In 2006 Katleen Vermeir (1973) and Ronny Heiremans (1962), two Belgian artists living and working in Brussels, initiated A.I.R. The project is presented as an ongoing series of mediated extensions, allowing audiences to experience this private/public environment only through translations to magazines, television, film, websites, lectures, renderings, exhibitions and so on. Vermeir and Heiremans favour a communal mode of production, so over the years A.I.R has evolved into a platform for different collaborations with people from various backgrounds and occupations. A collaborative project, A.I.R deals with issues concerning the interrelatedness of private and public spheres, art and economy. The results of these extensive research-based projects were presented on ART Brussels (2006), Genève (2007), Istanbul Biennial (2007), and most recently in Arnolfini, Bristol (2009) and Casino Luxembourg (2009). Their work has been screened in Franfurter Kunstverein, Kassel Documentary Film festival, Radcliffe Institute Boston, Flux/S Eindhoven (NL) and others.

Katleen Vermeir

°1973, Bornem (BE). Lives and works in Brussels.

Katleen Vermeir studied at Sint-Lukas in Ghent and the HISK in Antwerp and has participated in study projects in Tianjin (CN), Amsterdam and New York. She is working on a series of studies, usually with her partner Ronny Heiremans (1962), around the invisible topographical traces of a city, as well as a series of 'tableaux vivants', video paintings identifying those universal aspects of human attitudes and architectural models. Her work has been shown, among others, at the Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Paleis voor Schone Kunsten (Brussels), PS1 (New York) and STUK (Louvain, BE).

Ronny Heiremans

°1962, Heist-op-den-Berg (BE). Lives and works in Brussels.

Ronny Heiremans studied Germanic languages and literature, but his fascination for space, landscape and architecture is incorporated in his videos and installations, in which the notion of 'display' plays an important role. Part of his work consists of 'tableaux vivants', the result of his collaboration with Katleen Vermeir. Heiremans’ work was shown, among others, at the Fordham gallery (London), the Netwerk gallery (Alost, BE) and STUK (Louvain, BE). Their collaborative videos and installations examine the dynamic relation between art, architecture and economy, and its mediation in private and public spheres.

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