This book is a log, an instrument to look back on the year 2011 in Z33. Z33 is a house for contemporary art that holds a particular fascination for the commonplace things that affect our lives.
We kicked off the year with Alter Nature (Alter Nature: We Can & Alter Nature: The Unnatural Animal), in which we investigated how man (can) alter nature and how this changes our perspective on the world. Next, Kris Verdonck illustrated the confusion and alienation of man in his environment, and in Architecture of Fear we witnessed how 'fear' shapes the world in which we live. It is clear that the year 2011 in Z33 revolved around how man moulds his physical surroundings, based on the questions, doubts and fears he is confronted with.
The artists in the exhibitions pose questions and suggest alternatives that often precede or are situated in side tracks of the known mainstream discourse.
With their work the artists are bursting our tunnel vision, allowing us to look at things differently. Art really can change the world.
The first part of the book is photographer Kristof Vrancken's non-linear overview of this time segment. Kristof has been our loyal house photographer since 2005. The exhibition photographs all bear his name. For this publication, we have asked him to dig a little deeper and provide his personal view on this Z33 year.
The second part of the log presents a different perspective, that of Régine Débatty - blogster, curator and critic. Immersed in the world of contemporary art and design, she has a special interest for artists and projects on the intersection of art, science and society. An ideal match, indeed. Many of the texts published here were posted previously on her blog we-make-money-not-art.com and have already found their way into the blogosphere.
This book does not attempt to provide a comprehensive overview. They are two visions, each with their very own narrative. It is a refreshing encounter for those unfamiliar with Z33, and a captivating excursion for those who have already visited Z33.
Logbook Z33 - text: Régine Débatty - photography: Kristof Vrancken - design: Niek Kosten - publisher: Jan Boelen / Z33 - co-published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle - 2012 - 194 pages - softcover - English version: isbn 9789490693503 - Dutch version: isbn 9789490693497 - For sale at Z33 and at the Mer. Paper Kunsthalle webshop, 20 euro.