire earlier this year. It resulted in two specific projects dedicated to plants, one around the gorse and the other around blackberry. Find two texts by herself and Jean-Louis Vincendeau of Currer Bell College as well as images of the work realized and shown in Saint-Nazaire. Since the spring I have been looking forward to making summer dyes from primrose, blackberry, elderberry and other wild berries. I am attracted to the shades of colour they can produce. From my… Read More

Leonardo Reviews: Edgar Wind and Modern Art

In this month’s issue of Leonardo Reviews I discuss Edgar Wind and Modern Art – In Defence of Marginal Anarchy by Ben Thomas. This publication is in more than one way a timely undertaking. Connecting it to a notion of ‘Marginal Anarchy’ certainly is. Surprisingly this is the first comprehensive study of Wind’s critique of modern art. Find the full review here. Find my contributor page here.

Currer Bell Residency #5 – Agathe Schneider

Agathe Schneider, former student at ESADHaR Le Havre-Rouen, started her Currer Bell Residency in Saint-Nazaire this summer. Agathe Schneider’s sensitivity to nature leads her to question the living, which she modulates, transforms and recomposes, thus questioning the links that exist between the human and his/her environment. Schneider’s concerns revolve around our ways of living on a territory. How we build it, appropriate it, inhabit it, abandon it. Conservation practices, geology and archaeology inspire her and feed the forms she invests in.She tries to highlight the elusive action of time on matter through… Read More