Leonardo Reviews – Becoming Past

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.

Leonardo Reviews – Animal Musicalities

Living in times where the sound of birds is rapidly diminishing, we may see Rachel Mundy’s study on bird song, Animal Musicalities – Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening, to be more than timely. Far from being a simple field guide for recognising predominantly birds (the beasts from the title are hardly mentioned), this is in the first place an extremely rich publication on the evolution of the study of birdsong. What makes it so rich, and at times somewhat confusing, is that Mundy connects this study with various matters of difference and race. The… Read More

Leonardo Reviews – Fictioning

Fictioning’s structure seems at a first glance very neat and straightforwardly organized – three main sections each divided into two subsections with four to five chapters, covering what the authors indicate as the three myth-functions of contemporary art and philosophy: ‘Mythopoesis to performance fictioning’, ‘Myth-science to science fictioning’ and finally ‘Mythotechnesis to machine fictioning’. Within this seemingly clear structure however all hell breaks loose. Read my full review of this great book by David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan here.

Sara Bomans /Leonardo Reviews

Sara Bomans is mainly known for her cartoonlike observations of daily life. For the exhibition RingRing bij the design collective ‘Het LABO’ in Hasselt, she constructed this dadaesk 3D-version of a cartoon. It has the meaningful titel I was never able to go in so many directions, I never stood still as much (photo by Kristof Vrancken) and its picture seemed a nice way to start of the month of October. RingRing, with apart from Sara also BD-artists Remco Roes and Kristof Vrancken plus 37 others, still ‘runs’ until 11 November 2018 in… Read More

The View from Nowhere

Semiconductor at Le Lieu Unique, Nantes semiconductor /ˌsɛmɪkənˈdʌktə/ noun a solid substance that has a conductivity between that of an insulator and that of most metals, either due to the addition of an impurity or because of temperature effects. Devices made of semiconductors, notably silicon, are essential components of most electronic circuits. The British duo Semiconductor – Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt – have chosen their name clearly well. In their work, which consists of installations and films, they make the connection between art, science and technology. Or rather they attempt to… Read More


Happy to announce my review of the English translation of Brouhaha by Lionel Ruffel in this month’s Leonardo Reviews. Ruffel’s book was published earlier this year by the University of Minnesota Press. Please find the review here. Please note: So far I announced these reviews and other writing via my blog edithdoove.wordpress.com, but for sake of clairity I will from now on only use the Bureau Doove site.