Vanitas Extended is an exhibition for which seventeen artists present their work in musea, the public sphere, the cultural centre and on historical sites of the city of Ypres, Belgium. The concept of Vanitas Extended gave license to develop an identity based on exhuberance and excess in the use of typefaces, imagery and composition. Souvenir and a bespoke black letter run across faux marble textures and titled installation views. Two signifiers were chosen, the circle and the line, to come to terms with the passing of time. The catalogue was edited and designed in collaboration with writer and artist Céline Mathieu. It features selected contributed works out of the artists’ oeuvres and essays by curator Nathalie Vanheule, Céline Mathieu, Agnès Violeau and Liesbet Waegemans.
Display is a publication on the notion of showing, initiated by Matylda Krzykowski. For the duration of one week Timo Demollin, Kaja Kusztra, Kasper Pyndt and myself worked as a temporary studio to design and print the book consisting of texts found imagery and visual contributions. It aims to serve as a handbook for future window exhibitions at Depot Basel. Debut of the typeface Dalat. Riso printed in an edition of 100 in the Charles Napels Lab at the Jan van Eyck Academie.
The Subversive Form's focus lies on the apparent connection between marginalised forms of aesthetics and conceivable activist ambitions in the work of artists, designers and outsiders. It is an anecdotal investigation, which attempts to make room for the less reliable, the underexposed or even the amateur. Studying the broader topic of the politics of the 'screen', it dwells on the appearance of various Web phenomena in our daily lives as manifestations of the present-day spectacle. Proposing the former as contemporary cases within and juxtaposed to a historic tradition of publication—such as avant-garde manifestos—and other methods for distribution of radical ideals. The tension between dilettante movements who aim to undermine the status quo and the professional mainstream culture which recuperates radical signs is the main dynamic of the work. Taking position on the surface of apparent oppositions, such as original and duplicate, private and public, ambitious and nihilistic feeds new inquiries into the subversive, its content and forms of presentation.
The Subversive Form
The Guise of Masked Celebrity is a saddle-stitched newsprint zine collecting paparazzi snapshots of celebrities wearing a disguise to hide their appearance in public. Full-bleed images run into the margins of the thin booklet to disturb the reader's attention. In reference to The Subversive Form, after the e-flux article 'Self-Design and Aesthetic Responsibility' by Boris Groys.
The Guise of Masked Celebrity
The poster, flyer and program booklet for the exhibition entitled Ongoing by master of Research in Art and Design participants at WARP Contemporary Art Platform in Sint Niklaas. A co-authored group show by Ruben Boeren, Craig Havens, Alex Herzog, Saori Kuno, Céline Mathieu, Anna Meiners, and myself.
For the exhibition Wild Horses and Trojan Dreams in Marres, co-curator Pieter Vermeulen and I collaborated on a folded hand-out poster delivering an encouraging reflection on weakness, failure and disappointment as tools for the exhibition’s emerging artists. Our contribution closely resembled the official communication for Marres Currents #1 due to its yellow colour and similar size. This emphasized its function as a trojan horse by confusing visitors about its origins. The poster was distributed during the opening by participating artist Laetitia Jeurissen as part of her performance as the events’ hostess.
Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams
An analysis of the 'coming of age' film, which deals with the rise of films featuring and marketed towards young adults in Hollywood productions of the last sixty years. Rather than grouping all “teen pictures”, as traditionally occurred due to film history's apparent disinterest in their cinematographic value, it aims to develop a genre distinct for the relationship between what occurs on the screen and their educational influence on the viewer. A method, parallel to the Bildüngsroman, explores the 'cinematic rite of passage' by taking two films for each decade to indicate generic themes and tropes within the narrative and stylistic representation of youth. The thesis was written for the master of Filmstudies and Visual Culture at University of Antwerp and self-published as a pocket sized book in which stills were collected as footnotes, similar to end credits running from bottom-to-top across its pages.
The Cinematic Rite of Passage
The masterpublication of St Lucas Antwerp for the academic year of 2011-2012. It features the final presentation of the work of all master graduates in graphic design, fine arts and jewellery design & silversmithing. It functions as a catalogue to showcase and describe each of their projects in depth. Furthermore it contains photographs by Johan Luyckx with details of the construction of the exhibition. Textual additions were included in the form of a foreword by Ad van Rosmalen and critical essays by Petra Van Brabandt and Pieter Vermeulen respectively. Its title refers to the past series of editions called ‘Finals’ as well as the fact it was launched at the start of the new academic year. Assembled and designed in collaboration with Hugo Puttaert and Boy Vereecken.
‘Piracy and Publishing’ consists of an experimental graphic approach to explore the influence of internet piracy on the value of the printed object. The project was initiated in the master of Graphic Design at St Lucas Antwerp. A small print-on-demand publication, a poster series and a video installation document an investigation in the dubious connection between an internet phenomenon and its influence on visual culture, through the illegal distribution of music, movies and books. Focusing on the effects of censorship in the publishing industry as well as aspiring to engage with benefits of the new means of publishing at our disposal today.
Piracy and Publishing
Star Trek Novels with (maybe) Jewish Characters is a shopping list of novels on Amazon.com by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom. A found compilation exhibited and redefined in physical space as part of the masterclass All Ears and Empty Sentiment by Boy Vereecken. Each of the books was online and bookmarked with the original notes by the rabbi, which were inserted at the pages with references to jewish traditions. A poster shows the complete list and other customer reviews in full to further document his selection and reasoning.
Judaism in Star Trek
Integrated is an international art and design conference, held biennially in deSingel, Antwerp. Among the speakers of the 2011 edition were Matthew Carter, Paul Sahre, Jer Thorp, Designpolitie, Julia Hasting, Dan Perjovschi and Henning Wagenbreth. The conference manifesto ‘Let’s Get Rid of All Dictates’ highlights a desire to embrace complexity and hopes to do away with elitism. It can still be read on what ironically was referred to as the “ugliest website of all time”. Find out more about the entire conference on 2011.integratedconf.org. The identity and all printed matter, including everything from the banner to the posters, flyer and buttons were created, in collaboration with Hugo Puttaert, during my internship at Visionandfactory.
Posters designed to showcase the features of the Specials paper range by Papyrus, for a brief in which different artists and designers were invited to showcase its printing possibilities. Together with Elke Scholiers, we made two bizarre graphic design examination charts, similar to old fashioned eye tests, using ink and paper for one of each CMYK colour. Designed for Visionandfactory during our internship.