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Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, BOOK 1 - VERVELING (Sheet1), 2020.

Prologue I

A schedule. Planning for a project. And to make things clearer, some things are put in color. Not just in color. Outline and typography as well.

Someone said: regardless of the meaning, it’s beautiful in itself.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, Toneelhuis (Programma), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, Toneelhuis (Programma), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, Toneelhuis (Wolk), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, Toneelhuis (Voorblad), 2020.

Prologue II

An invitation to provide an idea of the scenography of an exhibition. Turn down the invitation just before the moment of presentation.

Too much of everything and something else. The rejection is refused. Two days to go anyway. By train. I don’t even know what to say or bring when I get on the train. Not even an idea yet. Three beautiful hours of travel ahead.

The idea follows quickly. That’s a good thing. How to present the idea. That’s something else. The skills of digital drawing has been lost. But there was another experience once. An experience in which somewhat was used other than what it was for. Drawing in Excel. Why not?

It works. Three Hours. And a presentation ready.

verveling (boredom)

Time for verveling (boredom). In moments of boredom. Just drawing. Everywhere. And with all sorts of things. And so with Excel. Again. And now without further ado. Just drawing. In Excel.

The verveling (boredom) became the goal in itself. From latent and sporadic boredom to active and continuous exploration. All corners of the sheet. All the instruments of the medium. And all that without purpose. Endless.

The “verveling (boredom)” becomes “verveeling (bored-om).” And Excel “vervuilt (molts)” into something else. To what this is. What is this?

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, XLS RGBZ I (Sheet20), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, XLS RGBZ I (Sheet6), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, XLS RGBZ I (Sheet1), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, XLS RGBZ I (Sheet3), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, XLS RGBZ I (Sheet4), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, XLS RGBZ I (Sheet4 (2)), 2020.

Epilogue

To what the exploration has served? Maybe just for what it was meant to serve. An exploration. Let it be. For what it is. And nothing more.

At the same time, maybe just a little more. A drawing about something. About something other than just the drawing. About something that exists. That maybe now—again?—can be drawn in a different way. That, then. Just that, too. But also good enough.

Soon more than these. And again, endlessly.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, excel_tekeningen_test (les ballets gevel), 2020.

Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck, excel_tekeningen_test (friant), 2020.

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Confinement is a collaborative exhibition curated by gta exhibitions and e-flux Architecture, supported by the Adrian Weiss Stiftung and the ETH Zürich Foundation.

Jan De Vylder and Inge Vinck are cofounders of jan de vylder architecten (2008), architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (2010), and most recently, of architecten jan de vylder inge vinck (A JDVIV). A JDVIV explores ideas launched at ETH Zurich in the studio series Universum Carrousel Journey.

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