Biography

Karel De Cock °1982 works and lives in Brussels. His work focusses on public spaces in large cities and has an observational approach.

From 2011 until 2013 he was involved as research assistant for Steven Jacobs at University College Ghent, School of Arts on the project titled:“Cinematic Representations of Visual Arts”. Part of the research resulted in the film “Incidents in the Museum: Art Galleries in Film”. Within the same project he was also involved as editing assistant for Nicolas Provost regarding the short film “Dark Galleries”. In late 2013 he participated in the Europalia Arts festival with the installation “Kolkatta, Purusottam Roy St” which was on display at Bozar in the Indomana Exhibition. In 2014 the Installation “Handmade” commissioned by Dries Van Noten will be on display during the exhibition “Dries Van Noten – Inspirations” at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.  Occasionally he freelances for different artists. In 2013-2015 he was involved in the editing of “Shadow World” the new film by Johan Grimonprez. In the Summer of 2015 he participated in the residency program at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai.

Filmography

2013:
KOLKATA, PURUSOTTAM ROY ST – Experimental/documentary film – 4’ HD
We gaze through the side window of a slow moving car, stuck in traffic. In a continuous lateral movement we observe how part of the city reveals its rhythm and incredible density. We start and stop at random intervals opening and closing our perspective. The never ending flow of people passing by and a dense soundscape form an abstract impression of the city.

2011:
ACCEPTING THE IMAGE – Creative documentary – 19′ HD – (English)
Accepting The Image portrays a way women and their associated lifestyles, dreams and goals are represented in New York City. Both in media and reality. It questions the relation between both worlds by sketching the portraits of Alynn, Lindsey and Holly.

2010:
RESONANCE – Fiction/documentary – 19’ HD – (English)
Four wealthy businessmen reflect on their career and the choices they made and the ones they didn’t. Choices that made them successful, and into who they are today. As we get to know them, we also get to know someone else. Someone who may have been less lucky in his career. Or maybe we see what the true face of success can be.

2009:
UNHEARD SILENCE – Experimental plan sequence – 7′ DV – (silent)
Unheard Silence is a meditation on the role of women in the western genre. We stand together with a woman. Waiting and staring into the empty desert. Not knowing if the men will return or not.

HELLO, GOODBYE – Experimental documentary film – 15′ HD
An anthropological point of view on the daily life of people on holiday.
A poetic reflection and meditation on one of the paths and its destination that a society has to offer.

A BEIJING TALE – Documentary film – 19′ HD – (Mandarin)
A portrait of 3 people living in Beijing who recently moved or are in the process of moving. They reflect on their old homes and the future of Beijing.

Selected Screenings/Exhibitions:

Handmade:
2015: Dries Van Noten – Inspirations, MOMU, Antwerp (January – June)
2014: Dries Van Noten – Inspirations, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (March – November)

Kolkata, Purusottam Roy St:
2013: Europalia Arts Festival – Indomania Exhibition, Bozar (Okt ’13 – Jan ’14) (BE)

Players:
2014: De Markten, Brussels (BE) (March – August 2014)
2014: Borderline, Jodoigne (BE) (March 2014)
2013: Sousvoir, Hoegaarden (BE) (May 2013)

Incidents in the Musem:
2014: Universidade Nova De Lisboa, FACULDADE DE CIÊNCIAS SOCIAIS E HUMANAS (PT)
2014: MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA DO CHIADO (PT)
2014: PrintRoom Rotterdam, The Dark Pages (NL)
2013: Kaskcinema, Ghent (BE)

Accepting The Image:
2013: MOVING_IMAGE, a contemporary ABC, La Gaîteé Lyrique, Paris(FR)
2011: Open M, Museum M, Leuven (BE) (July 9 – Aug)
2011: Rencontres Int. Berlin, Haus of World Cultures (DE)
2011: Rencontres Int. Madrid, Reina Sofia (SP)
2011: Chicago Underground Film Festival (US)
2011: Visions du Réel 2011, Premier Pas (CH)
2011: Expecting the Images, Beirut Art Center (LB)
2011: Rencontres int, Centre Pompidou (FR)
2011: Courtisane 2011 (BE)

Resonance:
2011: Open M, Museum M, Leuven (BE) (July 9 – Aug)
2010: Platform 3, Munich, Exchange relations (DE)
2010: Chicago Underground Film Festival (US)
2010: Rencontre. int. Berlin, Haus of World Cultures (DE)
2010: Rencontres int, Madrid, Reina Sofia (SP)
2010: Migrating Forms (NY Underground Fest) (US)
2010: European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck (DE)
2010: Transmediale, Berlin, Haus of World Cultures (DE)
2010: Courtisane Festival, Ghent, (BE)
2010: Rencontres int, Paris, Centre Pompidou (FR)
2010: Platforma, Athens (GR)

Unheard Slience:
2014: Borderline, Jodoigne (BE) (March 2014)
2009: Rencontres Internationales, Paris (Pompidou) (FR)
2009: Rencontres Internationales, Madrid (Centro de Arte Reina Sofia) (SP)
2009: Rencontres Internationales, Berlin (haus der kulturen der welt) (DE)

A Beijing Tale:
2009: Europalia China (BE)
2009: Beijing Film Academy Short Film Festival (CN)