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'SIGNALS': digital art exhibition of the FWB

In 2019, the Brussels-Wallonia Federation, in partnership with Transmediale and Transmediale Club festivals, organises a digital art exhibition in the Embassy of Belgium in Berlin.

The title, "Signals", refers to the nature of the works shown, each of which expresses a singular relationship to time and communication. It also refers to the theme "persistence" chosen by Club Transmediale for its 2019 edition, to which they are intimately linked.

The Brussels-Wallonia Federation aims to promote and highlight several artists of its digital art scene: Lab(au) – Felix Luque Sanchez – Julien Maire.

LAb[au] is an artist-trio constituted of Manuel Abendroth, Els Vermang and Jérôme Decock. Their oeuvre displays themes as colour, light, sound and motion and is characterized by space, concept and process. LAb[au]’s experimental and innovative art practice focuses on fundamental research on contemporality in art. 

"What Hat God Wrought": The artwork is fed by the 100 most used words in Thomas More's book Utopia, feeding the correspondence between a series of telegraphs. The telegraphs translate the words into sound and light. Written rolls of paper drift to the floor. Slowly but surely, mistakes slip into the closed system and the meaning of the words alters. The Morse orchestra deals with the rationalism of the Renaissance and its belief in progress and posits by contrast an aesthetic of a self-regulating system in which the fault rules and defect becomes beauty.

Felix Luque Sanchez (Oviedo 1976) creates audiovisual and sculptural artworks, for which he develops software / hardware and uses digital fabrication technologies. He has exhibited his works in institutions and festivals such as Transmediale (Berlin), Ars Electronica (Linz), iMAL (Brussels), LABoral (Gijon), among others.

"Memory Lane" explores the childhood memories of Félix Luque and Iñigo Bilbao in Asturias (Spain) using 3D scanning techniques, they digitalize a series of Landscapes: dead forests, beaches and rocks. The result is an extremely detailed reproduction of these places, but at the same time a ghostly, distant and incomplete representation, that gradually becomes a fiction.

"D.W.I" gathers experiments as fictional strategies to generate infinity.

Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Metz, Julien Maire is a French new media artist with impressive works such as "Exploding Camera", "Low Res Cinema", "Demi-Pas". Since the mid-1990s, he has worked between performance art, media installations and cinema to produce live performative works that are hybrids of genres and media, exploring the physicalities of the moving image. His installations and performances have been featured widely and internationally at venues such as Ars Electronica, Digital Art Festival, European Media Art Festival, Film Festival Rotterdam, Sonar, Transmediale, ZKM, ICC (Japan), Empac (New-York)... Julien was the winner of the NTAA award (Update_2 biennial) in 2008 and was nominated for the World Technology Award in New York in 2009.

"Composite": The installation develops a process that alters the video capture surface. By proceeding through a permanent alteration of the sensitive surface of the sensor, the digital recorder implements immobility and a small relief on the digital capture surface. Once reconstituted and connected, these sensors, although permanently affected by the process, become functional cameras again. These while displaying the spectral and still image of the previously engraved drawings also film the viewer. By injecting immobility on the capture surface, the obtained images de facto place the viewer in the heart of the image.

Practical informations

February 2th to February 4th - 12am – 6pm

Embassy of Belgium

Jägerstraße 52-53, 10117 Berlin

bus 100 arrêt Unter den Linden/Friedrichstr. 

Underground  : U6 arrêt Französische Str.

"Composite" by Julien Maire
"Composite" by Julien Maire
"DWI" by Felix Luque Sanchez
"Memory Lane" by Felix Luque Sanchez
"Memory Lane" by Felix Luque Sanchez

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