Performed Pictures was the first retrospective of the work of David Claerbout (1969, Kortrijk), an artist who has been making films, photographs, and drawings since the late 1990s. All of these techniques were represented in the exhibition, which also covered a broad temporal spectrum (1996–2015). Eleven videos were shown, all with a shared ambition: to transform time into a dimension of space in its own right.
The exhibition was best experienced by browsing, moving from one piece to the next and back again. The reason is that viewing these works, which generally have no beginning and no end, cannot be contained within the limited framework of one showing. Their location in space becomes an essential element of their encounter. It allows time to appear, it makes time visible. Claerbout offers “deterritorialized” cinema: moving pictures that make film a true sculptural object where the issue of place is at least as important as the issue of the image.