December 9, 2006 - Janus - Launch of issue # 21, “regarding the invisible” and the cult-city is Brussels
December 9, 2006

Launch of issue # 21, “regarding the invisible” and the cult-city is Brussels

In Janus we Trust
The launch of issue #21 of the magazine and a debate on the cultural scene in Brussels

Wednesday, 13th December at 19:30
Argos – Centre for Art & Media
Werfstraat 13 Rue du Chantier Brussels 1000 

Charlotte Bonduel, Geert Cochez, Jan Hoet, Geert Van Istendael, Nicola Setari, Alessandra Tesi, Charlotte Vandevyver, Marleen Wynants

The cult of Janus is back and again on the lookout for adepts that are willing to join this cross-disciplinary adventure. The magazine has been away from the scene for a while after Jan Fabre, who founded it in 1998, decided to interrupt its publication last year. In April 2006, Charlotte Bonduel, Luigi di Corato, Giovanni Iovane, Frank Maes, Nicola Setari and Marleen Wynants accepted Jan Fabres challenge to continue the project and compose the new editorial board. If you missed the launch of issue # 20 (it came out in June and was presented in Milan at the Pavilion for Contemporary Art, in Basel at the Contemporary Art Fair, in Antwerp at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Munich at the Lenbachhaus and in Turin at the Contemporary Art Fair) you cannot miss the launch of issue # 21 at Argos in Brussels.
The concept of the magazine will continue to be thematic, with a selected topic of discussion for every new issue, as was in the previous publication. What has changed is that two new sections have been added to the magazine: the first is dedicated to a cult city, in which the double-fronted god can engage his ubiquitous powers in search of cultural initiatives worth being discovered.
The second satisfies Janus passion for contemporary art: in preparation of each new issue the editorial board will invite five curators or art critics to present in the freest way possible and in a space of approximately ten pages, an artist with whom they have recently worked or are currently working with.
The content of issue # 21 is divided in three parts: in the thematic section you will find an interdisciplinary exploration on the invisible and its role in contemporary culture. The title Regarding the Invisible plays with the idea of looking at the invisible and in some way advocating its cause.
The second section is dedicated to the cultural scene of Brussels. The presentation of December 13th will focus on this part of the magazine with a debate moderated by Marleen Wynants on the singularities of the citys cultural policies.

In the final section the artists Candice Breitz, Ann Veronica Janssens, Jonathan Monk, Koo Joeng-A and Pietro Roccasalva, are presented respectively by Marcella Beccaria, Hans Theys, Adam Carr, Federico Nicolao and Jan Hoet.

Just some of the contributors in issue #21 are Ken Mogi , Cory Doctorow, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, Frank Nielsen, Jimmie Durham, Jota Castro, Ryan Gander, Art & Language, Giorgio Galli, Nicoletta Agostini, Angelo Scola, Biancamaria Scarcia, Paul Moyaert, Alessandra Tesi, Marjetica Potrc, Geert Cochez & Eric Corijn, Geert Van Istendael, Jo Dekmine, Christophe van Gerrewey, Nasr Hafez

For a full table of contents of the new issue of Janus visit
The cover of issue #21 is a special project by artist Alberto Garutti. A limited edition of 100 copies of the magazine signed by the artist is available. For more info, write to
The launch will take place in the new exhibition spaces of Argos, where the show Being, in Brussels, curated by the media and arts centres recently appointed director, Katerina Gregos, is currently on view. The exhibition can be visited before the presentation between 7-7:30 PM.

Technical information
Periodicity: 2 issues per year
Pages: 232, color illustrations
Language: English plus the authors original language
Publisher: Janus VZW, Belgium
Design: Luc Derycke
Distribution: Silvana EditorialeJanus VZW and EPO (for Belgium)
Partner: Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris (
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