A series of 500 masks made and handed out during a concert of Different Fountains at Los Ninos XL Party in recyclart Brussels.
“We are so happy to be able to organize an XL edition of Vicuna at Recyclart for which we invite our dream international dj and add a great live act on top of our regular #HOUSEOFVICUNA deejays/producers.”
DEEP – DARK – DIRTY
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 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.
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’
Music performance by the artists after the screening
22:00 – 23:00 Screening and talk with the artists
23:15 Teleportation to Cush.BAR, DJ set by Jacobs & Leinonen and interstellar dances
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
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.’
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.
3. Radio 2 Ghent, interview
photo © Matthias Yzebaert, Yart.be, 2019