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I was born in Brussels in 1964. I studied Electrical & Mechanical Engineering at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1987) and Computer Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara (1989).

My interests include mathematics, abstract and conceptual art, evolution theory, philosophy, and logic. The intersection of these disciplines is my source of inspiration.

Artist Statement

We must get rid of the influence of sophism, restrict the hold of finitude, and free ourselves from the reign of singularities and differences; we must return to the universal without yielding to the temptation of the one, the absolute or the divine. The French philosopher, Alain Badiou, pointed us to the path we should follow: it goes through reconciliation with being, subject and truth, categories that have been neglected, abandoned, deconstructed or even denied by contemporary thought, in favor of language games. This path follows the question of the unveiling of being and it has a sign that says ‘ontology = mathematics’. Its starting point, the only fixed point of its course, is the void.

I pose the conjecture  that conceptual art should follow that same path to establish an alliance between subject, concept and language, old accomplices re-united, so that some bodies of truth may appear. Truth not in the sense of a correct statement or judgment, but in the evental, random, faithful and generic sense of Badiou. It is up to the public to decide if the conjecture deserves to be promoted to the status of demonstration: demonstration that shows that in art as in politics, sciences and love, "There are only bodies and languages, except that there are truths" (Alain Badiou, Logics of the Worlds).


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