Koen Hauser
Projects (selection)

1 During his life Vincent van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions, and he spend several times in psychiatric hospitals︎︎︎

2 An overview of the collection of images:


During my stay at the Van Gogh artist in residence in 2022 I started experimenting with AI image generating. At the same time I got inspired by the story that Vincent van Gogh – during his stay in the asylum of Saint-Paul in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – started to repaint images of other artists that he only knew from black and white reproductions. 

Asylum consists of colourful portraits, created from black and white photographic reproductions of weird looking or disabled people I collected from old books. Infusing these portraits with the hallucination-like influence of AI algorithms, I created painterly and somewhat abstract portraits, by intuitively matching each portrait with different styles of painting. 

In the final publication, the colour reproductions are mounted seperately into the cahier, mimicing historical production methods from when colour reproduction was still a costly matter.