AboutIn his seminal sociological work, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman describes social interaction revolving around a gathering consensus on the definition of a given situation. Definitional disruptions are the moments, much feared by some or eagerly anticipated by others, which rock the whole boat and throw the nature of a social situation into doubt.
The works by Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben in Definitional Disruptions place interruptions into the established relationships between artists and their works, between the performer and the audience. Definitional Disruptions investigates the potential for the persona of the artist figure as a tool in bringing these dislocations about.
Nel Aerts' Tribune sees the performer replaced by an effigy, which the artist in her new role as manual worker must drag around behind her. Filip Gilissen's The Only Way is Up ambiguously embraces the possible clichés of the artist as introverted genius, salesman or preacher. Hedwig Houben's Personal Matters and Matters Of Fact projects a moment of personal self-analysis, but it is not clear if we are meeting the real individual behind the work, or a characterised representation.
Nel Aerts (1987), lives and works in Antwerp (BE). Nel Aerts uses drawings, collages, photographs, (film documented) performances, artist's books, poetry and even songs, to create an organic oeuvre that can be considered as a true total art work. Recent exhibitions include: Dances around the hourglass, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels (BE), 2012; Un-Scene II (group show), curated by Elena Filipovic and Anne-Claire Schmitz, Wiels, Brussels (BE), 2012; and Art's Birthday (group show), Muhka, Antwerp (BE), 2011. Nel Aerts' works are presented courtesy Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels.
Filip Gillisen (1980), lives and works in Brussels (BE). Using the language of commerce, marketing and media representation, Gilissen gives a diabolic comment on the more cynical aspects of globalization and consumer driven politics. Gilissen's work has been presented in venues such as MARTA Museum (2012); Kunshalle Nurnberg (2012); Liste 17 Perfromance Projeckt (2012); Witte De With (2011); Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011), M HKA, Antwerp (2011), Museum Boymans Van Beuningen (2011), Liverpool Biennial (2010 UK) and Museum of Fine Art, Boston (2007).
Hedwig Houben (1983), lives and works in Brussels (BE). Recent exhibitions include: Five Possible Lectures on Six Possibilities for a Sculpture, /P/////AKT, Amsterdam (NL), 2012; Personal Matters and Matters Of Fact, Playstation at Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam (NL), 2012; Out of Controle, (group exhibition) Nest, The Hague (NL); Comique Géométrique, (group exhibition), La Salle de Bains, Lyon (FR), 2011; and Making is Thinking (group exhibition), Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL), 2011.