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

Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum, or How to create the internet before the digital age
Art Media and Performance

Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum, or How to create the internet before the digital age

On August 23rd, Google celebrated the 147th birthday of Paul Otlet, one of the visionary minds whose thinking has proven crucial in the birth of the Internet. Otlet did not invent the Internet himself. Inventions are always the result of a social and collective “desire” – and I am reusing here the key word of the seminal book by Geoffrey Batchen, Burning With Desire (MIT, 1997), on the dream of photography… Continue reading

Intellectual Property Rights: good or bad for Creativity in the Digital World?
Art Media and Performance

Intellectual Property Rights: good or bad for Creativity in the Digital World?

I was writing a contribution for a book for the RICHES project, which deals with challenges of heritage in the digital environment. I chose to offer some reflections on our experience with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the EuropeanaPhotography project (see also the nice final report!). While this project was about early photography… Continue reading