Future 50: Pieterjan Ginckels 01.08.13

2011 - PISTE - installation view at BOZAR Center for Fine Arts Brussels - Photo Mikael Falcke rt

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"Our lives are hyper-real, and we feel the urge to continuously pimp, remix, recollect our own identity," says Pieterjan Ginckels. "As such, I see myself as an embedded outsider, playing with ambivalences in speed and authenticity." The Belgian designer's work concerns itself with the acceleration of modern life and he demonstrates this through exhibitions and experiences that interweave spatial, artistic and design practice, and everything in between. Performative in nature, Ginckels received attention for his installation PISTE, a velodrome within a museum, and SPAM Office, a surreal office environment dedicated to finding order within the detritus of electronic communication. As part of his practice called Speedism, Ginckels is in the process of setting up a research and design studio at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels called SPEED SPACE, which he hopes will build on his investigations into the real and hyper-real.







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