m0(ve)ment

16-19 November 2017 ,  Antwerp

The foundation of our previous exhibition was the ever-passing present moment as the only mode of actual existence. It was never more than a moment slowly vanishing and n0w it is over. The ways things exist find their expression in Life. Nature and the nature of our existence are the seat of constant motion in which everyone and everything is continuously becoming without ever being.

Using the dialectics of G.W. Hegel (thesis, antithesis, synthesis) the artists try to show that contradictions are giving energy to a world where all things are interdependent (beauty and ugliness have the same origin, long is determined by short, warmth by coldness,…) Therefore the (ve) in the title is between quotation marks indicating that two moments are destined to negate each other : coming to be and ceasing to be.

To understand coming to be we need to go back to the deconstruction and construction of the universe which gave birth to the Taoist principles. The latter reflect the ‘way of nature’ , the unchanging principle of change manifested by the four elements. The unity of water, air, fire and earth constitutes and sustains our existence in this world in which all elements have their own impulse and direction, their own energy and meaning.

The negative or the problem is that nature has never before mirrored us on how we handle and master it. The human race is always striving without ever being satisfied. Nature suffers from the quest for speed, need and greed. Without fully realizing it we are justifying the disruptive effects on the coherence of the four elements by worshipping the progress of the post-industrialized technological age.

Artists try to awake themselves and spectators from the cultivation from non-differentiation by using art as a symbolic language. All creative expression derives its inspiration from deciphering the ambiguities of our in-between condition, our failure to belong completely anywhere. In m0(ve)ment artists transcend, both individually and as a group, the tension between our own nature and our awareness of the impending end to nature as a whole. They therefore apply aspects of the natural environment to art or life and in so doing they instil in susceptible individuals an awareness of the ephemeral beauty of a world in which change is the only constant.

Angelo De Meulenaere

Surfboard shaper

Angelo calls himself a wizard of all crafts. More specifically he is the driving force behind Flow and Soul, a surfboard label, which is gaining ever-more recognition from virtuosos in the world of sports and industry. This Mad Hatter has been furnishing handmade surfboards as a pristine, authentic and functional form of art for several years now.
Every board, any colour or shape possible, bears the stamp of his cultural identity. These boards are as much a piece of art to be gazed at on a wall, as they are shreddable in a wedge of water.

Luc Peiffer

Sculptor

Luc graduated from Saint-Luc with a visual arts diplo- ma (comic book section) followed by a Master’s degree in Communication and Marketing at Solvay. In 1995 he founded his own agency L&A Peiffer Communica- tion and design. He then trained to be a sculptor at the Woluwe-Saint-Pierre Art Academy. The sculptures on display show the artist rendering structure by emphasi- zing the texture.
The “Alte Kopfstücke” series are made of terracotta (glass globes) and evoke the feelings of melancholy and isolation frequently displayed by Alzheimer sufferers. While suffocating from a literal and figurative lack of air they move up into the emptiness until they are completely alienated from their own nature.
The “Old Swimmer” series features small synthetic plaster heads gasping for air. Formalized in the midst of the swimming activity their expression is dynamic. This work could become an allegoric statement portraying the consequences of C02 on our environment. (right)
The installation “Self-destruction” is a video of a sculpture made off clay, which is being destroyed by the increasing velocity of the dropping of water on his head. A further rationalization would diminish its effect

Meryn Verhelst

Visual artist

a Belgian visual artist, whose work is deceivingly simple, at once playful and naïvely melancholic, sometimes scatological but very much layered in sophistication. His overwhelming, obtrusive canvases can both be oddly humorous as emotionally charged. Falling somewhere between representation, cartoonish street art and x-rayed abstraction, his colourful and satirical pop-canvases tell different stories with just a few flattened brush strokes.

Ophélie Decantere

Graphic/information designer

Ophélie started her Bachelor Graphic Design at Luca School of arts in Brussels. She also completed her master “media and information design” at Luca School of arts in Brussels.
Humankind commits itself to mapping things and to putting things back in order. When you look around, you notice that everything changes all the time. How can frames and grid systems in our society help us coun- teract changes? The only certainty in this world is that nothing is certain. That everything constantly changes. Through studying and analyzing structures, materials, colours and through giving attention to details around us, we can learn how things evolve.
In this installation she explores how frames and grid-systems in our society help us to counteract changes. Different communication mediums like videos, prints or objects reflect those frames and grid-systems we use by giving another perspective of ‘A state change.

Julien Delagrange

Visual artist

Contemporary visual artist from Courtray. He completed his Bachelor's and Master's degree in the Science of Arts (Visual arts and architecture) at the University of Ghent. During his time there he organized several solo exhibitions. However, his experimental phase was rewarded with a breakthrough this year, when he developed a distinct figurative visual language with a sometimes alienating character.

Censorship, certain postures and surreal meetings create a particular tension, which, cannot be indicated immediately. What one does not see is often more powerful than what one does see. The image leaves the spectator in the dark. We only see a fragment of the image or idea which creates a game of meaning. In the end his introspectively challenging paintings remain as open as the philosophical questions haunting us.

Emilia Verbeke

Photographer

The photographer Emilia is the youngest artist of the pack. Although the youngest the versatile photographer is nonetheless blessed with artistic maturity. She is also studying Political Science at the University of Leuven.
We live in an era where a photograph is transformed into a sharing object wherein the Smartphone adjusts the frame and colours. In this zeitgeist Emilia is keen to linger, to search for the right moment in which compo- sition, light and subject blend. Capturing this explorati- on through analog photography results in raw, pure and unprocessed photographs.
For m0(ve)ment she captured the tension between a snapshot and an image in motion. In particular, these old analog simple reflex cameras keep you waiting for the outcome.

Emma Billiet

Graphic/information designer

Emma finished her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design at Luca school of Arts in Brussels. She is currently taking a Master's degree in “media and information design” at the same establishment.
In her invitation she experimented with photography in order to show motion more abstractly. These photographs are small details from bigger pictures and are part of a larger whole, which continues to evolve. The newspaper, which you are now reading she also designed.

Emmanuelle De Prins

Visual artist

Emmanuelle was born in Brussels in 1981. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at the University of Louvain La-Neuve. After which she stu- died archaeology and Egyptology in the same university. During and after her studies she continued to practice different techniques.
As an up-and-coming painter she has a flair for earthy colours and mythological/historical references. An outcome of her studies, these references are linked to Latin America, especially Argentina. The paintings are inspired by Colombian art and, more specifically, the spiritual symbols of the Mapuche tribe. Moreover, the flowing abstract background is an ode to her artistic mentor, a renowned French painter. The dichotomy between these figurative symbols and the abstract back- ground artistically depict her congruence of personal connections of the past and perception of the present.

Nicolas Legein

Photographer/videographer

Nicolas is not a newcomer to event and nightlife photography. Five years ago he started his own label, A r t i c l 17, which has become a household name in nightlife photography. At Foodphoto he combines his passions for food and photography and delivers mind-boggling photos now reproduced in myriad books and magazines.
For m0(ve)ment you can expect his aesthetic use of light mixed with dynamic compositions.

Ines Domange Haym

Visual artist/installation

Her work is based on two opposite axes, extraction and assembly. First extracting the form, then searching for it, finding it and adapting it to an idea or technique. Finally assembling it as a series shown in the environment created by the installation. She seeks in form what it is not, but rather what it can evoke.

The artist has a broad imaginary catalogue of forms created by herself. These forms are pretexts for an experiment with materials, associations, colours, and contours.

There is a coming and going between nature and abstraction, between recognizable and unrecognizable, between form and texture. Each piece is the echo of the previous one but they fit together like a puzzle. By encrypting the space of the assembly the spectator realizes that a new universe is emerging.

Kelly Johansson

Fashionista/collector

Fashionista, artist and collector based in Antwerp. Almost two years ago, in response to the fast-moving fashion trend, she launched Revive Collective, a move- ment where clothing is not seen and treated as waste but as value. Reviving them, painting on them and passing them on. In essence giving them a new meaning by offering like-minded people a platform were they can sell their clothing to embark on a new purpose.
For m0(ve)ment Kelly Johansson crept into the skin
of an aspiring fashion designer and created a reflection of her universe. Working with old clothes, accessories and elements found around and blending these different particles to create a harmonious whole.

Victor Verbaet

Mapping/graphic design

Born and raised in Antwerp. Victor is passionate about particular and refined electronic/techno sounds. Out of love for this kind of music he founded Draaiplan, an emerging nightlife concept announcing top-notch DJ’s around the globe.
Infused by the electronic mood he proposed to intro- duce mapping to our orchestra. Mapping, digital shifts guided by architecture and music is a rather suggestive experience through which it's easy to get carried away without noticing the uncontrollable time that flows.

Margaux Dejonghe

Poet

After completing a Bachelor's degree in Law programme in Namur she is back in Flanders (KUL) to continue studying Law. Margaux loves nature, we are privileged to become acquainted with her intriguing work for the very first time.
She transforms ordinary words into rhythmic vivid parables. These parables focus in a sometimes absurd way on the limits of human consciousness and the concomitant thoughts of (im)mor(t)ality. The poet’s use of flamboyant adjectives reinforces the suggestive imagery related to the leitmotif.

Charlotte Lauwers

Photographer

Charlotte is a graphic designer and photographer. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design at Luca School of Arts in Brussels. Apart from produ- cing stunning photographs (events/personal) she also composes installations that take you on an intellectually poignant journey.
In the photos on display she stresses the reciprocal relationship between primordial elements. In an abstract way she zooms in on nature as a continuous process of constructing and dissolving and subsequently reconnecting. By capturing this eternal process she brings the different layers marked by time to life. What we see and how things are constructed depends on the different quantities of the elements (fire, water, air and earth). The ingenuity of her work lies in the fact that she represents nature as a selective recreation of reality concretized by her view of our existence.

Sacha Verbaet

DJ

Resident of the city of Antwerp with a soft spot for electronic and techno music. We shall not give away what he is going to play but it ranges from house to disco, soul to boogaloo until you end up in the zoo.

Louis Buerms

Cinematography/installation

Louis loves nature and surfing. After High School he travelled and surfed around Australia and numerous other countries. Nowadays the promising artist continues to work closely with nature in his studies as a Landscape and Garden architect at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent.
In his cinematic tribute to the four elements he accentuates a reversed effect. He starts with a static frame, which gradually evolves into the beauty of nature mo- ving towards its extinction. His experiments are fading fairytales worshipping the mood of nature. The vitality of his message, a simple and refined moment always in transformation, lies in the music because the music tells the story. The images are just an idea of the story.

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. 

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.

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.

 
"m0(ve)ment" by John Janssens

 

Tucked away in the industrial hangars of Antwerp, this borderless exhibition provides different artists with the opportunity to portray their free, uninterrupted flow of spirit. Their spirit is energized by the aesthetically appealing influence Taoism has on wabi-sabi.
The artworks and their spectators are bewildered by the duality between the industrial space and the four elements.

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