Research publications

  • Beyond the Picturesque
    Author(s): Steven Jacobs (Editor) Frank Maes (Editor)

    The term ‘picturesque’ refers to a certain kind of landscape that was considered suitable as a subject for a painting, as well as to a part of reality that could be looked upon as if it were a painting. It is remarkable that a lot of contemporary artists are fascinated by the hybrid landscape in which the differences between centre and periphery, between city and countryside and between nature and culture are no longer clearly defined. Furthermore the present natural landscape is to a large extent and on a global scale colonized and domesticated by means of a worldwide spread of images in the form of works of art and all kinds of media images of landscapes in film, television, tourism, etc.

    The exhibition curated by Jacobs and Maes in the S.M.A.K. wanted to investigate how the concept of ‘the picturesque’ can still (or again) be applied to artistic interpretations of the present landscape. This book presents 198 images and texts of several authors.

    • Department(s):
    • Language: Engels
    • Publisher: S.M.A.K.
    • Date of publication: 2009
    Author(s): Eva Barois De Caevel & Els Roelandt, eds.

    CATPC: Cercle d’art des travailleurs de plantation congolaise / Congolese Plantation Workers Art League.

    Texts by Ariella Azoulay, Eva Barois De Caevel, Eléonore Hellio, Ruba Katrib, Alexander Koch, J. A. Koster, Renzo Martens, René Ngongo, Els Roelandt, Charles Sikitele Gize, Charles Tumba, Françoise Vergès, photos by Léonard Pongo.

    Design by Jurgen Maelfeyt, Jonas Temmerman, 6'56''


    A ‘first report’ on the activities of the CATPC, an association that attempts to rethink postcolonial power relations within the global art world. Initiated in 2014 by Renzo Martens in the context of his artistic research project Institute for Human Activities, together with René Ngongo, a Kinshasa-based biologist and environmental activist, this cooperative continues to develop independently and to redefine the relations between art, agriculture, industry, and value creation.

    • Department(s): fine arts
    • Language: English/French
    • Pages: 15 x 21.5 cm, 456 p., 88 b/w ill., softcover
    • Publisher: Sternberg Press
    • Date of publication: 2017
    • ISBN: 9783956793103
    • Selling price: €28
  • Composite
    Author(s): Jan Kempenaers

    In this new series, Kempenaers combines photographs of desolate large-scale monuments that refer both to the picturesque and to the documentary style with overlain and collaged details that add an element of abstraction, in line with his current postdoctoral research project.

    • Department(s): film, photography and drama
    • Pages: 24 x 31 cm, 72 p. + signed and numbered C-print
    • Publisher: Roma Publications
    • Date of publication: 2016
    • ISBN: 9789491843709
    • Selling price: €65
  • End to End / Raversijde: 18.09.16 – 13.11.16
    Author(s): Performing Objects

    This publication documents and summarizes End to End / Raversijde (2016), an artwork based on protocol and process developed by Performing Objects, an artist collective/research project initiated by Marjolijn Dijkman and School of Arts researcher Kristof Van Gestel. Together with numerous other participants, Bie Michels, Kristof Van Gestel, Lauren Grusenmeyer and Leontien Allemeersch set up this process at Private Tag, an exhibition made by colleague Isabelle De Baets and organized by Vrijstaat O. at the Atlantik Wall Museum in Ostend. The work was constantly activated and transformed by four participants at a time for twelve different times throughout the exhibition.

    Edition of 200
    Design by Lauren Grusenmeyer and Kristof Van Gestel

    • Department(s): fine arts
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 24 x 33 cm, 88p.
    • Publisher: Enough Room for Space
    • Date of publication: 2017
    • Selling price: €24
  • Figures of Dissent: Cinema of Politics / Politics of Cinema
    Author(s): Stoffel Debuysere

    In this book, written as part of the research project of the same name, Debuysere brings together six lengthy letters to people he met in the context of the project, aimed at ‘creating resonance spaces to give expression to the infinity of resistant emotions, perceptions, movements, gestures and gazes that the universe of cinema has to offer.’

    • Department(s): film, photography and drama
    • Language: English/French
    • Pages: 21 x 14,8 cm, 256 pages, softcover
    • Publisher: AraMER
    • Date of publication: 2016
    • ISBN: 9789492321244
    • Selling price: €25
  • Idiosyncratic Copy Machine
    Author(s): Kristof Van Gestel & Niek Pladet

    Idiosyncratic Machine is a shape-generating drawing method developed by Kristof Van Gestel in the context of his visual artistic practice. The space in between everyday objects becomes the basis from which unexpected abstract shapes are systematically derived. The artist then uses these abstract shapes in the creation of new works. In collaboration with Niek Pladet, a new procedure was developed that applies the logic of the Idiosyncratic Machine in the graphic realm. Two shapes were placed on the plate glass of a photocopier, copied and cut out. The resulting remainder then became the original for a new copy, again yielding a remainder to be worked with. These steps were repeated 30 times. This publication is the documentation of that process.

    • Department(s): fine arts
    • Pages: 21 x 30 cm, 40 p.
    • Publisher: Art Paper Editions
    • Date of publication: 2016
    • ISBN: 9789490800505
    • Selling price: €15
  • KIDS-Gids
    Author(s): Hari Sacré, Pieter Foré et al.

    The planning of child-friendly urban spaces is a highly relevant interdisciplinary challenge for anyone involved in creating the city of the future, whether from a spatial, pedagogical or social perspective. More than ever, the involvement of children and teens in these processes is regarded as condition to attain a liveable and sustainable urban environment. To recognize these young people as valuable co-researchers and –planners demands an openness that is not always obvious. This publication was developed in the context of a research project by School of Arts and Faculty of Education, Health and Social Work researchers and combines valuable insights with a set of practical tools to facilitate the exercise of children’s citizenship in processes for planning and changing urban spaces.

    • Department(s): architectonic design
    • Language: Dutch
    • Pages: 208
    • Publisher: Garant
    • Date of publication: 2016
    • ISBN: ISBN 9789044134780
    • Selling price: €29
  • Moments Before the Flood
    Author(s): Carl De Keyzer (photographs), David Van Reybrouck (introduction)

    • Department(s): film, photography and drama
    • Language: Dutch / English
    • Pages: 272
    • Publisher: Lannoo
    • Date of publication: 2012
    • ISBN: 978 94 014 0025 1, NUR 653
  • Picturesque
    Author(s): Jan Kempenaers

    Book with 45 landscapes and architecture photographs by Kempenaers. This book, together with his previous book Spomenik (2010) present the results of Kempenaers' practice based research on 'contemporary picturesque'. Dirk De Meyer, quoted from this book: "Yet, even when gratifying due to their composition and "their living tints and endless varieties", Kempenaers' photographs of landscapes altered by man forestall the nostalgia that has, over time, become typical for the picturesque. They force the viewer to remain in the present and think about its conditions and its future, and about the forces threatening our environment. Using Gilpin's topoi of the picturesque - which, by now, are themselves 'classical' - Kempenaers' images confront us with the picturesque's slightly disconcerting aspects. As one visitor of the 1975 New Topographics exhibition at the George Eastman House observed, the photographs on display were saying "This is it, kid; take it for its beauty and its ugliness.""
    Design: Roger Willems

    • Department(s):
    • Language: Engels
    • Pages: 80
    • Publisher: Roma Publications
    • Date of publication: 2012
    • ISBN: 978 90 77459 74 4
  • Scattering of the Fragile
    Author(s): An van. Dienderen / Lisa Spilliaert

    This book is based on the short film 'Cherry Blossoms' by An van. Dienderen, filmed on location in the European Parliament in Brussels. The film deals with an interpreter who tries to translate a documentary about Japanese Harajuku youth subcultures. The selection of stills presented in the book emphasizes cinematic references with a sequential character, picturing the trials of the actress rehearsing and the hors champ presence of the film crew. Attention is given to the cross-overs between translation and interpretation, between documentary and fiction, between representation and abstraction, and between research and research results. A remarkable essay by writer and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha accompanies the images.

    • Department(s):
    • Language: EN
    • Pages: 82
    • Publisher: AraMER
    • Date of publication: 2013
    • ISBN: 978-94-9069-391-6
    • Selling price: 19,50 euro
  • Sorabji: Symphonic Nocturne
    Author(s): Lukas Huisman, piano

    Recorded at the School of Art’s own Bijloke studios, this release features the first recording of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (1977 – 1978) as performed by Lukas Huisman in the context of his doctoral research project.

    • Department(s): classical music
    • Publisher: Piano Classics
    • Date of publication: 2016
  • The Myth Called Circus. Open Letters to the Circus #2
    Author(s): Bauke Lievens

    The second in an ongoing series of letters that appear in print and online, an open invitation to the world of contemporary circus makers for dialogue and reflection.

    • Department(s): film, photography and drama
    • Language: English
    • Publisher: School of Arts / KASK
    • Date of publication: 2016
  • Vormfrakken
    Author(s): Kristof Van Gestel & MANOEUVRE kunstenplek

    As part of the Vormfrakken project Kristof Van Gestel and MANOEUVRE Kunstenplek have developed together since 2014, a great many co-artists have created Vormfrakken in a variety of settings. They started out from Van Gestel’s form-generating method, the Idiosyncratic Machine. They then turned this method to their own purposes by themselves helping to determine the choices, the design and the techniques for their own interpretation and scale. In this way, about forty relational objects in textile on a 1:1 scale with the human body were created in the course of two years. These Vormfrakken were made in various settings. These Vormfrakken are not an end in themselves; they can be explored and extended by others. For this purpose, presentations are being organized in the course of 2017 at Performatik (Kaaitheater, Brussels), the Design Museum in Ghent (as part of the Plain-Purl exhibition) and elsewhere. This book presents an extended report on the course of the creative process, supplemented by splendid portraits that Sanne Delcroix took of all the Vormfrakken and their makers.

    Edition of 400
    Design by Raf Vancampenhoudt & Joris Van Aken

    • Department(s): fine arts
    • Language: Dutch / English / English
    • Pages: 22.5 x 31 cm, 136 p..5 x 31 cm, 136 p.
    • Publisher: MANOEUVRE Kunstenplek, Kristof Van Gestel & KASK/School of Arts
    • Date of publication: 2017
    • ISBN: 9789082679502
    • Selling price: €28