Bert Villa is a Ghent-based phenomenological architect who focuses on the archetypes and stereotypical commodities of the human environment. Since 2017, he has worked with Constructlab, 019 and Coussée and Goris Architects. Bert has previously exhibited at Kunstenfestival Plan B, De Koer, 019, Gouvernement Ghent and The Underground School of Contemporary Art.- Ringo Gomez-Jorge for Z33
The Word 22.08.2018De Standaard 30.08.2017 / Festival Van De Architectuur (VAI)Plan B DocumentaryTumult.FM Z33 InterviewInstagrambert.db at telenet.be
2020'One Step at A Time' Solo installation in public space for Yart, Duivelsteen (February - March 2020)Broei, Duivelsteen Ghent with ConstructLab (2019 - ongoing) Artistic scenography for a on year occupation in one of the oldest castles of Ghent (BE).2019Biannual of Belgium (June 2019) Installation 'Carbon' with 019.‘We Will Find Ways’ with ConstructLab (March 2019 - Sept. 2019) A new hybrid structure portraying the city of Hasselt, a project for Z33 House Of Contemporary Art.‘You are Here and There’ for FORMAT2019 at Z33 House of Contemporary Art (Sept-Nov’19) Installation forming new auditory links between infrastructures of sound and different contexts.A New Space For Work 019 (March 2019 - currently open) The development of a physical space motivating interdisciplinary work in the artistic production and exhibition context of 019.Group Exhibition ‘Coincidences/Coïncidenties’ at Platvvorm (May 2019) Prototype 'You are Here and There'Laureate of FORMAT for Z33 House of Contemporary Art (2019) A mentoring trajectory for young artists organized by Z33.Group Exhibition ‘Maintenance’ at In De Ruimte (Feb. 2019) During the exhibition a microcosmos was created in which the space, bodies and materials were maintained2018‘Carbon’ Artistic Installation at Plan B (Sept. 2018) What were the essential elements of our settlements and how do they manifest themselves now in our present world?Traveling Installation ‘Carbon’ (Sept. 2018 - ongoing) ‘Carbon’ is being moved performatively through the city, creating micro-gatherings around fire.The Longest Bench Of Brussels with ConstructLab (Nov. 2018 - March 2019) A 100 meter bench collectively designed and built in one week with local organisations.
2017The Arch with ConstructLab and Studieburo Mouton (Summer 2017) A social experimental laboratory for construction that engaged with the community of the Belgian mining city Genk.Year residency at De Koer (Nov. 2017 - Oct. 2018) An archeology of the past, present and future with Lydia Karagiannaki.
2016'Focal Point' video installation (June 2016) During 10 years IN VITRO by Jan De Keyser (Jan Fabre).'What's he building in there?' residency in Plek / Stofwolk Collective (Oct. 2016) One week artist residence in a historical basement at the Vrijdagsmarkt in Ghent together with Linus Bondu- elle and Juul Verschraegen.'Office For Retrogade Investigation' residency at the Underground School For Contemporary Art (Dec. 2016) In an one month residency in an old underground parking garage, formerly used bij De Post, the Office For Retrograde Investigations was developed.