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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium

Dear Steve

Herman Asselberghs

video, color, 16:9, Dutch spoken & English subtitles, BE/NL, 2010, 45’

The “subject” of Herman Asselberghs’ Dear Steve is the most dependable of foot soldiers manning the machinery of our presentday culture industry — the laptop. Most of us have one, and their relative invisibility within the field of cultural production — how often do we actually get to see laptops in exhibitions or films, or as artworks even? — contrasts starkly with the indispensability of the mobile personal computer in our present-day globalized cultural economy.
Dear Steve, however, is obviously much more than a lyrical portrait of this pedestrian icon of what Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello have called “the New Spirit of Capitalism”. What we are witnessing in this work is the ruthless, smooth dismantling of a brand-new MacBook Pro, and the act of literally turning inside-out the digital work station cannot help but reveal the irreducible materiality of the one “tool” that plays such a pivotal role in the triumphalist rhetoric of so-called immaterial labor. (Dieter Roelstraete)

See also P.S.: the postscript accompanying this video letter. An installation by Herman Asselberghs & Fairuz.

Performer Stan Wannet
Image & editing Fairuz
Text Herman Asselberghs
Voice Willy Thomas
Sound Els Viaene
Produced by V2_
Co-produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of LUCA School of Arts

Dear Steve has been on display at the following locations:

KASK Cinema Uncut Gent, (BE) Wednesday, Mar 18 2020 Sooner Brussels, (BE) Oct 1 2019–Mar 31 2021 Universciné Brussel, (BE) Apr 18–Oct 1 2019 Musée d'Art Contemporain Marseille, (FR) Saturday, Nov 10 2018 Fachhochschule Potsdam, (DE) Thursday, Apr 28 2016 Festival Accès Billère, (FR) Friday, Nov 14 2014 CPH:DOX Copenhagen, (DK) Nov 6–Nov 16 2014 Festival International du Film de La Roche sur Yon, (FR) Saturday, Oct 18 2014 Le Bel Ordinaire Billère, (FR) Oct 8–Dec 6 2014 Akademie der Künste Berlin, (DE) Sep 17–Dec 14 2014 Center for the Visual Arts Jerusalem, (IL) Wednesday, Mar 26 2014 Akademie der bildenden Künste Wenen, (AT) Mar 7–May 18 2014 MK2 Beaubourg Paris, (FR) Thursday, Dec 19 2013 Beursschouwburg Brussel, (BE) Oct 16–Oct 19 2013 Film Forum Gorizia, (IT) Mar 19–Mar 20 2013 DEAF Rotterdam, (NL) May 17–Jun 3 2012 Art Brussels - ING Brussel, (BE) Apr 19–Apr 22 2012 Pompidou, Hors Pistes Paris, (FR) Saturday, Jan 28 2012 Sint-Lukasgalerie Brussel, (BE) Dec 9 2011–Jan 28 2012 Other Cinema San Francisco, (US) Saturday, Oct 8 2011 Film Festival Split, (HR) Sep 10–Sep 17 2011 Ars Electronica Linz, (AT) Aug 31–Sep 6 2011 La Rada Locarno, (CH) Aug 8–Aug 9 2011 16th Line Gallery Rostov-on-Don, (RU) Jun 13–Jul 7 2011 CAPC Musée d'art contemporain Bordeaux, (FR) Wednesday, Jun 1 2011 Groep T Leuven, (BE) May 9–May 10 2011 Images Festival Toronto, (CA) Friday, Apr 8 2011 Docs Barcelona Barcelona, (ES) Feb 2–Feb 6 2011 Transmediale Berlin, (DE) Feb 1–Feb 6 2011 IFFR Rotterdam, (NL) Monday, Jan 31 2011 Argos Brussels, (BE) Friday, Nov 26 2010 Argos Brussels, (BE) Thursday, Nov 4 2010 Mostra de Ciencia e Cinema A Coruna, (ES) Oct 25–Oct 30 2010 Meta.Morf 2010 Trondheim, (NO) Oct 7–Nov 7 2010 FID Marseille, (FR) Wednesday, Jul 7 2010 M HKA Antwerpen, (BE) May 21–Aug 22 2010