Rumiko Hagiwara (NL/JP), Karen Vermeren (BE) 

Jun 9, 2017

Saturday, June 24th, 2017,
start: 5 pm !
We serve iced Campari Soda!!!!

LAB Presentations by Rumiko Hagiwara and Karen Vermeren

Welcome to the LAB!
With the advent of the post industrial service and knowledge economy current working conditions have changed. This development has brought people into the different places as a workspace. The LAB is something very spontaneous when work has to be shown and discussed. LAB is not fixed to a specific place or location. It is a ‘get together’ to present current research in an informal setting like in the studio, at home, or in the public space.

Rumiko Hagiwara

The site-specific installation, photo and video works of Japanese artist Rumiko Hagiwara revolve around coincidental encounters within daily life situations that often emphasize factual errors or coincidental approvals between image and language. Hagiwara combines a western conceptualist approach (ready made objects) with influences from traditional Japanese culture (shadow, light, reflection), and aims at twisting the omnipresence of the unnoticed trace of human action and behaviour into subtle, and often humoresque poetics of the ordinary.
Rumiko Hagiwara was born in Gunma (Japan) and studied at the Tokyo Zokei University in Tokyo (2000-2004). She was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2008-2009).

Karen Vermeren

Karen Vermeren is a Belgian artist.
‘In Willem Frederik Hermans’s acclaimed novel Beyond Sleep (1966), Albert Issendorf joins a geological expedition in the far north of Norway. Together with his three companions, he searches for deep holes in the landscape. Albert has set out to prove his thesis that the craters were caused by meteorites.This novel offers an unexpected line of approach to the work of Karen Vermeren (b.1982, Ghent). A scientific traveller herself, Vermeren has been drawn to similar crater-like landscapes. When looking at her work, I observed that she combines the attitudes of all four travellers. She is at once an artist, scientist and collector. She works with a similar urgency towards a goal that cannot be anticipated. Let’s hope, however, that her journey does not end in the same bitter disappointment or even in the same fossilized ambitions as those of the protagonist Albert Issendorf.’ (extracts from text: ‘A Deep Sense of Place
Unfolding Karen Vermeren’s Bárðarbunga’ by Elke Couchez, Bárðarbunga, 2015)