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.



After Hours


“It is the rigid mindset that forces architects to build walls, and artists to decorate them, that offends my feeling for both groups. I don't want to create a totally new framework of vision or core. reuse. " (Gordon Matta-Clark, 1977)



Daems van Remoortere see a building and nightfall as a different perspective on a larger whole. According to them, buildings are a human construction designed to be able to withdraw from the bigger picture. The light that enters buildings through windows and doors provides the connection with the other and the outside world. Light enables us to perceive the other and the other and to feel connected. Light is a recurring element in Daems van Remoortere's sculptures, installations and interventions in public space. It fascinates them how light is everywhere and yet seems elusive, how it penetrates somewhere, reveals new perspectives, bends, is necessary to see if when it is absent it sometimes puts us in a different mood or state of mind and makes us think. For "After Hours" Daems van Remoortere once again respond to the revealing nature of light and their urge to abstraction. Daems van Remoortere make a large incision / cutting in the facade of a building. The incision has the shape of a celestial body, the measure of the greater whole. The incision is then closed with blinds that distribute the penetrating light and thus create a new incidence of light. At the same time, they ensure that the incision is hidden from view and that an illusion of isolation is created.

'After Hours' is Daems van Remoortere's tribute to iconic American artist Gordon Matta-Clark. Photography by Geert Van Hertum.



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


'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.

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


Installations

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)

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