Biographies

Arne Quinze was born in 1971 in Belgium and lives and works in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium. In the eighties he began working as a graffiti artist but he never finished an official art education. Quinze creates large and small sculptures, drawings, paintings, and large-scale installations. Smaller works, sketches, and drawings are the basis and research for his large installations. Recurring fundamentals in his oeuvre are the use of multiple types of wood, including salvaged wood; electrical colors in fluorescent paint; and themes referring to social interaction, communication, and urbanism. Since a while he's doing research towards large steel installations.

What drives Quinze is the belief in the possible realization of an idealistic society where all individuals communicate and interact, aiming to bring people together and push them into a vigorous dialogue. In his urban vision, communal activities flourish and social cohesion is the norm. His installations are built to provoke reaction and to intervene in the daily life of passersby confronted with his sculptures. His unconventional public installations have challenged perceptions in the city centers of Belgium (Cityscape, The Sequence), Germany (The Traveller), France (Camille, Rock Strangers), Lebanon (The Visitor), China (Red Beacon) and the USA (Uchronia, Timegate), among others.

In every culture Quinze comes across, he unravels physical processes, drawing inspiration for his oeuvre, and is fueled by overwhelming optimism. Every new creative breed captures his research and study on interaction, and urban movement expressing the continuously evolution of human beings and their surroundings. Besides building architectural sculptures, he creates complex art pieces and video installations inscribing his vision in society of how people see themselves and society. Works as Bidonvilles, Stilthouses, Chaos and My Home My House My Stilthouse M Safe Garden have been shown on several exhibitions.

www.arnequinze.com

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In the year 1976 Saskia A.J. de Coster comes into this world with a masterplan: to write "the Book that Will change the World". As a child, she paints and writes relentlessly. At the age of eleven, she wins a national writing contest. Between the age of seventeen and twenty-two, she has several art shows with her installations and videos. After her studies at the University of Leuven (Germanic Languages) and Vancouver (Literature Theory) she immediately becomes a fulltime writer. Her first novel, Vrije Val (Free falling) is published in 2002 by the renowned Amsterdam-based publishing house Prometheus. Her second novel Jeuk (the Itch, Prometheus, 2004) and third novel Eeuwige Roem (Eternal Fame, Prometheus, 2006) are critically acclaimed. She was nominated twice for the BNG-Literature Award. The second nomination includes her fourth novel Held (Hero, Prometheus, 2007). The novel won the Cutting Edge Award for best contemporary Dutch novel. Saskia de Coster published her fifth novel, Dit is van mij, (This is mine, Prometheus) in October 2009. The book received excellent reviews and was nominated for the Gouden Uil en AKO literature prize. De Costers work has been translated into English, French, Spanish, German, Czech and Macedonian.

Saskia de Coster is not only active as a novelist. She is also editor of the renowned Dutch literary magazine DWB (Dietsche Warande&Belfort) and is known to collaborate with artists from various fields. Recent collaborations include a graphic novel with video artist Nicolas Provost, an oratory for the city Leuven on the occasion of its 175 years' existence and a performance with soul&gospel band Dez Mona. For theatre company STAN she recently wrote the piece "Eskimo", performed in spring 2009. In earlier years, she collaborated with experimental theatre company Crew.

Saskia de Coster publishes articles, short stories and columns in the Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad, Vrij Nederland and Volkskrant, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Walloon paper Le Soir, the Flemish newspapers and magazines De Standaard, De Morgen and Humo. In 2009, she was sued in court for a pastiche letter published in newspaper De Standaard, poking fun at the former ceo of the once powerful Boerenbond. De Coster has a taste for experimenting and crossing literary and other boundaries. In February 2010 for instance, she traveled to the north of Canada on her own (-50°c). She has just completed working on and playing in her own short film made in close collaboration with photographer Johan Jacobs and with a soundtrack by Ozark Henry.

www.saskiadecoster.com

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For many years now, Vive la Fête has ensured an exciting musical party on stage. Since 1997, the Belgian band of Danny Mommens (ex-bass player of dEUS) and Els Pynoo has been bringing danceable electro-rock, with a touch of kitsch and some new wave and French chanson lurking in the background.

In 2002, the king of fashion Karl Lagerfeld meets the couple and is charmed by their music and their looks. This gives green light to the international adventure of Vive la Fête: fashion shows of Chanel in Tokyo, New York, Las Vegas, Berlin, Milan and Paris, the posh Bal de la Rose in Monaco and the face of Chilli Beans in Brazil.

Still in 2012 Danny (guitar) and Els (vocals) are travelling around the world in the company of Roel Van Espen (keyboards), Ben Brunin (bass) and Guido Geunens (drums). The solid live-fame of the band is taking the five-headed cast to festivals and catwalks at home and abroad: from Sweden to Tenerife, from Russia to Colombia, …

Produit de Belgique is the 7th full cd of Vive la Fête. It's a group album with songs worked out by all the members of the band. This way Produit de Belgique has developed into a record that represents very well the typical live-sound of the group.

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