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

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



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 — 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

photo © Matthias Yzebaert,, 2019