Reportagemaker Tim Verheyden en regisseur Jeremy De Ryckere verblijven een week in de dementiekliniek Joostens in Zoersel, waar 200 mensen worden verzorgd die lijden aan beginnende of vergevorderde dementie. Ze praten er met patiënten, familieleden en zorgverstrekkers. En wanneer het praten niet meer gaat, dan spreken de beelden. Zo vertelt 'Morgen mist' grote en kleine verhalen die nauw samenhangen met Alzheimer: over ouder worden, veerkracht, liefde en afscheid nemen.
Journalist Tim Verheyden and director Jeremy The Ryckere filmed a week in the dementia clinic Joostens in Zoersel, Belgium, where 200 people are staying, suffering from incipient or advanced dementia. They talk with patients, family members and caregivers. And when the words are hard the find, the images speak. 'Morning fog' tells the stories linked to Alzheimer's: about aging, resilience, loving and saying goodbye.
Directed by Tim Verheyden and Jeremy De Ryckere
Camera: Emanuel Vanderjeugd
Sound: Thomas Van Baelen, Marius Acke
Editing: Philippe Piffet
Produced for Canvas Belgium, all rights reserved to Canvas
Laura Tack is a young Belgian visual artist.
Video Produced by Jennifer Hamblett and Tim Verheyden
Laura grew up in a little village in Flanders, Belgium in a creative environment.
Since the age she could handle art material she never stopped creating. In 2006 she decided to study Graphic Design. As she grew up without television it was a big challenge to work in such a digital world. Soon she discovered that you don’t have to design exclusively on the computer, but that you can interweave drawing and computer. In 2010 she obtained a masterdegree in Fine Arts. In that year she avoided design on computer and worked in and with the streets and woods. Her work resulted in an artist’s book* at the end of that academic year.
A few weeks after Laura graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium - 2010 - she got the opportunity to come to New York.
She spends most of her time in her atelier in the lower east side and in the brooklyn art scene. Her life is interwoven with art. It’s not a hobby it’s her life. It’s about thinking and breathing art.
Her earlier work consists of a combination between found materials (such as notes, photographs,...) and pencil, charcoal, paint, spray paint, oilsticks, ...
People consider them as collages but Laura claims that it’s not about that term: “People sometimes ask me in which medium I work, then I answer most of the times that I make collages, because people expect a convenient answer. But for me I don’t consider my work as collages. My work is ‘work’. I could say that my medium is ‘passion’ instead of collage. The term ‘collage’ reminds me of eldery people puttering on a table in a care center”
Her recent work is less figurative and decorative. It's very intuitive and therefore actual but there is a theme in her work that is consistent. It’s about space, the relationship between different, individual things and substance.
“The fact that finished things come together and become something new is so fascinating for me, almost magical. I consider each finished work as unfinished because there is that constant movement between the work and me, the materials and me. It’s life, like living beings moving physical and mentally from one place to the other all the time. Back and forth. Up and down. That relationship between things has always been in my work even in the struggle between analog and digital. It’s about finding a balance in every connection. Connections between human beings, between art and the artist and between material things.”
" Every work has his own existance. When I create it always starts with a very dark motion, almost destructive. It's an intense experience, a shock. At first it is vague and it has to be like that, otherwise it's only a visualization of that intense experience. In all the darkness of creating I feel the connection with the material. I am the material. I am the painting. After that moment of creation I feel disappointment and I am unsatisfied. I'm never satisfied with a work because I'm always mentally changing. But as long as I feel there is substance, there is existence I can go on with my unfinished path that is always going to be unfinished"
Laura had a few exhibitions in Belgium. The exhibitions that she had in New York are on a much intenser and different level. That is part of the drive to work harder. To quote Laura: “ At first I thought you could only create if you were inspired. But now I realize that art is part hard work and part inspiration. It would be stupid to sit and wait for that inspiration. Sometimes it’s better to slap yourself and to drag yourself to your workspace. But I never make art against my will.”
Laura works and lives in New York and finished in January an exhibition 'We hungered' at Con Artist gallery. She works with several artist at the Conartist Space in The Lower East Side in New York.
Naar aanleiding van de Dag van de Ambachten, een dag waarop een groot aantal Vlaamse ambachtslieden hun deuren openzetten voor het grote publiek, gaat de ondernemersorganisatie Unizo op zoek naar een nieuwe naam voor de term 'ambachten'.
Unizo maakt gebruik van de Dag van de Ambachten om te wijzen op een hiaat. "De consument is anno 2012 opnieuw gericht op zoek naar duurzame en authentieke kwaliteitsproducten. Toch vindt die consument die producten nog te moeilijk", stelt Unizo. "De sector krijgt volgens 66 procent van de ambachtslieden te weinig waardering. Een deel van de uitblijvende erkenning zit in de ouderwetse naamgeving. De term 'ambachten' is een vertaling van het Franse 'artisanats', maar in het Nederlands klinkt dat oubollig en dekt dat de lading niet helemaal meer."
De ondernemersorganisatie gaat daarom op zoek naar een nieuwe naam die de lading beter dekt. Voorstellen kunnen hier worden ingediend. Unizo beloont de bedenker van de beste naam met een pakket ambachtelijke producten. (belga/tw)
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