As legend goes the small area called 'meetjesland' got its name through the sexual appetite of Emperor Charles V. When the people in the area received word that the emperor would pass through, women and daughters stayed inside out of fear to be taken. Upon seeing only old women walking the streets, Charles V baptized the area 'old women's land', het meetjesland.Though the credibility of this fable is questionable, it made me wonder about the oldest generation in the area I grew up in. In the old —gendered— task-division, how has this generation of women shaped my youth and influenced my ideologies as a young man?As an architecture student, I was lucky enough to study and work in different parts of the world. I saw beautiful, dark, muddy and vibrant places, all of which seemed more interesting than the flat mountains of my backyard. The question of a ‘home’ surged as my understating of the concept was displaced and morphed into new shapes. Now I am trying to rediscover my roots through these seniors, the people that know the most about my first home.'Meetjes' tries to understand the identity of a region through its oldest female inhabitants. The war generation is slowly disappearing, and so are their stories. Although most women led a life in the background at that time —and still do—, yet some are unmistakenly strong-willed. Through conversations, spacial and photographic analyses I try to understand how this generation has put its mark on the region and the effects I have felt throughout my childhood. 'Meetjes' is about feminism, regional identity, walking aids, sex, grief, beauty, death and coffee with cookies. But most of all it is an ode to all grandmothers and their unconditional love. Beauty and powerful stories are everywhere if you know how to look for them. That is no different in het meetjesland, it is a pleasure to discover what I already knew, and with it a whole new world.
To gauge homelessness, it is imperative that we define the issue at hand in all nuance. People visible living and sleeping on the streets are easy to account for, yet the term has grown beyond them. There are a variety living conditions that can be seen as insecure, often termed as ‘hidden homelessness’. These are the group of people that can’t define a space as their ‘home’, yet do not necessary live on the street.
Jean & Jacques, Jong Gent in Actie, S.M.A.K.
Cows were immensely common growing up in rural Belgium. Case and point, this breed of cow is called 'Belgian Blue'. These pictures are the story of a-day-in-the-life-of these cows and bulls, and the proud people taking care of them.
Ethiopia is one of the African countries with the fastest growing economy. And like a teenager that grows too rapidly, the body of the country has trouble following the curve of its development. This friction is omnipresent in the streetscape and when given the opportunity to work on a development project in the city we used this time inside one of the biggest informal open air markets of the continent to shoot the story of the people there.
Belgium is a country of middlings, winter is mostly depicted cloaked in coziness surrounded by white veils of snow. In Belgium this is rarely the case, snow is exchanged for rain as we look for some sun behind the grey clouds. Here we capture the droopy winters in Belgium as experienced by us.
The Jean-Jacques Collective grew as a remembrance to past days when both brothers were leaders in the Chiro
(a Flemish movement that aims to support young people in their physical,
mental and spiritual development through play and being outdoors).
Even though Jannes, Simen and Helena were schooled in different fields,
a passion for eco-politics advocated through storytelling and photography, connected them.
They believe that to induce long-term change within any given society, which is stabilized by a committed government,
is to persuade that same government to change their policies. Top-down and bottom-up models in a necessary equilibrium.
Where both the people and whoever represents them find each other in a poised climate.
They advocate dignity through design and beauty, and capture time unfiltered and honest.
Moreover, Jean-Jacques Collective is a free space for creativity, we design, build, curate, photograph and write,
always trying to find common ground to work on. We strongly support the interchange of ideas between different fields.
It is on this cross-section that JJC really thrives. We are not one, we are a collection of many things.
The lyrics of SHHT (the band) are often overlooked because of the happy and often overwhelming sound. This I wanted to adress by making a game about '67' on the album 'Love Love Love'. In the game you transform into one of the bandmembers and go Mario-ish on a quest for coins. Made in Unity and still in development. Beta is playable at: 67 - The Game
A classic website, made for a physiotherapist company. The client wanted a very clean, informative site.
Corporate identity for Scratch The Surface, an music festival that focuses on underground rock bands on the verge of a break-through. It included several animations, social media banners, a logo, posters and the timetable.
Tuupe is a house party with high standard concerning music. For this event we created content to fit in the mellow ambience that surrounds the happening.
A silent party hosted on the steps of the kinepolis-cinema in Ghent.
The industriemuseum, an museum that focusses on the old textile industry in Ghent, wanted something fresh for Museumnacht. At this night, the museums are free for the public. We decided to interact with the pbulic and let them touch certain aspects of the textile industry. The creators collective Nerdlab designed this ‘drawing loom’ with which you and the other visitors can create a tapestry of the beautiful city of Ghent. Controlled by a midicontroller, get inspired by the sounds and silhouettes of the industrial Ghent of the 19th century.
Construction: Jacques + Justin Verkest / Visuals: Maya Stoffijn, Sander Van Bellegem, Rose Thys
Alvaro Donquilles (graphic design), Jacques (coding + animation)
Pixels are everywhere today, and they have a lot of influence on us. This project is about the polariation of the people by the media. This is illustrated in an interactive intallation, where your position defines the amount of distortion that is created.
For this project, I combined Cinema 4D, photoshop and after effects. The buildings are made entirely in cinema 4D from scratch and de face in the middle is taken from to analogue poster but had to be retouched in Photoshop. The idea was to create an 3D effect on all aspects in the scene. This was accomplished by the 3D models and the 3D videomapping of the face.
Mardanse came to Nerdlab with a new assignment to design the decor for a 360° dance performance. They also wanted to experiment with VR during the performance, but after some discussion we changed the VR-experience to an introduction of the performance. We designed the construction as simple as possitble to reduce costs and made content for the projection mapping and the VR.