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In 2014-2015 I have travelled Belgium far and wide to meet with each one of the network members on this page. The preparation of this project has already been an amazing learning experience, and I would like to thank all the network members for supporting my project and for sharing their stories with me. Now let’s start the real party 🙂

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

I met with curator Pierre-Yves Desaive in August 2015 in his office in Brussels.
I really appreciate the time he has made for me, and I loved to hear about his multidisciplinary background and his knowledge about video art. Thank you.

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Guillaume Bijl

Visiting Guillaume Bijl at his atelier and home has been an extraordinary experience.
He took the time to sit down with me and talk me through his international portfolio. He motivated me to learn more about the world of the arts by sharing with me a generous list of artists and institutions – great for the networking! Thank you.

With Guillaume Bijl in Antwerpen, March 2015.

With Guillaume Bijl in Antwerpen, March 2015.

Tim Segers

Tim Segers is a successful young artist, very conscious of his work and very captivating when he talks about it.
I definitely felt at home in his atelier. Veel succes!

With Tim Segers in Antwerpen (March 2015).

With Tim Segers in Antwerpen (March 2015).

Web site: www.timsegers.com

Guy Rombouts

Guy Rombouts is a charming and delightful man. He has welcomed me in his atelier and home like family.
I can still feel the gezelligness he brings about. The blurred line between creative and living space is unique. And I have hardly ever seen a more interesting book collection. Thank you.

With Guy Rombouts in Antwerpen (March 2015).

With Guy Rombouts in Antwerpen (March 2015).

S.M.A.K.

The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent was one of the first institutions to join my project.
The support of Iris Paschalidis and Veronique Despodt, whom I have met in August 2014, has really helped me believe in myself and commit to this endeavour. Thank you.

At SMAK in Ghent (August 2014).

At the S.M.A.K. in Ghent (August 2014).

Web page: http://www.smak.be/

Gynaika Association

Since its foundation in 1994, Gynaika aims at giving female artists their legitimate position in the art world at the one hand and opening up the art world, and more in particular the work of female artists for a wide audience.

In order to achieve this Gynaika works on different levels, with different partners, across different disciplines. Gynaika does not only show female art, in all its forms, both in own premises and in other museums and galleries. The organisation also networks, researches, publishes and informs artists, stakeholders and audiences of all kinds (women – men, young – old, Belgians – foreigners…) on gender and art.

Gynaika promotes diversity throughout the art-sector, both amongst artists and amongst the audience.

Web site: http://www.gynaika.be/

Marijke Seresia

Marijke Seresia is a unique woman. Her talents are countless, matched by her kindness and wisdom.
In her I have found a loving person and someone to look up to. Thank you.

Web site: http://www.marijke-seresia.be/

Johannes Taelman

I had heard a lot about Johannes Taelman before getting to meet him in August 2015. I was impressed by his independent project and I am very happy that he agreed to join my own project here. I wish him a great success, and hopefully we will get to collaborate soon.

Talking to Johannes Taelman at IPEM in August 2015.

Talking to Johannes Taelman at IPEM in August 2015.

Web site: http://www.axoloti.com/

Tim Vets

I met Tim Vets during my first visit at IPEM, in May 2014. Since then he has become a good friend and an invaluable source of information on the arts world.

Tim Vets (left) with Johannes Taelman at IPEM (August 2015).

Tim Vets (left) with Johannes Taelman at IPEM (August 2015).

Web site: http://www.timvets.net/

Chia Longman

Prof. Chia Longman is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Gent, Belgium. She is also Director of CICI (Centrum voor Interculturele Communicatie en Interactie).

Coordinator ella Expertise Centre Gender & Ethnicity, Brussels, 2012-2013

Visiting scholar:
Women’s Studies in Religion Programme, Harvard University (2002)
Gender & Religions Research Centre, School for Oriental & African Studies, University of London (2006)
Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp (2009)

Visiting professor:
Universität Göttingen (2014)

Research interests: anthropology of gender & ethnicity; gender and religion; feminist theory; intersectional theory and methodology; women and fundamentalism; social scientific study of Orthodox Jewry; diaspora & religion; multiculturalism and citizenship in Europe; theory and methodology in religious studies; interreligious interaction; kinship & mothering; harmful cultural practices; Islam, veiling & hijab; holistic & secular spiritualities

Institutional page: http://cici.ugent.be/en/researchers/chia

Marina De Rossi

Marina De Rossi is associate professor in Didactics and special Pedagogy at the Department FISSPA, University of Padova, Italy.

Institutional Activities:
2009-2012: delegate of the Rector for Equal Opportunities.
2008-2012: chairman of the Equal Opportunities Committee of the University of Padova.
2010-2012: member of the European network EPWS (European Platform of Women Scientist).

Silvana Badaloni

Prof. Silvana Badaloni is Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova.

Since 2004 she takes part, as an elected component, to the Equal Opportunities Committee of Padova University. In this framework she addressed gender studies in the field of Science and Engineering. She is Vice-President of the Italian Association Women & Science and she belongs to the EPWS (European Platform of Women Scientists) EPWS. She organized the 3rd Italian Conference of Women and Science in September 2006, the European Workshop on: “Women, Science & Technology: a glance at Europe” in April 2008, the Workshop on: “The Excellence of Women in Science” at the Galilean School of Higher Education of Padua University in October 2011 and many Seminars on the issue of Gender and Science. She collaborated with EU Community in the framework of different European Projects on Gender and Science and she is author of many papers on this issue.

Since January 2013, she is the coordinator of the Unit – University of Padova – that is a partner of the GenderTime Project (www.gendertime.org), funded by the EU in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The aim of the Project is to identify and implement the best systemic approach to increase the participation and career advancement of women researchers.

Institutional page: http://www.dei.unipd.it/~badaloni/

NISV

Web site: http://www.beeldengeluid.nl

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is an advanced and trendsetting audiovisual archive that has successfully made its way into the digital realm. It maintains and provides access to 70 per cent of the Dutch audiovisual heritage, comprising approximately 750,000 hours of television, radio, music and film and web video, making Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe.

The institute operates as a visitor attraction aimed at the general public and is visited by over 200,000 people annually. It is also engaged in Europe’s largest-scale digitization programme Images for the Future. Sound and Vision has made available thousands of hours of archive footage online for various end-user services, including dedicated services for the creative industries, education and research. Sound and Vision is a highly valued partner in a wide range of research projects. It has been active in the European research arena for over 14 years. Sound and Vision is also active in the international organisations FIAT/IFTA, IASA, EBU and UNESCO and home to PrestoCentre, the competence centre on digital audiovisual preservation.

At NISV in Amsterdam.

At NISV in Amsterdam.

Meeting at NISV with Johan Oomen.

Meeting at NISV with Johan Oomen.

Verbeke Foundation

Our exhibition space does not aim to be an oasis. Our presentation is unfinished, in motion, unpolished, contradictory, untidy, complex, inharmonious, living and unmonumental, like the world outside of the museum walls. You will find no flamboyant sensational buildings here, but rather, a refreshing, unpretentious place to look at art and a subtle criticism of the art world.

The Verbeke Foundation, founded by art collectors Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, is a private art site which first opened doors to the general public on June 1st of 2007. As a ‘refuge of arts’ the domain offers chances to young / less renowned artists and holds an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. Culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand in the Verbeke Foundation. With 12 hectares (29.7 acres) of scenic area and 20,000 m² (4,9 acres) covered spaces, the Foundation is one of the largest private initiatives for contemporary art throughout Europe. The warehouses of the former Verbeke transport agency were transformed into unique exposition halls. One of the buildings was furnished to exhibit Verbeke’s extraordinary collection of collages and assemblages. The Verbeke Foundation is subject to a continuous growth process. Artists have the ability to reside, larger and smaller exhibitions relieve each other… the Verbeke Foundation resembles a living organism and so looks different one day to another.

Web site: http://www.verbekefoundation.com/en/
Docu-film: http://www.arttube.nl/nl/video/De_Pont/We_Live_Art/Verbeke

At the Verbeke Foundation in May 2014.

At the Verbeke Foundation in May 2014.

At the Verbeke Foundation in May 2014.

At the Verbeke Foundation in May 2014.

Picture on the left: Walking through the installation Re-cover out by Will Beckers (NL).
Picture on the right: Observing one of the sound installations by Ad van Buuren (NL).

Contour Art Biennale

I visited the 7th edition of the Contour Biennale in Mechelen on a beautiful sunny day in October 2015: an ideal day to visit the Biennale, located in numerous venues across town. I also had the opportunity to talk to the Director of the Biennale, Steven Op De Beeck, a bright and dedicated man with whom I hope to collaborate in the future. Steven, thank you for your time.

Met Steven Op De Beeck.

Met Steven Op De Beeck.

Watching a video installation at the Biennale.

Watching a video installation at the Biennale.

Biennale website: http://www.contourmechelen.be/

Piazza dell’Arte

http://www.piazza.me/

Simona Barbera

Web site: http://www.simonabarbera.com

Grazia Toderi

Web site: http://www.graziatoderi.com

Cel Diversiteit en Gender

Web site: http://www.ugent.be/nl/univgent/waarvoor-staat-ugent/diversiteit-en-gender

Ad van Buuren (1951-2014)

Web site: http://www.advanbuuren.nl/

Part of Ad van Buuren’s work is housed at the Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke, Belgium.
I had the chance to meet some of van Buuren’s closest family members. Lovely and loving people. It’s people like them who inspire the DaphNet project. I wish to contribute to the preservation and to the promotion of artists such as van Buuren, of whom the dedication, love and genius is still palpable in those who carry on his message.