Masks, Drones, Digital Control: On the Disappearance of Face and Body in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture

The dissertation “Masks, Drones, Digital Control: On the Disappearance of Face and Body in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture” presents a comparative analysis of the representation of face and body in contemporary art and visual culture in response to a changing image and body politics after 9/11. The question the dissertation seeks to answer is how artists can raise awareness on new, questionable technologies like facial recognition softwares, Google Glasses and Google Earth or drones that try to reduce the human body to an algorithmic information.

Art Against the Grain of Collective Sisyphus

Supported by research grants from the KU Leuven (OT) and the FWO-Flanders, the Lieven Gevaert Centre, under the supervision of Hilde Van Gelder, Mieke Bleyen and Edwin Carels, is pursuing extensive research on Allan Sekula’s Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum (2010-2013). This work, which Sekula made during the last years of his life, contains: (1) a corpus of thirty-three framed photographs, two slide projections containing over one hundred images, and texts by Sekula; (2) a collection of ca. 1250 graphic images, sculptures, paintings, photographs, postcards, and vernacular objects.

Photofilmic images in contemporary art and visual culture

Supported by a Mandat d’impulsion scientifique (MIS) of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Communauté française de Belgique (FNRS), the project aimed to study the impact of photofilmic structures in the production, the function and the perception of images within contemporary art and visual culture. With Photofilmic images are meant images that are generated on the basis of both photographic and filmic processes. Consequently, they mingle different temporal, spatial and perceptional realities.

In and out of Brussels

Africa inside Europe represents a multifaceted project, including an intensive collaboration between international theoreticians, art critics, and brussels-based artists over a two year period, operating on various levels of production and output. It centers on four recent art films by Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Renzo Martens and Els Opsomer, two of which will be newly produced within the framework of this project.


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