Shudder / Emmanuel Van der Auwera

In this presentation of works, Emmanuel Van der Auwera shows new pieces in his ongoing series “Memento” and his latest VideoSculpture. These two bodies of work were a stimulus for his entry as an artist in residence at the Brain and Emotion Lab at the University of Maastricht.

With his “Memento” works, Van der Auwera seeks to capture an instant of unadulterated emotion, to show the spirit of a people through grief. Isolated in the middle of the frame, the masses appear decontextualized, making way for the viewer’s own mental representation. Through this process, the artist questions the way the media portray emotion and tragedy by projecting the popular ideal onto its subject, turning it into a spectacle of reality, a mirror of a people’s soul.

The VideoSculpture tackles a similar topic with the use of stock-footage. The clips used in the sculpture were obtained from a database of thousands of similar videos. Massively produced, without context, implication or individuality, their sole purpose  is, when included in a sequence of images, to create an automatic effect in the viewer’s mind, much like the functional images used by the Brain and Emotion Lab.

The residency provided a unique opportunity to enrich Emmanuel Van der Auwera’s research through acquaintance with the methods of affective neurosciences and the various brain imaging techniques, the use of virtual reality, of avatars and of embodiment. Upstairs, in the Gluon office, prototype sculptures of a new concept developed during the residency are presented.

This is the first of a series of three exhibitions at Gluon curated by Fundamental Research in 2017-2018.

For more information on the residency:

Emmanuel Van der Auwera 

(b. 1982, Belgium). Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Through films, VideoSculptures, conceptual projects and installations, Van Der Auwera unravels the simulation and framing of messages, exploring conceptual and formal filters in the production and dissemination of images. He studied in France at the École supérieure d’Art in Clermont-Ferrand (2005-2008) and at Le Fresnoy: Studio national des arts contemporains (2008-2010). He is Laureate of a post-academic course at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent (2014-2015) and recipient of the Langui Award of the Young Belgian Art Prize. His work has recently featured in exhibitions at Wiels, Centre Pompidou, BIP – Biennale de l’Image Possible, Extra City, Meymac Contemporary Art Centre, “Indiscipline,” Palais de Tokyo (curated by Devrim Bayar/WIELS), “Now Belgium Now,” LLS 387, Antwerp, «A Prisoner’s Cinema,” Iselp, and “The End of the World,” Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato, Italy). Van der Auwera’s work was recently on view in the exhibition “Private Choices” (featuring works from 11 leading private Belgian collections) and in the exhibition “Angst” at the Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, Belgium as well as the exhibition EcceHomo in Antwerp and those at galleries Albert Baronian and Sofie Van de Velde. In May 2018, Van der Auwera will have a solo exhibition at the Mu.ZEE museum in Ostend, Belgium and in January 2019, he will open his first major solo exhibition in the United States at Dallas Contemporary (curated by Justine Ludwig).

Emmanuel Van der Auwera is represented by Harlan Levey Projects

Fundamental Research

Fundamental Research creates dialogue between artists and scientists whose areas of investigation intersect. Often this meeting occurs at the point of an image. The organization’s activities include residency programs, exhibitions, and discussions, aiming to stimulate trans- disciplinary research and new forms of artistic production. Fundamental Research is directed by Beatrice de Gelder and Harlan Levey.