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Some news about the current activities of some BD artists plus an important teaser at the end.

Dominique Leroy at La Méridienne, Lunéville

Dominique Leroy is showing his poetic sonic installation Jardin nô at Theatre La Méridienne in Lunéville (near Nancy). First shown at the Galerie RDV in Nantes this installation refers to the traditional Japanese theatre. This kinetic garden is composed of interlacing vegetals and small mechanics on recycled hard disks that rub, scratch and hit to create a sound that reminds of insects. This sculpture is activated by a series of invisible interactions based on phenomena related to vibrations, acoustics and interconnections.

All elements of the exhibition are related and form a complex system – composed of conducting materials, sound flows and resonators. A microphone at the entrance of the gallery captures the sounds from the street which become a real activator of the sound installation.

Theatre La Méridienne
37 rue de Lorraine
54300 Lunéville

From 23 September to 3 November 2017
Free entrance during the opening hours of the theatre.

AnneMarie Maes at Tendencies #2, Bozar Brussels

AnneMarie Maes is currently taking part in several exhibitions. Her PH3 – Future Archeology installation is featured in the Tendencies #2 exhibition as part of the Bozar Electronic Arts Festival until 30 September.

The exhibition, which shows the work of six female artists, aims to place emphasis on works which question scientific and technological innovations as much as they incorporate them. It wants to open up the field of reflection relating to these links and highlight structural analogies between the creators of distinct and complementary fields.

This edition is organised in partnership with NOVA XX with Stéphanie Pécourt as curator – an international competition dedicated to technological, scientific and artistic innovation amongst women in the age of the Fourth industrial revolution – instigated by the Halles Saint-Géry/Brussels.

Bozar, Foyers
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussels
Until 30 September 2017
Free entrance on Tue – Sun, 10 am – 6 pm / Thu, 10 am – 9 pm, closed on Monday

For all other current and upcoming exhibitions of AnneMarie Maes see

Peter Hulsmans at Studio Start

As part of the opening of a new complex of artist studios Peter Hulsmans shows new work in his studio in a renovated former Dominican monastery in Antwerp. The complex is will be housing up to 50 artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Studio Start, Ploegstraat 23, 2018 Antwerp
Thursday 21 September from 4pm

Rachel Ara at Victoria & Albert Museum

Big congratulations to Rachel Ara who starts a year-long residency at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London from October onwards. We look forward to the outcome of it.


And finally:

Crowdfunder? Saint-Nazaire?


This Much I’m Worth – prototype, Jim Poyner Photography, The York Photographer,

As a conceptual digital data artist Rachel Ara incorporates her background in computer system design with familiar, technological aesthetics. For the upcoming group exhibition Controlled Realities at Anise Gallery in London, Rachel’s work questions value in the art world and beyond, employing satire to highlight these issues. Long-listed for the Arte Laguna Prize for Virtual Art for her piece ‘Cocksure’ and winning the Aesthetica Prize 2016 with the prototype for ‘This Much I’m Worth’, she will present both works in ‘Controlled Realities’ with a further developed version of the latter.

Although the exhibition showcases three very different artists and their techniques, virtual reality is where the three meet and the viewer is invited to experience the virtual reality headset, which is the epitome of the controlled and contrived realities addressed by each artist. A collaborative piece with creative input from Rachel Ara, Charles Harrop-Griffiths and Jacek Ludwig Scarso will take the form of a VR experience.

See Rachel’s update of the production of ‘This Much I’m Worth’ on her Instagram account.

Controlled Realities opens Wednesday 14th June from 6-9pm, see Facebook event.

The shows runs until 15th July.

Artist talk and tour: Thursday 29 June 7pm
Reserve your place here

Anise Gallery
13a Shad Thames
London SE1 2PU
Contact gallery for opening hours

Rachel Ara has been awarded with the NEAR NOW Fellowship 2017-18 for which she submitted some exciting work that they will work on together for the new year.

The Near Now Fellowship is aimed at emerging to mid-career artists. Near Now Fellows will display exceptional artistic talent, with work influenced by art, design and technology theory and praxis grounded in contemporary culture. Fellows will critically reflect on their work and have a desire to challenge their practice and push their career forward.

Applications are invited from artists, working in any art form, who use technology in their practice and/or explore the place and impact of technology in everyday life.

Over the ten month programme, three selected Fellows will receive support to originate and publicly present work that is bold in its scope, rigorous in its practice and open to critique.

Each Near Now Fellow will receive investment of up to £15k in support of their work.

Find more information on Near Now here.

Rachel Ara was further selected to be part of this year’s Ruth Borchard Prize Exhibition.

The fourth edition of the biennial Ruth Borchard Prize features 120 works by British and Irish artists, showcasing the very best of contemporary self-portraiture.

The Ruth Borchard Prize 2017 received a record number of submissions and this exhibition represents the short list of entrants. The Winner of the £10,000 Prize will be selected by a prestigious panel of judges including Dr Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), Charlotte Mullins (art critic and author), Alastair Sooke, (broadcaster and art critic at The Daily Telegraph), Marilyn Scott (Director, The Lighbox), Shanti Panchal (2015 Winner), and Richard Borchard (son of Ruth Ruth Borchard). Previous winners of the Prize include Celia Paul (2011), Thomas Newbolt (2013), and Shanti Panchal (2015).

Ruth Borchard, a Jewish refugee from Hamburg who settled in Surrey, began collecting self-portraits in 1958.

The show runs from 18th May until 22 September 2017 at the Piano Nobile Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

Find more information about the Ruth Borchard Collection here.


Jim Poyner Photography, The York Photographer,, AAP2016, Aesthetica Arts Prize, YMT, Setups,

Jim Poyner Photography, The York Photographer,, AAP2016, Aesthetica Arts Prize, YMT, Setups,

Bureau Doove is happy to now also represent the exciting artist Rachel Ara who currently lives and works in London. In her work, Ara is specifically interested in the conspiracy of silence, hidden agendas and their repercussions, particularly the inequalities faced against women in our culture.

Ara won the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize with her work This Much I’m Worth (pictured), “a self-evaluating artwork that continually displays its own sale value”. She was also shortlisted for The Lumen Prize 2016 Still Image with her work D.O.A.M IV (The Death of Ana Mendieta), a CAD rendering of the death scene of the artist Ana Mendieta.

Ara uses a range of materials according to each project, ranging from film, sculpture, paint and drawing to electronics, programming and CAD.

Visit her website here.


Rachel Ara is showing work in the upcoming exhibition Transgender, Gender & Psychoanalysis as part of the conference with the same title.

Private view: Sunday 5th March 4pm – 6:30pm
Show: 6th-12th March 2017

Location: Draper Hall, Hampton Street, London SE17 3AN.

The exhibition is open from 11am-6pm. More info on the conference here.