Daems Van Remoortere °1988/86
Visual artists

Daems Van Remoortere is an artist duo based in Antwerp and active since 2009. The founders are Lena Daems and Frederik van Remoortere. Daems Van Remoortere works in a multidisciplinary way and crosses the line between theatre, cinema and visual art. For all their creations, the duo goes in search of a suitable and relevant presentation place, both in public and private space.

Ballooning a House

In order to understand the world around us, people are inclined to create an overview. Sorting and creating structures means a clearer view of a larger whole. According to the British philosopher Alain de Botton, creating a nostalgic living environment is an abject denial of reality.

In the video installation "Ballooning a house" a black sphere is gradually starting to grow like a giant black hole in a nostalgic home. We could percieve the growing sphere as a reference to the instopable power of nature, which confronts the human urge to organise and define. Humans only seem to notice their human nullity when the world becomes dark at night. Their focus then shifts from the earthly horizon to the infinity of the universe and reminds them of their place in the galaxy.

Première of 'Ballooning a House' 05—08 February 2020.

Track Tracy

Track Tracy is an interactive public art installation that explores our relationship with artificial intelligence and the definition of privacy.
With the rise of social media and increased digital surveillance came the mining of personal data as a new economic and defence model. The return for those data is the (temporal) gratification of the self and the feeling of safety.
These relatively new dynamics raised new questions on when the self becomes public and how the public becomes the self.
Daems van Remoortere refer to the iconic cult-movie Koyaanisqatsi to describe how homo sapiens are searching for a new balance in their relationship to technology. It is clear that, contrary to anything men faced since their origin, they don’t seem to be able to rely on their million year old toolbox to understand how to build up a relationship with this non-biological form of intelligence.

Text 2019 © Anouk Focquier

Track Tracy is a Daems Van Remoortere creation with the support of Villanella vzw, District Antwerpen, Robovision, Controllux, and& summit & festival, Diederik van Remoortere & Domien Holthof.

Camera: www.studiotropics.com
Montage: Frederik van Remoortere & Lena Daems


'Lichtlijn' (2013) is an early work by Daems van Remoortere, a light installation toying with the shape of a light beam travelling through circular and square cut outs in the floor of art institution De Studio in Antwerp (Belgium). A light source slowly moves up and down the cutouts as visitors walk up and down the stairs.


During the installation Fresco (2013), the audience watches a three-part film above their heads, lying on a gigantic circular seat. From an intimate context that refers to a familiar environment, the viewer observes from a certain perspective how humankind moves on Earth.
The work refers to a text written by Alan Watts who describes how humans always try to organize all and everything in boxes and surround themselves with clear patterns. Hereby humans create the illusion of having control over all the chaos that surrounds them.

Music by Mauro Pawlowski (dEUS).

Curriculum Vitae

Lena Daems 1988, born in Berlaar, Belgium.
2011, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Master in Photography 2007, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Bachelor in Photography 

Frederik van Remoortere 1986, born in Wilrijk, Belgium.
2008, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Insitu3


2020 Ballooning a House, Winterwarm Festival, Kasterlee (Belgium)
2020 Track Tracy, Cultuurnacht, Breda, The Netherlands
2019 Track Tracy, Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, The Netherlands
2019 Track Tracy, Oslo Night, HeK, Basel, Switzerland
2019 Track Tracy, Uit Het Donker, Winterwarm Festival, Turnhout (Belgium)
2019 Track Tracy, MoMeNt Festival, Tongeren (Belgium)
2018 Track Tracy, and& summit & festival, Leuven (B)
2018 Track Tracy, Antwerp Art Weekend, MAS, Antwerpen (B)
2016 Fresco, Cement Festival, 'S Hertogenbosch (NL) 
2015 Fresco, Incubate Festival, Tilburg (NL)
2015 Fresco, De Markthallen, Herk-de-stad (B)
2014 RE:Fresco, Zomer van Antwerpen, Antwerp (B)
2014 Fresco, Cultuurcentrum, Kortrijk (B)
2014 Fresco, Anderzijdsfestival, Strombeek-Bever (B)
2014 Klotski, STORM OP KOMST, De Warande, Turnhout (B)
2014 Fresco, DEStudio, Antwerp (B)
2014 Fresco, Malpertuis, Tielt (B)
2013 Fresco, Première - DEStudio, Antwerp (B) 
2014 Scenografie & Assistance, curator Annemie Van Kerckhove, Happy Birthday dear Academy (350 years KASKA)
2012 het raam, 24h Podiumkunsten, Antwerp (B)
2012 het raam, Première — op en rond de Meir, Antwerp (B)
2011 Fresco Try-out, opendag KASKA, Antwerp (B) 
2010 Klotski, Wouter van Veldhoven (NL), Eric Thielemans (BE), Kavka, Antwerp (B) Klotski, Nadia (CA) Ultraphallus (BE) Klotski, Amiina (IS) Brave Timbers (UK)
2010 Fresco Try-out, Red Bull Space, DEStudio, Antwerp (B)
2009 Paradise Lost, De Nachten, deSingel, Antwerp (B)
2009 Paradise Lost, Villanella, Studio Herman Teirlinck, Antwerp (B)
2008 gewoon evolutie, M HKA, Antwerp (B) De Perser, Entrepot, Bruges (B) De Perser, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp (B) De Perser, St-Lucas, Antwerp (B)

Solo Exhibitions

2010 I've got Bubbles on my Mind, S.A.L.T. Warehouse, Antwerp (B)

Group Exhibitions

2016 Lichtkegel, Antwerp Art Weekend, Antwerp (B)
2013 Lichtlijn, DEStudio, Antwerp (B)
2012 Lichtsculptuur #2, Imposition, curator Leon Vranken, KASKA, Antwerp (B)
2012 Rek, Villanova - DEStudio, Antwerp (B)
2012 Cloud lines, Bouckenborgh, Merksem (B)
2012 Cloud lines, De Nieuwe Vrede opening, Antwerp (B)
2011 Photo Meetings Luxembourg, kunsthaus beim Engel, Luxembourg (L)
2011 'Konsoorten', curator Hans Theys — Wouter Boulangier, Herman Teirlinckhuis, Beersel (B)
2011 Random walk, Extra city, Antwerp (B)
2010 Now comes the monkey out of the sleeve…, Recyclart, Brussels (B)
2010 Site-seeing, Mackezaal KASKA, Antwerp (B)