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Pierre Clemens (Belgium 1970°) is a visual & audio artist, he lives and works in Brussels.

Solo shows

2016
> Code name Galerie Nadine Feront. Brussels. From June 16 to July 16 2016.

2015
Levity Galerie Nadine FerontBrussels. From May 28 to July 4. Sound performance at opening with Jean D.L. and Sandrine Verstraete.

2014
> Synapses Galerie Nadine Feront, Brussels, with Gérald Dederen. From February 27 to April 5.

2004
> Landscape in process Centre culturel Jacques Franck, March 11 to 18 April, Brussels.
> Landscape in process Galerie Détour, January 7 to February 15. Namur, Belgium.

2000
> Landscape in process Galerie B-312, Montreal, Canada. May 10 to June 10.

1997
> Maison de l’Art Actuel (MAAC) Brussels. Duet with Anne De Roo. From 5 to 28 March. Curator : Marie-Claire Hürner.

1996
> Maison de l’Art Actuel (MAAC) « Intervention » July & August, Brussels. Curator : Marie-Claire Hürner.

1991
> Espace du Congrès, Marly-Le-Roi, Paris.

Group shows

2017
> BILY
GNF Gallery, Contemporary Art Walk,  Brussels. 11.02 > 18.02.2017. With P. Clemens, E. Evrard, T. Grootaers.

2014
> The Galerist Galerie Nadine Feront, Brussels. 20.11 > 20.12.2014. With C. Burget, P. Clemens, E. Dundic, T. Grootaers, G.Kondzot, L.A.A, Moolinex & AWL, C. Mitrentse, J. Poloczek, S. Rodriguez, J. Ruff.

2012
> End of the world party Galerie Nadine Feront, Brussels. 08.11 > 21.12. With Pierre Clemens, Amélie Bouvier, Charlotte Dunker, Eva Evrard, Aurélie William-Levaux, Moolinex, Jonas Ranson, Stéphanie Roland, Transquinquénal.

2009
> Last Day of MagicDétournement, Venice 2009 » – 53rd Venice Biennial’s official satellite project. Curator : Jan Van Woensel. ScalaMata Gallery, Venice, Italy – From June 4th to June 26th.
> VIDEOFORMES /09 – 24e Manifestation Internationale Art Vidéo et Culture Numériques. Clermont-Ferrand, France.

2005
> 2e Rencontre Photographique, CCJF, Belgium (with video « conversation »)

2001
> Evolution révolution – Le numérique nouveau médium de l’art GPOA (Château Malou) Brussels. With Pierre Clemens, Aziz & Cucher, Stephan Balleux, Vincen Beeckman, Michel Cleempoel, David Clement, Pierre Cordier, Philippe Decelle, Didier Decoux, Philibert Delecluse, Enrico Tommaso De Paris, Jean-François Diord, Margi Geerlinks, Audrey Gerard, Robert Gligorov, Jean-Marie Mahieu, Matt Marello, Isabelle Martin, Cécile Massart, Michel Mouffe, Jean-Pierre Point, Ramsa, Philippe Seynaeve, Luca Tramontana, Jean Vaden, Thierry Wesel, Carmen Hoyos, Suzanne Treister, Karkkainen & Okkonen. Conferences of Yves Bernard, Catherine Mayeur, Pierre-Paul Renders & Alain Berenboom. From October 1 to November 1.

2000
> NICC Television, Brussels 2000 Artists confront television, « 1′  » (Brussels, European capital of culture 2000 – Vanderborgt building) with Pierre Clemens, Koen Theys, Guillaume Bijl, Gwendoline Robin, Angel Vergara, Dimitri Vangrunderbeek, Alec De Busschere, Marie-France & Patricia Martin, Jacques Lizène, Patrick Guns, Claudia Radulescu (…) Brussels 2000 Center.
> ARGOS – « Une minute d’artiste » by TELENICC. From 15 to 19/11/2000, Brussels
Screening | 00:48:00. Compilation. The rising trend to use audio-visual techniques in contemporary art inspired NICC Television. This alternative TV station wants to create a stage to artists before a wider audience by snatching airtime in the existing media landscape. The first project, TELENICC 1, assigned the artists to make one-minute works. These were sampled in between existing shows on the TV stations. NICC television purposes to acquire a certain regularity in the broadcasting of this new art form.
With : Pierre Clemens, Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Berend Hoekstra, Emilio Lopez Menchero, Filip Francis, Laone Dos Santos Lopes, Laurent Point, Patrick Guns, Anna Krimerman, Michal Gilboa, Michael Dans, Gwendoline Robin, Lieve D’hondt, Jonas Wille, Bruno Wajskop, Jacques Lizène, Guido’Lu, Tamara Laï, Carina Gosselé, Delia Duna, Leónidas Martín, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Guillaume Bijl, Sophie Whettnall, Michal Bentovim, Ariel Yannay, Lennaart van Oldenborgh, Delphine Charrueau, Koen Theys, Dimitri Van Grunderbeek, Claudia Radulescu, Peter Lagast, Maria Blondeel, Maria-Julia Bollansée, Peter Schoutsen, Dominique Van de Vorst, Philippe Tonnard, Ben Dierckx, Cyril Verrier, Marco Poloni, Frédéric Tolmatcheff, Mikael Crest, Jean Lucien Guillaume.
> Maison de la Culture de Tournai, Prix artistique 2000, July 5 to August 5. (Winner of the International Art Price of Tournai)

1999
> Free Space NICC (Nieuw Internationaal Cultureel Centrum) October. With Pierre Clemens, Ryan Gander, Ben Cain, Guido’Lu, Christina Della Giustina.
> 30 minutes d’art contemporain, Sept. 18 to Nov. 13. Brussels. With Pierre Clemens, Véronique Boissacq, Pascale Ayoub, Thomas Beckers, Jean-Marc Louis, Thierry Pertuisot, Laurent d’Ursel, Nathalie Martinez Menendez and A.Kachri. Co-curator : Frédéric Collier
> Tanneurs ‘s Studio, groupecommun, Brussels.

1998
> Art Center Boendael Chapel, Brussels. October 14 to November 8.

1997
> Maison Pelgrims «Luttes sociales d’aujourd’hui et de demain – Liberté – Egalité – Justice sociale – Institut Émile Vandervelde». Curator : Laurent Busine.
From 12 to 29 March. With Pierre Clemens, Yasmina Assbane, Alain Bornain, Alec De Busschère, Christophe Deraef, Patrick Everaert, Denis Glinne, Damien Laviolette, Stéphane Lejeune, Victor Neri, Juliette de Patoul & Valérie Degauquier, Bruno Vande Graaf, Patricia Verduykt.

1996
> Tournay-Solvay Park, Brussels (Annual sculpture contest) July 17 to August 11.
> Halles au Draps, Tournai. From 5 to 20 April.
> Médiatine, Brussels. January 28 to February 8. Catalog.

1995
> Old industrial site of ACEC, Liege-Herstal.
> Les Glacières, Brussels.

1994
> Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. « Créez d’après la Ville« , during the manifestation « La Ville, Art et architecture en Europe 1870-1993 » April 27 to May 31. Catalog.

1990
> Ogival Room, Brussels ‘s Town Hall.

Press / Media / Edition

2016
129 artistes belges / 129 belgische kunstenaars – Photographies Patricia Mathieu. Itinérances-Belka édition. 2016 – ISBN 978-905779154-3. (P.28 – 3 pictures)

2014
> Souffles contrastés, dérisoires et subtils – Article de Roger Pierre Turine (La Libre Belgique) « Synapses » Galerie Nadine Feront, du 27/03 au 05/04/2014. P. 4 & 5 – Arts Libre – Supplément de la Libre Belgique N°224 – Semaine du 21 au 27 mars 2014.
> EtherReal.com – Focus on the Pierre Clemens sound research. 1 page.

2011
> Interview by Thierry Genicot in « Le monde invisible » RTBF La Première (Belgian french radio) about WalkingVoice TV project & Filip Francis exhibition (Black Box Gallery / Guy Ledune)

2007
> GPOA 1972-2007. Catalog. Photo : p. 140. Mention : p. 145

2004
> Interview by Christine Pinchard for RTBF La Première (Belgian radio) in « Systoles » about the Galerie Détour exhibition, Namur, january.
> Article of Olivier Deheneffe « Un clavier comme pinceau« , Vers l’Avenir, about the Galerie Détour exhibition, Namur, january.
> Article of Christine Pinchard for Steps Magazine, about the Galerie Détour exhibition, Namur, january.
> Article of Claude Lorent « Fléché » for La Libre Belgique, January 21.

2003
> « Pierre Clemens » by Jack Keguenne (FrNl), September.

2002
> « Pierre Clemens » by Georges Meurant (FrNl)

2001
> Argos, Information Days 2000. Catalog including more than 300 videos-art (En.-Nl.-Fr.)
> GPOA Interview of Françoise Mortier with Stephan Balleux, Yves Bernard, Pierre Clemens, Michel Cleempoel, Nicolas Maleve and Philippe Seynave. Edited by GPOA Newspaper.

2000
> Cahier n°44, plate published by the Gallery B-312, Montreal. 4 pages, June.
> Article of Sholem Krishtalka « Little Landscape » for Montreal Mirror, about the exhibition of B-312 gallery.
> Article of Claude Lorent : « Art Price 2000 of Tournai« , for La Libre Belgique (2000/12/07)
> Telenicc Catalog, p.37. About the presentation of  » 1′ ‘ » (Video-Art). Brussels 2000 Center (Brussels, European Cultural Town)

1999
> Broadcast interview about « 30 minutes d’Art contemporains » exhibition on TVBrussels, September.
> « De la matrice à la liberté » by Georges Meurant. (p. 20 and 21). Colors, 36 pages.

1997
> Text of Claude Lorent in the newspaper La Libre Belgique (March 12) about the « Pierre Clemens / Anne De Roo » exhibition, MAAC.

1996
> Interview « Pierre Clemens, l’espèce d’espace« , by Daniel Delville for Argus Magazine n°3, Brussels, December, 2 pages.

1994
> Exhibition catalog « Créez d’après la Ville« . Introduction by François Barré, president of the Centre Georges Pompidou, and by René Barberye. Caisse d’Epargne Edition, Paris (p.41)

SOUND WORKS

© photo : Patricia Mathieu

Pierre Clemens is also a composer, performer and sound artist. His artist statement urges him to experiment and explore permanently. As well in his personal studio in Brussels as in public performances, he uses basic materials made of personal records (Field recording) or sound archives. He uses also broadcast waves in real time with sometimes an addition of music synthetizer. His trend for discovery and mutation, make it difficult to place him in any category or genre. Although one can find some relations with minimalism, noise, ambient, drone, soundscape, etc. He is the autor of 3 albums released in 2008, 2011,2014 & 2015.

Already at the age of thirteen he started some experiments with tapes recordings. But it’s only after his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels that he deepened his sound research by mixing tape recordings with electro-accoustic compositions. He tried to fuse both to create some very special universes which never repeat. Self-taught in the acoustic field, he tries to approach our present musical univers with a genuine perception. He is also willing to build links between his sound creations and his visual artworks (drawings, paintings and videos) This research is today still going on. The soundspace is to him like an echo related to landscape image creation. This landscape is not an oppressing reality, because it comes from a very intimate part of ourself. The landscape is a mental image of our soul. The tension between the microscopic world and the infinite space is at work in these electro-acoustic compositions.

 

Visual project

2004
> WalkingVoice.TV a web TV project created with Angel Vergara. Members : Emilio Lopez-Menchero, Michel Clerbois & André Goldberg.

walkingvoiceWalkingVoice.TV (some videos here) est une télévision ainsi qu’un espace multimédia et communautaire mis en réseau sur le web. C’est un outil d’investigation, d’information, d’analyse et de critique spécialisé dans le champ artistique. Il observe et questionne les différentes pratiques qui le caractérise et les nombreux contextes qui le constitue : du politique à l’économique, du culturel au social, du symbolique au juridique, etc. En 2004, des artistes plasticiens qui, jugeant du manque d’espace communicationnel et critique lié à leur pratique, on mit en place, et ce à titre expérimental, un outil multimédia (télévision en ligne) ouvert à tous les acteurs du champ artistique (institutions, galeristes, curateurs, étudiants, théoriciens, praticiens, public, ect.), espérant par là contrer le silence consensuel habituellement admis dans le paisible paysage intellectuel et artistique bruxellois. Se transforment par là, occasionnellement en «artistes-reporters».

2005
> ISELP, Brussels. Conference WalkingVoice. Screen of « Conversation »

2008
> Conference WalkingVoice at La Cambre ENSAV.

Videos & Festivals

2009
> VIDEOFORME/09 24e Manifestation Internationale Art Vidéo et Culture Numériques Clermond-Ferrand – France. From 11 to 29 March. Screening of  » SeaGull« .

2008
> IV Festival International Video Oeiras, Portugal. Screening of «Corps à Corps».

2005
> ISELP, Brussels. Rencontre & Video, WalkingVoice project. Screnning of differents videos, with «Conversation» by Pierre Clemens.

2000
> Brussels 2000 Center «I’m the landscape» (3D movie), BETA-SP 1 minute. Presentation of «Artists confront television», NICC Television, December.
> Télé Bruxelles, Loop screening of «I’m the landscape» during one day.
> Argos Information Days 2000, screening of «I’m the landscape» Screening | 00:48:00. Compilation. The rising trend to use audio-visual techniques in contemporary art inspired NICC Television. This alternative TV station wants to create a stage to artists before a wider audience by snatching airtime in the existing media landscape. The first project, TELENICC 1, assigned the artists to make one-minute works. These were sampled in between existing shows on the TV stations. NICC television purposes to acquire a certain regularity in the broadcasting of this new art form. With : Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Berend Hoekstra, Emilio Lopez Menchero, Filip Francis, Laone Dos Santos Lopes, Laurent Point, Patrick Guns, Anna Krimerman, Michal Gilboa, Michael Dans, Gwendoline Robin, Lieve D’hondt, Jonas Wille, Bruno Wajskop, Jacques Lizène, Guido’Lu, Tamara Laï, Carina Gosselé, Delia Duna, Leónidas Martín, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Pierre Clemens, Guillaume Bijl, Sophie Whettnall, Michal Bentovim, Ariel Yannay, Lennaart van Oldenborgh, Delphine Charrueau, Koen Theys, Dimitri Van Grunderbeek, Claudia Radulescu, Peter Lagast, Maria Blondeel, Maria-Julia Bollansée, Peter Schoutsen, Dominique Van de Vorst, Philippe Tonnard, Ben Dierckx, Cyril Verrier, Marco Poloni, Frédéric Tolmatcheff, Mikael Crest, Jean Lucien Guillaume.

1994
> Shortfilm & Video Festival of Badalona, Spain. Screening of «Palais» 17 m.

1993
> 25th Festival Super8 & Video, Brussels. Screening of «Corps à Corps, VHS 10m.
> Open Screen Festival, Brussels, Cinéma Nova Screening of «Corps à Corps, VHS 10m. with presentation by artist.

Prize

2000
> Prix Artistique International 2000 de la Ville de Tournai (Belgium)

Education

As teacher

2016 : Lecturer – Sound Arts – CASO Arts numériques – La Cambre (ENSAV-ESA – Brussels)
2013
: Workshop at the University of Madrid (ESNE/HEFF)
2005-2011
: Assistant at La Cambre (ENSAV-ESA – Brussels)
1997-1998 : Drawing workshop at the University of Brussels (ULB)

As student

1992-1996 : Royal Academy of Fines Arts, Brussels (ARBA-ESA – Drawing studio)
1995 : School of Fine Arts of Athens, Greece (Erasmus)
1989-1990 : Invited by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in Université Internationale d’Eté de Marly-le-Roi (Paris) France.