visual artist Ief Spincemaille's (1976) artistic journey spans visual art,
design, media art, photography and performance. He works in bicycle factories,
prisons, housing estates, etc. Exploring the boundaries of his field of work
(that of the arts), he plays with its existing frameworks and shapes. Not just
for the joy of playing a formal game, but out of a need for new forms that
better respond to his imagination and the challenges of our modern world. Together with his collaborators he realizes
various projects from Atelier Ief Spincemaille.
succeeds in combining technique and poetry with a strongly committed social
practice. He creates visual work about natural phenomena, perception
instruments that connect with media art and visual performance projects with a
strong social component. The latter make use of monumental objects such as a
disproportionate rope (ROPE), a modular sail (THE PLAY) and temporary
workstations (MUØSTER STATION). With these sculptures Spincemaille investigates
how the work of art can acquire meaning by temporarily connecting it to a
has been shown at the Dutch Film Festival (Utrecht), Guangzhou Triennale
(Guangzhou), Fabbrica Europe (Florence), La Ferme du Buisson (Paris), L'Opera
(Paris), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Festival d'Avignon, FeliXart Museum
(Drogenbos), Artefact Festival (Leuven), STRP Festival (Eindhoven), M-Museum
(Leuven), Wiels (Brussels) and OK Center for Contemporary Art (Linz).
"There is the sun" SPINCEMAILLE received an honourable mention in the category
"Interactive Art" of Ars Electronica (Linz) in 2014. In 2017 'Rope'
won the "community" category of the Henry Van De Velde Prize and in
2020 he received an honourable mention in the Textirama Awards. Rope was
included in various collections and travels the world with presentations in
Ukraine, Marseille, Pittsburgh (USA) and Montevideo (Uruguay).
was also resident artist of the city of Leuven in the period 2014-2016. He
obtained his Master's degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of
Leuven and studied Jazz, Modern Music and Music Technology at L'aula de Musica,
Barcelona. His work is supported by Werktank and Art Agency Berserk. He is
currently completing his doctorate in the arts on the interaction between art
and various social contexts.