DE JENZ was founded in 2020 as a full-scale collaboration between the two artists Vibeke Jensen and Santiago De Waele. The duo met in 2014 when Jensen was invited to make a public art project at Triennale Brugge 2015, for which De Waele was the technical director. DiamondScope, a 7 meters tall mirror sculpture with a secret interior space facing the Belfry on the Bruges Market Square resulted. Later on they collaborated on building the sculptures for Jensen's solo exhibition Earth Sharing at Kunsthall 3.14 in Bergen, Norway (2018). To date, the projects BELL-VIEW & BELLEN SPEL (Concertgebouw Brugge, BE) and AKWAGLOT (Singel Canal, Utrecht, NL) are conceived by DE JENZ.
Vibeke Jensen is a Norwegian born international artist based in New York for two decades before relocating to Europe where she has studios in Brugge, Berlin and on a remote island on the west coast of Norway. Her particular interest in different points of view and positions of looking has funneled investigations into the practice of surveillance and control of public space, recognizing this as a central structural element of advanced urban cultures. Spyglass, mirrors, lenses, secretly recorded video and 'whatever it takes' are the ingredients she applies in constructing situations and sculptural interventions that provoke a rupture in daily life perception and facilitate the meeting of strangers.
Santiago De Waele is a Belgian artist who in his early carrier designed and realized the subtropical swimming pool at Preston Palace, Almelo, NL; and converted a never used nuclear power plant into a theme park in Kalkar in Germany. Later, De Waele for decades sourced his creativity and 'outside the box' thinking into realizing well known artists' work: first for the Beaufort triennial sculpture project along the Belgian coast, and for the last seven years as technical director and co-curator of Triennale Brugge. Last year he stepped into into his full potential as a practicing artist with Vibeke Jensen in DE JENZ.