PIONEERS

Meet the pioneers and their creations or contributions.
Each provided a boost or new application of PAPUR in the early days.

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VERBEKE FOUNDATION

Bio-Art Gallery | Kemzeke, Belgium

Geert Verbeke facilitated to build and operate bioreactor prototypes in his gallery.  In 2018, conditions throughout the gallery were used to test bioreactor designs & performance.  The very first PAPUR leafs were showcased in the mini-expo ‘Sunlight is plenty, the rest is NOT’.

BART RAMAKERS

Photographer | Belgium

For the 2019 exhibition “Flora & the Water Warriors” with Bart & William Sweetlove, A large size professional print on PAPUR with solvent-free, UV-cured ink was realised with MILO PROFI.  It was exhibited in ‘De Notelaer” in Hingene, in the presence of Minister Koen Van den Heuvel ( Flanders - Environment, Nature & Agriculture).  A world premiere.  EXERPT | BOOK

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ARMANDO BERGALLO

Painter | Lalandusse, France

In 2019, Armando Bergallo offered space in his gallery to build and operate the first large-scale bioreactors for the production of PAPUR leafs of 2x4 sqm.  Project Natura - with the first PAPUR paintings - had to be postponed due to corona (to come back in 2021).

STEF DE BELDER

Photographer & Poet | Mol, Belgium

Proof of concept for printing on PAPUR was provided for the exhibition ‘Temoignage’ in 2018.  The poem by Stef has been ‘consumed’ by the local microfauna in some areas of the gallery.  Showing the palatable nature of PAPUR and its minute eco footprint.

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PIERRETTE VANICATTE

Origamiste & Artisan | Libourne, France

Les masques de Pierrette demontre que PAPUR est un medium par excellence pour des origami: des fausse plies peuvent etre restaure. Les masques ont evolue vers un patin marbre.

MARIUS PACKBIER

Video Artist | Schaarbeek, Belgium

With his soulmate of TRIPOT, Marius Packbier explored the use of PAPUR as projection screen with a human scent.  The installation was exhibited in the Bogardenkapel, Bruges in 2019.

What I find most fascinating about PAPUR are its sensory properties. The skin-like quality of this versatile material turns the screen into a medium of inter-subjective connection. The fragile and seductive materiality of its surface appeal to the sense of (visual) touch of the spectator, whilst emphasizing the inseparability of visual and haptic perception. 

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JOHAN GEYSEN

Founder of PAPUR.ORG | Retie, Belgium

Starting 2017, I explored the natural beauty of Bacterial cellulose.  A most interesting ancient & symbiotic lifeform to interact with.  
For the artistic mind - just like in the ecosystem itself - creativity, opportunism & time are the only limitations setting the horizon to discovery of new forms & applications of PAPUR.