Bureau d’Alimentation

Searching for ingredients with local fauna and flora expert Bart Backaert for BDA’s event: Food in Times of Crisis, with Ex-Artists Collective.

Netwerk Aalst 27.04.2018

There’s something special about food; besides its primordial function to nourish, food tells more than thousand words about a culture, traditions, one’s belief and/or mentality, food has the capacity to connect, to question and even to negotiate or induce statements. Food is politics, history, economics, ecology, anthropology and religion all together. We love food, and we love to bring up certain topics through food; we love to keep the discussion open to everyone. Therefore Bureau d’Alimentation organizes artist-orchestrated meals with no fixed format or theme. We work ‘tailor made’ and look to meet the necessities of a place and an audience. We believe dinners are not arbitrary but are always meant to take place in that place on this moment. Our collective collaborates on a temporary basis with artists, cooks and institutions, and together we are creating moments, building set-ups and raising awareness.

Bureau d’Alimentation enquires the cultural, political, environmental and social issues with food through art projects, documentaries, lectures and dinners. Many unfamiliar issues are relatively easy revealed through the politics of food; ranging from cultural traditions (e.g. what to eat, how to eat, when to eat, occasions to eat…) to the political or economic motives of food chains, (re)productive labour, gleaning, commons and more-than-human theories.

Who we are?

Godart Bakkers is a curator and writer with a focus on the intersection between film and galerie. Bakkers worked for four years as the artistic director of Art Cinema OFFoff (Gent, Belgium), works for the European Media Arts Festival (Osnabruck, Germany) as a film-curator, he teaches at KASK, School of Arts Gent a course on artists writing, he organizes exhibitions at Loods12 (Wetteren) and writes for different media.

Bert Jacobs is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the field of installation-art, sculptures, drawings, prints, multiples and editions. Via different collaborations, ranging from setting up group-exhibitions, happenings and collaborative projects he merges visual art, music and performance in a persistent totality.

Charlotte Van Buylaere is a curator and writer whose practice explores the intersections of popular culture, feminist politics and hybrid art forms. Her curatorial projects are often executed in discursive formats such as reading groups, open classes, public discussions and video/film screenings.

Kuriu Vilniu

Proposed orchard with open-air-kitchen

“The main objectives of the “Kuriu Vilniu” programme aim to reveal the identity of specific public
spaces in the city and to promote positive aesthetic and social changes in the local community,
support the artistic installations in the city, bring together residents and artists, enliven the social
environment, activate business participation in the urban development, and stimulate the debate
on urban art forms.
We think that it is time to draw attention away from the Vilnius city centre and look at the
environment of its “true inhabitants” at the “sleeping districts” by inviting an artist who could think
about a public artwork proposal that would invite a new look to the spatial and cultural heritage
of the place, imagine new ways of collective experiences, or assign new aspirations to the
existing conditions.

  • The agriculture past / Current conditions vs. Future (How spatial configuration of “home”

Historical context: the population growth in urban areas at the time of Soviet regime (80s-90s)
brutally reshaped all largest Lithuanian cities. Many countryside landscapes were transformed
into districts representing modernist-socialist architectural fantasies of efficient and equal urban
living.
Unfortunately, the limited resources and current trends in prefabricated building structures led
the design of these new districts to uniform solutions that differ very little from one another.
Imagine, only a little bit more than 35 years ago, the micro-rayon Fabijoniskes, located at the
Northern part of Vilnius, was still a village. Named after Fabian, a name that derives from the
Latin faba for a broad bean, the area was famous for its agricultural fields since the 17th
century. And today it is the most populated city part that experiences the issues of an aging
population, worn-out buildings and public infrastructure, dominance of car parkings, and
more-than-ever individualistic lifestyle in the neighbourhood.
Put these issues aside, no one would say that Fabijoniskes misses the unique charm thanks to
its photogenic architecture and trees that slowly started to dominate and take over the green
areas. It is considered one of the safest neighbourhoods in Vilnius and continues to attract new
urban development projects.”
Sigita Simone

Drywall Repair, aluminum, bullet-holes, 2017

Deconstructed camper shot by Federal Police Special Units, using semi-automatic Glock, 9 mm. The pieces were made originally in the context of a group show ‘Mined Mind’ for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

The camper is a reinvention of a mobile house, evoking the idea of safety and comfort while travelling. With the idea of deconstructing such a definition, the artist destroys the camper by cutting it into pieces, turning it into abstract ready-made sculpture, but leaving identifiable traces of the camper, reflectors, door hangers, etc.
The shooting on the target was sort of the training session orchestrated by the artist. 12 cops shot the panel. Due to the psychological resistance to the imposed authority of the artist, or the lack of shooting skills, many bullets missed the target. The 12 policemen were shooting simultaneously at the target and the error remained anonymous, not imposing any responsibility of missing the target.
The performance then becomes a playground for destruction.

Heartbroken Uncles 5 karaokeband

Musical performance, karaoke
Get to know Bert and Ari-Pekka better

Heartbroken Uncles 5 Karaoke Band

After his nocturnal walk for last year’s Night Shift in Brussels, sculptor and storyteller Bert Jacobs now joins forces with the Helsinki-based audio-visual artist Ari-Pekka Leinonen. With their brand-new performance, they wildly speculate on the quaint events that have led to The Beatles’ break-up and hatred between the legendary song writing duo Lennon-McCartney. Heartbroken Uncles 5 Karaoke Band explores themes floating between toxic egoism, stardom, success and failure. Expect a not-so-average musical farce with harmonious looks and sabotaging intentions.

Leonarda – Flesh Ain’t Weak (2020)

https://www.mariangelapluchino.com

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24/09/2020 (FI) Drama 17m

Leonarda is a vegan soap maker and serial killer from contemporary Helsinki. She makes soap out of the bodies of her victims. She would do anything to protect her favourite child: Giuseppe. Based on the case of Leonarda Cianciulli, a serial killer from southern Italy during the 30s. A mix between documentary-fiction-dance movie-digital-16mm analogue-among other frolicsomeness.

Director, Screenplay Mariangela Pluchino

cast: Katja Kiuru, Bert Jacobs, Ronja Antikainen, Pihla Sudenyö

Mr. Croissant

FRIENDS

Guru and Sancho Pancho made a lot of friends.
In fact only two.
During one of their walks in The Capital
they met Mesjeu Croesisaint and Bananzi.
They couldn’t figure out,
if Mr. Cruson was a nice guy
or rather a punk.

In both cases, Monsieur Croissant was a special guy;
he was from a country that invented the word ´chauvinism`

A form of extreme patriotism
and a belief in national superiority and glory
Superiority and inferiority
They walk hand in hand
Little boys mind
Little boys games
Cry baby when the disguise is blown
at the ego hostel

Monsieur Croissant was very proud of that.
Mr. Croissant had the physical appearance
of a croissant combined with two black lines
for arms and two black lines for legs.
An abundance of bread crumbs
escaped from his mouth when he spoke.

His glass was always full.

 

On Ice — A Dovecote

Groupshow On Ice
Curator Laurens Marien
Co-curator: Leontien Allemeersch
With CAMPO @ Kristalijn, Gent

Artists:
Willem Boel, Eva Vermeiren, Bert Huyghe, Kasper De Vos, Mathias Prenen, Jo Caimo, Buren, Lucie Renneboog, Frank&Robbert/Robbert&Frank, Dries Segers, Bert Jacobs, Elke Van Kerckvoorde, Dieter Durinck, Klaas Rommelaere, Roeland Van Trigt, Ingeborg Deglein, Marlies DC, Karina Beumer, Sibran Sampers, Eno Swinnen, Wim De Pauw, Neel De Bruycker, Rowan Van As, Oscar van der Put

https://laurensmarien.hotglue.me/?_onice

Enkele jaren geleden viel me op dat op tweedehands-websites verschillende Vlaamse duivenkoten gratis ‘te koop’ aangeboden staan. Dit fenomeen is een direct gevolg van enerzijds het verlies in interesse in deze hobby bij de jeugd, en anderzijds het uitsterven van het echte duivenmelkers-ras.
Door dit verlies blijven de duivenkoten, van uiteenlopende en vaak vindingrijke architectuur, leeg en onbenut in de tuinen, of op daken, van gepensioneerde of gestorven duivenmelkers.

Omdat de constructie van de duivenkoten vaak een mix van materialen is (hout, plaaster, plastiek, dakpannen, glas, asbest, OSB-platen, enz ) zijn deze bouwsels lastig af te breken en te recycleren. Het zijn meestal de erfgenamen die deze duivenkoten goedkoop of gratis proberen van de hand te doen. In ruil moet je ze zelf af breken en ophalen.

Voor On Ice stelde ik Laurens Marien, de curator, voor om samen een duivenkot te gaan afbreken in Scherpenheuvel, en te plaatsen op de schaatsbaan in Kristalijn te Gent.
Het duivenkot van Francois in Scherpenheuvel was oorspronkelijk 8 meter lang, ik denk 1,5 meter breed en 2.5 meter hoog. Het duivenkot was geïsoleerd door een tiental loodzware branddeuren. Uiteindelijk belandde het duivenkot in 2 delen als installatie op het ijs in de groupstentoonstelling On Ice.

Late Night Art House

TV ELDORADO or Clarinet Ivan & Weddingband (2019), 60 minutes film & screening with live soundtrack with Ari-Pekka Leinonen, Dom Na Kinoto, Sofia Bulgaria, 2020

ELDORADO TV (2019) and the cosmic heroes Bert Jacobs & Ari-Pekka Leinonen will land on the last Friday of January (31.01) at 22:00 o’clock at Дом на киното / Dom na kinoto – the favorite cinema cinema of all Earthlings.

Belgium, Bulgaria and Finland, 2019, 60’
Multidisciplinary cinema
Music performance by the artists after the screening

INTERGALACTIC AGENDA:
22:00 – 23:00 Screening and talk with the artists
23:15 Teleportation to Cush.BAR, DJ set by Jacobs & Leinonen and interstellar dances
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Shapeshifters, 41°, sweat and hyperventilation. High-tech meltdown. An impossible love-affair. Uptempo beats, drums and hypnotising melodies. A catastrophic event. And a live music soundtrack.

TV Eldorado, or Clarinet Ivan and the Weddingband is a 2019 film made by Jacobs&Leinonen. The story, set in Bulgaria, revolves around a group of strangers who sign up for a mission in search of the lost Thracian gold.
Soon after the adventure kick-starts the unexpected happens.

TV Eldorado, or Clarinet Ivan and the Weddingband is a movie based on local myths, facts and imagination. A picture show about friendship and confusion, quoting Socrates, Cocteau, Schopenhauer and many other uncles.
TV Eldorado, starring Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt, Sancho Pancho and a Guru hooked on magical rituals, unwillingly exploring parallel universes. Will we ever see these cosmic-dancers again?

“The story is not at all ‘true’ and everything in it is, in fact, a complete and utter lie.”

ELDORADO TV is produced within the ADATA artist-in-residence program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019

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BERT JACOBS & ARI-PEKKA LEINONEN

An oak tree in Bruges gave birth to the collaboration Jacobs&Leinonen. This delivery triggered a series of conversations about other odd phenomena, like cheap coffee, rakia and tarator.
Jacobs&Leinonen shared interest in walking, tanning, fallen heros, kiosk-architecture and other everyday rarities like large scale corruption, makes them compose music, write poetry, built installations, and use film and photography to document their affection with a reality they don’t always understand.

‘By combining our mixed artistic backgrounds of sound and sculpture we have started a collaboration that seeks openly new possibilities for art in a complex layered society.
We explore success and failure to understand the flexibility that is required to stay vital in fragmented reality. You can only experience the truth, you cannot learn it.’


http://ari-pekkaleinonen.com/
http://jacobsbert.be

Devil Hotel — text Helena Aleksandrova

Devil Hotel, collab. Bert Jacobs — Helena Aleksandrova

in the context of the 4th edition of Yart

at Geraard DeDuivelsteen in Ghent, Belgium

Site-specific sculpture, performance, video installation
15 March – 15 April, 2019 residency at Geraard De Duivelsteen
19 July – 26 July, 2019 group exhibition at Geraard De Duivelsteen

Devil Hotel focuses on the truth and fake news and what are the ways of storytelling people use to create stories and urban legends. With the fake sign Devil Hotel crowning the castle for a month, we achieved the desired result and got newspapers and radios contacting us thinking it was a real hotel.

On 28th March we organised a performative participatory happening. During the event we asked everyone to dress up as a gala dinner to create a cinematographic setting in the walls of the castle. We prepared the set design as well. During the event we gave out the directions for participants to act out for the camera – example: pretend to be dead, wear a mask, spin while dancing etc. We recorded the performance. The video was edited as a surveillance camera footage to question the format of CCTV cameras. CCTV camera eye is the ultimate mediator of truth but how can this be manipulated and turned into the fantasy combining the urban legends around the castle and surreal events that could or could not happen in the castle. The video was presented in July in the group exhibition.

Media Coverage: 

1. Duivelsteen in Hollywood-stijl, Het Laatste Nieuws

2. Duivels Hotel in Gent-Centrum, Het Niewsblad

​3. Radio 2 Ghent, interview

https://www.helena-aleksandrova.com/devil-hotel

photo © Matthias Yzebaert, Yart.be, 2019

XIX


In conversation with Saul Judd


sj- Do you like to be nomad?
bj: Yes, I do and for the moment I don’t see any other option. I feel at ease in this situation of moving around and hearing new stories.

sj- How does the idea and reality of being a nomad plays in relation to your art?
bj: Well, I like to work with different kinds of materials and different ideas. A studio practice is as an exploration. Sometimes, when I get conscious of the fact that I can see, as sensorial perception, I can get very confused.
l see and sense imaginary and illusionary spaces and I like to transform them into new perception of space. When I have a special visual moment I want to put that into a visual form to keep.

sj- What was the project with the basement about?
bj: For an exhibition I bumped into a lost museum in the basement of an existing museum.  The museum in the basement used to be a museum for local history. After they closed it, all the stuff stayed there and got covered with dust and darkness. When I opened that door I entered a frozen theatre play, a treasure, like a good hidden secret.
I started to clean it out, and archiving all the pieces one by one.  Next I staged the lost museum with big and small interventions in its actual location and made it accessible for the public.

sj- Tell us about intuition, experiment and surprises?
bj: I do trust on my intuition as a guide. I mean if something feels good, its probably good, if I have a bad feeling about it, I try not to. When something smells bad,  don’t eat it! But of course I also make a lot of mistakes. That’s the experimental part in the process I guess: allowing mistakes and discovering news things by trail and error.
In my practice I try to generate a platform for this, where the result often is a calculated surprise.

sj- Collaborations play an essential role in your art practice. How do you deal with this?
bj: Collaborating is embracing other influences. By doing so there is an experience for both parties. By organizing this group show (XIX) I get in touch with a variety of different people with different ideas and media.
This social interaction almost happens automatic, but is vital to me.

sj- How about your Frankfurt experience. Tell us the cool and uncool about it.
bj: It is great. I live in a bunker on an island. Really!