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De Sokkel #7: Jef GEYS

On 1 May the 7th presentation of ‘De Sokkel’ (The Plinth) will take place in the Municipal Park of Antwerp. After Folkert DE JONG, Ria PACQUEE and four other artists, now Jef GEYS has been asked to create a new function for the empty, abandoned plinth in the park. It was a brave decision to choose this solitary artist from Balen. The recluse from the Kempen has worked for years as an experienced iconoclast who flouts any form of convention. And this continues to be the case in the verdant setting of the Municipal Park next to the playground and the skate ramp.
Instead of creating a new sculpture or putting any kind of work of art on the plinth Jef GEYS has covered it with a wooden shell. In so doing, he has transformed the plinth into a luxury advertising pillar on which everyone can post whatever they want. A poster or an ad, an obscene piece of graffiti – anything is possible.
You could say therefore that the artist is effacing himself and giving the public free artistic rein. Or to use a somewhat dated term from the sixties: Power to the visitors.


In Memoriam Luk MESTDAGH



75 jaar in vorm



Next to our silkscreen press now stands an etching letterpress in our workplace. We still make use of physical pressure force when using this letterpress. In this way it is possible to press the form deep into the paper. The worksheet is 95 × 170 cm, so we can print both on large and small format. We will mainly deal with wooden letters. With polymer plates we can convert digital design into real letterpress printing. The press we has been loaned out by Ronald GESTELS and will be operational as from January 2013.



A poem by Bernard DEWULF designed by Catapult to fit on a tram. This city poem was inspired by the famous Antwerp avant-garde poet and prose writer Paul VAN OSTAIJEN (1896–1938).
Catapult also designed a poster with the poem, which is available in Museum
(Foto: © dewereldmorgen)


Exhibition Between writing and type: the stencil letter

20 April — 29 June 2012
Opening Thursday 19 April

An exhibition of stencil letters from the 18th century to the present day. Assembled by Eric KINDEL and Fred SMEIJERS, the exhibition will feature a rich selection of stencil letters in the context of artefacts, documents and ephemera, including stencil plates and stencilling devices, specimens and catalogues, patent inventions and much more. A highlight of the exhibition will be a set of new stencil typefaces designed by Maurice GÖLDNER, Pierre PANÉ-FARRÉ and Fred SMEIJERS.
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Projectspace Kades-Kaden
Rubenslei 10
2018 Antwerp
Open on working days from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Closed on holidays and weekends


Type An Sich

The Most Widely Read Man In The World

Matthew CARTER is a type designer who has 50 years of experience in typographic technologies, ranging from hand-cut punches to computer fonts. He is probably the most read type designer in the world. His fonts, such as Verdana and Georgia are on most people's computers. The Miller family is among the most widely used newspaper face across the world. In the 6th edition of Type An Sich, Catapult will presents a selection of Matthew CARTER's work.


Matthew CARTER

14.10.2011 — 30.12.2011
Rubenslei 10
2018 Antwerp
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends and holidays by appointment only
Photo from Pentagram by Joe Marianek



Integrated2011 —third edition already!— is more determined than ever to establish connections between graphic design and other artistic fields and disciplines. Integrated2011 is ambitious, inquisitive, eager to make use of a refreshing mix of images, ideas and words, with a view to uncovering the complexity of design and all processes of any kind which may occur in any creative discipline - such is the scope of Integrated.


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Exhibition Present—Absent, Karin BORGHOUTS

This presentation circles around the pictures theme, the photograph as a reproduction and the exhibitionspace. With the visitors presence, the exhibition gets the space to speak.


Present-Absent, Karin BORGHOUTS
(19.05.2011 — 29.08.2011)
Rubenslei 10
2018 Antwerp
Hours: Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entrance: Free


Exhibition Andoverpis, Yomar AUGUSTO

Andoverpis is the first solo exhibition of the brazilian artist and graphic designer Yomar AUGUSTO in Antwerp, Belgium. The show is a (re)collection of calligraphy, typography and book art projects since 2009. Andoverpis looks for the relationship between geometrical shapes and organic handmade forms.

Andoverpis, Yomar AUGUSTO
(18.03.2011 — 06.05.2011)
Catapult Kades—Kaden
Rubenslei 10
2018 Antwerp
Hours: Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Entrance: Free



The initiators of Verhalenbazaar —together with a lot people from Antwerp— seek hard on a solution to save this valuable property and its interior.

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Expo Koen BROOS Personal interpretations of plays by Inne GORIS

FINISSAGE on January 6, 2011 at 8 p.m. with an afterword by Inne GORIS

' photographs are personal interpretations of plays by Inne GORIS. Both artists search for the essence of things, the heart of what has to be told. Koen BROOS and Inne GORIS have been working together for 10 years now. Together they have embarked on a fragile yet intensely narrative journey.

VERNISSAGE opening on Wednesday, November 3 at 8 p.m. with an introduction by Björn SCHMELZER (graindelavoix)


Personal interpretations of plays by Inne GORIS

04.11.2010 — 06.01.2011
Rubenslei 10
2018 Antwerp, Belgium
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
, saturday 6.11.2010 & saturday 11.12.2010 from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.


Type An Sich, Belgian Characters

Jo DE BAERDEMAEKER, Joke GOSSÉ & Omar CHAFAI are young Belgian typeface designers whose work is exhibited at the fifth edition of Type An Sich, organized by Catapult. Their typefaces will be on display, including the different steps of their design process.
Jo DE BAERDEMAEKER (°1974) earned an MA at both Sint-Lukas University College of Art and Design Brussels and the University of Reading (UK) and went on to receive his PhD at the University of Reading in 2009. His doctoral thesis is on the historical and visual analysis of Tibetan typeforms. He works as an independent type designer and researhcer, and teaches at Sint-Lukas Brussel and the departement of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.
Joke GOSSÉ (°1984) graduated at Sint Lucas Antwerpen in 2006 and at the University of Reading (UK) in 2008. She lives and works in Antwerp as type designer, typographer and researcher for the research unit of Typography at Sint-Lucas Antwerpen.
Omar CHAFAI (°1977) graduated at KASK Gent in 2007. He specialised in type design for his graduation project. For his dissertation Omar studied the development of the Arabic script in relation to Latin writing. He is currently working as freelance graphic designer.

15.10.2010 — 17.11.2010
Lange winkelhaakstraat 26, 2060 Antwerp (Belgium)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


The Cold Glory & Le Château de Mai

Following several exhibitions of the work of Jos VAN DER SOMMEN Catapult will publish its second book in September.
The book —Le Château de Mai— contains drawings and paintings of this Dutch artist. One of the exhibitions will run in the gallery of Catapult. Mainly drawings will be seen there.The paintings will be shown in two other exhibitions (Amsterdam and Eindhoven).
The Cold Glory
Catapult, Rubenslei 10, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.



Exhibition with work from Olga FILENKO in gallery Catapult. This Russian photographer graduated this year at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp. For her master project, Olga went back to her home country. During an 2-month trip across Russia, she was confronted with the ‘transience’ of her country.
Catapult, Rubenslei 10, 2018 Antwerp
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


Flemish government selects Catapult to strengthen and harmonize graphic identity Sonian Forest

The contract includes an examination of the possibilities of harmonizing the identity of the Sonian Forest and the development of a logo.
Catapult will also examine the graphic and typographic requirements necessary for a high quality image of the Sonian Forest and the development of full signaling.
The captured graphic and typographic identity will be translated into different communication media.


Catapult Publishers

Catapult will soon publish his first book as editor in co-production with ART. The book, Nothing like the sun, by photographer Jean-Pierre STOOP contains about 40 portraits of national and international artists and is published following the exhibition of Jean-Pierre STOOP in the FoMu (PhotoMuseum of Antwerp). The exhibition runs from January 21 to March 14, 2010 in the gallery of the museum. The book will be available as from January 21 in various museums and bookshops.


Campaign De Stad van Elsschot

At the Antwerp Book Fair the program and campaign of ‘De stad van Elsschot’ was proposed. A literary festival that remembers the fiftieth anniversary of the death of William Elsschot during five months. The city of Elsschot runs from May 29, 2010 to 31 October 2010.


House style RWO


1.000.000 additional copies Kerk & Leven

Between late September and late October, no less than one million extra copies of Kerk & Leven will be distributed in Flanders and Brussels. In this way many new readers will be introduced to the new magazine. An innovation that is extended to the local pages (parochieblad) as from September 23.



Integrated2009 is a biannual international design conference that will take place in deSingel Antwerp on Thursday 22 & Friday 23 October 2009. Integrated2009 will focus on the crossover between contemporary graphic design, illustration, typo- graphy, new media, technology & art.
Up to 24 speakers —Stefan SAGMEISTER, Annelys DE VET, WESLEYWOLKMAN, MEVIS/VAN DEURSEN, David SHRIGLEY...— from different countries are expected.


Vernisage exhibition RE.Ü.NION

In 1559 the diocese of Antwerp was founded and the Our Lady church acquired the status of cathedral. The prestigious exhibition RE.Ü.NIE of Quinten METSEYS to Peter Paul RUBENS is the eye catcher of this celebration in the Antwerp Cathedral. Catapult was resonsibe for the graphic design.
The exhibition ‘Reunion’ in the cathedral runs from June 5 to November 15, 2009.


New lay-out Kerk & Leven

The modernization process was made after an extensive investigation which was led by Professor Jos HUYPENS of the communucation studio Communicado, that sounded out the needs and wishes of 1650 people. The survey showed that readers want shorter, more accessible articles, with more news but without losing sight of the Christian message.
Kerk & Leven is a magazine of the Flanders region with 536 local and five regional editions. The magazine has 375,000 subscribers and nearly one million readers.