BRAKIN / book is out

Lars MĂĽller Publishers and the Jan van Eyck Academie just published the book “BRAKIN, Brazaville – Kinshasa, Visualizing the Visible”. It is an urban research on the two cities of Brazaville and Kinshasa by Agency, Tina Clausmeyer, Wim Cuyvers, Dirk Pauwels, SMAQ and Kristien Van den Brande.

A group of researchers investigated the public spheres of Brazzaville and Kinshasa, two neighbouring capitals separated from each other by the Congo River. The group subscribed to “visualizing the visible” as a common approach for its research and decided to treat Brazzaville and Kinshasa as one city: BRAKIN. The researchers studied such wide-ranging phenomena as diamond trade, UN-presence, the Congo River, street children, mobile phone advertisements, street trade, roundabouts, land disputes, public space and the remains of housing projects. These phenomena were used as visible indicators for reading the urban environment. Walks instead of archives generated the research. The study of BRAKIN was initiated by Wim Cuyvers and supported by the Jan van Eyck Academie. The researchers and authors of the book travelled to BRAKIN from 27 January – 17 February and 7 – 29 May 2005.


Book launch: July 2, 2006, 11:00-16:00
Hosted by Royal Museum for Central Africa
Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervure, Belgium;
and the Panafrica Association
Rue Jules Boullion 31, 1050 Brussels, Belgium;
with screenings, exhibition and lectures by Antoine.Osongo-Lukadi, Bambi Ceuppens, Raf Custers, Vincent Kenis and others.
Book presentation: July 17, 2006, 21:00
Hosted by b_books montagsPraxis and Jochen Becker
LĂĽbbenerstr. 14, Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany




For more information please visit:
Lars MĂĽller Publishers
Jan van Eyck Academie