The publication accompanying the Belgian Pavilion at the next Venice Biennale, Personne et les autres borrow its title from a lost play by André Frankin, a Belgian art critic affiliated with the Lettrist and Situationist Internationals.
Door and Milk Permutations
This series of works explores the formal characteristics of two objects whose subjective content is purposely trivialised through a focus on pure craft. traditional media are utilised to process life-events through a mish-mash of traits. The physical elements of each object are combined across a range of media, of which each brings its own formal rules and constraints to the process of depiction. This is similar to a musical technique employed in the album Conditions for a Piece of Music by Norwegian band Ultralyd: individual tracks are constructed from a pool of musical properties, each track being a permutation of one original set (this is commonly referred to as “theme and variations” in music).
The subjects Door and Milk are approached — with the melancholy of the album in mind — as both muses and elements ripe for new permutation:
Door: the closet door of an old lover’s bedroom. During many sleepless nights, the door became something to stare at, an object of both meditation and despair. a reconstruction of this object is included in the show.
Milk: a chalkboard for notating the distribution of milk products amongst nurses. originating from a hospital in The Netherlands in around 1960, the board carries a heavy patina, which stakes its claim to its status as a serious artefact. It comes from a time when dairy was thought to be essential in all areas of health and was administered with vigor.