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Artist talk: Amélie Laurence Fortin

Thu 18.11.2021
Location: Batiment A
Hour: 19:00 - 20:00

Creation from data

The lecture will focus on three specific projects by Canadian artist Amélie Laurence Fortin. All three rely on data from cosmological and astrophysics studies to create kinetic art pieces and sound installations that take a novel approach to time, space, and motion in the visual arts.

She also experiments with the balance of power between the seen and unseen, the positive and negative, in how her pieces are positioned in the gallery space.

© Emilie Dumais
© Emilie Dumais


Sunburst © Tomasz Malinowski
Sunburst © Tomasz Malinowski

The lecture begins with a discussion of her Under the Suns (2018) exhibition, which embodies Fortin’s fascination with the gravitational waves recorded by the Ligo and Virgo telescopes.

Next, the SUNBURST (2020) exhibition is covered, an expression of the artist’s interest in solar meteorological data transcribed into Bartels’ geomagnetic Kp Index. Lastly, the lecture looks at her recent Two Revolutions Per Minute (2021), a project inspired by the sonification of data, an alternative method of processing complex scientific data.

Out Of Orbit

Flying out of orbit is an astronaut’s worst nightmare and is the frequent catalyst of countless thrilling Sci-Fi flicks. Artists, however, have a different take. For them, it’s a sensational experience that breaks through into undiscovered countries and unprecedented insights.

Did you know that orbit initially meant eye socket? It’s a quirky fact that helps artists approach natural and scientific phenomena in Out of Orbit from a fresh perspective. Through the lens of personal observation and experiments, they explore the margins where art, knowledge, and perception intersect. The outcome may not be what you expect and forces you to ask: Is a coalescence of art and science more or less than the sum of its parts?

Exhibition by

  • Ief Spincemaille (B)
  • Amélie Laurence Fortin (CA)
  • Dušica DRAŽIĆ (SRB/BE)
  • Laurie-Anne Jaubert (FR)
  • Ugo Dehaes (B)
  • Mariska De Groot (NL)
  • Fleur Roggeman (B)
Knal Fringe campagnebeeld


Our Startling Universe is part of the FRINGE exhibition trail. For a whole month, five locations across Leuven welcome you to admire the stories and work of promising young artistic talent. You get a glimpse into how they process the Big Bang Theory and a taste of the fascination they feel for the origins of space and time.

  • Tweebronnen City Library Exhibition Space - Our Startling Universe
  • BAC ART LAB - Collapse Exhibition and Thuy Lê Thi Thu Exhibition
  • OPEK/De Garage - Curating the Young (13.12 - 19.12)
  • maakleerplek - Installation by Koen Kloosterhuis (Cas-co)
  • Batiment A - Out of Orbit (Werktank)


Out of Orbit is Werktank’s final exploration of the spaces in its headquarters at Batiment A in Leuven before moving on to its new location at Ateliers Minoye in Kessel-Lo. For the first and last time, all the offices and studios in the old VAT office on Minckelersstraat will be transformed into an immersive exhibition space with interventions by Ief Spincemaille, AmélieLaurence Fortin, Fleur Roggeman, and more.



The exhibition and FRINGE exhibition trail are free and open to all.

Opening hours

  • From THU 18.11 to SAT 18.12
  • THU from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • FRI from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • SAT from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


J.P.Minckelersstraat 64
3000 Leuven
+32 (0) 486 57 76 47