Auguste Orts is a Brussels-based production and distribution platform for film and video, led by artists Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer, Anouk De Clercq and Fairuz Ghammam, along with director Marie Logie, and business director Catherine Plenevaux.
In operation since 2006, the platform’s expanding catalogue includes works by all core members as well as guest productions. Auguste Orts contributes to strengthen the field of film, video and artists’ moving image through research and discursive practices.
The procedure for hosting guest productions relies on initiation by one of the Orts core members. An ongoing conversation with a film artist on her/his/their practice brings about a project proposal that is then brought to the full Orts team for consideration, taken into account the project’s scale and timing, the artist’s needs as well as the platform’s workload planning. Auguste Orts aims at starting up about two guest productions per year and has currently the pleasure to work with Dora García, Annik Leroy, Nelson Makengo, Alexander Schellow and Léonard Pongo. Finished guest productions include works by Aglaia Konrad, Sofie Benoot, Boris Debackere, Olivier Zabat, Joachim Koester, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Eitan Efrat, Elias Heuninck, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Robbrecht Desmet, Sammy Baloji, Ina Luchsperger and Eva Giolo.
In collaboration with Argos & Courtisane, Auguste Orts curated DISSENT!, a series of talks and encounters on politics and cinema (2012-2019). Rebooting the series in 2022, Echoes of Dissent is now aiming to counter the hegemony of the eye and the willful disregard for the ear by exploring politics and cinema anew from the angles of sound.
From 2014 to 2021, Auguste Orts has initiated two consecutive European cooperative projects that were conceived to research and advance the field of artists’ moving image. On & For Production and Distribution brought together several international partners epitomizing different contexts under which the moving image is taught, produced, exhibited, distributed and collected. On & For events gathered the various professionals who nourish the field: artists, students and teachers, producers and distributors, curators and programmers, representatives of arts and film organisations and funds.
Auguste Orts has a partnership with LUCA School of Arts Brussels and with KASK School of Arts Ghent. Auguste Orts is structurally supported by the Flemish Authorities.