Since 2018 the artists Carolin Gieszner (1989, DE) and Théo Demans (1992, FR), both of whom currently live and work in Brussels, are co-creating the visceral universe of ‘touche-touche’. Their work is based on creating dream-like, scenographic experiences as a free fall of tangible reality. With a focus on a liberated form of craftsmanship, creating sculptures and immersive installations, their work evokes new fictions for daily scenarios that deepen the sensual relationship we have with our surroundings. Each imagined scene is a reinterpretation of existing cultural traditions and techniques. Their work has been shown at the 59th Venice Art Bienale, Haus der Kunst Munich, 7th Athens Biennale, Nationaltheatre Mannheim, WIELS, Salone del Mobile, Design Museum Ghent, MKG Hamburg, K11 Art Foundation, Stedelijk Museum and other. Gieszner and Demans have been co-hosting artist residencies and ran divers projectspaces in the past. They are currently represented by Everyday Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium.
WELL WELLa Solo by touche—touche 26 Nov 2022 - 8 Jan 2023Amongst vapors and humidity, bodies are cohabiting in a space of distinct temporality, in which physical intimacy makes emotional intimacy possible. In light of these variable intimacies, spaces known to...Read more
PotluckGroup Exhibition 4 Dec 2021 - 16 Jan 2022This show resulted from an invitation; an invitation to the creators who over the past few years have shaped this gallery; an open invitation to take part in a show...Read more
LimboGroup Exhibition 5 Sep - 4 Oct 2020For better or for worse, we are living through what may well become one of the defining moments of the twenty-first century. This much we know. What we do not...Read more
SoftalismSolo Exhibition by touche—touche 18 Jan - 14 Mar 2020‘SOFTALISM', the first solo show of touche—touche. The exhibition’s title is a neologism that invites the invention of a concept that may emphasise the sensual relation we form with our...Read more
TumulusGroup Exhibition 18 Jan - 14 Mar 2020'TUMULUS' is a group show constructed around the arrangements of archeological sites and the excavation of relics. Questioning how the artistic productions of today will relate to their unraveling in...Read more
weekendmagazine DE TIJD — Potluck ExhibitionPrint Article, December 18, 2021
Knack Weekend — Potluck ExhibitionPrint Article, December 8, 2021
dS Magazine — Potluck ExhibitionPrint Article, December 4, 2021
Design Boom — Schimmel & Schweikle, Messgewand and touche—touche.Article, February 21, 2021
Art Viewer — Limbo Act II ExhibitionArticle, November 10, 2020
Art Viewer — Tumulus and touche—toucheArticle, March 26, 2020
O Fluxo — Tumulus and touche—toucheArticle, January 18, 2020
HART — Tumulus and touche—toucheArticle, January 18, 2020
DAMN Magazine — Anna Aagaard Jensen, Thomas Ballouhey, Messgewand, Schimmel & Schweikle and touche—touchePrint Feature, September 1, 2019
Feeling — In Real Life ExhibitionArticle, June 26, 2019
De Standaard — In Real Life ExhibitionArticle, May 25, 2019
Kuba Paris — In Real Life ExhibitionArticle, May 16, 2019
WELL WELL - solo show touche-touche - Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Be.
The first flower monument Ft Astrit Ismaili - Miss Kosova performance (curated by Donjeta Murati) - Galeria e Ministrisë së Kulturës, Prishtina, Ko.
Ashtray for non smokers by Franz Gieszner - Cendar Brussels (curated by Leo Luccioni and Harold Lechien) - Zotto Galery, Bruxelles, Be.
Still life with fruits - A domestic art fair (curated by Nicolas Zanoni, Miguel Gonçalves - Alver & Morgan Dulong) - Adaf, Bruxelles, Be.
Fruiting Bodies bar - COLLECTIBLE Fair - Presented by Everyday Gallery, Brussels, BE
Slugs Trail - Every Moment a Junction (curated by Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg and Erika Spray) - Nest Ruimte, Den Haag, Nl.
COLLECTIBLE Fair - Presented by Everyday Gallery, Brussels, Be.
When the body says Yes - by melanie bonajo with scenography by Théo Demans for the 59th Venice Biennale, Dutch Pavilion, Venice, It.
The spectacle of our lives - curated by Deborah Bowman, De Studio, Antwerp, BE
Le Fou Sauvage - curated by Jacopo Pagin, SB34 the pool, Brussels, BE
Venice Design Biennale - curated by Francesca Giubilei, SPARC Spazio Arte Contemporanea, Venice, IT
Chapter 4OUR - curated by Simon(e) van Saarloos in Collaboration with Clemence Seilles, Het HEM, Zaandam, NL
Dr. A (5 planks in a raw) Prelude - curated by Theo De Meyer & Tatjana Pieters, Barbé Urbain Gallery, Ghent, BE
LIFE ON PLANET ORSIMANIRANA - curated by Emanuele Braga, Amica Dall, Jerszy Seymour, MKG Hamburg, Hamburg, DE
Supergroup - curated by Stephen Markos, Superhouse, New York City, US
Softalism, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, BE (Solo show)
Tumulus - curated by Leo Lopez, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Kleureyck - curated by Siegrid Demyttenaere & Sofie Lachaert, Design Museum, Ghent, BE
Excavations (with Thomas Ballouhey)
Le trogloxène - curated by Théo Demans, Déborah Bowmann, Brussels, BE
We couldn’t find the door - curated by Morph and Chloé Royer, Bel Animals Fey Art, Chateau du Fey, FR
Sub-antic Crackossians slabs - Alfa.Brussels, Alcova, Milano, IT
From Dusk To Dawn - curated by Morph and Chuling, Division by Zero, K11 art foundation, Guangzhou, CN
Dissolving views - curated by Morph, Alcova Sassetti, Milan, IT
In real Life - curated by Boris Devis, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Casa casino Palace Of Play - curated by Morph, Alfa.Brussel, Brussels, BE
Wheelie ‘Elderly for Progress Versus Regress' Ft Mélanie Bonajo
Nam June Paik Award - curated by Hanne Mugaas, Kristina Scepanski, Anne-Claire Schmitz, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, DE
The Death Of Melanie Bonajo - curated by Geir Haraldseth, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL
12 Monde, Jahr der Frau - curated by Vera Hofmann, Schwules Museum,
Eilen for Fake Paradise & Mélanie Bonajo
Blind Faith - curated by Julienne Lorz, Daniel Milnes, and Anna Schneider, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, DE