Art as Daily Research

This documentary presents the work of the Belgian painter, screen printer and publisher Bernard Villers. The artist plays on the expectations of the visitor, or reader, by offering a rigid work where objects are unburdened of their superfluous load. “What I’m looking for is to be labor saving: to do as little as possible. But also to do the maximum with the least possible.” Pure colors and geometric shapes punctuate reflections on materials and media, but also on double-siding, shadow or transparency. Alongside his paintings and installations, Bernard Villers has created and published over 150 books, brochures and pamphlets. The film accompanies the artist in his workshop, in Brussels, and during exhibitions, allowing him to explain in his own words his artistic research.

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Understanding Art in Politic Context

“Aux Arts Ect.” is a documentary film about a public art project that invites sixteen artists to create a work in relation to the door of a town hall or its immediate surroundings. From May to December 2010, each installation invited passers-by citizens to take a different look at these places, which embody the power of proximity, both component and stake of a democratic society. The artistic curator of the event was Jacques Charlier. The sixteen artists are: Toma Muteba Luntumbue in Ans; Captain Lonchamps in Engis; Nicolas Kozakis in Eupen; Marie Zolamian in Flémalle; Werner Moron in Herstal; Sylvie Canonne in Huy; Jacques Charlier in Liège; Manuel Alves Pereira in Malmedy; Pol Pierart in Marchin; Nicolas Bomal in Seraing; Ronald Dagonnier in Soumagne; Sophie Langohr in Spa; Alain De Clerck in Verviers; Sylvie Macias Diaz in Visé; Emilio López Menchero in Waremme; Antoine Van Impe in Welkenraedt.

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Cinema as dialogue. Our documentaries question the subject’s place in society and are based on a genuine conversation to understand the people we meet. We also look at the subject’s anchoring in his environment and the effect of structures on actions. We defend imaginative films that push us to be part of the world we live in.