Publications in show Public Secrets of Bureau Europa

From 29.08 to 06.10.2019 the exhibition Public Secrets. An Architecture of Limburg’s Visual Culture. is displayed at Bureau Europa (Platform for architecture & design Maastricht).

The group exhibition Public Secrets provides the first impetus for a sample of this region’s current visual culture. Image, imaging, and image culture have a relationship to, even an unprecedented grip on, our Self-image.

“Janneke Janssen takes us on a mystical yet meticulously researched stroll through a local cemetery and on such a visual walk through the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, along depictions and representations of the Roman Catholic church and Mary in particular.”

“Graphic designer and researcher Janneke Janssen (1983, Koningslust) takes a different approach to reading her surroundings by folding time and place into each other in a search for connections that may or may not be there. She investigates local phenomena found in public space, such as a cemetery or a statue of Mary. Or she scours her family photo albums for religious imagery found simple gestures such as clasped hands – an internalised Catholic symbolism and visual language – and puts her findings into full-colour poster books. Her sharp observations string together symbols and rearranges them according to a new logic. As a (typo-)graphic designer, she then collates these rearrangements into a new structure that is presented in book form, in magazines or in posters. In the spirit of the Situationists, one can wander through a cemetery or along iconic images of women in the Euregio.”

With: Sara Bachour & Gladys Zeevaarders, Dear Hunter, Janneke Janssen, Tineke Kambier, Chris Keulen, Chaim van Luit, George Meijers, Tanja Ritterbex, Johannes Schwartz, Nic. Tummers, Michiel Ubels & Mike Moonen, Kim Zwarts & special guest Ken Knabb

Rite de passage – Antwerp

READSEARCH — PXL-MAD (Media, Arts, Design) School of Arts / Hasselt University —gave me the opportunity to organise and design the exhibition (and campaign) ‘Rite de passage’ @ Fameus during GAST, Hofstraat 15 in Antwerp. The event took place as a parallel programme besides ATypI 2018 (Typographic conference).

OPENING: Thursday, September 13, 20:30h
• Somebody Called me Sebastiaan
• Readsearch legibility research
• A lot of student work and work of alumni
• Letters out of stone by Jos Geusens
• Mural by Vincent de Boer
(bar closes @ 0:00h)

Exhibition running from September 8 until September 21
Mo-Fr 10-17h
Sa-Su 11-17h

‘Rite de passage’ features typographic work from students who followed or are following (typo)graphic education in Hasselt. The exhibition shows:
a) typefaces designed by bachelor and master students from the past 12 years at PXL-MAD School of Arts (under the supervision of Ann Bessemans and her READSEARCH colleagues);
b) a set of splendid typographical artefacts created by students under the supervision of the Graphic teachers.

Beside, Rite de passage also gives a platform to:
a) alumni who would like to exhibit more of their typographic work;
b) our student Kenneth Vanoverbeke who received a TDC scholarship;
c) the work of Jos Geusens (former student of Kristoffel Boudens) a Belgian stone letter-carver who gives workshops in Hoepertingen.

(Typo)Graphic Teachers: Ann Bessemans, Geoffrey Brusatto, Tom Lambeens, María Pérez, Maarten Renckens, Luc Rerren, Monique Rutten, Katleen Verjans & Johan Vandebosch

EXIT 2018 – Master projects Visual Arts MAD & LUCA


EXIT bundles the graduation projects of the masters of LUCA School of Arts Campus C-mine Genk, PXL-MAD School of Arts Hasselt and the faculty of Architecture & Art at Hasselt University.

Each master project presented demonstrates the continuous interaction between education and research and the personal, creative development of the student.

The setting for the exhibition EXIT / 18 is CCHA. Cultuurcentrum Hasselt shows ‘word-image-music-dance’, supports artists and reflects on art and society.

Among others, my work – the periodical ISSUES no.1- is exhibit during EXIT. In this research project, I reviewed the history and future of ‘the book’ as a medium. Therefore, I looked at the structures of diverse religious books, other non-linear books and new media to design new interpretations of the book in a periodical of multiple parts.

This edition shows documentation that comprises different viewpoints on Mary devotion, its connection to religion and the role of women in society. The periodical is intended and can evolve further, as a platform where the participant maker and reader interacts and discuss social issues. My contribution to the (graphic)content is a personal research on- and interpretation of Mary devotion that took place in my surroundings, in tradition with the family heritage. Sometimes this is done in a critical, spiritual, cheeky, abstract, slightly feministic, rebellious or humorous way, but always subtle. The periodical resulted in a renewed, interactive and interlinked construction of the book(s), in which navigation is the key element.