The Theatre of Operations

“The Theatre of Operations” is the name of my studio. I’m a self-taught graphic designer. My first steps in the world of computers were at the end of the 1980s, when I learned coding with Apple/MacSE’s Hypercard – I’m a fan of algorithms. I founded my own studio in 1997, The Theatre of Operations, now based in Brussels and dedicated to the art of printed book. My clients have included international museums and galleries (the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Fresnoy in Lille, Erasmus House in Brussels) as well as publishers (Kargo, Musica Falsa, Presses universitaires de France, Atheneum, Les Presses du réel, Editions de l’Eclat, Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance, Brepols, Zones sensibles, Le Souffle…). I offer my clients the services of a wide range of talented collaborators (in art work, copy preparation, prepress, photo-engraving, printing, and binding) that complement my own skills in graphic design and editing. From idea to finished product, every stage in the design of a book receives thoughtful and imaginative consideration and is executed with rigorous attention to detail.

I’m also a book publisher: I have managed my own review, Nomad’s land (1997-1999), then my own book company, Editions Kargo (2000-2008). After that I founded two book series: Terra cognita (Editions de l’Eclat, 2009-2011) and Fabula (Les Presses du réel, 2009-2012). Then I moved in Brussels and founded a new book company in 2011, Zones sensibles, and a book series at Les Belles Lettres, Graphê, in 2013; I am also the co-founder of Vies parallèles, a recent Belgian book company dedicated to modern literatures and creative non-fiction. Most of the books I publish are academic works (anthropology, history, history of sciences, media studies, literary studies, sociology, epistemology, etc). I have published more than 75 books and 150 authors since 1997. I also teach graphic design at the Higher School of Art of Cambrai – where I manage the Master diploma and I’m involved in academic researches on graphic design, orality, typography and computing.

Last but not leat, at 40 I am myself a student. In 2010 I decided to go back to school to study anthropology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris). I was supposed to work on the representations of knowledge in connection with medieval scholasticism and natural epistemology, but I changed my mind and I’m currently working on financial market microstructure. In 2013-2014 I wrote my first book, 6/5, on high-frequency trading and the rise of algorithmic trading, which enjoyed an unexpected success (more than 6,000 copies sold in France, translations may appear in English, Dutch, German, Spanish and Turkish). Now I intend to start a Ph.D on “Nature of exchanges. Quantification in the Western world markets”, that would go from medieval Scholasticism to 21th century electronic market structure. Sometimes I write on this blog.

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