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18 May 2010

KORAALBERG at LOOP Barcelona 2010

Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans:
THE GOOD LIFE (a guided tour)


LOOP Video Art Fair May 20 - 22 2010 Hotel Catalonia Ramblas

François Verlinden
+32 3 226 06 30
+32 3 248 66 26

Koraalberg Gallery
Pourbusstraat 5
2000 Antwerp

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IIn 2006 Katleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans, two Belgian artists living and working in Brussels, started working on A.I.R. The project redefines their private habitat as a public space, in the act questioning the intimacy that is usually associated with it. The resulting hybrid space, which they consider the central piece of the project, will not have a public display. Instead the artists choose to present A.I.R as an ongoing series of mediated extensions, allowing audiences to experience this private/public environment only through translations to magazines, television, film, websites, lectures, renderings, exhibitions…

Vermeir and Heiremans favor a communal mode of production, using A.I.R as a platform for different collaborations with people from various backgrounds and occupations. A collaborative project, A.I.R deals with issues concerning the interrelatedness of private and public spheres, art and economy.

They have shown A.I.R # 'extensions' in Brussels (2006), Geneva (2007), Istanbul (2007), and most recently in Bristol (2009), where they presented The Good Life (a guided tour) (2009), a meditation on the inextricable relationship between institutions of contemporary art and the wider structure of the economy, harnessed today by the 'creative class'. The video takes the form of a guided tour around an unspecified contemporary art institution, in a future scenario where it is selling off its building to be transformed into luxury apartments. The depicted institution - itself an uncanny 'collage' of four existing major European institutions -, is utilizing its assets, promising major regeneration to its host city.

Exhibitions 'The good Life (a guided tour)':

Screenings 2010:
*DOC.BE (april 2010) screening program by Zhang Yaxuan (director Film Archive Iberia Art Center, Beijing), presented in Beijing, Kunming, Guanzhou (CN)

Screenings 2009:
*VALUE ADDED ART – Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (DE)
*WEAK SIGNALS, WILD CARDS – De Appel Curatorial Programme - Amsterdam (NL)
*ECONOMIES OF ART IN AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SOCIETY, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (US)
*Koraalberg Gallery on ART Brussels (BE)
*ON VALUE screening program by Nav Haq (curator Arnolfini, Bristol) for MiArt-art fair Milan (IT)

*VIDEO LOUNGE – Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen (CN)
*FLUX/S International Arts Festival ( in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, Zuidelijk Toneel, Concertgebouw…), Strijp-S, Eindhoven (installation version)
*A.I.R extension #15 / THE GOOD LIFE, Arnolfini, Center of Contemporary Art, Bristol (UK) (installation version)

Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst / Montevideo (from Oktober 1 2009)

Katleen Vermeir
(°1973) and Ronny Heiremans (°1962) live and work in Brussels/Belgium.