The Residence | Brussels + Antwerp

Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir, The Residence (2012)

Last week, Bert de Muynck | MovingCities was in Belgium, invited by artist-duo Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans [website], to lecture in the Reading Room # 4 as part of the The Residence [a wager for the afterlife] video project. A report from Brussels and Antwerp.

The installation consists out of four screens, displaying various interactions between creativity, China, cultural clusters, dreams, desires and deliriums, machinations, money and myths. The incorporation of a system of algorithms directly tapping into and monitoring the worldwide flux of stockmarket transactions on one screen provides on another a cut-up and almost random re-interpretation of materials shot by the artists in Belgium. Another screen, displays the devilish and underestimated destructive nature of financial news coverage. It is where psychology and profit meet. The last screen shows a half hour mockumentary following Chinese architect/artist/entrepreneur Ma Wen – thereby navigating between different cities, contemporary cultural critique, Faust, Urban China#33 Creative China, stills, beaches, botanical history, hysterical and hideous artistic ambitions, flashes of firework, crisp collections of burning rituals, directed and executed with a splendid Chinese state of mind.

Conceived during an extended residency in China (2009-10), the project initiated a collaboration with the Chinese artist/architect Ma Wen. If you are in Brussels, or in the neighborhood, a trip to Argos is highly recommended. You’ll realize it is a pity that the documentary only last for thirty meticulously directed minutes.

The Residence [a wager for the afterlife] is still on display in Argos until April 1.

On Saturday March 10, the Reading Room # 4 took place in ExtraCity, Antwerp. In an intimate, curious, close and relax setting, the Creative City in China lecture introduced Chinese cities, culture, Tintin, towers, the Hua I T’u [Map of China and the Barbarian Countries, 1137 A.D.] and contemporary architectural and artistic practices. The backbone of the lectures presented the result of a three month Transdisciplinary Research on Creative Industries in Beijing – Mobile Research Laboratory (May-July 2007, coordinated by Ned Rossiter, Mónica Carriço and Bert De Muynck) which resulted in the guest-edition of Urban China #33 (called Creative China) in 2009, some creative and cultural findings developed while being embedded in the ORDOS100-project and ongoing research in the mapping of the Chinese creative industries (updates on those later). All of it followed by discussions and drinks.

Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir, The Residence (2012) | Argos, Brussels

Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir, The Reading Room (2012) | Extra City, Antwerp

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Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir, The Residence (2012) [pic by Kristien Daem].

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