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U.C. BOX PROJECT

©François Lauginie

U.C. BOX PROJECT, 1998

Alec de Busschère
  • Artist (1964)
www.alecdebusschere.com

In the early 1990s, in various exhibition venues, Alec de Busschère installed Minimal sculptures and paintings questioning the representational powers of artworks, the places in which they were put, as well as the place and behaviour of spectators. In 1996, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi, Alec de Busschère exhibited his project Under Construction! In it were shown six spatial propositions, each one given a title (an anagram of the artist’s family name, such as “Bruce Dehess”) and several objects—a model, a video, and documentation. Each proposition was prepared on the basis of an identical process: the artist drew up a series of data about a fictitious place; a writer transformed these raw data into a text describing a place. Entrusted to an architect, this text became a spatial foreshadowing. All these factors (name, data, text, sketch) enabled the artist to produce a maquette on a scale of 1:15 in relation to the inside of the place, which was filmed; the video would be projected on a 1:1 scale. In the guise of a game modelled on a version of “Chinese whispers”, Alec de Busschère questioned the transmission of information relating to any project, which led both to a loss of information and a densification of the work—here because of the creations of a writer and an architect.

Alec de Busschère lives and works in Brussels. He has been exhibiting since 1988 in Belgium and in France both in solo shows (U. C. BOX PROJECT, La Box in Bourges in 1998; Trapped Reality, at the Hasselt CIAP in Belgium in 2002) and in group exhibitions (at the CCC in Tours in 1999; in Brussels in 2010 with the exhibitions Casting pour générique). Between 1991 and 1997 he was the artistic director at the Etablissement d’en face in Brussels. He has also received public commissions: in 2000 for the extension of the Palais des Arts in Charleroi, and for a Metro station in Brussels in 2003.