This month I published two articles. For Leonardo Reviews I discussed the excellent Une fille comme toi, a photo novel by Jan Baetens on the art of the photo novel, published by JBE Books. Find my review here. For the French magazine Turbulences Vidéo I reviewed the performance film Nature vive by Hantu (weber + delsaux). The film was made while the duo exhibited at the 3 rue française space of Miss China in Paris and first shown on the site of Mucem. Consult or download the magazine here. The review is… Read More
In this month’s Leonardo Reviews I write about Jacquelyn Baas’s brilliant book on Duchamp and the more than probable influence of tantric practices on his work and thinking. Robbert Maddox-Harle reviewed Jean De Groote’s book to which I contributed a small text. You can find both here.
Antony Hudek, the new director of MDD – Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, invited me some months ago to write a text about my time as the first director (1999-2004). This resulted in a really nice series of conversations and a massive trip back down memory lane. And a nice book that accompanies the exhibition Prelude: Melancholy of the Future with texts by Oscar van den Boogaard, Sibran Sampers, Lieve D’hondt, Frank Benijts and me (in Dutch and English). As part of this project I will also take part in the Prelude Talks on Saturday… Read More
In this month’s issue of Leonardo Reviews I discuss Curating as Ethics by Jean-Paul Martinon. In an attempt to define these ethics, Martinon introduces the act of ‘curating philosophy’ which I think would possibly have been a better title for his book. Find the full review here.
One of the first things I was invited to do last year when I started teaching at ESADHaR in Rouen was to replace someone for the opening lecture of the conference Strategies abstraites de la peinture contemporaine. The proceedings of this conference, which was organised in collaboration with the institute Acte (EA 7539 Art, création, théorie, esthétique), École des arts, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, are now published. Sara Bomans, Mini’s !, 2019 (mur du “musée” :31x23cm ; hauteur petite sculpture au premier plan : 6,7cm). Stijn Cole, Mont Ventoux 14/04/2019 à 12h10… Read More
Yadegar Asisi in front of his panorama. In this month’s Leonardo Reviews I discuss the XXL Panorama-project for the Normandie Impressioniste Festival in Rouen by Yadegar Asisi. Different to other current largescale projections of artists such as Van Gogh or Klimt, Yadegar Asisi, a specialist in panorama painting, has performed in-depth artscience research into the work of Monet and his panorama is the blown-up result of his own painting. Find the full review here.
Wrote another review for Leonardo, this time on Vinciane Despret‘s Habiter en oiseau. In this weird time, listening to birds communicating with each other and the world around them is more important than ever. Read my review here.
Just published – my review of Brian Massumi’s Architectures of the Unforeseen: Essays in the Occurrent Arts. A book that reminded me of making mille-feuille for which the dough has to be stretched and folded back into itself multiple times in order to finally achieve the delicate, fine-layered pastry. Intricate, not straight forward, to be revisited. Find the full review here.
Very honoured to be part of the Dust & Shadow Reader #2 by FOaM dedicated to the theme of Attunement. I contributed with a text on the inframince, an ungoing interest of mine and the basis of my doctoral research. The publication will officially be launched at the Hayden Library in Tempe, 300 East Orange Street, AZ during the Acoustic Ecology Salon on 23 September, where you can also pick up printed copies of the reader: https://fo.am/events/vernissage-acoustic-ecology-salon/ (5:30-7pm) https://fo.am/events/attunement-desert/ (4-5:30pm pre-launch event) At the opening event of the Desert Humanities Initiative, FoAM and Timothy Morton discuss what… Read More
Very glad I managed to read and review Jane Blocker’s Becoming Past on contemporary art history as it is in more than one respect very symbolic in view of my own research as well as my upcoming job and subsequent move. “Rich, irritating and to be played with” as I conclude this review – you can read it here.