Tableau Vivant 2019-2020

Wan-Lun Yu and Joeri Verbesselt, in collaboration with Mei-Ning Huang After summer residencies in P.A.R.T.S. and GC Nohva (through VGC) in Brussels, we moved with the Tableau Vivant-project to Taiwan.In December 2019 we prepared for the presentation of this ongoing research and performance project about the depictions of the female figure and nature in Western Art History. The 50-minutes black box presentation of this solo performance took place on January 3 and 4, 2020, in Taipei for a selected audience. … Read More

Hortus+Herbarium

A stone’s throw from the site of last yearโ€™s Fantastic Encounter with the Matriarchal Ginkgo is ‘t Gasthuys, the city museum of Aalst, and an enclosed garden that was once the medicinal garden of this ancient hospital. Replanted as a medicinal garden a few years back by Bart Backaert, this garden is now to become a Nicholas Culpeper Garden of Virtues as part of my larger research project Nothing of Importance Occurred. In the garden, with the help of Bart … Read More

The Three Motions of Loom

The exhibition ‘The Three Motions of Loom’ opened Sunday, December 15 at the Antwerp Art Pavilion (next to the MAS Museum) in Antwerp. It’s running until February 16 2020. Jeroen Olyslaegers read from his novel-in-progress ‘Wildevrouw’, which was the starting point for the project. Publisher Demian presented a limited edition. Zaaltekst (in Dutch) ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–™๐–๐–—๐–Š๐–Š ๐–’๐–”๐–™๐–Ž๐–”๐–“๐–˜ ๐–”๐–‹ ๐–‘๐–”๐–”๐–’๐“•๐“พ๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ต ๐“œ๐“ฎ๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ผ, ๐“›๐“ฎ๐“ฝ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ๐“ฏ ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ฃ๐“ช๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“พ๐“น, ๐“‘๐“ป๐“ช๐“ด๐“ฎ Een donderpreek. Zo herinner ik mij Jeroen Olyslaegersโ€™ voordracht van de eerste fragmenten uit zijn … Read More

Impulsive Incantations

The migraine patient lives a nomadic life. In an almost ritualistic way she trudges between two worlds – a ceremonial procession that goes back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Health unavoidably induces sickness and only sickness will lead her back to health. She oscillates, fluctuates, pendulates and is therefore fated to live in constant adaptation to an ever-changing state of wellbeing.… Read More

Is it lovely yet?

in the archives of Christine Brooke-Rose, Anna Kavan, Ann Quin and Muriel Spark 1. It is the summer of 2014 and Iโ€™m at the Olin Library at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. I am researching three novelists for my PhD. One of them, Ann Quin, doesnโ€™t have her own archive. I locate papers of hers, scattered around, in the archives of ex-lovers, friends, her publisherโ€™s, in a Carmelite Friary near London. Here in the Olin Library I find a … Read More

Dystopian Optimism

posted in: Research

Our future imagination suffers from an impasse between technological optimism and dystopian visions of the end of humankind. ‘Dystopian Optimism’ counters globally interconnected precariousness as the condition of our time. It recognizes dystopia as a societal reality and proposes to complement it with optimism: a fiction that enables one to project a different future on oneself or the world. Embedded in the fields of contemporary audiovisual arts and art history, Dystopian Optimism functions as a compass to navigate an iconological … Read More

The Suitcase

posted in: visual poetry

Made of brown leather, monogrammed with the initials L.J.M. and dating from the 1930s, the suitcase was found under the bed of Muriel Leyson at the time of her death in Johannesburg in the 1970s. Tightly packed inside were almost a thousand letters spanning a period of ninety years. Muriel Leyson had been a surrogate mother to my father, stepping in to care for him at vulnerable moments in his life. As she and her two sisters became frail in … Read More