Building Blocks: A Conversation Between Auguste Orts and Helena Kritis
On a mild autumn day in October 2020, the team behind On & For at Auguste Orts in Brussels meet up for a conversation led by curator and film programmer Helena Kritis. Around the table sit the 4 founding artists-Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer and Anouk De Clercq-the director, Marie Logie, the financial director, Pepa De Maesschalck, and the coordinator of On & For, Rebecca Jane Arthur. After years of working together, a relaxed sense of familiarity fills the room. Yet Kritis tries to provoke new thought with her line of questioning. She asks them to reflect on their practice, as a platform, to provide insights into the workings of On & For, and probes for their ambitions for the future of On & For as the project (2018-2021) begins to draw to a close, once more, again 'for now'. The conversation that takes place is held in Dutch, recorded, and later transcribed and translated into English. The material is edited by Arthur as a simulation of the sprawling conversation had during that afternoon together at Auguste Orts. Below the voices of Auguste Orts appear alongside one another, unnamed, without hierarchies, as an accumulation of the voices and thoughts behind the happenings of the platform.