Cel Crabeels makes use of audio-visual media to explore the phenomena of identification, documentation, historization and the artistic use of them. At the same time the artist propagates a critical, self-reflective distance towards this issues. The videos, audio-visual installations, documentary projects and photographs Cel Crabeels brings forth reveal a fascination for obscuring the divisions between representation and reality, fiction and documentary, private and public, critical observation and autobiography. Early works revolved around the existence and persistence of unspoken rules and codes, imposing, obeying or violating limits and norms.
Cel Crabeels was artist/researcher at the Fine Art department of the Jan van Eyck Academie, post-academic institute for research and production in the fields of fine art, design, and theory from 1997 to 1999. He is PhD candidate (Doctoraat in de Kunsten) at the University of Leuven Belgium. He is a member of INTERFACE , an academic platform that investigates the interfaces between art and science. It aims to define, confirm and extend the creative undercurrents and critical content involved. His artwork is been exhibited in many museums, art venue's and galleries throughout Europe and America (American University Museum, Katzen Art Centre, Washington DC, US, Museum Ludwig-Forum Fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, MuHKA, Antwerp, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Witte De With, Rotterdam, MIT Visual Arts Center, Boston). Crabeels has lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University, Academy of the Arts Antwerp, Academy of the Arts Reykjavik, Sint-Lukas Academie Brussels, HISK Ghent, HISK Antwerp, KASK Gent, University Ghent and Post Sint Joost, Breda.
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