Performance Course Visiting Artist Lecture #1
You Might Actually Learn Something
"I am very happy to welcome Feiko Beckers, whom I have always wanted to invite since the Performance Course was inaugurated at the Academy last September. Many of his works play with slippage between literality (words) and reality (the world) through actions, gestures, and presences. In this (possibly quite performative) lecture, he will take us through the trajectory of his practice and perhaps also give us a glimpse into his teaching in KASK’s Performance program."
Yuki Okumura (PhD researcher / tutor of the Performance Course)
About Feiko Beckers
Feiko Beckers is a visual artist, working with video, performance, installation and text. He graduated from Academie Minerva in Groningen in 2006 and in 2010 and 2011 he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2013 he was an artist in residence at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He currently lives and works in Brussels and is a teacher in Performance at KASK, Ghent. Selected solo exhibitions include A brilliant idea, but a terrible chair (Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam, 2019), You might actually learn something (Tenderpixel, London, 2017) and The Understanding of Nonsense (Beursschouwburg, Brussels, 2017). Selected group exhibitions include Des choses vraies qui font semblant d’être des faux-semblants (La Friche, Marseille, 2021), Doing Things With Words (Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2018), and The principle of least effort (Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, 2017). He recently completed a major film What You Like Or What You Think You Like, funded by Mondriaan Fund & Netherlands Film Fund.
About the Performance Course at the Academy
Inaugurated in 2022, the Performance Course is an elective course for the 3rd year bachelor students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, tutored by the PhD researcher Yuki Okumura. Aiming at opening up one's working process to chance through instructed actions after conceptual art, it focuses on the artist's doing rather than showing, exploring performance as a way of self-reflection rather than that of self-expression.