Five Years: Portrait of the Chameleon as a Craftsman
Art Media and Performance

Five Years: Portrait of the Chameleon as a Craftsman

Last week, in order to get into the right and enthusiastic frame of mind about the then forthcoming Bowie-album Black Star, I saw Francis Whately’s 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years. It was evening, I had been reading Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman that day, and watching this documentary about five decisive years in Bowie’s career seemed a good way to unwind. Continue reading

August Sander. Masterpieces and Discoveries
Art Media and Performance

August Sander. Masterpieces and Discoveries

Curated at FOMU (Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 23 Oct. 2015-14 Feb. 2016) by Cultural Studies alumna Rein Deslé, August Sander. Masterpieces and Discoveries is a must-see exhibition that completely reshapes our idea of the author of People of the 20th Century, the famous portrait album that aimed at giving an overview of the human diversity of contemporary life in the Weimar Republic Continue reading

Photographic Memories Workshop
Art Media and Performance

Photographic Memories Workshop

How was life in Leuven a century ago? Where did people meet up? Which was the most frequented shop? What games did kids play? While looking at photographs of the landmarks of Leuven, these are some of the questions that cross our minds. We want the photographs to speak to us and share their memories of past times. We not only want to see how the city used to look like, but we also want to know more about the city’s past inhabitants and their ways of living. Continue reading

Bojana Kunst’s ‘Artist At Work: Proximity of Art and Capitalism’
Art Media and Performance / Book presentation

Bojana Kunst’s ‘Artist At Work: Proximity of Art and Capitalism’

Book presentation of Bojana Kunst’s ‘Artist At Work: Proximity of Art and Capitalism’. 1/10 in De Vooruit, Gent

When Belgian philosopher Dieter Lesage was invited to write an introductory text for the catalogue of German artist Ina Wudtke Lesage slightly changed the proposal. Rather than describing Wudtke’s artistic “products”, his “Portrait of the Artist as a Worker” describes what the artist does when she works:

“You are an artist and that means: you don’t do it for the money. Continue reading

Blogging the Narrative of Culture, Media and the Arts
Applied Narrative / Art Media and Performance / Cultural Theory and Concepts

Blogging the Narrative of Culture, Media and the Arts

The blog “Cultural Studies Leuven, Blogging Since 1425”, hosted by the staff of the Institute for Cultural Studies in Leuven, aims to share interesting publications and events, and give insight into our research and the best work of our students. The research of ICS Leuven can be placed on three, interrelated axes: ‘cultural theory and concepts’, ‘applied narrative’ and ‘media, art and technology’. Continue reading