Artist Félicie d'Estienne d'Orves
At the end of 2019, KU[N]ST Leuven invited Leuven’s residents to help develop an idea for a permanent urban work of art. A team of dedicated Leuven folk took up the challenge. They voted for French artist Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves. She transforms scientific knowledge into poetic images that make us ponder our place in the universe.
Collaboration with the scientific community is a staple of her practice, and she often integrates new technology into her oeuvre.
What’s more, d’Estienne d’Orves viewed the dialogue between the commission, committed Leuven residents(s), and her own thought process as a bonus. In other words, she was the perfect artist for this participatory process.
Her works have featured at, among others, Centre Pompidou - Nuit Blanche (Paris) - New Art Space / Sonic Acts (Amsterdam) - Watermans Arts Center (London) - Elektra Festival / BIAN (Montreal) - Maison des Arts of Créteil (Créteil/FR) - Le Centquatre / Nemo International Biennial of Digital Arts (Paris) - OCAT (Shanghai) - ICAS (Dresden), and Aram Art Museum (Goyang /KR).