1. Artist Vincent Meessen and curator Katerina Gregos, interview, Belgian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015

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    Eleven artists come together to reflect on colonialism and its aftermath in a complex, multimedia, collaborative exhibition, which pulls apart the notions of origin and authorship The exhibition in the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale offers a complex exploration of the consequences of political, historical, cultural and artistic entanglements between Europe and Africa during the time of colonial modernity and its aftermath. It is a project that connects not only with history but also with the present situation, since, as curator Katerina Gregos reminds us: “Amnesia is a very, very dangerous thing.” Not wanting to perpetuate the 19th-century “nation-state” model, still used by so many of the national pavilions in Venice, artist Vincent Meessen (b1971) has stepped back from the limelight and invited 10 further artists – from four continents – to show alongside him, challenging the notion of exclusive authorship. This idea is further reinforced by the borrowing of the exhibition’s title, Personne et les Autres, from a lost play by the Belgian art critic André Frankin. “This title is a metaphor for the position of the artist, within the context of a national representation,” clarifies Gregos. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a new audiovisual work by Meessen, which revisits the role of the largely unknown Congolese intellectuals within the Situationist International movement. Meessen worked with the author of an unpublished Congolese protest song from May 1968, reinterpreting the text in the form of a rumba. Studio International spoke to Meessen and Gregos about the ideas behind the exhibition and the role of the spectator, exposed to the “sharing of a collective intelligence”, and invited to become “a character in the show”. Personne et les autres: Vincent Meessen and Guests Curated by Katerina Gregos Belgian Pavilion, Giardini di Castello, 30122 Venice 9 May – 22 November 2015 Interview by ANNA McNAY Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY

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    • Lumières de Roland Barthes : présentation de l'exposition par Magali Nachtergael.

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      Dans le cadre du Centenaire de la naissance de Roland Barthes en Aquitaine, le Frac Aquitaine a dédié plusieurs expositions à cette figure emblématique du 20e siècle. Magali Nachtergael, commissaire d'exposition, critique d'art et auteur, nous promène dans les salles du Frac Aquitaine et nous introduit aux expositions "L’Écrivain en vacances : sur la plage" et "My Last Life", une exposition solo de l’artiste Vincent Meessen. En savoir plus sur l'exposition Lumières de Roland Barthes http://www.station-ausone.com/evenements/lumieres-roland-barthes-frac-aquitaine/ Frac Aquitaine http://www.frac-aquitaine.net/ CENTENAIRE DE ROLAND BARTHES (1915-1980) http://www.mollat.com/dossier/centenaire_de_roland_barthes_1915_1980-65193388.html Musique "Trinity Alps" par Podington Bear (http://podingtonbear.com/)

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      • OPEN ARCHIVE #2 // Exhibition // Walking the Hinterland

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        3 November - 11 December 2010 @ ARGOS // Wednesday to Saturday // 12:00 - 19:00 'Walking the Hinterland' considers the ways in which contemporary art responds to geographical non-spaces, those ’suspended spaces’ within or bordering on delimited urban zones, through the work of eight artists for whom walking is also a creative act. Over the course of the late 20th century, ’hinterland’ (originating from the Middle High German ’hinter’, meaning ’beyond’) has gradually taken on a modified interpretation, no longer used in the strict geographical sense of land directly adjacent to and inland from a coast, or a region remote from urban areas. The word now embodies the idea of a place, an era or an aspect of life considered as lacking in spiritual, aesthetic or other humanising qualities; a vacuum; a cultural wasteland. Wastelands, ’zone blanches’ as described by Philippe Vasset in Un Livre blanc, (Editions Fayard, 2007) are areas that have been left white or uncoloured on maps. They are free zones, no man’s land – both politically and socially – streets of “sub-primed” houses, or quite simply suburbs of warehouses or mega shopping complexes surrounded by far larger asphalted spaces given over to parking. In the vein of contemporary literary flaneurs like Iain Sinclair or W.G. Sebald, the works presented are the audiovisual results of artists striding the underbelly of urban spaces around the world. Mapping, photographing, sketching, recording sound and images, performing, retracing their steps again and again in order to permeate themselves in these environments which, even if they often exude an air of desolation or hostility, are the essence of urban regeneration. Curated by Brent Klinkum (Transat video) _______________________________________________________________________________________ ARGOS centre for art and media presents OPEN ARCHIVE #2 30.10 - 11.12.2010 @ ARGOS for more info, visit http://www.argosarts.org/

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        • The Documentary Real 10

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          Marc De Kesel Hotel Holocaust On 'Shoah Documentary Real' Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in? Speakers are: Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist) and Duncan Speakman (artist) kaskprojecten.be/​thedocumentaryreal/​ The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.

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            Steven Jacobs Framing Pictures Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in? Speakers are: Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist) and Duncan Speakman (artist) kaskprojecten.be/​thedocumentaryreal/​ The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.

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            • The Documentary Real 12

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              Cis Bierinckx 'Details 2 & 3' by Avi Mograbi Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in? Speakers are: Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist) and Duncan Speakman (artist) http://www.kaskprojecten.be/thedocumentaryreal/ The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.

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                Marc De Kesel Questions Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in? Speakers are: Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist) and Duncan Speakman (artist) http://www.kaskprojecten.be/thedocumentaryreal/ The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.

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                  Stella Bruzzi Questions Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in? Speakers are: Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist) and Duncan Speakman (artist) http://www.kaskprojecten.be/thedocumentaryreal/ The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.

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                    Stella Bruzzi Approximation: Mad Men, the death of JFK and nearly history Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in? Speakers are: Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist) and Duncan Speakman (artist) http://www.kaskprojecten.be/thedocumentaryreal/ The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.

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                    • The Documentary Real 07

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                      Duncan Speakman Subtlemob Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in? Speakers are: Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist) and Duncan Speakman (artist) http://www.kaskprojecten.be/thedocumentaryreal/ The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.

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