The provocation of the seemingly impossible

Studio Anatomy


15.10.2014 - 04.01.2015

Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi) and deSingel, Antwerp (BE)

In their ‘Projections’ series, the Flemish Architecture Institute and deSingel provide a platform for existing research-by-design in Flanders. The guideline for the choice of projects lies in social topics and/or in questioning the role of the architectural discipline in society. The one single constant is the relevance of the research to Flanders.

The exhibition ‘The provocation of the seemingly impossible’ is based on two comparable design briefs. It starts out from the PhD research by the architect Jo Van Den Berghe and the artist Mira Sanders. They share a fascination with drawing and making things as generators of new insights and knowledge.

The first design brief deals with the addition of a gothic tower to the series of towers in the painting of ‘The Mystic Lamb’ by the Van Eyck brothers (1432). The second exercise is based on an analysis of and a proposal for the 12th-century abbey site at Villers-la-Ville (Walloon Brabant, Belgium). While this provocative project questions the potential and the materialisation of the transition from life to death, it comes into conflict with the censorship imposed on architectural interventions in consecrated spaces. And it also comes up against the limits of making and drawing, which are essential actions in the pursuit of architecture. This is a renewed insight into the status of the architectural drawing as an autonomous work.

In association with KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas in Ghent, EAD (Explorative Architectural Design) project.

Vernissage and debate

Free debate on Tuesday 14 Oct 2014 - 8 p.m. in the Music studio.


Flemish Architecture Institute and deSingel International Arts Campus


Katrien Vandermarliere in collaboration with Jo Van den Berghe and Mira Sanders

Research fellows

Marleen Heylighen, Nathan Van den Bossche, Michiel Van Gucht,  Arthur Deltour, Christelle Nga Mbida, Joachim Moens, Martha Van Maris, Sofie Verdonck, Michelle Wauters,  Olivier Bouckaert, Jelske De Swaef, Ilse De Sutter, Melvyn Pattyn, Lien Hulstaert, Matteo Lampaert, Aurike Quintelier, Miel Dhondt, Bart Decroos, Louise Frateur, Michiel Geldof, Matilde Everaert, Andreas Verlinden, Ian Leonard, Stefanie Mertens, Delfien Rabaey, Matthias Paillot, Ruben Castro, Marius Vaneeckhoutte, Lennart Vandewaetere, Fien Rebry, Isabelle Maes, Alexandre Carpentier, Bram Van den Brande, Lander Allary, Toon Verdonck, Pepijn Allary, Shana Chaerel, Bryni Eeckhout, Matthias Eersels,  Ann−Sophie Ostyn, Liesbeth Vergaerde, Katrien Grepdon, Pieter Billiet, Louis Seynaeve and Stijn Wynants.

Scenography exhibition

Jo Van den Berghe and Mira Sanders

Photos exhibition

Filip Dujardin