Philippe Van Snick
Opening: Friday 14 February 2020 - 20:00
KIOSK presents Territorium by Philippe Van Snick (1946-2019), an exhibition that can be regarded as an homage to the recently deceased artist whose work made an important contribution to artistic developments in Belgium. The show grew out of an intense dialogue with the artist, his family, KASK teacher Gert Robijns and his students of installation art, and Wim Waelput, curator and director of KIOSK.
The collaboration with KIOSK started in 2016, when Van Snick and four other artists were selected to present a proposal for the Belgian pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Although Territorium, the proposal submitted by Van Snick and Waelput was eventually not selected, it did become the blueprint for the current exhibition. The proposal included a unique synthesis of Van Snick’s fifty-year-old artistic practice. It contained all his characteristic elements — including, for instance, the systematic colour and formal principles, and a minimal, abstract visual language — in a way that emphatically responded to the pavilion’s architecture.
In close deliberation, an appropriate “transfer” of form and content to the KIOSK space was developed, to be realized eventually by a group of students. This was an explicit request by Van Snick, who himself graduated from Pierre Vlerick’s etching class at KASK and who had often before realized exhibitions together with students. The experience of these previous projects, together with the detailed designs and scale model left by the artist were the starting points of the current realization, or perhaps they functioned rather as “misleading instructions”, as Van Snick used to say.
To Luk Lambrecht, who has worked with the artist for earlier exhibitions and who will curate a retrospective at SMAK in the fall of 2021 collaborating and inviting students for Van Snick represents “the objective of navigating to the very heart and soul of his practice in the context of the infinite possibilities of colour by experiencing, in the reflections of the light, precisely and concretely the infinite number of ways of applying paint and mixing colours. (…) To Philippe Van Snick, collaborating meant sharing time and space and letting these intersecting coordinates dance on the infinite, shaky tightrope of artistic freedom. This means that art can never be the emanation of that which the artist intentionally keeps in mind; not to himself, and not to others.”
Painting was a steady reference in Van Snick’s body of work. In Territorium, the painted image develops its meaning in relationship with the architectural context and the visitor’s physical experience of space. The exhibition space will be filled with sculptural work, painting, and a monumental architectural installation in the central dome room. The construction is called Dorp (‘village’) and consists of six separate wooden modules, functioning as a single monumental spatial canvas, painted with Van Snick’s characteristic duos of colour fields.
As such, the exhibition reveals itself as a total installation that explores the material and spatial boundaries of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Van Snick invites visitors to walk this spatial landscape of form and colour, tactility and atmosphere, and to give themselves over to the experience.
In its turn, KIOSK also invites a number of people who were close to Philippe Van Snick and the realization of this project, for a guided tour, lecture, or screening. We are pleased to welcome artist Heide Hinrichs, curators Wim Waelput and Luk Lambrecht and the students who worked on the project.
Opening: Friday 29 November 2019 - 20:00
Opening: Friday 29 November 2019 - 17:13
Cinema by Ion Grigorescu (°1945, Bucharest) is an unique retrospective exhibition uniting works of this extraordinary contemporary artist. Developed in close collaboration with Grigorescu it takes the cinematographic medium as the starting point. The exhibition presents his singular artistic practice -including paintings, drawings, films and photographs- from a transversal perspective without attempting to create illusion of a unified whole. His oeuvre is characterised by intellectual stratification, inexhaustible experiment and an impressive use of references and is almost impossible to place the known discours.
Opening: Friday 20 September 2019 - 20:00
Cuban artist Susana Pilar (1984, Havana) focuses on social and historical issues of gender and race by taking her own personal experiences and family history and relating them to contemporary concerns such as migration and violence against women. Her own body often takes a central place in her practice.
For the exhibition Body Present, Pilar creates a new performance that links Belgian colonial history to her own childhood, the particular demographics of her homeland, and her Afro- Cuban descent from slaves from Sierra Leone and Congo. The piece is presented alongside a series of photographs, videos and drawings. All of these works are based in performance and present the assertive, black female body.
Opening: Friday 26 April 2019 - 20:00
With the Family Nexus exhibition, artist Sophie Nys and KIOSK will be working together for the second time. KIOSK invited Nys in 2008, when still located in the outdoor pavilion. For that occasion, Nys purchased a metal time capsule, put the history of the exhibition space into the capsule and buried it underground. That capsule is still there, invisible, but at the same time, also permanent and unmistakably an intervention. It was also an example of the way in which Sophie Nys works with the specific history and architecture of a given place. This is once again true of her new exhibition at KIOSK, in which she attempts to unite a number of both minimal and monumental interventions, unique and serial objects, personal acquaintances and obscure figures from 16th-century prints, rural landscapes close to home and urban monuments, all under a single denominator.
Sophie Nys already intrigued us by giving her exhibition at KIOSK the title Family Nexus, together with an introductory image of chewing gum sticking to a knee and an invitation that she has transformed into a little book. That card in book form tells the story of four people, called Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
It is with such personal gestures that Sophie Nys introduces us to the interrelated works that she has brought together for this exhibition. Once we have entered KIOSK, we walk into a web that she has created from intrigues, connected and unconnected, where no position at all is neutral. Nys is interested in the relationships that evolve between her works, as well as in relation to the space and the visitor, and draws a parallel with a praxis or a household in which a set of unspoken rules and roles determine the dynamics. The title, Family Nexus, is understood in psychology to mean a vision that is shared by the majority of family members, often unconsciously and for several generations long, and is upheld in the context of events both within the family and in its relationship to the world.
Who is it who is playing the role of Nobody, the household’s so-called ‘identified patient’, or the scapegoat, and which pots and pans has slipped through this character’s fingers? Although all of these characters belong to the same family, the Family Nexus, they all seem to be pointing the finger at one another. The one is more someone, more or less unique, or dependent, or leaves a larger or smaller imprint of his or her presence, than the other. The smallest of the community, made by hand, supports the largest, industrially produced element. The others try to get a foothold somewhere in between these caricatured extremes.
Adapted to a new context and scale, existing furniture designs or industrial objects become expressions of a personal thought, characters in Sophie Nys’ own story. This game of observing, rehashing and deduplicating is characteristic of Nys’ oeuvre, and in the course of time, as does every individual family, this collection of related works displays a conscious or unconscious nexus. The arrangement that results is her (self-)critical and humorous way of telling something about her own artistic practice, the relations that we undertake with one another, as well as about institutional mechanisms.
Opening: Friday 8 February 2019 - 20:00
Great moment of transport, / body to body / boat on my dunes / boat on your back / hands on our waves / it's beautiful both / ocean flow (…)
Julien Creuzet invites us along for a meandering narrative in which sounds — like the phrases from the exhibition title — resound and echo in the form of songs, poetry, performances, videos and installations. In the gallery, an almost hypnotic and sensuous stream of words and images comes alive that is rooted in the artist’s native island of Martinique.
Creuzet’s works refer to Martinique’s literary, cultural and geographic identity, and in particular to Édouard Glissant, the poet and writer who was also born on the Antillean island. According to Glissant, despite French dominance, Caribbean (cultural) identity is neither French, nor African, but Creole; a mix of different linguistic influences. In his writings, he develops and deploys the concepts of creolization and decentralization in opposition to globalization and universality. Creuzet follows suit, with an anti-colonial discourse and techniques of assemblage, collage and cultural appropriation as tools to re-fashion exoticism into something new.
Organic growth and the ‘rhythm’ of the Caribbean are the foundation for the central installation in KIOSK’s dome room: the base for the structure was constructed in 2018 in cooperation with Les Ateliers de Rennes, and is expanded with new extensions here. The work behaves much like a complex mangrove ecosystem from Martinique, with an expansive network of horizontal roots. The structure covered with pieces of cloth and screens echoes this theme, as do the man and woman from the video Lova Lova, Safari Go. The different sound tracks and textures, protagonists and identities are attracted, clash and are distorted. Like the mangrove’s aerial roots, they become part of a networked, living and breathing landscape.
The exhibition stands as a single visual and acoustic collage of complementary memories, both personal and collective, a mix of organic, synthetic and technological materials, French and Creole, high and low culture, with occasional political subtexts. Creuzet visualizes the encounter with the Other, which Glissant described in a way that resonates with this pluriform installation: “Rhizomatic thought is the principle behind what I call the Poetics of Relation, in which each and every identity is extended through a relationship with the Other.”
Opening: Friday 30 November 2018 - 20:00
For Assembly (KIOSK), Agency makes a selection from its list of controversies based on the question: What if common things would get mutually included within art practices? Intellectual property includes copyright, which protects “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression”. However, copyright law hasn’t defined originality. Under the copyright framework, two elements are put forward in relation to originality. One, a work must be “the product of independent creation” and, two, must “exhibit at least some minimal degree of distinguishable variation”. This means that a “slavish copy” does not comply and that the work of authorship is seen as the author’s internal creative processes. The legal framework excludes the influence of external factors. But often it is difficult to distinguish internal from external factors during creative processes of making replicas. Courts have interpreted differently what originality requires. Some courts have granted protection for labour, skill, and investment on the “sweat of the brow” principle. This series of controversies will convene an assembly at KIOSK in order to bear witness.
Agency will organize the following two gatherings at KIOSK:
On December 9th, 2018, Agency will invoke the controversy Thing 001928 (Give up yer aul’ sins). It concerns a conflict between Pauline Gormley and EMI around the Give Up Yer Aul’ Sins, a tape of bible stories told by children from Dublin. During the court case, Pauline Gormley v. EMI on November 17, 1998, judge Barron at the Irish Supreme Court had to decide if Pauline Gormley’s recounting of the bible story And then there were twelve as a child was sufficiently original to be protected as a work of art.
And on January 27, 2019, the controversy Thing 002304 (carpets) will be presented. The conflict is between the textile companies Artessuto and B&T Textilia about drawings of townscapes which are used in tapestries and cushions. During the case, Artessuto v. B&T Textilia on January 26, 2012, the Belgian Supreme Court had to decide if Artessuto’s woven carpets were sufficiently original to qualify for copyright protection as a work of art.
For these gatherings, Agency invites a diverse group of concerned guests to respond to the controversy in question. The invited respondents come from different practices that are entangled in the case under discussion. The gathering will take place inside the exhibition and will last for approximately two hours. The purpose of the assembly is to re-invoke the moment of hesitation during the court case. This is meant not as much as a re-enactment of the judgment than as a "palaver" that prolongs the doubt during this case.
“Agency” is an international initiative that was founded in 1992 by Kobe Matthys and has office in Brussels. Agency constitutes a growing “list of things” that resist the radical split between the classifications of nature and culture. This list of things is mostly derived from juridical cases and controversies involving intellectual property (copyrights, patents, trademarks, etc.) in various territories around the world.
The concept of intellectual property relies upon the fundamental assumption of the split between culture and nature and consequently between expressions and ideas, creations and facts, subjects and objects, humans and non-humans, originality and tradition, individuals and collectives, mind and body, etc. Each “thing” or controversy included on the list bears witness to a hesitation in terms of these divisions.
Open Design Course for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Opening: Friday 23 November 2018 - 15:00
Open Design Course voor vluchtelingen en asielzoekers
Mirra Markhaeva, Ayman Nasser, Kinda Ghannoum, Reza Panahi, Kelechi Johnbosco Ahunanya, Dessalegn Yared Yilma, Mohammed Tawfiq, Seyed, Mohamad Bayan Jilo, Marcus Bergner, Fatma Osman, Asaad Merza, Mohamed Rida Mahir, Elli Vassalou, Liselotte Van Daele, Elias Heuninck, Wendy van Wynsberghe, Sawsan Maher, Samer Alagha, Jerry Galle, Hala Elias Poles, Jozefien Mombaerts, Hendrik Leper en Wim Waelput.
Veel vluchtelingen hebben heel wat competenties om verder te studeren of te werken binnen een professionele sector maar de weg daarnaar toe is niet gemakkelijk. De Open Design opleiding voor Vluchtelingen en Asielzoekers is een co-creatie-platform waar leren, onderzoeken, en samenwerken centraal staan. De studenten hebben een boeiende acht weken achter de rug waar zij in contact kwamen met digitale expressie en open design vanuit tal van perspectieven. Binnen deze opleiding hebben zij elk een persoonlijk traject afgelegd met een eigen onderzoek. Dat resultaat, hun work in progress, wordt gepresenteerd in KIOSK op 23, 24 en 25 november.
De studenten zullen tijdens de opening aanwezig zijn om in gesprek te gaan over hun werk en proces. We verwelkomen u graag met een drankje tijdens de Openingsreceptie op 23 november 2018 om 15uur in KIOSK, Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent.
De opleiding werd georganiseerd door VZW Kunstensite (KIOSK) in samenwerking met KASK, School of Arts en ontstond vanuit de noodzaak om een constructief antwoord te bieden op de toestroom van vluchtelingen in 2016.
Daniel García Andújar
Opening: Friday 21 September 2018 - 19:00
Daniel García Andújar (1966, Spain) is a central figure in the Spanish internet art scene. Since the late 80s he has been starting up internet projects, he is a founding member of the irational.org web collective, and developed Technologies To The People® (TTTP), a non-profit organization that provides people who lack the means with access to new technologies. These collectives hack and appropriate material from contemporary culture with the aim of revealing the often problematic politics or absurd logic of the internet. With open source and collective methods of production, they undermine the notion of material or intellectual property, or the newly acquired power of digital technology.
In a next phase, Andújar looks for ways to take these issues from their virtual server environments and translate them to posters, slideshows, sculptures, publications or interventions in public space. For his solo show at KIOSK, titled Plus ultra, he will bring several stories together in one of these multi-media installations. One topic he focuses on is a bit of shared history: Emperor Charles V, born in Ghent in 1500 and crowned King of Spain at age sixteen. It was Charles V who gave Spain its motto Plus ultra (Latin for ‘further beyond’). Andújar follows the emperor’s lead to historical moments of public display of power in Ghent, to frame these from his own perspective.
With the support of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium.
Opening: Saturday 21 April 2018 - 20:00
Falling, lovely and beautiful
Falling, lovely and beautiful is a new set of works by the French-Morrocan artist Latifa Echakhch (1974, living in Martigny, Switzerland) presented in KIOSK. An installation involving bronze bells, a performative video and a series of drawings in ink. For these works, the objects or texts have been stripped of their original meanings and contexts in order to make new interpretations possible. This method is typical for Echakhch's art practice. Driven by the necessity to counter certain prejudices, contradictions and stereotypes in our society, she isolates and questions materials that are symbolic for these phenomena. By giving them a new setting or a different space, new meanings or unexpected characteristics may arise.
Eckakhch appropriates, dismantles and re-represents daily materials and simple objects. Personal memories as well as shared history and cultural heritage like literature, philosophy and music serve as her sources. Her practice repeatedly questions preset notions about identity, nationality, religion and authenticity. She also examines her own fragmented, symbolically charged culture, using a language that is at the same time sensitive and powerful. Politics and poetry come together in installations and environments built up out of personal, historical and cultural references.
All this applies to the exposition Falling, lovely and beautiful as well, with the title freely referring to the Nick Cave song As I sat sadly by her side.
The monumental shattered bronze bells under the central dome, are exact replicas of the church bells from the destroyed church Lübeck, a German city bombed in 1942. While the church is now fully restored, the bells are left lying exactly where they hit the ground at the time.
While the pieces of fallen bells emphasise silence in terms of stilled notes or muted violence, in the side room piano notes resound amidst huge noise. For this video, Echakhch simultaneously evokes an act of creation and destruction by making someone play the piano while, at the same time, someone else splits the instrument to pieces with a sledgehammer.
In a similar way, Echakhch's series of ink drawings deconstructs Arabic poetry. On sheets of newspaper she ‘transcribed’ the original texts, but only copying the punctuation or vowels. Traditionally and linguistically though in Arabic poetry, exactly these 'auxiliary signs' essentially define the meaning for the whole sentence or the poem. Here, the sheets of newspaper are largely left blank, the signs as mere unreadable connotations. The text, in other words, becomes an abstract drawing, bearing within it the possibility of a whole new reading.
The exhibition is realized with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.