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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium


Sven Augustijnen

video, color, 4:3, stereo, Dutch spoken, English subtitles, BE, 2001, 24’

Johan is a purely documentary film that shows the therapy undergone by a patient suffering from aphasia. Aphasia is an illness that affects the language centres of the brain and that can be generated by, amongst other things, a brain-tumour or -haemorrhage. Patients suffering from aphasia are often subject to chronic memory loss, and due to the ensuing semantic or interpretative disturbances they cannot recognise as such or correctly categorise certain specific objects. With the beginning of Sven Augustijnen’s film, the camera and the filming process themselves go to comprise some aspect of the therapy, thereby itself functioning as feedback for these media.

Concept, image, editing Sven Augustijnen
Produced by Projections vzw
Co-produced by Huis a d Werf, 0.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst

Johan has been on display at the following locations:

Argos tv Brussels, (BE) Apr 30–May 8 2020 Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides Saint-Jérôme, (CA) Sep 3–Nov 6 2016 Universiteitsbibliotheek Leuven, (BE) Oct 15–Dec 6 2015 Le Clignoteur Brussel, (BE) Friday, Jun 19 2015 Iselp Brussel, (BE) Wednesday, Feb 11 2015 De Hallen Haarlem, (NL) Dec 13 2014–Mar 1 2015 CRAC Alsace Altkirch, (FR) Sunday, Sep 21 2014 Art Brussels - ING Brussel, (BE) Apr 19–Apr 22 2012 De Loketten Brussel, (BE) Mar 21–Jul 11 2012 De Hallen Haarlem, (NL) Sep 23–Dec 4 2011 Videoex Festival Zürich, (CH) Friday, May 27 2011 Psychiatrisch Centrum Duffel, (BE) Sep 5–Nov 10 2010 Les Laboratoires d' Aubervilliers, (FR) Monday, Jun 21 2010 M HKA Antwerpen, (BE) May 21–Aug 22 2010 Courtisane Gent, (BE) Saturday, Mar 20 2010 De Hallen Haarlem Haarlem, (NL) Dec 12 2009–Mar 7 2010 de Appel Amsterdam, (NL) Wednesday, May 20 2009 de Appel Amsterdam, (NL) May 1–May 16 2009 Tate Modern London, (GB) Apr 13–Aug 16 2009 Ernst Museum Budapest, (HU) Apr 11–May 31 2009 Tate Modern London, (GB) Wednesday, Oct 1 2008 Maison de la Culture Frontenac Montreal, (CA) Wednesday, Sep 24 2008 Bios Athens, (GR) Thursday, Sep 13 2007 Doc à Tunis Tunis, (TR) Thursday, Apr 5 2007