Caveat is a collective research project initiated by Jubilee, reflecting and acting on the ecology of artistic practice. Emptor continues along the methodology and efforts of Caveat. It actively applies the practice-based approach to 'property', a concept that highly defines the economy of visual arts.

Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin


In the context of Caveat, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin proposed to weave a contract that links their research to Caveat, together with the Caveat team. They are working on configuring new woven graphics influenced by all the motifs existing and travelling the planet.

Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin’s main focus involves the constant circulation of cultural products on a global scale. They ask questions relating to the transmission of knowledge and techniques on a global scale and modes of contractualizing relationships in different cultural environments around the globe.

Patrick and Olive are developing their research on a large scale, between China, Senegal, Tanzania, France and Belgium. They study the circulation and hybridization of weaving techniques throughout those continents that appear to be are closely intertwined.

During the period of April-June 2019, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin engaged actively in discussing the socio-juridical issues at stake within their specific proposal, in particular in the context of the Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) research group at VUB in Brussels together with jurists Serge Gutwirth and Alessia Tanas.

In June 2019, Caveat invited Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin to experiment collectively with the possibilities of weaving agreements. In the open and porous context of the Brussels cultural centre (or, ‘Zone for Spontaneous Action’) Allee du Kaai, they installed their weaving machine (at the same time a tool and a sculpture) in the open air in order to share and discuss their practice with a wider environment and with the communities engaged in and with Allee du Kaai.

The research of Patrick and Olive relates to methodologies for negotiating and open norms, cfr. weaving as 'tisser des liens' – the ‘weaving’ of connections. Through their research on weaving, they open doors to indigenous conceptions of property, governing resources, and the construction of communities through the use of a very specific language, law and the commons.


Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin, currently based in Nantes, France, have worked collaboratively for over a decade, developing a varied body of work that combines writing, performance, installation, photography and film. Throughout their career, they have developed a string of interests: colonial history, weaving, rights, games, migrations, onomastics, etc. Their projects explore issues of hospitality and hosting, as well as the porousness of identity. Their works are nourished by open collaborations with storytellers, lawyers specialised in author and foreigner rights, an American auctioneer, chess players, and more recently, weavers.