Visual Kitchen started in the late nineties as a collective focusing on live video mixing and is considered one of the pioneers in Belgian VJ history. In the early days the main activities aimed for the dance floor, with a residency at the Brussels’ Cybertheatre, collaborations with mayor Belgian dance-events (10daysOff, I Love Techno, Groovecity) and a long track record of underground performances (RephlexNight, Seats’n’Beats). An “artist in residency” status at Concertgebouw in Bruges in 2003 was a turning point in the artistic approach, opening up the horizons towards all kinds of different musicians to play with and acquiring a personal set of semantics in performing. They set themselves a new standard with interpretations of the K.H. Stockhausen score “Pole für 2” for dual MX50 with feedback or the visual adaptation of the original audiotape that accompanied the “Laborintus II” opera by L.Berio.
In 2003 Visual Kitchen joined forces with Les P’tits Belges for the organization of the annual Cimatics AV festival. The Cimatics Platform offers a wide spectre of activities within the fields of VJ’ing and live audiovisual performances, with the festival as the key focus point.