Jan Peeters

Visual artist and experimental filmmaker Jan Peeters (°1978) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.
In his artistic practice, Jan Peeters currently focuses on so-called ‘iconotextual’ works: he merges words (and more precisely, texts that are set typographically) and moving images (with emphasis on filmic images) to form visual-textual unities of content, which cannot be categorised as either pure image or pure text. In these ‘reading films’ he brings together the languages of literature and visual art, without focussing necessarily on certain implicit elements of mainstream film, such as narration, acting or characters.
He has taken part with his works in exhibitions and festivals in Belgium and abroad. His poetry films were selected at some major international poetry film festivals, such as ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition (Cork), Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival (Minneapolis), International Festival of Videopoetry by VideoBardo (Buenos Aires) and La Parola Immaginata by Trevigliopoesia (Italy).
Jan Peeters holds a master degree in Germanic Language and Literature at Ghent University (2000). Three years later he graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, after spending also half a year at La Villa Arson, École nationale supérieure d'art, in Nice, France. In 2006 he graduated as a Master of Fine Arts at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (KASK) in Ghent. In 2014 he obtained a PhD at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven (research unit Literary Studies: Literature and Culture) with his research on 'reading film' ('leesfilm' in Dutch).
Today, he is co-ordinating the master courses at Sint-Lucas in Ghent (LUCA School of Arts). He is also one of the driving forces behind Art Cinema OFFoff, a Belgian cinema for experimental film, based in Ghent. He conducted interviews and organized the program series 'This is not a script'.


  • word and image
  • intermediality
  • sculpture, installation, experimental film
  • research in and through the arts
  • semiology


  • co-ordinator Master in Visual Arts (Master in de Beeldende Kunsten), campus Sint-Lucas Ghent
  • supervisor 'Master's Dissertation' ('Masterscriptie')
  • 'Word, Image, Narrative I' and 'II' ('Woord, beeld, verhaal I' en 'II'), Illustration 2nd Bachelor
  • Commission PhD in the Arts
  • Faculty Council (Faculteitsraad)


  • committed to Art Cinema OFFoff

Research group

  • Art & Argument (Research Unit Image)

Research projects

  • This is not a script. Poëzie ontmoet film
  • Sound Type
  • Leesfilm. Oefeningen in intermedialiteit / A Reading Film. Exercices in Intermediality

Artistic curriculum vitae – selection 2010-2016

→ ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster | Berlin, “Fokus Flandern und die Niederlande” (with BACTERIA and What Does The Sea Say?), 27-30 October 2016, Schloßtheater Münster, Germany.
→ Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016, Dies ist, was wir teilen, Flandern & die Niederlande Ehrengast 2016, exhibition in guest pavillion (with BACTERIA and What Does The Sea Say?), 19-23 October 2016, Frankfurt, Germany.
→ IndieCork Film Festival, 4th Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition (with What Does The Sea Say?), 9-16 October 2016, Cork, Ireland.
→ 6th International Animation Festival NIKOZI (with BACTERIA in ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival programme, 4 September 2016), 1-6 September 2016, Nikozi, Georgia.
→ Committed to the Sea, group exhibition with screening of the original Dutch version WAT ZEGT DE ZEE?, 5-27 August 2016, Library Kris Lambert, Ostend, Belgium.
→ Typo Magazine, TYPO 24, 25 April 2016, Online poetry magazine. Established 2003. Based in Fayetteville, Arkansas/Springfield, Illinois, online publication of the English version ‘BACTERIA’.
→ DOCtorCLIP - Roma International Poetry Film Festival, 11 December 2015, Rome, Italy.
→ CYCLOP Video Poetry Festival, 21 November 2015 Kiev, Ukraine.
→ 6th International Poetry Festival MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ, 5 September 2015, Chernivtsi, Ukrania.
→ 3rd Long Night of the Film Festivals, 29 August 2015, Berlin, Germany.
→ Struga Poetry Evenings – Festival 2015, 28 August 2015, Struga, Macedonia.
→ 39th Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, 15 August 2015, Berlin Weiterstadt, Germany.
→ dotdotdot Open Air Kurzfilmfestival, beyond words. Poetische streifzüge auf der Leinwand und durch die Stadt, 6 August 2015, Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna, Austria.
→ 16. Poesiefestival Berlin, 27 June 2015, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany.
→ Best of ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2014, POETRY 2015, 6 May 2015, cinema Schlosstheater, Münster, Germany.
→ VKRATZE!, short film festival, 6 & 7 March 2015, in Volgograd and Volzhsky, Russia.
→ Berlinale-Asyl, 12 February 2015, Freies Museum Berlin, Germany.
→ Oslo internasjonale poesifestival, 31 January 2015, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway.
→ Perdu, Presentatie Terras 07: Nieuw land, 21 November 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
→ Terras, tijdschrift voor internationale literatuur en kunst, online publication of the original Dutch version 'BACTERIËN', 20 October 2014.
→ ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (competition), 16-19 October 2014, in Babylon Cinema, Berlin, Germany.
→ "stad: een inventaris", an exhibition assembled by Sofie Verraest from Mont Saint Eugene, 5 May - 30 June 2014, KC De Werf, Bruges, Belgium.
→ FilmPoem Festival 2014, 14 June 2014, part of Felix Poetry Festival, Antwerp, Belgium.
→ Poetry International Festival Rotterdam, 10-14 June 2014, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (premiere “BACTERIËN”).
→ Book design for Bart Van der Straeten's debut poetry collection onbalans, published by Vrijdag, June 2014.
→ Moving Silence Greece, with live music by Odysseas Gkallios & Olga Papakonstantinou, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 21-22 March 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece.
→ “[meine heimat]” published online by 'Moving Poems. The best poetry videos on the web', 3 September 2013.
→ "Guesswork. Variation 8", at TreviglioPoesia Festival, selected as finalist for the videopoetry competition "La parola immaginata", Friday 24 May - Thursday 2 June 2013, Treviglio, Italy.
→ Københavns Internationale Poesifestival, 23-25 May 2013, LiteraturHaus, Copenhagen, Denmark.
→ IV Festival Internacional de Videopoesí­a "por la Tierra" / IV International Festival of Videopoetry "for the Earth", 27 November - 2 December 2012, by VideoBardo, Archivo e Festival de VideoPoesía, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
→ ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, 20 October 2012, in Babylon Cinema, Berlin, Germany (premiere “[meine heimat]”).
→ "Guesswork. Variation 8", during ‘Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival’, Saturday 6 October 2012, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota, USA.
→ “Guesswork. Variation 8” published online by 'Moving Poems. The best poetry videos on the web', 10 August 2012.
→ 'Blue in the face', a BL!NDMAN-production by Eric Sleichm, 28 April 2012 in Cultuurcentrum Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
→ ‘Young Vagrants V', 29 March 2012 in Art Cinema OFFoff, Ghent, Belgium.
→ 'OFFoff Cinema presents', 27 March 2012 in Timelab, Ghent, Belgium.
→ 'Experimentación Mediática', 26 August - 1 September 2011, in Galería Candela, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
→ "Young Vagrants IV", 12 May 2011, in Art Cinema OFFoff, Ghent, Belgium.
→ "Nachtscènes. Een romantische concertnacht", 12 March 2011, Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium.
→ "Blue in the Face", a BL!NDMAN-production, during Nuit Blanche 2010, 2 October 2010, Kaaistudio's in Brussels.
→ Kunstenfestival Watou 2010 - "Tussen Taal en Beeld / Verzamelde Verhalen #02", July 3rd –5 September 2010, Grensland, Watou.
→ Feest van de filosofie. Denken Bevrijd(t) - "Dichterlijke vrijheid", April 17th 2010, STUK, Leuven.

Jan Peeters
Wat zegt de zee? (poëziefilm, Paul Bogaert & Jan Peeters, BE, 2016)
Jan Peeters
Transit (fotogravure, Jan Peeters, 2016)
Jan Peeters
BACTERIËN (poëziefilm, Paul Bogaert & Jan Peeters, BE, 2014)
Jan Peeters
BACTERIËN (poëziefilm, Paul Bogaert & Jan Peeters, BE, 2014)

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