Pieter Van Bogaert – Books & chapters

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Books & chapters:

Anthony Downey (Ed.) Critique in Practice. Renzo Martens’ “Episode III: Enjoy Poverty” (2019)

Contributions by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Pieter Van Bogaert, Jelle Bouwhuis, Eva Barois De Caevel, J. J. Charlesworth, T. J. Demos, Angela Dimitrakaki, Anthony Downey, Charles Esche, Dan Fox, Matthias De Groof, Xander Karskens, J. A. Koster, Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani, Suhail Malik, Renzo Martens, Nina Möntmann, René Ngongo, Laurens Otto, Paul O’Kane, Nikolaus Perneczky, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Kolja Reichert, Els Roelandt, Ruben De Roo, kąrî’kạchä seid’ou, Gregory Sholette, Sanne Sinnige, Emilia Terracciano, Nato Thompson, Niels Van Tomme, Frank Vande Veire, Eyal Weizman, Vivian Ziherl, Artur Żmijewski

Investigating the economic value of one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s most lucrative exports (namely, poverty), Renzo Martens’ provocative film Episode III: Enjoy Poverty (2008) remains a landmark intervention into debates about contemporary art’s relationship to exploitative economies. The contributors to this publication explore the film’s legacy and how it relates to the politics of representation, uses of the documentary form, art criticism, the deployment of humanitarian aid, the impact of extractive forms of globalized capital, and the neoliberal politics of decolonization. The unconventional representation of acute immiseration throughout Enjoy Poverty generated far-from-resolved disputes about how deprivation is portrayed in Western mainstream media and global cultural institutions. Using a range of approaches, this volume reconsiders that portrayal and how the film’s reception led Martens to found a long-term program, the Institute for Human Activities.

Published by Sternberg Press, December 2019, English
14×21 cm, 372 pages, 50 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-505-3

Pieter Van Bogaert. Grand Tour 2020 – Meetings across Europe on Art and Ecology (2018)

2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of Imagine 2020, a collaborative project on art and ecology started by a group of European cultural organizations. Over the years, the project’s focus shifted away from raising awareness about climate change, and towards speculating about a sustainable future through artistic creations that allow alternative perspectives to come to the fore. To celebrate this anniversary, Imagine 2020 invited me on a Grand Tour, in the course of which I visited artists who had been chosen by the different organizations. And so it was that, in the spring of 2018, I met with ten artists in the cities where they live and work: Antwerp, Hamburg, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Riga, Rotterdam, Terschelling and Zagreb. I travelled by train and bicycle; once, I took an airplane, and once a boat. This book offers bits and pieces of the conversations and experiences I gathered on the road.

Meetings with Jānis Balodis, Lotte van den Berg, Beton ltd. (Primož Bezjak, Katarina Stegnar, Branko Jordan), Tamara Bilankov, Thierry Boutonnier, Armin Chodzinski, Vera Mantero, Clare Patey, Sibylle Peters, Michael Pinsky, Benjamin Verdonck
Published by Kaaitheater, Brussels
Graphic design by Garage64
200 pages 
15 euro
ISBN: 9789078312000

Pieter Van Bogaert, Martine Zoeteman, Christophe Coppens (eds.). Eternal Erasure – On Fashion Matters (2017)

Contributions by Javier Barcala, Jurgen Bey, Christina Binkley, Pieter Van Bogaert, Christophe Coppens, Pauline van Dongen, Liesbeth in‘t Hout, the students of Fashion Matters at Sandberg Instituut, Elisa Van Joolen, Bradley Quinn, Timo Rissanen, Madeline Schwartzman, José Teunissen, Raïsa Verhaegen

It’s easy to rant about the fashion industry. Nowadays, a large part of it is based on producing and consuming gigantic amounts of clothing. Collections are manufactured all over the world at dizzying speeds and are sold all year round for extremely low or incredibly high prices. This fast-changing system seems hard to break into, or out of. How, as a designer, do you deal with this model in an ever-changing world and come up with innovative ways of designing, producing, promoting, financing, selling, and eventually consuming? How do you meet the needs of today’s consumers and anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s world? The masters program Fashion Matters at the Sandberg Instituut takes the liberty of addressing these issues.

Published by Sternberg Press, June 2017, English
14×20.5 cm, 292 pages, b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-342-4 Sandberg Series Design Anja Groten Copublishers Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam

Herman Asselberghs (ed.). For Now (2017)

Texts by Pieter Van Bogaert, Dieter Lesage & Stoffel Debuysere
Edited by Herman Asselberghs

For Now is published at the occasion of For Now, Herman Asselberghs’ solo exhibition at De Garage, Mechelen (BE) 3 December 2016 – 12 February 2017. The show includes 2 new film works by the artist, For Now and watching words becoming a film, as well as his previous screen works this was before (2014) and a.m./p.m. (2004).

Published by Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
Executive production by Auguste Orts
Book design Garage64
With the support of the Flemish authorities, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, De Garage, Contour Mechelen
Printed at Graphius
ISBN 9789077193495
D/2016/0797/040

Pieter Van Bogaert. The Joint – the beauty issue (2016)

Newspaper published as part of the exhibition De Voeg / Le joint at Cabinet, Brussels.

published by Cabinet
text by Pieter Van Bogaert
design by Garage64

Eva La Cour. Autopia (2016)

You don’t have to go far to meet someone who is not close to you. He is right there in front of the arts center on the stairs to the main entrance, begging for money from the people on the street. You talk to him. His name is David He has lived on the street for years now. You find a mutual interest. He is not only begging for money, but also for an audience. He doesn’t write applications, but invents attractions. His latest is a fishing rod with a small bucket at the end. It cost him 20 euros to buy all the props he needed, but the return on investment is good, he says. 

Duncan Speakman. Shortfilms for You (2015)

Short Films For You is a collection of micro-experiences presented as a book with accompanying soundtracks and physical objects. One experience may find you sitting alone in a cafe while observing a stranger, another may find you examining miniature photographs, another guides the fingers of you and a partner in a dance across the pages of the book. Each ‘story’ attempts to maintain a relationship between the sound in your ears, the place you are, and the object in your hands. The book has an MP3 player embedded inside it, headphones attached. Inside the book are different materials for each of the different experiences. A hand-made wooden box holds the book, headphones and a magnifying glass.

The collection was created at Timelab in collaboration with artists from different disciplines, and the core of each piece was created through an intensive one week process. Tom Abba (UK) brought in a sense of early 20th century gothic literature, Els Viaene (BE) drew on her location sound recording practice. Reinout Hiel (BE) uses photography to create a fixed visual counterpoint on a moving bus journey, Yoko Ishiguro (JP) turned the book into a performance space. I wrote a text based on my personal experience of the book (and Duncan made a remix of the text – which I love).

Originally developed in residence at Timelab, Ghent

Mekhitar Garabedian. Table Gentbrugge (Kitchen) (2015)

Table, Gentbrugge (Kitchen), 2012–2015 and Table, Gentbrugge, (Living Room), 2012–2015 are two collections of photographs, moments in time from the life of Mekhitar Garabedian, chronologically singled out and arranged in book form. Such selections of photographs based on repetition and autobiographical elements touch the core of Garabedian’s work. Mekhitar Garabedian is Armenian by descent, spent his early childhood in Aleppo and Beirut and has lived in Gentbrugge, Belgium, since his youth. For the last fifteen years, he has repeatedly been preserving specific moments and places in his family home in photographic form. Brought all together, it gives the artist an ever-growing physical and digital photographic archive that questions, supports and complements actual memory. Both publications contain 68 images and each contains an original essay by Liene Aerts and Pieter Van Bogaert. Each publication costs 20 €. When purchased together the cost is 35 €.

2015
SC / 80 pages / 23 × 17,7 cm + Annex 17,4 × 13,4 cm / 16 pages
Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle with BOZAR
Language EN
Author Pieter Van Bogaert
Design Céline Butaye
Print Graphius, Gent
ISBN 978 90 7481 646 5

Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire. The Wave (2015)

Two dvd's and two books in one:
Side 1: Elevage de poussière / Dust Breeding, a film by Sarah Vanagt.
The booklet includes additional photos and a discussion between Tobias Hering & Sarah Vanagt (text in English) .
Side 2: The Wave, a film by Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire.
The booklet includes a text written by Pieter Van Bogaert, based on an interview with Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire (text in Dutch & English), and of photos made by Katrien Vermeire during the film and photo shoot in Spain in October 2011.
Please contact Balthasar in case you would like to order this dvd-edition: info@balthasar.be

Pieter Van Bogaert. Blijven Kijken / Ce qui nous regarde / Dropouts (2013)

Met teksten over David Larcher, Els Opsomer, Anouk De Clercq & Jerry Galle, Wim Janssen, Stefaan Quix, Els Viaene & Duncan Speakman, Gorik Lindemans, Elias Heuninck, Manon de Boer, Georges Didi-Huberman, Femke Snelting, Renzo Martens, Mekhitar Garabedian, Pieter Geenen en Herman Asselberghs

In Blijven Kijken (ce qui nous regarde) (dropouts) gaan kunstenaars aan de slag met de materie van de media. Ze zoeken het moment waarop beelden verschijnen: in de ontmoeting van twee pixels, in de introductie van een nieuwe technologie, in een manier van luisteren, in het aftasten van een medium. Andere kunstenaars tonen waar beelden verdwijnen: door een teveel aan pixels, de democratisering van een technologie, een overweldigend geluid, een uitschakeling van het gevoel.
Blijven Kijken (ce qui nous regarde) (dropouts) speelt zich af op een terrein tussen politiek en esthetiek. Het begint bij een keuze voor een esthetiek en eindigt bij een vorm voor een politiek. Deze mediakunstenaars zijn allemaal ook kunstenaars die nadenken over de materie van hun werk. Elk op hun manier gaan ze tot de grens van het verbeeldbare: het (on)zichtbare, het andere, het persoonlijke dat zorgt voor een maximum aan betrokkenheid.

Een uitgave van SQUAREvzw, Brussel
Een vormgevig van OSP (Ludivine Loiseau & Femke Snelting)
Verdeeld door EPO, Antwerpen
Met de steun van M Museum Leuven en H ART
Verschillende van deze teksten kaderen in enSuite, een onderzoek naar de imaginaire praktijk waarvoor SQUAREvzw in 2010 en 2011 een trajectsubsidie kreeg van de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC) van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest.

Deze publicatie verschijnt bij de tentoonstelling:
Blijven Kijken / Ce qui nous regarde / Dropouts
Gastcurator: Pieter Van Bogaert
Scenografie: Ann Clicteur
14/2/2013 - 12/5/2013
M - Museum Leuven

ISBN 9789080883901

Christine De Smedt. 4 Choreographic Portraits (2012)

Every portrait is a self-portrait. You cannot understand it without becoming part of it, without recognising yourself in it. This is where the audience’s input becomes essential: as a dancer, as a listener, as an interviewer, as… an audience. This articulation makes the portrait almost vague, almost imperceptible. It is potentially endless, always improvised on the spur of the moment and yet always synchronous – a permanent remix that always converges with itself. It is this ultimate role reversal that opens up this work both in and as space.

Serge Daney. Een ruimte om te bewegen – tussen cinema en beeldcultuur (2011)

Voor het eerst is een selectie van Daneys teksten in Nederlandse vertaling gebundeld. Deze worden omlijst door teksten van tijd- en reisgenoten: Jacques Rivette, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Luc Godard en Olivier Assayas. Met een uitgebreide inleiding van Pieter Van Bogaert.

‘Daney vertegenwoordigt voor mij het einde van de kritiek zoals ik die begrijp, en die ik laat beginnen bij Diderot, van D naar D, van Diderot naar Daney’, stelde Jean-Luc Godard in een gesprek met Youssef Ishaghpour. In 1964 schreef Serge Daney voor de Cahiers du cinéma zijn eerste artikel over film en vanaf de jaren tachtig richtte hij zich tevens op televisie, reclame en nieuwe media. Zijn teksten hebben grote invloed gehad op filmmakers, critici en filosofen, en nauwelijks aan betekenis ingeboet als het gaat om de lessen van een rijke cinefiele cultuur voor de hedendaagse beeldcultuur. Het beeld als verzet tegen de eindeloze informatiestroom, als ruimte voor verbeelding en reflectie: een ruimte om in te bewegen.

een uitgave van Octavo, Amsterdam
Basisserie 5
Tekst & context: Een ruimte om in te bewegen is gelijktijdig met het boek Volharden verschenen. De serie tekst & context is mede mogelijk gemaakt door: Mondriaan Stichting; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds; Stichting De Zaaier
168 pag. | maart 2011
ISBN 9789490334048

Christophe Coppens. No references (2009)

When Christophe Coppens announces a haute couture collection , expectations run high. Certainly when he launches it under the title No References. A collections without references? That’s impossible, you think. A fashion collection is reference. But it would not be haute couture if we let ourselves be brought to a halt by this. Fashion creates a parallel universe. One in which all current references appear each time to erase all the previous ones. That certainly applies to haute couture, the apex of fashion that invents itself each time anew and each time seems to throw all references overboard. No references? What does Christophe Coppens, himself not the least reference in the fashion world, mean by this? Let’s look for an answer to this with a few yellowed memories and fresh observations, with some quickly found references and some that are far-fetched.

published by Artez / d'jonge Hond ISBN 9789089100634

Herman Asselberghs, Els Opsomer, Pieter Van Bogaert. Time Suspended (2004)

In November 2002, the Brussels based authors of this book went on a ten day visit to Palestine. Like most western tv-viewers and newspaper readers, their knowledge of the deep and long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict came from mainstream media coverage. On the ground they witnessed a complexity that standard soundbite formats cannot possibly encompass. This trio of artists and critics here challenges years of media-tinted observation with a record of their short encounter with everyday life in Palestine. In Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza they saw both occupier and occupied perpetually awaiting radical change. As if time were suspended.

published by SQUARE vzw
ISBN 90 8088 391 3
216 pages
(english edition - nederlandse vertaling beschikbaar / dutch translation available)