About

Education

Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design, Sint Lucas, Antwerp, Belgium (2020-2021)

Master of Arts (Cum Laude), Dutch Art Institute, Roaming academy, Artez institute of the arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2017-2019)

Summer academy AFFECT, ‘Exploring the endotic’, Agoracollective, Berlin, Germany, June 1 - 28 (2015)

Bachelor Teaching, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium (2012-2014)

Master Visual arts, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium (2005-2007 and 2010-2012)

Bachelor Social-Cultural work, Artevelde, Ghent, Belgium (2007-2010)


Residences

Workspace Brussels, Belgium (2021)

Kunsthal Gent, Belgium (2021)

YARAT - Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan (2020, postponed)

Zarya - Center for Contemporary art, Vladivostok, Russia (2018)

De Koer residentie, Ghent, Belgium (2017-2018)

Digital Art Studios, Belfast, Northern-Ireland, October 10 - December 2 (2016)

Pair, Pier-2 artcenter, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 20 - October 20 (2015)

Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, Austria, March 1 - May 1 (2015)

D’CLINICstudios, TRACTOR, Lendava, Slovenia, March 30– April 28 (2014)

Frans Masereelcentrum, Kasterlee, Belgium, July 2 – July 27 (2012)


Exhibitions and projects (selection)

'Mossy Wet Old', with Francesca Hawker and Lea Rüegg, for A Voice Message Project, Brussels, Belgium (2021)

'Onderweg Camping Oxygene', with Manoeuvre and Does Vandousselaere, Konnektor Residency, Gouvernement, Ghent, Belgium (2020)

'The Broken Heart Hotel', installation and hotel, THIS PLAY, Ghent, Belgium (2020)

'Nacht van de MELODI lamp', performative action, walk walk walk #2 by Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium (19 October 2019)

'Have you spotted a MELODI lamp? Send a photo and streetname to +32496890681', BLANCO Hoogpoort, Ghent, Belgium (2019)

'Taart in de brievenbus', installation 'What do you think about swapping lives for one day?' and performance 'A and E', Ghent, Belgium (2019)

‘Holding hands from afar', with Lea Rüegg and Hannah O' Flynn, Bebe books, DOK, Ghent, Belgium (2019)
Untitled (Orificially Yours)’, ninth act of "The Immemorial Body: Betraying Carmelo Bene in 9 Acts," a study group led by Sara Giannini, Geo Wyeth and Arnisa Zeqo in collaboration with If I Can't Dance at the DAI Roaming Academy, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy (2019)
‘Leave a message after the’, with Lea Rüegg and Hannah O' Flynn, Pleasure Zone, Basel, Switzerland (2019)
‘A and E’, for 'Aeroponic acts', performative presentation, Silent Green, Berlin, Germany (2019)
‘All you need is the lavatory’, Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium (2018)
‘Coup de Koer’, De Koer, Ghent, Belgium (2018)
‘исчезать’, Zarya - Center for Contemporary art, Vladivostok, Russia (solo, 2018)
‘How it comes to matter’, Hotwheels, Athens, Greece (2018)
‘Tot in de stad’, De Koer, Ghent, Belgium (2018)
‘There is no place like home’, space Idiot, Turin, Italy (2017)
‘From home to marble’, BLANCO, Ghent, Belgium (solo, 2017)
‘A Sudden and Wonderful Brightening’, Duncairn Centre, Belfast, Northern-Ireland (2017)
‘Exhibition 2016 : B-Cone, Elien Ronse, Gaain Bahc and HASC’, gallery Barimart, Gwangju, South-Korea (2016)

‘CTRL+T’, gallery metamatic:taf, Athens, Greece (solo, 2015-2016)
‘A walk elsewhere’, Pier 2 Artcenter, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2015)
‘Between 20:49 and 11:17’, performance for exhibition ‘Homecomings’, Projective space, Berlin, Germany (2015)

‘Cooking the ABC’, performance with Pepe Dayaw, Exploring the endotic, Agora collective, Berlin, Germany (2015)

‘Interlaced Structures’, related to Destination Wien, gallery Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, Austria (2015)
‘Vibrations Off’, curated by Honore d’O, gallery Kristof Declercq, Ghent, Belgium (2014)
‘Surrounded by many’, with Melissa Verschelde, gallery NVT, Ghent, Belgium (duo, 2014)
‘Memory’, with Brooke Sanderson, D’CLINICstudios, Lendava, Slovenia (duo, 2014)
‘Will be replaced’, CC De Beuk, Kortemark, Belgium (solo, 2012)
‘De Canvascollectie’, Nomination price for Young artists, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium (2012)
‘Elien Ronse’, Intramuros, CC Gildhof, Tielt, Belgium (solo, 2011)


Workshops, lectures and other

Artist in residence, collective practice at Manoeuvre, Ghent, Belgium (2018-...)

Lecture, 'That day my brother brought home a MELODI', Zarya - Center for Contemporary art, Vladivostok, Russia (2018)

Coordinator, festival Drawing Days, Belgium (2017)

Lecture, ‘Can a microwave tell us something about its owner?’, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern-Ireland (2016)

Mentor and developer, workshop ‘I’m home’, Pier-2 art center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2015)

Artist talk, Pier-2 art center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2015)

Mentor, project Artknights, CC Belgica Dendermonde, Belgium (2015)

Teacher, DKO Waasmunster, Belgium (2015)

Teacher, WISPER, Ghent, Belgium (2014-2015)

Cultural worker, Kunstwerkt, Belgium (2011-2014)


Interviews, publication and grant

'Leave a message after the..', by marc norbert hörler (2019)

Kortlopende beurs, Kunstendecreet, Flemish government (2018-2019)

'In the studio with Elien Ronse', by Dorothy Hunter, for International Sculpture Center re:sculpt (2017)

'‘Report 07032015-17052016 audio’ for BLATT 3000, a paper for exchange and critical discussion on contemporary music (June 2016)

'Further into banality', by Maria Martens, for Artdependence (2016)

Leben ist kein stilleben', by Frederik Van Laere (2011)


Contact

Studio Nucleo, Lindenlei 38, Ghent, Belgium

ronseelien@protonmail.com



In my practice I focus on the relation between commodities and people, looking into daily objects and the ways they affect our habits. Through observations I collect visuals from subjects employing things or tools shaping our behaviour. In my work I aim to (subtly) tackle power structures emerging from neoliberalism, heteronormativity, eurocentrism, homogenisation and over-consumption. With a focus on mundane things directly surrounding us I want to disclose how we re-appropriate objects or resist political mechanisms through almost invisible behaviour.


I mainly use photography, video, installation and performance to create work. A returning aspect in my trajectory is mimicking or duplication highlighting interchangeability of objects and subjects. Nowadays my work is often made through shared authorship, meaning that people surrounding me, known or unknown, certain neighbourhoods or groups are taking part in the making-process. In this I try to question my often privileged position as a white cis hetero woman living in Belgium, while aiming for a socially fair practice where people can take part in. By this I want to acknowledge our interdependency and the impossibility of autonomous authorship. I believe art is socially accountable and should be deeply embedded in society, where it might be unrecognised as art but has its impact in alternative ways.