A collaborative project by
Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans

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The Brussels based artist duo Vermeir & Heiremans initiated A.I.R (short for 'artist in residence') in 2006. A.I.R is a collaborative practice that examines the dynamic relation between art, architecture and economy.

The videos and installations of Vermeir & Heiremans investigate the complex relationship between economy, spatiality, and social reality in today’s highly globalized world. Focusing on the mechanism of financial structures and the ways in which they produce and generate cultural processes, the duo raises questions about the ever-growing entanglement between urban development, social status, and fetishism. They explore the shifting nature of financial markets in relation to subjectivity and ask how the characteristics of the global economy produce new modes of self-perception. The artists employ financial tools, historical references, technology, and cinematic language to reflect on social codes as well as on the production of value in today’s artistic and non-artistic realms”. (Yael Messer)

Vermeir & Heiremans have presented their work at the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), Arnolfini, Bristol (2009), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2009), Kassel Documentary Film Festival (2009), Radcliffe Institute, Boston (2009), Nam June Paik Art Center in Korea (2010), LOOP, Barcelona (2010), DOC.BE in Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Hongkong (2010), Videonale 13, Bonn (2011), Videoex, Zurich (2011), La Rada, Locarno (2011), SALT, Istanbul (2011), Viennale, Vienna (2011), Video Dumbo, NY (2011), ARGOS, Brussels (2012), EXTRA CITY, Antwerp (2012), 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial (2012), Manifesta 9, Limburg (2012), Subte, Uruguay (2012), Riga Art Space (2013), Public Program 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), XX Image symposium CA2M, Madrid (2013), 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), New Industries Festival, HMKV, Dortmund (2014), Rotwand Gallery, Zurich (2014), Stroom, Den Haag (2014), Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2015), Triennale Brugge (2015), Dojima River Biennale, Osaka (2015), Curated by_Vienna at Georg Kargl (2015), Transmediale, Berlin (2016), Bucharest Biennale 7 (2016)

Vermeir & Heiremans have participated in the artist residency programs of P.S.1, New York (2001-2), Platform Garanti, Istanbul (2006), CEAC, Xiamen (CN) (2009-10), T.I.M.,Beijing (2010) and Tokyo Wonder Site (2015). For the production of their work the artists regularly receive grants of the Ministry of Culture of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Film Fund (VAF). They also enjoy the generous support of a series of public institutions.

Complete CV A.I.R/ Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans


Nav Haq is exhibitions curator at Muhka, Antwerp. Previously he was Exhibitions Curator at Arnolfini in Bristol, England. He curated the 3rd Contour Biennial for Video Art, Belgium, in summer 2007, and was also recently a Guest Editor at Book Works, London, for whom he has edited a short series of artists’ books. He was previously the curator at Gasworks in London. Haq is also the co-curator (with Tirdad Zolghadr) of the ongoing exhibition and research project Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, investigating the subject of class hegemony in contemporary art. He developed his curatorial approach through professional experiences at organisations including the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Spike Island, Bristol. He is a curatorial advisor for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi planned for 2013, and also for the recently opened Iberia Art Center, Beijing. Haq has contributed to numerous international art journals including Art Review, Bidoun, frieze, and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Nav Commissioned The Good life project at Arnolfini.

Justin Bennett is an artist working with sound and visual media. He is a founding member of the performance grouop BMBcon. He lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands. His recent solo work focuses on urban development and public space. He developed Shotgun Architecture #3 as a soundscape for the video The Good Life (a guided tour)(2009) and the soundscape and algorithm for The residence (a wager for the afterlife)(2012)

Amir Borenstein, camera man, editor and a 2D motion graphic artist graduated from The Sandberg Institute (MFA) in New Media. Amir Borenstein is part of the artist duo Effi & Amir. He was cameraman and editor for The Good Life (a guided tour).

Mieja Hollevoet is a costume designer, theater director and author. She developed a costume design for the video The Good Life (a guided tour).

Pierre Huyghebaert runs his own graphic studio Speculoos, together with book designer Alexia de Visscher. His studio did the branding of The Good Life project.

Eric Jooris is Attorney & Managing Partner at Jooris - Van Melkebeke – Leduc, a firm that specialises in the field of intellectual property law and that has built specific expertise in copyright, media law, art and culture law as well as unfair competition at Belgian, European and international levels. he was adviser for The Good Life project and collaborated with him on a lecture in Arnolfini.

Carly Wijs graduated from the Toneelacademie in Maastricht in 1990. In 1993 she appeared with Dirk Roofthooft in the Kaaitheater production Het liegen in ontbinding (directed by Guy Cassiers). She has collaborated in various productions by Josse De Pauw (SS, Übung) and acted with Needcompany, De Onderneming and others. She is also a film and TV actress. In The Good Life ( a guided tour) she acted as a real estate agent.

51N4E, a prize winning international practice based in Brussels, that
concerns itself with matters of space production i.e. architecture, urbanism, design and spatial analysis.
In 2003 51N4E won both the Architectuurprijs Woningbouw (Architectural Prize for Housing) from the Province of Flemish Brabant and the Maaskant Prize for young architects, in Rotterdam. For The good Life project 51N4E developed an architectural proposal for the Arnolfini building.

Tom Trevor was appointed Director of Arnolfini, Bristol, in 2005. He studied Fine Art at the Ruskin, University of Oxford, and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. In the early 1990s he worked as an artist based in London, as well as a musician and music producer for television. As an independent curator from 1994-99, he curated context-based projects for the Institute of International Visual Arts, the Wellcome Trust, Camden Arts Centre and the Freud Museum, amongst other places. He was Director of SPACEX, Exeter, from 1999 to 2005. In The Good Life (a guided tour) he acted as museum director.

Boris Debackere is an artist and teaches at Transmedia and audiovisual department of the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas. As a media artist his main interests are the possible integration of different expression forms, with an emphasis on electronic sound and image. Most recent work and research is concentrated on translating and transforming the cinema concept into other forms like Live Cinema and audiovisual installations. He worked on the sound mix for The Good Life (a guided tour).

Vincent Meessen studied journalism and cultural policy. He mainly produces 'documents of experience' in which he uses and corrupts documentary style. His work develops around the idea of 'disputed spaces' - territory as a political issue in the postcolonial context. Besides his personal work, he has initiated various collaborative projects such as Potential Estate (2006-2009), UTIL (2002- ...), Qui-vive (2003-2004) and was an active member of Universal Embassy (2001-2005). He has also curated programs for e-flux (NYC), BAK (Utrecht), Argos center for art & media, Cinema Museum, Recyclart (Brussels) and Extra City (Antwerp). His video works are distributed by Argos. In 2006, he received three awards; best Belgian short in the Courtisane Film Festival (Ghent), First Prize International Competition at the 52nd International Short Film Festival of Oberhausen and Best International Documentary, Entrevues Festival (Belfort). Vincent collaborated on an A.I.R lecture at Recyclart in Brussels.

Christodoulous Panayiotou trained in dance and performing arts in Lyon and in London. His finely tuned videos and sculptural installations are the result of carefully orchestrated yet ephemeral situations, generally involving the collaboration of others. He is especially interested in what he describes as “the amorous dialectic” – the contradictions of love and its associations with romantic myth and sentimentality. In 2005 Panayiotou was awarded the 4th DESTE Prize by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. A.I.R extension #04 is an interview between Christodoulos & Katleen vermeir.

PiST/// is an alternative project space that is willing to supply possibility of presentations from young and emerging artists, artists who work in an experimental attitude, writers, critics and curators. PiST as a non-profit organization, is aiming to create a different dynamic to the art scene of Istanbul and Turkey.  PiST is an independent project that is run by Didem Ozbek and Osman Bozkurt since 2006. An artist walk and A.I.R lecture was organised by PIST during the Istanbul Biennial.

Potential Estate is a temporary collective (David Evrard, Ronny Heiremans, Pierre Huyghebaert, Vincent Meessen and Katleen Vermeir) with an experimental approach on the issue of residency. Belgium, a small suburban entity in Wisconsin, U.S. – founded by their Belgian and Luxemburg ancestors – was identified as a mental ‘residential’ site. Potential Estate applies forms of open production, oppositional practices and alternative economies. The outcome of its activities are presented as 'cabinets' and a website.

Marko Stamenkovic is an historian, critic and curator.  He has been curating projects and exhibitions in Serbia and abroad. His writings on contemporary art have been published internationally. Stamenkovics research interests range from interdisciplinary analyses of contemporary visual arts and curatorial studies to institutional cultural organization, art management, and political, social and economic aspects of aesthetic discourses. A discussion was published on the occasion of the presentation of A.I.R extension#10 at the Istanbul Biennial in 2007.

Peter Swinnen is one of the founding architects of 51N4E in Brussels, together with Freek Persyn and Johan Anrys. Peter collaborated on 2 A.I.R lectures at Recyclart in Brussels and at Intercollege in Nicosia.

BolwerK is a non-exclusive, temporary constellation that has initiated, curated, mediated and facilitated diverse projects locally and internationally since 1998. The ‘open’ network is the basis for collaboration and the triggering of internal and external group dynamics around relevant social issues. Together with Rekall Design (Ingrid Stojnic and Bert Balcaen) the website for A.I.R was created (A.I.R extension # 05).

HAP is an art collective set up in 1999 by visual artists Jens De Schutter, Piet Mertens and Wim Waelput. HAP is fighting and criticizing imposed order or forms and general opinions. They obtain this by thoroughly elaborating systemised mise-en-scene and strategies (economy, sports, art, youth culture, war, space travel) in monumental and project-like installations or performances. 

Annemie tweepenninckx presents radio programs on KLARA (VRT), interviewing various guests from the cultural world.

A Xiu, Boyi, Chen Libin, Dong yehong, Guo Sai, Jia Zhixing, Mei Lin, Mi Zhenxi, Li Yi, Pan Feifei, Tian Rui, Wang Yu, Wang Hechen are students from the New media department of Prof. Qin Jian, Art College of Xiamen University. In a workshop at the University a short video was created in collaboration with the students and presented at the exhibition 'Video Lounge' at CEAC in Xiamen, China. 

Kristien Daem is a Brussels-based photographer. Her work focuses mainly on the subject of architecture. Manipulating light and context, her work exposes how a particular architecture functions.


Bert de Muynck is an architect, writer and co-director of MovingCities, an independent research organization investigating creative industries and the contemporary city. He is assistent-professor at the University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Architecture. He is currently based in Shanghai. http://movingcities.org/

Greet De Gendt studied photography and film at KASK (Ghent). Her straightforward images show animals, people and objects in their spontaneous relation to the camera.

Francis Denys is a visual artist. A HISK-graduate and trained art historian his lighthearted work tends to engage both with purely visual and conceptual pleasures.

Liu Ding is an artist and curator based in Beijing. In 2008 he founded ‘Liu Ding’s Store’, an ongoing project that investigates the role of the artist in the art system.

Christine Gerrard is Professor in English at the University of Oxford. Her research is on political writing of the period 1660-1760, and eighteenth century poetry.

Luis Jacob is a writer, curator, and artist. Jacob is based in Toronto.

Bernard Lietaer is a Brussels-based expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.

Carol Yinghua Lu is one of China’s most active and dynamic curators and critics. Her work has focused on contextualizing the contemporary art scene in China. She is based in Beijing.

Daniel McClean is a London-based independent curator, writer, and art-legal adviser. He was the commissioning editor of ‘The Trials of Art’, published in 2007.

Donald MacKenzie is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His current research is on the sociology of markets.

John McTague is Lecturer in eighteenth Century Literature at the University of Oxford. Research topics focus on literature and politics in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Cuauhtémoc Medina is an art critic, curator, and historian. He is a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexco (UNAM). He was head of the curatorial team of Manifesta 9 Limburg.

Robrecht Vanderbeeken is a philosopher. His current research at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University College Ghent (KASK) concerns theatre, video art, media art and the philosophical implications of technological innovations.

Koen Vermeir is researcher at CNRS, REHSEIS–SPHERE, Laboratoire de Philosophie et Histoire des Sciences in Paris. His research has focused on seventeenth and eighteenth century natural philosophy, wondrous technologies, and magical thought.

Wim van der Grijn has appeared regularly on Dutch TV since the 1970s and on stage. He played the cunning Prusian officer Von Schattenwalt in ‘The man without qualities’ at Toneelhuis (2010). Van der Grijn lives in Amsterdam.

Karlijn Sileghem has had a long career on stage with companies such as Blauwe Maandag Compagnie, Het Toneelhuis and Raamtheater. A wider audience knows her as the leading character in the National Television series ‘Katarakt’, in which she embodied Elisabeth Donkers. She is also one of the familiar faces in comedy series like ‘Het Peulengaleis', 'Sedes & Belli' and 'De Kavijaks'. Karlijn Sileghem lives in Antwerp.

Ma Wen has studied Architecture in China, at the North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power, and Fine Art at the Academy for Fine Arts in Munich. In 2007 he assisted Ai Weiwei in his Fairytale project for Documenta Kassel. In 2009 Ma Wen returns to China where he started teaching video at the University of Xiamen. He was curator of numerous exhibitions. Ma Wen lives and works in Xiamen and Beijing. He showed his work in Munich, Gwanju, Xiamen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid.


Salome Schmuki is a Swiss designer educated at the University for Art and Design Zürich, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. She lives and works in Brussels and Zurich.

See: http://www.salomeschmuki.ch/