Overview of the past rhizome_ projects.

The Other One

A work in progress by Jim Jilborn and Tim Onderbeke @ rhizome_
23.10.2022 - 11.12.2022

rhizome_ The Other One

Photo © Monia Lisa

'The one gives a piece of material to the other one whom at his turn adds something and returns it to the one.
There are no rules nor any verbal communication.'
Jim Jilborn

This evolving installation is a collaboration between Ghent based artist Tim Onderbeke and the enigmatic Jim Jilborn, the most recent in a series of pseudonyms under which a secretive artist has been operating for at least four decades. Notions of autorship and the definite form of an artwork become fluid in this process, reassessing the creation itself to the created.

Tim Onderbeke (°1983, lives and works in Ghent, BE) focuses on the relation between sculpture, painting, photography, film and graphic art. Negative space is the space between two objects. Onderbeke is interested in the positive space around an object. His photographs, videos, sculptures and paintings are produced mechanically. Keeping his interventions minimal, he wants the material to speak for itself. Glass, rubber, aluminium, steel and oil paint are his materials of choice because they represent a background about trade throughout history.

Jim Jilborn is an artist. He is bred from a neurotic North Corean - British mother and a French father, a fluffy hippie who disappeared in a cloud of nirvana, the very day of his birth. He lives and works in Paris where he shares a studio located in the Gare du Nord railway station.
The abandoned storehouse of LOST AND FOUND OBJECTS gives shelter to his fellow artists - a caravan of characters:

  • Anonymous
  • Adam Cornfeld - is actually working on an essay called "The private conversations between Marcel Duchamp and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven" Francis Bacon acting as the prompter.
  • Angelo Coppi
  • Marguerite David - Jewish, makes big knitworks.
  • "Pierre De Buck": "… Some artists make art pieces like paintings and sculptures and all kind of objects, I create artists."
  • "Rik De Raeymaeker"
  • "Marcel Duchamp"
  • Marie Ebeid
  • Louis Ehllender
  • Lucille Eichengreen - adorns all her clothes with a richly embroidered motif of an oak leaf on the left breast, on which the SS symbol is left blank.
  • Ihsane Jarfi
  • Non Identified Artist
  • D.Peaudane
  • Felix Poke - writes texts that could look like poems…He flips through random found newspapers and picks whatever fits him, more like a chicken walking through the grass : "… De bal werd kort gegeven en Wittek vuurde het leer via de rug van Zirkzee tegen de touwen."
  • Omer Poorram


studio.est @ rhizome_
23.10.2022 - 11.12.2022

rhizome_ studio.est

Photo © Monia Lisa

'Like loose pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope shaken back and forth, we have all simply changed places in the web of close relationships.'
'The Odd Woman and the city.' Vivian Gornick

Nienke Baeckelandt, Lisette de Greeuw, Che Go Eun, Nadia Guerroui, Donovan Le Coadou, R.H. Quaytman, Edouard Schneider, Oussama Tabti, Charwei Tsai

The incentive for the exhibition is a simple toy: a kaleidoscope, a polygonal tube that you can look through, containing a compartment with colored beads, pearls, or pieces of glass on one side at a transparent spherical end. At the other end of the tube is a peephole where mirrors are attached at a faint angle. When using the kaleidoscope, the end is turned towards the light, causing reflections in the mirrors. By turning or shaking the tube, the multicolored fragments shift, allowing you to see different patterns and changing figures each time.

The word 'kaleidoscope' comes from Greek καλός (kalos), 'beautiful' + εἶδος (eidos), 'form, shape' + σκοπεῖν (skopein), 'to look'. It is thus a 'pretty picture viewer', a device that provides staggered variations and offers you a special light show every time. It often looks like symmetrical patterns, in the form of a rosette or with the structure of a mandala, a tunnel of light and shadow, where lines and spirals can even produce a hypnotizing effect.

The idea of kaleidoscopic thinking looks like a place where a range of viewpoints simultaneously accommodate the whole and the fragment. It is a metaphor for a motley mixture of possibilities and connections, a reflection of the multiple and the changing. It is a magic cylinder, which was initially to become a scientific instrument, but soon became a glittering toy.

studio.est is a curatorial collective with a focus on contemporary art and architecture.

Tim Theo Deceuninck
Lapis Noster* Proposals for Sustainable Practice

Summer Residence @ rhizome_
11.07.2022 - 02.10.2022

rhizome_ Summer Residence

Photo © Tim Theo Deceuninck

In a world of dark smoke and fine dust, the photographic apparatus developed on the basis of harmful or scarce raw materials. The search for an autonomous ecological photographic process brought Tim Theo Deceuninck (1992) back to the roots of photography, looking for the human dimension in a reciprocal relationship with nature.

As part of his summer residency at rhizome_, he investigated a number of methods for purifying photographic residue. Through a slow process of metal-replacement and filtration, he searches for silver residues like a true alchemist. Through phytoremediation, a technique in which specific plants are used to clean contaminated soil, Tim Theo tries to clean toxic residual materials.

The residency is framed within Tim Theo's research into a sustainable, analog photographic practice. He works with the light-sensitive qualities of plants, makes his own organic developer and inks. The focus on sustainable craftsmanship from a technological device, forms a metaphorical questioning around resource use within the anthropogenic.

rhizome_ Summer Residence

Photo © Monia Warnez

I'm nobody! Who are you?

DASH @ rhizome_
3.04.2022 - 26.06.2022

rhizome_ DASH

Photo © Monia Warnez

After a two year break, DASH opens a new project on location in collaboration with rhizome_

With work by Marijke De Roover, Gvantsa Jishkariani, Özgur Kar, Pennie Key, Ryo Kinoshita, Nokukhanya Langa, Leigh Ledare, Bunny Rogers, Tobias Spichtig, Tenant of Culture.

Curatorated by Joachim Coucke

The exhibition is conceived with a certain need to reflect on the present times. In this turbulent period where global issues are rapidly emerging, it is appropriate to regularly take a step back and reflect. Introspection in the age of information might not be an evident exercise, but perhaps a necessity.

I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you - Nobody - too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise - you know!

How dreary - to be - Somebody!
How public - like a Frog -
To tell one's name - the livelong June -
To an admiring Bog!

The title for the exhibition is taken from the poem above by the American poet Emily Dickinson. The figure of Dickinson (1830-1886) is fascinating and presents a strong woman in the search for her identity. Who we are is determined by the context in which we live. Social changes and the 'makeable' society determine today's context: to be successful in order to be happy. However, the compulsion for success and happiness turns out to have a downside. It leads to a loss of self-awareness and a need to search for who we are in relation to the other. The selected artists approach the theme of identity from different perspectives with the broadest interpretations.

rhizome_ DASH view

Photo © Monia Warnez

The Inner Ear Chambers (Heartbeat)

Kelly Schacht @ rhizome_
15.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

rhizome_ Kelly Schacht

Photo © Monia Warnez