The Pool
     Artist Studios  
        Henry Andersen
        Dóra Benyó
        David Beylemans
        Vanessa Disler
        Alix Dussart   
        Marjolein Guldentops
        Alicia Jeannin
        Julie Krakowski
        Jules Lagrange 
        Julie Larrouy
        Maëlle Maisonneuve
        Léa Mayer
        Rokko Miyoshi
        Sandrine Morgante
        Jacopo Pagin
        Niels Poiz 
        Lucien Roux
        Kevin Senant 
        Charlie Usher



22.06 > 27.07.2019 - I AM SO MULTIPLE IN NIGHTS

Mehraneh Atashi / Babette / Fiona Hallinan / Allen Jones /  Graham Kelly / Perri MacKenzie / Liam Morrow / Gregory Polony / Sophie Varin /   

Curated by Pádraic E. Moore

7pm > 10pm : exhibition preview
10pm > late : DJ sets by Alison Yip, kap-i-tl-iz-uh m, et al.

Jungian scholars often describe cellars and basements as symbolising the unperceived scope of the psyche. Both the unconscious and the cellar are dark, subterranean zones where uncanny or alien entities may be encountered. Entering, and encountering these entities is what allows us to face the concealed or dark parts of the psyche: what is often referred to as the “shadow self”. For some psychologists, the dreamer's navigation of the cave symbolises a desire to regress into the “womb of the earth mother”. This idea is problematised by feminist writer Luce Irigaray, who argues that, rather than escaping the cave (à la Plato’s allegory), we should re-engage with it. For Irigaray, escape means self erasure - a willful forgetting of origins.

In mythologies from all over the world, caves are spaces where life and death, creation and destruction, are simultaneously present. Zeus was born in a cave, while life is also terminated in them, as exemplified by the cavern deities mentioned in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. These chthonic zones are seen as beyond the realm of mortals: gateways to an underworld where communication can be made with supernatural beings. Because of this, subterranean spaces were often used as sites for initiation rites, worship, and divine revelation. The darkness of such spaces, and the fact that they were both physically and metaphorically underground, meant they existed on the fringes of the law. Various cults carried out transgressive Dionysian rituals in subterranean caves: using chanting, music, and substances to summon higher beings and access parts of their consciousness that they could not usually reach.

A festive, ritualistic and at-times chaotic quality links these earlier pagan rites with the Young Leo dance parties held in the exhibition’s basement venue over the last year. These nocturnal events, founded by artists who work in or around the building, showed how the most basic of technologies and electronic music can transform a subterranean crypt into a site of convivial togetherness (1). Over the course of these nights, the basement became an immersive environment for intense experience, calling to mind American anarchist author Hakim Bey’s concept of the ‘TAZ’ (temporary autonomous zone), which describes a short-lived, precarious and liminal zone, in which peak experiences and altered consciousness are realised without any hierarchy. To some extent, this site-responsive exhibition acts as a monument to these gatherings, which, much like the exhibition itself, were founded on a desire for collectively-authored joy .

The exhibition’s title is a translation of words by Emmy Hennings (1885-1948), one of the few women affiliated with the Dada movement, and co-founder of Zürich’s  Cabaret Voltaire - undoubtedly the most important nightclub in the history of art. In the case of this exhibition, the title also refers to the idea of the self as a continually evolving and expanding entity, recalling Jung’s belief that the many contains the unity of the one, without losing the possibilities of the many. As he understood it, the self is essentially comprised of multiple facets, some of which were necessarily concealed but permitted to manifest during particularly revelatory or visionary experiences.

The exhibition’s allusions to archetypal symbolism and invocation of rituals underscores a desire to declare visual art’s continued vitality in our increasingly techno-rational society. The sort of utopianism that flourished in the last century, concentrated in sites like the short-lived Cabaret Voltaire, may never flourish again. Nevertheless, the sphere of potential that visual art carves out remains a space in which idealistic intentions and romantic aspirations can still frequently be found: a temporary autonomous zone where we collectively climb back into the cave, and find our multiple selves.

1. The ethos of these semi regular nights is explained by the slogan that has accompanied all flyers since the inception: “Drinks above, Dancing below, cash on the bar, no egos”.

Pádraic E. Moore

This exhibition is open Saturdays from 2 to 6 pm and by appointment. For further information / appointments contact:


29, 30, 31 August 2019 / 17:00 – 23:00 - IN (EN)ACTING ROLES
Performance Festival : a t hree day program where each artist has one hour carte blanche for a time based work.

Participating Artists: Aude Anquetil, Dóra Benyó, Baptiste Conte, Coraline Guilbeau, Adrijana Gvozdenovic & Pia Louwerens, Maud Gyssels, Katinka van Gorkum, Selçek Mutlu, Niels Poiz, Slow Reading Club, Cléo Totti & Samuel DIIppolito, Charlie Usher, Romy Vanderveken, Simon Van Schuylenbergh

This project is initiated and organised by Dóra Benyó and Niels Poiz.

Image: Dóra Benyó, Market Day, 2018


26.05 - 6.30pm > 9.30pm - RDV synthetic with

Les RDVs sont des soirées de présentations d'artistes, pouvant prendre la forme de conférences, performances ou projections. Chaque présentation est suivie de discussions bienveillantes avec l'artiste.

Moteur à mouvement perpétuel du faire avec, annaliste du contexte et fabricante de dopamine(x1000).

Fabriquant et manipulateur d’expériences mélodi-rythmiques et raconteur du quotidien, il transforme l'anecdote en matière vibrante.

10.05 > 11.05.2019 - 2pm > 6pm -  INVISIBLE OCCUPATION  by Gabrielle Le Bayon 

09.05 - 6pm > 10pm - opening with a performace at  6.30pm and 8pm
             10pm > late - guest dj set 

First chapter of the exhibitions cycle The plot is in the process of writing curated by Nicolas de Ribou for The Pool. 

26.04 - 28.04.2019 - 2pm > 6pm -  SB34 OPEN ARTIST STUDIOS 

+ An evening on Friday 26.04 - 6pm> late

Opening weekend of the studios that will focus attention on the singularities of the work processes while establishing dialogues between the resident artists:
Henry Andersen and Charlie Usher; Vanessa Disler; Alix Dussart and Julie Krakowski; Julie Larrouy; Jules Lagrange and Lucien Roux; Léa Mayer and Maëlle Maisonneuve; Alicia Jeannin and Jacopo Pagin; Kevin Senant; Rokko Miyoshi; Niels Poiz, Majolein Guldentops, Dóra Benyó, David Beylemans and Sandrine Morgante.

29.03.2019 - 8 pm > late - Les Nuits Ovales #1: electronic music concerts

Les Nuits Ovales #1 is the first of a series of live performances devoted to electronic music in all its forms. The purpose of the regular concerts is not only to showcase the musical experiments of the Fenêtre Ovale collective but also those of musicians from other music genres. 

22.03.2019 - 4 pm > 6 pm - Caveat reading room #6 : creleisure today 

The Pool is hosting Caveat for a collective reading of original texts by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica such as TROPICALIA, APOCALIPOPOTESIS, and Les Possibilités du Creloisir, in relation to stock images portraying a new model of worker, one who is both in vacation and at work. These texts were selected by Sofia Caesar, one of the artists at the core of Caveat's collective research.

16.03.2019 - 6 pm > 10 pm - Do you feat Nowhere Collective

The Pool is hosting Nowhere Collective, who will present ‘’ – the third issue of their zine, with the contributions by Sofia Caesar, Emile Hermans, Toril Johannessen, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec and Paula Smolarska.
This is the first issue to be launched simultaneously online and offline, in two complementary versions. Besides the zine, Nowhere will present a surprise side programme with works by some of the contributing artists.
More info:

10.01 > 15.02.2019 - rosa rosa rosae rosae 

The rosa rosa rosae rosae project brings together the works and interventions of artists in an exhibition punctuated by performative moments - films, readings, listening sessions - on a theme that is contingent on the collective itself: there will be questions of language and translation, orality and circulation,transmission and repetition, writing and selection. By focusing on the learning processes and references at the origin of their composition, the works formulate new stories, questioning our destinations.

exhibition & moments with Marc Buchy, buren, Sofia Caesar, Audrey Cottin, Maíra Dietrich, Eva Giolo, Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Alicia Jeannin, Sabir, Charlie Usher, Yoann Van Parys and Eleanor Ivory Weber curated by Pauline Hatzigeorgiou

exhibition open on Saturdays 14.00 > 18.00
& by appointment at


10.01 – 18.00 > 21.00

18.01 – 19.00
text reading by Deborah Birch
& performance “flat music session” by Charlie Usher

01.02 – 19.00
screening of the film Nou voix by Maxime Jean-Baptiste

& presentation of the project Ka Kualmaku by Marc Buchy

08.02 – 19.00
screening of the film Noise and knowledge by Sofia Caesar

& presentation of the film A tongue called mother / Say A by Eva Giolo

09.02 – 20.00
Sabir La Nuit#2 with Sophie Senecaut, Amélie Derlon-Cordina, Kevin Senant, Clément Delhomme et Carole Louis

15.02 – 19.00
performance “Four Tables” by Audrey Cottin

performance by Eleanor Ivory Weber: reading and listening session of Ong, W.J., 1982. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. Reprint 2002. New York, NY: Routledge.(2017-).

& finissage

5.12 > 9.12.2018 - 100% de confluence

Exhibition by the students of the Master in Painting - Royal Academy of Fine Arts (ArBA-EsA), after a dialogue with Cédric Noël.
Opening Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 18h-21h.
Exhibition from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday December 9, 10 am-6pm.