In 2006, these four artists, active primarily (but not exclusively) in the expanded field 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 reasons clearly relate to shared intuitions and sensibilities 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.’ Auguste Orts' artists work in close collaboration with Marie Logie, the organisation's director, and Ann Goossens, business director, to facilitate the production and distribution of their projects. Although this constitutes the core activity of Auguste Orts, the organisation also attempts to address a wider discourse through supporting other artists (so-called guest productions) and occasionally 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.
On the occasion of Auguste Orts' first group show at LUX, London, the Auguste Orts artists have asked the British composer Scanner to re-mix the soundtracks of their films and video works into a new composition. A second group show, Auguste Orts Correspondence at M HKA, Antwerp included films as well as letters they had written to each other. Published by Sternberg Press and M HKA, this show’s catalogue Correspondence publication features a lengthy conversation between curator Dieter Roelstraete and the Auguste Orts members.
Between 2007 and 2010 Auguste Orts was an artist in residence at Beursschouwburg Brussels. Since 2010 Auguste Orts has a partnership with LUCA School of Arts Brussels and since 2016 with KASK School of Arts Ghent.