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  1. Item:MER-1237

    The Age of Entitlement, Sven 't Jolle

    €35.00

    This publication functions as a pocket guide to ’t Jolle’s engaging and protean practice in which he utters a humorous critique on capitalism. By fusing historical references and citations from everyday life, t’Jolle creates eloquent constellations of images and forms that often unveil disparities in our contemporary society.

    Inspired by the form of an illustrated encyclopaedia, the book adopts an unusual approach to combining image and text. Grouping the artist’s work under his poetic entry headings, it reveals how he returns to themes of migration, labour and capital under various guises. In addition to photographs from ’t Jolle’s WIELS exhibition and illustrations of earlier works, the book features three new texts: an exploration of the exhibition’s themes by its curator, Zoë Gray; an interview with the artist by art critic Koen Kleijn; and an analysis of his sketchbook practice and his decision to make all his sketchbooks available online by curator Blair French.

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  2. Item:MER-1238

    Even I must understand it, Benjamin Verdonck

    €29.00

    Benjamin Verdonck (1972) is a versatile artist, an actor, a writer and a producer of theatre. Between 2015 and 2017 he realised a project 'EVEN I MUST UNDERSTAND IT' in which he demonstrates that art can redesign the public spaces and the society. The projects in 'EVEN I MUST UNDERSTAND IT' took different shapes through the process, like a representation, a lecture, an exhibition or an installation in a public space. The book is a compilation of the two year project, where all projects will be discussed thoroughly.

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  3. Item:MER-1235

    Through the Looking Glass, Michel Couturier

    €38.00

    The project for this book has a programmatic quality, like a prefiguration of future works. Perhaps it also works like a mirror—like an optical machine in any case—that brings together distant things, various times, experiences, places, and forms (drawings, photos, writing, etc.), and that’s exactly what Michel Couturier set out to do. He's trying to find temporal breadth in these places, and (re)discover their meaning, which is perhaps more lost than concealed. 

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  4. Item:MER-1234

    Maekawa II

    €45.00

    Maekawa II presents the work of Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Maekawa (° 1936) during the 1970s. In contrast to Maekawa I, which highlights his art of the previous decade made within the directives of the Gutai Art Association, Maekawa II sheds light on the artist’s unremitting efforts to overcome the sudden death of Gutai’s leader Jiro Yoshihara in 1972. In this volume, the ceaseless innovations and impulses Maekawa instigated in his post-Gutai practice are brought to the fore. They show the profound exercises and manipulations of sewed and dyed burlap that he shaped into oftentimes highly tactile squares, lines, triangles, and a multitude of colourful yet sober wavy patterns; at times stretched over boxes or loosely draped over walls. The result is a singular exploration of fabric, texture, colour and the possibilities of the canvas at its roughest core.

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  5. Item:MER-1232

    DW B 161 / 5 / 8x F.B.-D.B.-16, Dirk Braeckman

    €39.00

    In het oeuvre van Dirk Braeckman (1958, Eeklo) staat het experiment centraal, enerzijds in de registratie en anderzijds, des te meer, in de bewerking. De beelden die Braeckman capteert kennen vaak een anonieme oorsprong. Of het nu gaat om eigen opnames, found footage of een combinatie hiervan - de kunstenaar ontdoet de beelden radicaal en steevast van hun temporele en ruimtelijke context. Braeckman capteert verlaten transitzones zoals gangen, hallen en hotelkamers; plekken waar het private en het publieke elkaar overlappen. Hij is doorgaans in zijn onmiddellijke omgeving aan het werk, wat zijn foto’s een zeker autobiografisch karakter geven. De kunstenaar verkent de grenzen van zijn medium en daagt de fotografische conventies uit. De flits van de camera kaatst af op de textuur van de muren, gordijnen, tapijten en lakens. Een volledig verstilling ontstaat door de zuivere kracht van de beelden. 
     

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  6. Item:MER-1274

    DO'UN, CD

    €17.00

    tracklist:
    1. DO’UN (56:24)

    Release date: November, 2017
    All music composed by Mireille Capelle
    With HERMESensemble (musicians: Peter Merckx, Marc Tooten, Stijn Saveniers, Karin De Fleyt, Geert Callaert, Melike Tarhan, and Osama Abdulrasol)
    Mastered by Jack Allett
    Front image
    : Anish Kapoor, White Dark VIII, 2000, Fiberglass and paint. © Anish Kapoor, 2017.
    Produced with the support of the Flemish Community
    Design by Jeroen Wille

    DO’UN is an Architecture Sonore composed for the exhibition INTUITION curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, at Palazzo Fortuny, in Venice, 2017. 

    The world of Mireille Capelle is one of music and theatre. She has performed as a singer in numerous European opera houses, under the artistic direction of the foremost stage directors and conductors. Mireille Capelle is singing professor at the Ghent School of Arts and member of the artistic board of HERMESensemble.

    She has a particular affinity with contemporary music and art, characterized by many encounters with the most important contemporary composers. DO’UN is an “architecture sonore” (“sonic architecture”) composed for the ­exhibition INTUITION (2017) curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti in Venice. ­Mireilles sound scapings are electronic sculptures to be performed as a live format. DO’UN was presented as a live installation by Mireille Capelle and HERMES­ensemble with visual artist Angel Vergara at Palazzo Fortuny in May 2017.

    Inspiration for DO’UN comes from the philosophy of the Greek philosopher Democritus and his ideas about cosmology and the void. DO’UN is a one-hour piece characterized by rich sonic layers ­embedded in a drony atmosphere. A very intuitive piece.

    Mireille Capelle in her words about the piece: Even though when I talk about it, I find that intuition is closer to mind than instinct, the sound architecture DO’UN, created for ­Intuition, seems to prove the opposite. This piece is very sensory. ­Perhaps ­intuition is what most closely connects visual to auditory art. Sound needs the sensitivity of the physical body to receive intuitive auditory information. As if listening to the invisible is really a human act, a human need. Something that is within us and that we inevitably seek, either consciously or unconsciously. The rhythm that is often used for the communication of ancient peoples with the invisible universe, and that goes against our rationality, is present in the installation. The meaning of the call, the sense of water and fire, a predominance of the colours Si and Fa. Yes, there is a lot of fire and a lot of water in Do’un’s waves. Clear yellow flame.

    Biography

    Mireille Capelle appeared in various films and plays, as in an impressive number of operatic roles ­including Wagnerian parts such as Eva and Kundry, or ­Salome and Der Komponist (Richard Straus) and a slew of French characters from Charlotte and ­Metella to Jeanne d’Arc (Jeann d’Arc au bûcher, by ­Honegger). In parallel she developped a large concert ­repertoire including main sacred and secular works from early baroque to contemporary music. She sang under the baton of Marc Minkowski, Jos Van ­Immerseel, ­Massimo Zanetti, Sylvain Cambreling, Seiji Ozawa, Silvio Varviso …and was directed by Robert Carsen, Guy Joosten, Andrea Breth, ­Krzysztof Warlikowski, ­Alvis Hermanis…

    Mireille Capelle belongs to the most versatile singers of her generation. She manages to combine most intimate singing as a classical recitalist and opera singeer with pioneering all round “performances” as a vocalist, ­composer and soundscaper. Her apport to contemporary music is enormous, including fruitful encounters with composers such as Cage, Crumb, Carter, Maxwell ­Davis, Kagel, Battistelli, Sciarrino, Brewaeys, ­Hubber, Wim ­Henderickx… Furthermore she is linked to the HERMESensemble as a member of the artistic committee and performer.

    Her sound scapings also defined as Sonic Architecture, are electronic sculptures to be performed as a live format. The first one, Kinesis Akinetos, was created at the art community Kanaal Axel Vervoordt (B), beneath the Anish Kapoor installation entitled “At the age of the World”. Nefesh and Ruach were created at the “Contemporary Music Festival” in Liège (B). Anello and Tra at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, eventually Naga had its première in Paris.

    As a Professor at the Royal school of arts from Gent she has since many years largely contributed to the all round vocal education of the next generation singers.

    Discography

    – Mireille Capelle, Anello. Naga. Sunyata (Triple CD set, audioMER., 2009)
    – Mireille Capelle with HERMESensemble, Aurum (CD, Inspiratum, 2015)
    – Mireille Capelle, DO’UN (CD, audioMER., 2017)

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  7. Item:MER-1231

    Off Work N°5, Drawing Review

    €13.00

    This 64 pages magazine shows various drawings in black & white, printed on recycled paper. All drawings are anonymous. Off Work Drawing Review is an artwork in progress by Parcifal Neyt, published three times a year by MER. Paper Kunsthalle. www.brangel.com

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  8. Item:MER-1228

    Alchimia Nova, AnneMarie Maes

    €25.00

    Maes is a multi-media artist who has been studying the tight interactions and co-evolutions within urban ecosystems. In the open-air lab on the rooftop of her studio, she created an experimental garden and has been keeping bees in self-designed beehives, equipped to bring out hidden structures in the life of the colony. Her “field notes” provide an on-going source of inspiration for her artworks. The Bee Laboratory, as well as her late experiments with “living” textiles, open a framework that has been initiating a wide range of installations, photography works, sculptures, workshops and books. It is a long-term project on the edge of art, science and technology.

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  9. Item:MER-1226

    Crossing The Circle, Philippe Vandenberg

    €39.00

    Philippe Vandenberg: Crossing The Circle comes out on the occasion of the first exhibition in the UK of the drawings of Vandenberg (1952 – 2009), who is considered one of the foremost painters in Belgium. Vandenberg’s extraordinary drawings, distinguished by fluid draughtsmanship in pencil, ink, sometimes blood and richly colored watercolor, possess an urgency and economy alongside a playful sensibility. His drawings have rarely been shown. Vandenberg was an accomplished and prolific draughtsman, filling hundreds of sketchbooks with drawings and watercolors. For the first time, the publication Crossing The Circle shows a selection of drawings spanning the years 1990 to the year of his death in 2009. The works selected display radical stylistic and thematic shifts, that combine highly personal images about life, sex, death, good, evil, as well as powerful responses to the political and social upheavals which the artist perceived around him. They explore difficult confrontational subjects of personal suffering and brutal depictions of human cruelty that express an existential disgust and despair with the world but equally can contain humor.

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  10. Item:MER-1224

    Projet pour un jardin, Roman Signer

    €29.00

    The publication Roman Signer – Project pour un jardin is a lavishly illustrated monograph, comprising many photographs and essays by Gerhard Mack, Sara Weyns, Pieter Boons and nationally acclaimed Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom. This monograph gives an overview of all past works of Swiss artist Signer, in which natural elements such as water, air and fire often play a prominent role. Equally included in the publication are his latest works, which he realized especially for Antwerp’s Middelheimmuseum. The photographs of the artwork were made by Simon Vogel and Aleksandra Signer.

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