Katleen Vermeir (BE, 1973) and Ronny Heiremans (BE, 1962) live and work in Brussels. In 2006 both artists initiated A.I.R (short for 'artist in residence'), a long-term collaborative practice that examines the dynamic relation between art, architecture and economy. The practice encapsulates different projects, in which they render architecture as a space of constructs for the projection of consumer desires.
The Good Life (a guided tour) 2009, Michael De Lausnay
One of the ongoing projects defines their private habitat as an artwork, transforming the domestic space into a public realm. Working reflexively, the artists use their own home, a loft apartment in a post-industrial building in Brussels, as source material, producing representations of their domestic space through what they term “mediated extensions”. Different audiences will not experience the house/art work physically but through translations to formats such as lectures, exhibitions, radio/tv, websites, etc.
Another ongoing project is a series of elaborate research-based video works. Favoring a communal mode of production Vermeir & Heiremans started using A.I.R as a platform for different collaborations with a wide range of people from various yet specific backgrounds.
Their first output was The Good Life (2009), a meditation on the inextricable relationship between art, real estate, art institutions and the wider structure of the economy, harnessed today by the 'creative class'. In The Residence (2012), a new production in progress, which the artists conceived during a 6-month residency in China, they focus on the artist as entrepreneur in a globalized society that qualifies economy as the only measure of things.
Vermeir & Heiremans have presented their work as exhibitions, lectures or screenings in 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), Arnolfini, Bristol (2009), Casino Luxembourg (2009), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2009), Kassel Documentary Film Festival (2009), Radcliffe Institute, Boston (2009), CEAC, Xiamen (2009), Nam June Paik Art Center in Korea (2010), LOOP, Barcelona (2010), Rencontres Internationales in Paris/Madrid/Berlin (2010/11), Videonale, Bonn (2011), Videoex, Zurich (2011), 10th Urban Nomad festival, Taipei (2011)...
Vermeir & Heiremans have participated in the artist residency programs of P.S.1, New York (2001), Platform Garanti, Istanbul (2006), CEAC, Xiamen (CN) (2009) and T.I.M.,Beijing (2010). For the production of their work the artists regularly receive grants of the Ministry of Culture of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Film Fund (VAF). They also enjoy the generous support of a series of public institutions and private sponsors.