In 2006, these four artists, active primarily (but not exclusively) in the expanded fields of film and video decided to join forces to found the Auguste Orts production platform, named after the obscure historical figure whose memory lives on in the street which housed the foursome’s former headquarters. Initially intended to address shared questions concerning production and distribution, the ambitions of Auguste Orts quickly transcended merely practical considerations; there were deeper reasons, after all, why these particular artists chose to exchange experiences and ideas, and these deeper reasons clearly relate to shared intuitions, sensibilities, and sensitivities vis-à-vis the film medium and the broader context of audiovisual production.
Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer and Anouk De Clercq, who all individually work predominately with the moving image, describe their practice as ‘…at the crossroads of cinema, video, audiovisual arts, documentaries, experimental films… where media and disciplines cross-fertilize each other.’ Closely collaborating with the organisation’s director Marie Logie and business director Ann Goossens on facilitating both the production and distribution of their own projects, Auguste Orts attempts to address a wider discourse through supporting other artists (so-called guest productions) and occassionaly organising talks and screening programs. In 2012, in collaboration with Argos & Courtisane Auguste Orts set up DISSENT!: a series of talks on politics and cinema. In 2014 Auguste Orts launched On & For Production, an initiative to facilitate the production of artists' films.
At the occasion of a first group show at LUX 28, London, the Auguste Orts artists have asked the UK composer Scanner to re-mix the soundtracks of their film and video work into a new composition. A second group show, Auguste Orts Correspondence at M HKA, Antwerp offers screen works as well as letters they have been writing to each other. Published by Sternberg Press and M HKA, this show’s catalogue Correspondence publication includes a lengthy conversation between curator Dieter Roelstraete and the Auguste Orts members.
Between 2007 and 2010 Auguste Orts was artist in residence at Beursschouwburg Brussels. Since 2010 Auguste Orts has a partnership with LUCA School of Arts Brussel and since 2016 also with KASK School of Arts Gent.