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.

Research Trajectories

Caveat's collective research unfolds through an array of research practices. Caveat gathers these as 'trajectories', since they are process-based, durational, and do not necessarily have a tangible outcome.

Artist trajectories

Caveat attributes a central role to a large number of artists who are invited to do in-depth research through their art practices into the socio-economic and legal conditions of these practices.


For Assembly (Caveat) Agency is convening a gathering of 'concerned' around Thing 001779 (Agreement). This controversy is part of a series speculating on the question: “How can objective things become included within artistic practices?” This series concerns creations made by governments, state departments, judges, military, prisoners, etc... Specific provisions define the acquisition and exercise of copyright by the …

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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 …

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Sofia Caesar

Sofia Caesar has been developing research by engaging moving bodies, including her own. Inhabiting contradictions between leisure time and work time, she is looking for an escape within this binary. Through her performative work, she investigates the body’s resistance to the recuperation of pleasure and leisure within capitalist societies. Engaging in Caveat, the artist worked towards a …

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Katya Ev

Ev's particular interest in modes and forms of conservation of performance art evolves into experimental and moving re-enactment modalities, that embrace new circumstances and locations. Her approach questions how to frame the essence of a performative works in ways appropriate for sales, archives, transfers of authorship rights, reenactment, reproduction. A part of the collaboration between Caveat and Ev …

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Ciel Grommen & Maximiliaan Royakkers

Taking complex social contexts and often disturbed landscapes as a starting point, Grommen and Royakkers develop their projects through extensive fieldwork, spatial interventions, and other interactive, participatory formats. Their role as spatial practitioners involves weaving of new narratives into spaces and testing out alternative ways of living-together, inhabiting, and relating to our environments.

Maximiliaan Royakkers graduated as an …

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Joséphine Kaeppelin

Caveat introduced Joséphine Kaeppelin to Beursschouwburg (, a multidisciplinary [[tag: art space | art center] in the heart of Brussels. Kaeppelin worked on an audit there, addressing employees from all departments of the institution. Kaeppelin's tools critically mimic the style of a private freelance consultant in order to engage with each of the institution's team members. Kaeppelin creates specific …

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Ben Kinmont

On the occasion of 'Publishing & Performing Relationships. Caveat at Bâtard Festival', Ben Kinmont and Caveat republished three of his existing publications. The compilation is titled Promises and Precarity: Steps in an Alternative Artistic Practice, and can be downloaded here:

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Grace Ndiritu

Grace Ndiritu explores the transformation of our contemporary world, affected by globalization and environmental justice, through performances, films, photography, collage, along with social practice projects with refugees, migrants and indigenous groups.

Trained in both textile art and esoteric studies such as shamanism, her practice questions how contemporary art can be used as a tool to activate good in the …

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Vijai Patchineelam

On the morning of the second day of Caveat’s Artist Placement event at Argos, I presented two cases of the current research I develop under a practice-based PhD that looks to employ artists, as artists, inside the administrative side of art institutions, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and the University of Antwerp. These cases were: a situation …

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Scott William Raby

Artist Scott William Raby was invited by Caveat for a three-week artist residency in Brussels in collaboration with No New Enemies, in their Penthouse Art Residency in the NH Bloom Hotel.

His contribution to the research programme crystalized in context of Artist Placement a Caveat programme that aimed to address the current search for new organisational models, production schemes, …

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Stijn Van Dorpe

Stijn Van Dorpe Trajectory

Caveat introduced Stijn Van Dorpe to Eté 78 in Ixelles. Eté 78 is run by private collector Olivier Gevart, founder of this not-for-profit space. Engaging in long-term projects Eté 78 develops programmes that usually are not developed in a private gallery. The intention is to show and share art in new ways, and in a …

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Clementine Vaultier

Clémentine Vaultier dives into various media, sources, languages and fields of knowledge to weave her network of porous practices. She collects, creates and organises in porosity with others material, narratives and events, discussions around objects and research. Vaultier explores social and ritualistic realms, through dynamics of fluidity, transmission, commons, empathy, care, hospitality...

In the context of her master …

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Vermeir & Heiremans

Vermeir & Heiremans' project, A Modest Proposal (in a Black Box), investigates if financialisation can be repurposed as a tool to create more equitable conditions. The artists’ proposal suggests that financialising public art collections, museum real estate and their symbolic capital could create a cycle of wealth that will benefit not only investors and institutions, but …

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Designer trajectories

As one of Caveat's partners, open-source design collective OSP pursues a research into fair design practice: Ecotones of Collaboration.

Ecotones of Collaboration

An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes, river beds are a common example. Ecotones are areas where two communities meet and integrate. Through long and short interviews OSP is researching the modes of collaboration between graphic designers, artists and institutions. In particular, the research tries to highlight the methods or positive experiences where the parties involved try to …

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Critial considerations by the Caveat research team and 'dramaturgs' , and by invited guest writers put the research trajectories in different perspectives from their art historical, legal, sociological and other backgrounds.

Caveat methodology


Caveat is a collective research project reflecting and acting on the ecology of artistic practice, convened in 2017 by the Brussels-based artists’ initiative Jubilee in context of a research residency programme Lodgers. In 2018 three research partners joined the project – Open Source Publishing (OSP), No New Enemies and Eté 78. Together with them – and with …

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Implied in the Contract. Occasional Reflections on Caveat

Author: Steyn Bergs
June-July ’19
Edit October ’19

This text was discussed at Caveat Reading Room #12: Is it simply a conversation?

In the artist’s contract, artistic autonomy is both bracketed and bargained for. It is bracketed, because the very necessity of artist’s contracts challenges the notion of a wholly self-governing and self-determining artistic realm—one whose lofty and disinterested …

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Jubilee presents Caveat, a research project on the artist contract

On the occassion of Caveat at LODGERS (summer 2017), Steyn Bergs, Florence Cheval and Ronny Heiremans wrote a reflection on what Caveat could be.

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Labouring under inauthentic conceptions: Some caveats to the predominant visions of artistic and contractual freedom

Luke Mason


This text was discussed at Caveat Reading Room #12: Is it simply a conversation?

Contracts and artists have a similar recent history: their emergence as dominant visions of human existence and human ways of life have accompanied the ‘long enlightenment’ in the West, from the late medieval period to our own confusing late-modern times. While recognisably contractual …

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The Artists Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement in Action. A case study in diplomatics


Arguing that Seth Siegelaub’s and Robert Projansky’s seminal “relational tool” can be considered an artistic document in its own right, Sara Martinetti develops an anthropological and theoretical approach that is inspired by diplomatics and that considers The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement as a piece of writing anchored in a set of situations.

This article was authored …

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