Places and hearts – #9 Damien and the love guru, Brussels

Damien and the love guru is a Brussels-based curatorial field of experimentation in contemporary art with an anthropological twist. It is currently functioning as an art space staging compelling and non-conventional exhibitions by emerging artists. Our mission is to activate immersions in and critical approaches to the cross-disciplinary fields of visual art, performance and sound via independent projects and collaborations. At Damien & the love guru we channel the emphasis of an art project as a way to create an inclusive and tangible environment.

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KubaParis
Is „home“ the place where you’ve been born?

Damien & The Love Guru
No – Brussels is at the moment our semi-permanent home. Let’s see where our creative tribe brings us next.

KP
What do you see and feel when you look out of the window?

Damien & The Love Guru
A blue monkey on a store front window and next door there is the Forbidden Zone, a room stuffed with rare comics. At the moment there is a view of two latex sibling bags attached to the window and ceramic high rise boots when you take a glance from the outside world. These are the nuclear family or works of the exhibition ‘La Chute Enchanteé’ by Christiane Blattmann. A melancholic tenderness without the infinite sadness is fairly present these days.

KP
How would your best friend (partner/visitors, guests) describe your space?

Damien & The Love Guru
Relocating to a new city invariably brings with it a new set of logistical and ontological challenges. It takes days to figure out the most expedient routes to a particular destination. It takes nights to discover those favourite haunts. The exhilaration of novelty and discovery is countered by that disorientating sense of social and spatial strangeness.

Although still very much a newcomer to Brussels -having arrived just a year ago- my visits to Damien and the Love Guru have been frequent and fruitful. Viewing their exhibitions has become an important and integral part of my Brussels life. Their programme is scintillating; guided by discerning sensibility, intellectual rigour and fearless experimentation.

In it’s current permutation as an art space Damien and the Love Guru demonstrates that a physical gallery can to be so more than the sum of its parts; Damien and the Love Guru evidences that an art space can be a locus of dialogue and inclusive activity; a physical nexus from which communities and unimagined conversations evolve.

Pádraic E. Moore

KP
How do you decide what artist you exhibit?

Damien & The Love Guru
We actually work in a very intuitive way but there is a big chance that an intuitive decision is subconsciously strategical. So we let the cosmic dice rule for us.

KP
Your favourite art space?

Damien & The Love Guru
We feel this is in a contant state of motion.

KP
Why do we need independent art spaces?

Damien & The Love Guru
They nurture the urban wildness.

KP
What means independence for you?

Damien & The Love Guru
The necessity to explore in endless ways.

KP
For what DAMIEN & THE LOVE GURU stands for?

Damien & The Love Guru
Love is about mixing genes to compete with bacteria and viruses, and to dream together about conquering the cosmos in its various forms. People who do not mix fluids, do not dream, and use hand sanitizer or mouthwash will be extinct.

Alexander Tarakhovsky

KP
Something you‘ve always wanted to say?

Damien & The Love Guru
Most likely we already spilled countless beans in expressing the unsayable.

 

 

Image 1-2-3-4 © Kristien Daem and courtesy of the artist and Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels
Image 5 © Ilse Raps and courtesy of the artist and Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels