Herman Asselberghs has worked for almost a quarter of a century at the film department of LUCA School of Arts – Campus Sint Lukas Brussel (also known as Sint-Lukas). The turbulent context of contemporary higher arts education — some speak of the neoliberal knowledge factory — is both subject and location of his current film project. Over the next two academic years, the filmmaker plans on gleaning scenes on campus that will serve as building blocks for a longer film that has Film School Time as its working title. Oscillating between observation and intervention, between documentation and invention, and fusing the lyrical and the critical, this long-term project seeks to give shape to the mess of (art) school.
In Portal (School Work, Vol.1), Asselberghs lets his open working process solidify for a first and limited time. The short film offers a brief topographical survey. Five years after LUCA officially opened its Brussels campus, Patrick Lootens of POLO Architects guides two film students through his building on a regular school day. Architect and users (and spectators) cross each other in a labyrinth construction designed to help losing one’s way.
Cinematography Jo Vermaercke with Krispijn Tant & Thomas Verijke
Sound Kwinten Van Laethem
Editing Fairuz & Rik Chaubet
Color grading Lennert De Taeye
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Beursschouwburg, Friends of Auguste Orts Fund, KU Leuven, Lieven Gevaert Centre, LUCA School of Arts, Intermedia Research Unit & Terrarium