Eric Van Hove
is a Belgian artist living and working in Tokyo. Born in Algeria, he lived in Cameroon for 11 years. He graduated from Ecole de Recherche Graphique (a contemporary art university)in Brussels, studied stone sculpture for a year and is presently completing a master degree in traditional Japanese calligraphy at Tokyo Gakugei University. From a family of architects, Van Hove can be regarded as a poet having a strong sense of construction and the way it affects our understanding of the world. His work usually initiates a correspondence between language, structure and space.
Van Hove has been working as a media artist since 1999, when he first used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging(FMRI), Positron Emission Tomography(PET) and Scinti-tomography shootings of his own body and spleen for a work commissioned by a clinic in Brussels. He has recently worked on mixed media installations utilizing calligraphy and digital technology as well as projects involving keitai (Japanese portable telephone).
Being very multi-disciplinary and depicting himself as a “tempter”, Van Hove is exploring the ways in which writing implements meaning and form, and how information technology conveys significance, focusing primarily on the idea of context, interpretation, and scepticism. His intuitively interactive digital projects typically create an engrossing experience for the viewer/attendant, whereas his installations of writings or collaboration with DJs, composers or such dancers as Kinya Tsuruyama(Venice Biennale 95), testify of his growing importance.
Eric Van Hove has exhibited in Europe and Asia.
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