Elements Of nOw

19-22 October 2016,  Ghent

The exhibition ‘elements of nOw’ is all about the moment in its complete deficiency and elusiveness. It embraces both that moment in which time has ceased to exist as well as that specific well-known moment in time.
That moment cannot be defined in terms of cause and consequence. To connect with the eternal present is pure consciousness and the core of wabi-sabi.
Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection. To discover wabi-sabi is to experience the singular beauty of something that may first look ugly. Wabi-sabi reminds us that our bodies and the materials around us are transient and in a process of decay.
In short, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s consumer society isn’t. It does not share the modern ideology of the makeable society with its ready-made goals. In this eastern philosophy or way of living only the experience counts.
In ‘elements of nOw’ young artists help to create this mOment.

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy and aesthetics that emerged in the 15th century as a reaction to the prevailing aesthetic of lavishness and ornamentation. According to Leonard Koren, wabi-sabi can be defined as the art of finding beauty in something that is “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.”
In Japan, the concept is so deeply ingrained that it is difficult to explain. No direct translation exists. Wabi symbolizes simple, humble, earthy, intimate beauty. Sabi refers to the irregular, unpretentious, ambiguous, rough textured and to fading beauty. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic thus include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

Bringing wabi-sabi into your life takes a mind quiet enough to appreciate muted beauty and willingness to accept things as they are. It depends on the ability to shift the balance from doing to being, to appreciating rather than perfecting. In today’s Japan, the meaning of wabi-sabi is “wisdom in natural simplicity”. In art books, wabi-sabi is defined as “flawed beauty”.
Wabi and sabi both suggest sentiments of desolation and solitude. In the Mahayana Buddhist view of the universe, genuine understanding of wabi-sabi cannot be achieved through words or language, so accepting wabi-sabi on non-verbal terms may be the most appropriate approach. Wabi-sabi can learn people to live life through the senses and better engage in life as it happens. Being surrounded by natural, changing, unique objects help us connect to our real world, to accept imperfection, the constant flux and impermanence of all things.

Joachim Froment

Industrial Designer/ Visual artist 

A Brussels-born designer/artist. Before starting his Master's degree at the ‘Royal College of Art’ in London, he completed his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, specialisation in fine arts, at ‘La Cambre’ in Brussels.


His motto is: “A symbiosis between poetry and industry as real physical progress in the 21st century”For ‘Elements of n0w’ Joachim worked together with Elise Guillaume on a complex installation. They sought to use photography as a medium for immortalising this temporary installation. In collaboration with Louis Janssen he will present his design drone.

Elise Guillaume

Artist

Currently completing a Bachelor in Fine Art, Elise Guillaume has already exhibited internationally. Her work frequently explores human behaviour in relation to the environment. She has created performances, multi-screen videos and installations, sometimes to a very large scale. Today, her knowledge of fine art and videography are leading her to inquire video supports, incorporating roles of the fine artist and film director.

Originally from Belgium, Elise moved to London in 2014 to study at Central Saint Martins where she completed her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. She currently studies at Goldsmiths University London.

Pauline Janssen

Pauline's Jewellery box

Passionate about gems and history, Pauline Janssen has always been enthralled by the fine arts and antique jewellery. She is a gemmologist and art historian and is taking additional night classes at the ‘The Gemmological Association of Great Britain’ in London. She was recently hired by Christie’s and works in the jewellery department at King Street in London.

 

At ‘Elements of n0w’ she introduces to the world her magical box of surprises.

Aliciaaudrey x TibordeLaminne

Fashion

Aliciaaudrey is a Belgium-based clothing brand launched by two young creative talents, Audrey Joris and Alicia M. Meus. They believe in the harmonious combination of quality, creativity and style.

 

For the ‘Elements of n0w’ they worked together with a rising star, Tibor de Laminne. He studied at 'La Cambre' but in the meantime he completed various internships in Brussels, Madrid and Paris.

Cedric Liebens

Graphic Design

The graphic designer from Limburg draws his inspiration from amorphousness. He seeks to transform an idea into timeless forms. His diverse array of designs reflects his wide spectrum of interests, ranging from gourmet cuisine to architecture. Five years ago he became the manager of Plastik Goodies, an Antwerp-based design studio. Innovation and dedication are just words for a lot of people but he actually applies these concepts in his every-day life. In the beginning, Cedric delved into Wabi-Sabi to produce comprehensive designs. A few months later Life 0f L presented the website made by Plastik Goodies.

John Bonaparte

Sound design/ Producer/ Musician

Born in rural Rebecq, John decided at an early age that he wanted to perform music and produce sounds. In secondary school he started the indie pop band ‘Tuk Tuk Thailand. He and his new band Tom DiGaggio recently released a new EP (‘Le marriage collectif’).

 

 
In order to achieve harmony in his music, he has always tried to combine sounds and textures from different sources that are quite original but, oddly enough, remain familiar.

Louis Janssen

Mechanical Engineer

When it comes to technology and mechanics, few stand out as much as Louis. He studied elektromechanics in Ghent but what he really prefers doing is single-handedly figuring out how things work.

Louis is in charge of converting our reality into a digital format. He connects virtual creativity with our physical world.

 

In view of his experience with drones (Dronegrid, Flydrones), he is the production manager for ‘The domesticated drone’.

Arthur Buerms

Founder Life 0f L / Co-founder Up Word

A law student in search of beauty. Apart from this eternal quest, he is passionate about cinema, gastronomy, art, philosophy, literature and tennis. With Life 0f L we want to create a sub-world fueled by philosophy. The thoughts will be made accessible through art, quotes, creative products and arrangement of actual and virtual exhibitions. This is simply an attempt to define and give life to the otherwise undefinable.
 
In 2015 he co-founded Up Word, a proofreading and editing service for students. 

John Janssens

Visual content creator

John studied videography and cinematography in Belgium. In London, he completed his studies by taking a Master's degree in ‘Business& Production’ at the MET Film school.

He has already worked with inspiring crews on short films, some of which have even won awards. He is also a street photographer, who uses his experience to produce videos for art projects, fashion shows and events.
 
Today, John has founded his company NAVAJO STUDIO and works on diverse projects most of them aimed for the web. 

Julien Toussaint

Sofie's place

Even as a youngster Julien Toussaint from Knokke was fascinated by the art of eating. It was in 2016 that he started running a restaurant at graanmarkt 1 in Antwerp: Sofie’s Place. The establishment offers a varied menu and is influenced by a wide range of culinary traditions.

Gabrielle Lelievre

Event and fashion photographer

Gabrielle captured the moment on "Elements of n0w"

"Elements of n0w" by John Janssens

 

Convergence of all the elements that the observer may or not have touched upon as a moment of presence.

 

AliciaAudrey

Sabato, De Tijd

Pauline's Jewellery Box

Sabato, De Tijd