Interpraxis

This research platform houses initiatives and projects that reflect on contemporary culture and arts in order to understand, develop and contextualize artistic practices as transmedia and post-media practices.

The artistic practice finds itself in the midst of many diverse practices: aesthetic, social, political, reflective, acting, doubting, knowing. Interpraxis is a reflective and artistic environment that stimulates individual researchers towards  trans -and post-medium thinking and offers them expertise and a critical horizon.


Current projects

Titel Unfolding (2019-2021)

Researcher : Dr. in the arts Wesley Meuris

This research wants to unfold the phenomenon of ‘exhibiting’, in and beyond the sphere of the arts. Within the area of natural history, anthropology, technology and even speculative sciences remarkable forms of presentation have been developed to convey insights on knowledge. A historical context will be set to reflect on theoretical and artistic positions in the field of display. Contemporary art projects will be viewed to examine common exhibition formats, as well more complex exhibition mechanisms. How does a work of art communicate with its own exhibition context? And in extend, how can this dialogue be incorporated in the work itself? Which parameters of exhibiting allow being absorbed through the work itself? How can a curatorial narrative be implemented in a work of art? What would be the effect of appropriating historical exhibition mechanisms within the work of art? 

Wesley Meuris - Panoramic Rotunda, 2017 Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu Photo: I. Arthuis
Wesley Meuris – Panoramic Rotunda, 2017 Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu Photo: I. Arthuis
Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu
Photo: I. Arthuis

Cue: Instruction as Artwork (2019-2021)

Researcher : Dr. in the arts Steve Van den Bosch

Research in visual arts practice on the possibilities and implications of instruction as a work of art in dialogue with, but also beyond the history of conceptual and post-conceptual art, with particular attention to Eastern Europe.

The instruction will be viewed from other disciplines such as film studies, philosophy and psychology to arrive at a deeper insight and produce works that reflect the complexity of the instruction in contemporary art from the specificity of my artistic practice. In doing so, I will mainly focus on the tension between the instruction and its tangible or intangible result. The shifting roles of author, performer and audience are also of central importance, which also involves the investigation of intention, visibility, consciousness, interpretation and social context. 

Steve Van den Bosch - Cue Silence
Steve Van den Bosch – Cue Silence

Strange currencies (2019-2021)

Researcher : Dr. Kim Gorus

The contemporary literary field is characterised by a revival of 19th century formats such as the Bildungsroman, the travel story or the (auto)biographical novel. This stands in strong contrast to the literary form-experiments from the 50ies and 60ies, that explicitly tried to achieve a rapprochement to the visual arts and wanted to sever itself from the novel as a bourgeois genre. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but in general we can assess a return to traditional narrative formats in the field of literature.

At the same time we can discern a growing attention for literary fiction within the domain of the visual arts as of the 80ies. The so-called ‘iconotextual’ book experiments from the 60ies have, thus, been continued in the visual arts, contrary to the field of literature, albeit in a very different form. Visual artists increasingly integrate publications as well as (literary) fiction in their work, whether or not as part of an exhibition. In a certain sense it seems as if literary innovation has cut itself loose from the field of literature and has infiltrated in the domain of the visual arts.

This research project wants to study a limited corpus of artist’s publications and analyse how these publications challenge both literary as well as artistic categories and formats. The main focus will be on instances of historiographic fiction and visual writing.


The Archives of the Tout-monde. In search of refuges for subversive aesthetic experiences (2019-2021)

Researchers : Joachim Ben Yakoub en Naïma Moldenhauer

The action research ‘The Archives of the Tout-monde’ wants to engage with post-disciplinary  visual praxis of artists and collectives in urban informal networks, outside the regular arts field.

Through the establishment of localized refuges that can facilitate subversive aesthetic experiences, it will analyze how regular institutions relate to this visual praxis.
Special attention for the relational, economic and ecological core of these land-shifting practices will contribute to the current research on the (under) commons.
Balancing between the sometimes counterproductive desire for visibility and the power of the invisible, aesthetics from the archives of decolonization and transnational solidarity are reactivated.

Boundaries are troubling, artists become curators and curators artists, as a result, the created spaces become works of art with their own sensiblities. From this shift, there is space for researching collective decolonial curatorial practices that, from the bottom up, blow life back into the apparently timeless still life of the visual arts.


The (bureau)creative Climate (2016-…)

Researcher: Sarah Hendrickx

The (bureau)creative Climate focuses on the Research Centre on Creative Abilities meandmywork, a center of knowledge on bureaucreativity. In order to survive within our future working environment creativity was put forward as only weapon, making the aim – to increase the personal level of creativity – profoundly popular for misuse by a capitalist system. mamw became a metaphor for a world where creativity is a pill one can simply take to become successful. The research learns from existing bureaucreative structures and visualizes its methodologies within the fictional Research Centre. 


The Performative as a Tool – Haunting Histories (2018-…)

Researcher : Paul Hendrikse

The Performative as a Tool – Haunting Histories is researching how the body and language are tools for artistic production. During the last two decades artists shifted their mode of production and became more research-based. Documentary, research, journalism, literature, the body and language have become tools for artistic production. But how can I think the performative gesture further? What potentialities does it have and what is the full realm of its use? Can I direct my practice towards a mode that allows the works to become reservoirs of potential future action, as prompts for the audience or artist activity, and even as actors?


Toward a Poetics of Close-To-Each-Other (2018-…)

Researcher : Robin Vanbesien

Toward a Poetics of Close-To-Each-Other consists of questioning, testing and developing methodologies on three levels throughout several artistic projects:
(1) How to develop reflexive co-creations with the social groups/movements concerned?
(2) How to create an artistic work that re-grounds these processes of co-creation while tying practices of consciousness-raising with the artistic means of expression?
(3) How to construct a collaborative and sustainable system of reception and reflection for the practices of co-creation and the presented artistic work? 


Contemporary Kasala and Lukasa: towards a Reconfiguration of Identity and Geopolitics (2019-…)

Researcher : Sammy Baloji

This project aims to create new memory devices, based upon two existing devices used by different Luba groups living in the DRC:
– kasala is a ceremonial poem, sung or recited by Luba in the provinces Kasai Occidental and Kasai Oriental and Sankara, that serves as a public and solemn way to pay homage to and laud the actions and accomplishments of kings, chiefs, lineage heads and other types of public figures;
lukasa is a memory board used and ‘read’ in a ritual performance by Mbudye, an association of men, responsible for the transmission of historical knowledge at the court of Luba kings, situated in the former province of Katanga.
These two different Luba groups were divided during the colonial era by boundaries between the former provinces of Kasai and Katanga. Descendants of Luba groups from Kasai who live in Katanga are now often considered ‘foreigners’ by those who claim to be the ‘original’ inhabitants of Katanga. The art works to be created are meant to bring these groups back together through a narrative that is part personal, part historical, par fictitious.


Past projects

Plot(less)

Researchers : dr. in the arts Steve Van den Bosch, drs. in the arts Paul Hendrikse, dr. Kim Gorus, drs. Joachim Ben Yakoub

Stories are everywhere. What is narrated, exists. Reality is fictionalized. Contemporary art theory and art practice centers on narrative strategies and structures.  Narrative strategies seem to be pre-eminently suitable to question the borders between fiction/non-fiction, truth/perspectivism, identity/performativity. Narratives become a means to install the complexity and contradictions of things. Narration offers the possibility of migrating between positions. It is also a way to realize a ‘poetic hauntology’ echoing multiple voices of the past into the present. Narrative strategies also refer to ‘democratic reiteration’ by means of retranslating concepts, ideals and stories and democratizing and redefining fixed meanings.


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