Summarizing an image database into a single file, its image and its sound: Constant

Yesterday, the 25th floor of WTC, where I have my workshop next to Constant’s, was full of joy. The neighbors were having a TECHNO-GALACTIC WALK_IN CLINIC. One could walk in with all kinds of software and file-related problems. You were then taken into the clinic. Into file therapy. read more…

Human Zoos explained in 10 minute video

Excellent short and engaged explanation on the human zoos, by Stephane Kaas. In Dutch.

On reparations for colonial damage III – French actuality

Discussions in France are rising high as the center-right wing candidate Emmanuel Macron, traveling in Algeria, admitted that Colonialism was a crime. The reactions show that France, just like many European countries, is not ready with the thematic. Much more will have to be said and done. read more…

On reparations for colonial damage II – TRC

The question of reparations largely interests me. One of the best readings I had so far speaks of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC): Country of my Skull by Antjie Krog. read more…

On reparations for colonial damage I_bis

Now there is a whole Colleteral Journal issue on the Geraadsbergen Elephant. In English and Dutch, written by the activists and allies. read more…

On reparations for colonial damage I

Interesting times on the reparations/retaliations/restitution front. Not only do former colonized or enslaved communities ask for compensations regarding the losses suffered; also within former colonizing empires voices are raised to confront the past and think of ways to repair damage. Let me start the series with an example from my own country: Belgium. read more…

To know the Pygmies VII: same old cliché

The cliché of pygmies dancing in a circle when visitors arrive, often upon request, is really a real cliché. In a workshop at ERG, we looked at film rushes from the Belgian Hutereau expedition into Congo 1911-1913 where we see the probably first Belgian foundation of this imagery. read more…

21C/19C – On the archives

A huge part of my work is to find images and to convince archive leaderships to let me use them. In principle, the images of the anthropometric era are in the public domain, as their photographers died more than 70 years ago. Still, many archives do not easily let go of the collections. Here’s a few of my experiences.

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21C/19c Procedures for anthropometric image reversal

The exhibition in Costant’s window will stay until 23 october. Visitable day and night, from the streetside. Here some images made by the members of Constant. read more…

21C/19c Procedures for anthropometric image reversal – recipe

This can be perceived as a recipe for ‘how to treat the images’, in this case with the aim of perceiving the persons depicted in a more sensitive way.
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