in progress a/r #4

from Thursday, 3 February 2022
at 05:17:00 PM
to Thursday, 3 February 2022
at 05:17:00 PM

a/r asbl is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of its 4th issue.

This fourth edition of the journal a/r gathers a series of interviews with five artists or artists' collectives who have received support from the Art Research Fund (FrArt): Sven Augustijnen, lucille calmel, Jorge León, Cédric Noël, Greyzone Zebra.

Next to that, the journal proposes a number of contributions by artists and thinkers: Cara Davies, Elizabeth Haines & Heide Hinrichs, Pauline Nadrigny, John P. Ricco & Dean Sameshima and Akram Zaatari.

a/r journal is coordinated by Olivier Mignon and designed by Studio Otamendi (Manuela Dechamps Otamendi with Esther Le Roy).

The copies will soon circulate within the 16 art schools of the FWB which constitute a/r asbl.
A launch date will be communicated shortly.

in progress tangible-cloud ┐ ┌───────────┘ ├──── Open call: Clearing up the mist Green Fabric

from Monday, 2 May 2022
at 09:00:00 AM
to Monday, 2 May 2022
at 10:00:00 PM

33 rue jean-baptiste Baeck
1190 Forest

from May 18 to 21 2022 and from June 21 to 24 2022

In the frame of the research in art project "Clearing up the mist" supported by FrART, we are organizing two collective work sessions in Brussels. First will take place from May 18th to 21st 2022 and, the second from June 21th to 24th 2022.

    « In the present context, language that underpins cloud computing is instrumentally constructed by cloud providers, whom not only produce these technologies but also the metaphors appropriate for their business purposes. Given this commercial context, metaphors are mainly constructed for their business potential, not for their explanatory power. Cloud providers can, thus, strategically choose metaphors to their own advantage. They can use metaphors that direct human thought to certain images to avoid unwanted understandings. » — Lindh, Maria. « As a Utility – Metaphors of Information Technologies ». Human IT: Journal for Information Technology Studies as a Human Science 13, nᵒ 2 (13 mai 2016): 47‑80.

"Data-mining", "cloud computing", "computational power from the tap"... what views do these metaphors embed? Who produces this language? What forms of social, economic and political organization do they support? How do they affect our lives? And above all: how can we set up richer and more generous imaginaries and practices of the digital?

    Metaphors we'd rather live by

    In their book "Metaphors We Live By" (1980), linguists George Lakoff and Mark Johnson say that metaphors are not simply a matter of language, but also of cognition. Omnipresent, unconscious and "the only means of perceiving and experiencing a large part of the world", they constitute our "ordinary conceptual system", thus conditions our perception of the world, our imagination, and the way we think and act. But by projecting the properties of a thing on another, we necessarily run up against the impossibility of establishing an equivalence. We can, at best, bring light to only one aspect.

Because of the necessary abstraction of their complex functioning, computers and networks have always been domains particularly rich in metaphors, whether they are textual, visual or interactional. Based on the theories of Lakoff and Jonhson, this research project postulates that the invention of metaphors is an essential lever to get out of the current techno-political and economic paradigms and to propose other approaches to the digital world.

Work sessions

Work sessions will propose an experimental and cross-disciplinary approach, in the form of a series of lectures and practical workshops. Starting from an analysis of the metaphors of cloud computing and of the ideologies they convey, we will work on the production of new "images" (visual, textual or interfaces), that would allow other aspects, visions and practices involved with these technologies to exist. The expected result, from speculative devices to prototypes, is meant to be a force of proposal.

How to get involved?

The two sessions will take place in Brussels, from May 18 to 21 2022 and from June 21 to 24 2022 in the fabric lab Green Fabric:

Rue Jean-Baptiste Baeck 33, 1190 Forest — Brussels Belgium

If you wish to get involved, please send us an application to the following address: before Sunday, April 30, 2022.

Please attach to your email:

    a short presentation;
    a note explaining why these questions matters to you

The number of places is limited. We will give priority to candidates available for both sessions.

    We will confirm your participation within two weeks.
    Participation is free. The following expenses are covered
        for all: travel and lunch.
        Please let us know if you would need an accommodation.
    Workshops will be held both in English and in French.

This call is subject to changes. The full program of each session will be communicated two weeks in advance.

The works initiated during the sessions will be eligible for financial support, to pursue their development beyond the sessions. All of them will be part of a public restitution, at the end of 2022.


We are four graphic designers, developers or artists, from two collectives (Luuse and Open Source Publishing) brought together by a shared interest in digital tools, especially in the field of graphic design. Alongside our professional and artistic practice, we all teach in art schools, in different disciplines (digital art, typography, graphic design, web, printed image) and different places (ÉSA le 75, Erg, Ensba Lyon).

  •  Antoine Gelgon, designer, type design instructor at ERG.
  •   Alex Leray, graphic designer, developer and teacher in digital image at ÉSA Le Septantecinq within the option Images Plurielles Imprimées (Brussels).
  •   Romain Marula, graphic designer, developer, artist and teacher at ESA Le Septantecinq.
  •   Marianne Plano, graphic designer and developer, teacher in digital design at Ensba Lyon.

Through our teaching experiences, we witnessed, in recent years, deep changes in the digital ecosystems in which schools are now embedded. These appears now to be leaning clearly towards the invisibilization of processes (disappearance of visible file systems in interfaces), the over determining of devices and software (shift towards tablets and their applications), and the rise of GAFAM (especially with Google Apps For Education).

This project is funded by FNRS-FRART (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique), and supported by ÉSA Le Septantecinq.


2 weeks from now Copwatching : la guerre du storytelling NOVA cinema

Sunday, 12 June 2022
from 04:00:00 PM to 08:00:00 PM

rue d’Arenberg 3
1000 Bruxelles
+32 - (0)2 511 24 77

Dans le cadre de Images révoltantes, Images de révoltes / À quoi bon le cinéma ?

La démocratisation des outils pour filmer et diffuser mondialement ont rendu accessible des images de résistance à l’oppression : soit elles montrent cette oppression, soit elles filment la révolte. Peu importe le pays et la situation plus ou moins autoritaire : des violences policières dans nos quartiers aux manifestations contre la théocratie iranienne, toutes ces vidéos exposent ce qu’un pouvoir a intérêt à maintenir invisible. Mais toutes ces images sont utilitaires : elles indignent par leur violence, galvanisent pour l’émeute, invalident le récit officiel. Elles ont un sens à un instant précis. Leur réutilisation tel quel dans le temps du cinéma, à l’opposé de l’urgence de la révolte et des réseaux, pose problème. A quoi bon des cinéastes en temps de détresse ?

Outils de l’enquête
Dimanche 12 juin - 16h-17h30
Antoine Schirer est un motion designer devenu réalisateur et journaliste. Il utilise le design, l’imagerie 3D, des timelines et l’analyse d’image et de ses métadonnées pour réaliser des enquêtes audiovisuelles. Il collabore avec Médiapart, le Monde et la BBC. Au cours d’une séance interactive, il nous présentera les outils qu’il utilise en disséquant une de ses vidéos où les images tournées par des smartphones sont la matière de base pour mener une contre-investigation.

Histoire d’une image de violence policière
Dimanche 12 juin - 18h-20h
Rencontre avec Matteo (militant JOC, possesseur d’un smartphone), Antoine Schirer (réalisateur et journaliste indépendant), Joke Callewaert (avocate) et le comité de soutien Justice pour Lamine Bangoura. Quels impacts une image peut-elle avoir sur le réel  ? Pour éclairer cette question, chacun des intervenants reviendra sur son expérience. Ensemble, ils retraceront la vie des images de violence policière, celles filmées aux smartphones, celles des caméras de surveillances, celles des bodycams. De leur prise de vue à leur utilisation dans une procédure judiciaire, en passant par leur diffusion sur les réseaux sociaux et dans les enquêtes journalistiques, chaque étape a ses enjeux, tantôt concret comme le stockage des vidéos, tantôt légal comme le droit de filmer, tantôt sociologique, comme nos biais quand nous regardons une vidéo. A chaque étape ces images sont réinterprétées  : c’est une guerre des récits qui se joue à travers elles.

Cette discussion est organisée et modérée par Maud Girault dans le cadre d’un projet de recherche soutenu par le FrArt (FNRS - A/R).