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Exhibition | A Data Date with Philippe Braquenier

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Competitor at the World Memory Championship in London – 02/12/02013
Created in 1991 by Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene, the World Memory Championships is a memory competition in which participants must memorise as much information as possible within a given timeframe

Philippe Braquenier
The Ravestijn Gallery
The Netherlands
7 April > 20 May 2017

Belgian conceptual artist Philippe Braquenier’s diverse and thought-provoking photographic projects have included, among others, a series of images of sealed photographic film containers, each enclosing exposures made during the past 10 years that have never been revealed; a run of portraits of kids and teenagers, whose entire life, he observes, seems to be digitally documented; and a set of pictures of buildings and landscapes sectioned off by yellow tape, intended to question our notion of territory.

The title of his forthcoming exhibition Palimpsest – from which the images shown here are selected – is a noun that can be used to describe an ancient manuscript on which the original writing has been effaced or replaced with more recent text. Taking knowledge and legacy as his theme, Braquenier’s photo essay uses architecture, landscape, people, objects and still life to explore the infrastructures of information repositories, libraries and data centres in both natural and built environments, and examines what is required to sustain the archives of human history. The project will be published in book form later this year.

Metas (Swiss Federal Office of Metrology) – Bern, Switzerland – 17/03/02014
FOCS 1, a continuous cold caesium fountain atomic clock located in Switzerland, started operating in 2004 at an uncertainty of one second in 30 million years, thereby becoming one of the most accurate and unique devices in the world for measuring time

Grotte Chauvet – Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, France – 28/08/02015
Sealed off to the public since its discovery in 1994 and granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2014, the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in the Ardèche department of southern France contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world, dating from 32,000 > 30,000 BC

Technician – Kista, Sweden – 05/11/02014
Featuring double-thickness bulletproof steel, The Space Station Data Centre is the first modular data hub created by the Swedish broadband provider Banhof. The installation, standing on a base of red lava stones imported from Iceland, functions as a mobile and cheap shelter for servers and uses the low outside temperature to keep them cool

Rue de Vaugirard – Paris, France – 15/11/02014
To familiarise the public with the new unit of measurement established in 1791, a standard metre was installed at sixteen Paris sites in 1796. Only this example, carved in marble to which a brass rule (now missing) was affixed, survives in its original location

Sabey Data Center, Verizon Tower – New York, USA – 14/07/02015
In 2011, Sabey Data Center Properties, the largest privately held developer, owner, and operator of data centres in the United States redeveloped this Manhattan tower creating a 1-million-square-foot facility, and claimed it as the world’s tallest and largest high-rise data centre

Born in 1985, his work having been exhibited internationally at prominent venues such as Foto Museum Antwerpen, The Brussels Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and at Aperture Foundation in New York, Philippe Braquenier ‘Palimpsest’, at The Ravestijn Gallery, is the artist’s first solo exhibition in The Netherlands.

Images courtesy and © Philippe Braquenier

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Photography | Viviane Sassen’s Parasomnia

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Viviane Sassen: Parasomnia
Text by Moses Isegawa
First published, 2011
Second printing, 2012

Award-winning Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen’s monograph features photographs taken during her journeys throughout West and East Africa. The images however, which she has grouped under the title Parasomnia – the name of a sleep disorder involving strange movements, sleep-walking, talking, emotions and terror – are far more than mere travel pictures.

Sassen’s work is the result of an entirely personal, original approach to her subjects. She sees shape and form with the eye of a sculptor; shadow played off against strong light as an abstract artist sees and considers it. Invariably intriguing and remarkable, sometimes her images, though patently tangible, have a surreal quality and appear mysterious, otherworldly.

This exquisitely-produced large-format book, designed by Antwerp-based -SYB- in cooperation with the photographer, might be the catalogue for a show of fine art photography; it could be reportage, but just as easily some of its stark and hauntingly elegant images could illustrate fashion. Indeed, Sassen’s stamping ground is all of these areas and more. Having previously been awarded the Prix de Rome in 2007, last year she won an ICP Infinity Award in the Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography section. Her phenomenal list of clients has included: Aquascutum, Missoni, Adidas/Stella McCartney, Diesel, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and also Vodaphone, Siemens and Vitra. She has had fashion and portrait commissions from, among others, 10 Magazine, Another Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Wallpaper, Vogue France, as well as newspapers Le Monde and the left-wing, progressive Libération.

The photographer’s pictures of mostly young, urban Africans, still life and buildings in Parasomnia evoke a new Africa emerging from the old, struggling to find an identity and a direction in the 21st century, the nightmares of its dark past and often still violent present still causes for general concern, and of many a sleepless night for its inhabitants. They possess a carefully-crafted, consistent ambiguity that challenges the viewer to invent a narrative. Chameleone, a short, lyrical story by novelist Moses Isegawa – who went to live in the Netherlands for 15 years, before returning to his native Uganda in 2006 – written in Uganda in 2011, is included as an introduction to the book and functions as an emotive scene-setter.

Born in Amsterdam in 1972, Sassen lives and works in the city. She has produced a wide variety of memorable images, many of which were made in Africa, the continent in which she spent part of her youth. Libraryman Sweden recently published her photobook Die Son Sien Alles – first and second editions are already sold out – a series of photographs of interiors in the townships of Cape Town. Earlier this year, the images from Parasomnia were exhibited in the Pauza Gallery in Krakow, Poland, however her work has appeared internationally in some 60 solo and group shows since 2000. Viviane Sassen / Laboratorium, 17 years in and out of fashion will run at Museum Huis Voor Fotographie, Marseille, France from 15th December, 2012, to 2nd March, 2013.

Parasomnia, 2010
©Viviane Sassen

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