Like every Sunday until the end of July 2021, today’s issue of the Empirical Nonsense Daily (END) is dedicated to the newspaper art project BOLERO. We revisit the first international exhibition that took place in 2010 at the Laphto Complex of the Old Airport in Addid Abeba, Ethiopia. The curator of this exhibition was Leo Kosm (Lefort) and the participating, Ethiopian artists were Behailu Bezabih, Bekele Mekonnen, Eshetu Tiruneh, Bisrat Shibabaw and Nuru Abegaz. The invitation consisted of the cover of De Standaard that was also used for the so-called 0-edition… Read More
In today’s edition of the Empirical Nonsense Daily (END) we’re excited to present the latest work by Alexandra Dementieva, A capella singing (we are never alone). Dementieva is mainly interested in social psychology and perception and their application in multimedia interactive installations. During lockdown she saw herself confronted with lots of time and isolation which led her to develop this tongue-in-cheek series of four short videos. In these she creates several doppelgangers to explore the possibilities of creating rhythm, maybe a melody and train her memory. In addition Dementieva also created the… Read More
In the series of contributions to Empirical Nonsense Daily (END), today we’re very happy to present Sara Bomans with an exciting new series of work, Busy Being Born. The series consists out of five pink puppets that can be manipulated in various poses. For this publication I conducted an interview with Sara on the origins of this new series that she turned into an artwork in itself. Find the link to the publication in END here.
As part of Bureau Doove’s contributions to Empirical Nonsense Daily (END) we’re happy to present the project BOLERO. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of this worldwide project, we will present every Sunday untill end of July 2021 part of its archive as well as the upcoming edition (Marseille 2020, Rouen 2021). Today we present the very start in 2010, the socalled 0-edition with which everything started in Antwerp, with the cover of De Standaard and work by the iniators, the Belgian, or in Belgium residing, artists Frank JMA Castelyns, Willo Gonnissen, Pierre Mertens and Mulugeta Tafesse…. Read More
Congratulations to Marina Pirot & Dominique Leroy, the driving forces behind Kerminy: after a wonderfull summer in which many people helped to repair the site, create permaculture installations and the big garden, KERMINY is ready to open. This new place for research residencies around agriculture and art is situated in the west of France, in Rosporden near South Finistère. For the official opening on 27 August there will be local specialities like beers, ciders & DJ TUPUNA for a ker-electro-opening night ! The festivities will take place outside to respect the required distances…. Read More
Bureau Doove is extremely excited to have been invited to participate in the wonderful Empirical Nonsense Daily. This project presents a different artist everyday since 1 August and will run until the end of July 2021. Deee-Lite Lady Miss Kier, 1991 by Hester Doove The first artist we present is portrait photographer Hester Doove to coincide with the publication of her book Music Portraits. The book gives an overview of the portraits she made of various musicians such as Seal, Barry White, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Tori Amos, J.J.Cale, John Hiatt, Suzanne… Read More
Apart from being an artist, Pierre Mertens also is a global ambassador for the ilnesses Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus. Saturday 29th August at 2pm CEST the Spina Bifida Foundation (India) and The International Federation for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalu organise an interview by Dr. Santosh Kamarkar with him. If you want to attend this interview you need to register via this link – http://www.vamawebinar.com/SpinaBifida/ In the meantime Pierre and Bureau Doove are prepairing a project for the Blikfabriek in Antwerp. More news to follow soon. Featured image: Pierre Mertens, Portrait of a… 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.
Bureau Doove is extremely happy to welcome Belgian artist Pierre Mertens as one of its affiliated artists. Pierre Mertens is a contextual artist who combines art and activism in his activities as an artist, psychotherapist and development partner, a combination which relates strongly to Bureau Doove’s attention to care. Strongly affected by the short life of his daughter Liesje (1978-1989), who suffered from hydrocephalus and spina bifida, Mertens has developed an extraordinary oeuvre since the late eighties in which he’s obsessed by the tension between the masses and the individual. His work… Read More
It’s my immense pleasure to announce that I’ve been asked to be the curator of the 10th-anniversary edition of the nomadic project Bolero, an international art project on the move. Named after Ravel’s musical composition for its accelerating movement (here in my favourite version by Frank Zappa), the project was initiated in 2010 by the artists Frank JMA Castelyns, Willo Gonnissen, Pierre Mertens and Mulugeta Tafesse as an answer to an ever more global art world. The principles have always been very simple, travelling light in a suitcase with relatively little means…. Read More