rhizome_ is a non-profit exhibition platform for contemporary art in Kortrijk (Belgium) with its roots in the principle of connective thinking. This results in collaborations with artists, curators and organizations active in the art world.


As Real as it Gets

Thomas Nolf @ rhizome_
18.12.2023 - 03.03.2024
Open by appointment.

rhizome_ As Real as it Gets - Thomas Nolf

Photo © Thomas Nolf, Airshow, mei 1998

During the lockdown, Thomas Nolf (born in Kortrijk, 1986, lives and works in Ghent) relived his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. He installed the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator on his computer and embarked on a virtual journey from Brussels to Andalusia, the region where he would do an art residency at Arteventura in 2020.

Arriving in Spain, he remembered the slogan 'As Real as it Gets', written on the box of Flight Simulator 1998. This inspired him to seek out people who, like himself, did not become pilots but still found a way to be as close to their dream as possible. Thomas Nolf went plane spotting around the Seville airport and visited a man who had built a Boeing cockpit in his attic room.

Meanwhile, Thomas continued working on this project in various places around the world.
During the residency at rhizome_, Thomas will work on his images, sound recordings and videos.

A presentation moment on March 2 and 3 from 2pm to 6pm

Residency: in collaboration with Be-Part, platform for contemporary art
Location: rhizome_, Koning Albertstraat 2, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
Open: by appointment
Contact: Monia Warnez, rhizome@monialisa.be

Supported by Imgest and Wilgelover


Overview of the past rhizome_ projects.