By way of introducing some themes raised in Thomas Bellinck’s performance “Simple as ABS #2”, political anthropologist Gregory Feldman will give a 1 hour-lecture based on his publication “We Are All Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood” (2015).
Philosopher Armen Avanessian and architect Markus Miessen discuss the possibilities of ‘xeno-architecture’. Can spatial practice – by embracing alienation – open up a larger space for the unknown? By turning toward ‘what could be’, could an architecture be built that deals with today’s overwhelming complexity and global unrest?
Filmmaker Hito Steyerl and theatre director Rabih Mroué will engage in a conversation about their artistic cooperation. The common ground of their practices is the idea of storytelling as a way of exposing (political) fictions in society and bringing them back to the domain of art.
Theatre director Philippe Quesne, visual artist Müge Yilmaz and art historian Maarten Doorman discuss possible meanings of the image of nature in art. Notions such as the romantic, the sublime and the search for authenticity will be questioned along the way.
Tim Jackson explores subjects such as employment, social investment, and inequality. In addition, he explores strategies to attain ecological and financial sustainability: an essential vision for social progress.
Drawing on recent neuroscientific theories of consciousness, the young British philosopher Inigo Wilkins outlines the contemporary significance of the myth of Golem and the automation of inert matter via a control script.
The young Croatian philosopher, author and political activist Srećko Horvat is undoubtedly one of the leading voices of his generation. His talk starts from Fernando Pessoa’s novel The Anarchist Banker and then provides a unique theoretical insight into possible subversions in a time which is getting darker day by day.
With an annually recurring city cycle, Moussem’s Nomadic Arts Centre offers an insight into contemporary Arab societies and the dynamic of their cities. Every year, an Arab city is a guest in the capital of Europe. Over the course of this ten-day festival, guest artists, relevant thinkers and cultural players tell the story of their city through their work.
THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A spectre is once again haunting Europe: the spectre of ageing. Everyday we hear warnings about an ageing population. Patrick Deboosere is a demographer and leads the Interface Demography research group at VUB. In his book Lang Leve de Vergrijzing (‘Long Live Ageing’) he challenges the doom-mongering on the subject.
Brussels and its citizens do not have one, but many identities. That's where MIX(C)ITY stands for. For this fifth edition, a crack team of researchers and thinkers will share their knowledge of Brussels' diversity with you.
Which new social structure are we evolving towards? Belgian cyber philosopher Michel Bauwens – who founded the P2P Foundation ten years ago – looks at contemporary practices that address the challenges of the future in the most direct way. He identifies an exponential growth of civil initiatives that experiment both locally and globally with new models and solutions. Together with the network of researchers into the emerging commons-based economy, he presents a summary of ten years of research.
The American moral philosopher Susan Neiman has written books such as Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age and Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists. In them, she always seeks to chart a middle course between blind utopianism and cynical realism. She also describes this as ‘idealism for adults’: an idealism that determines who we are, does not shy away from the world as it is, but does permit itself to look beyond it in search of fresh possibilities.
THIS EVENING IS CANCELLED | In 2014 Benjamin Barber presented his book If Mayors Ruled the World. Out of the book’s worldwide success came a concrete initiative: The Global Parliament of Mayors. The first meeting of this new democratic platform will take place in The Hague from 9 to 11 September 2016. On 13 September, Benjamin Barber will be coming to Brussels to present the results.
We're saying goodbye to the old season and hello to the new. And we're doing it with a festive evening. We start with a short introduction to the programme for season 2013-14 by Guy Gypens and Katleen Van Langendonck.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the Kaaitheater and the BRussells Tribunal are organising a discussion between the Iraqi writer Haifa Zangana and the lawyer Sabah Al Mukhtar. The host is Lieven De Cauter, the moderator is Werner Trio. A musical intermezzo by the qanun player Osama Abdulrasol will be followed by the presentation of the BRussells Awards for Resistance and Solidarity.
While you get a bite to eat, Pieter T’Jonck will talk with Superamas about their work and what inspires them. The Superamas French-Austrian performer collective combines theatre and dance with elements from the media and entertainment, art and politics.
In the book Are we here yet? Meg Stuart reflects on her own practice in dialogue with Jeroen Peeters and several past and present members of Damaged Goods. It links together significant moments from Stuart’s artistic career by means of reflections on creation, performing, improvisation and dramaturgy. In addition, the book includes illustrations, documents and performance scripts, as well as an actual guide with exercises.
With Boris Charmatz we shall be discussing the grand master of postmodern dance, Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). In the bar we shall be showing a documentary by his close associate Charles Atlas, and an experimental short film by the American video artist Nam June Paik.
Vincent Dunoyer has danced for Wim Vandekeybus, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Steve Paxton and others. How does all this choreographic material lodge in a dancer’s body? Dance critic Jeroen Peeters will talk to him about the body’s memory.
A talk by Christel Stalpaert on Vaslav Nijinski (1890-1950), the Russian dancer and choreographer who created trail-blazing choreographic works to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.
The Kaaitheater dramaturge Marianne Van Kerkhoven will be talking to the film-maker Eric de Kuyper about the work of Pina Bausch (1940-2009). We shall be showing the documentary Un jour Pina a demandé (1983) by the Belgian film-maker Chantal Akerman in the bar.
Today millions of people are fleeing from the consequences of global warming. Nevertheless, no start has yet been made on developing any international policy. This debate centres on the social and humanitarian components of climate change and allows prominent speakers to talk about what needs to be done.
Bert Bultinck (newspaper De Standaard) will talk to Frank Berberich, the chief-editor of Lettre International, an cultural periodical, with sister editions in Italy, Romania, Spain, Hungary, Denmark and Russia.