Blind Spot is a quest to find what scarce traces remain of Epp Kotkas, an Estonian artist who was active in the experimental dance scene of New York in the 60s and 70s. Talve combines fact and fiction to tell the story of an artist who was totally unknown in her home country. What you witness is an essayistic memory that attempts to reconstruct an unrecorded past.
Inspired by an old map of the Middle East – which clearly shows how many cross-border train connections there once were, Dictaphone Group went on a research mission along the entirely disused railway network in modern-day Lebanon. Nothing to Declare is about the meaning of borders within Lebanon, borders with the neighbouring countries and borders in the Arab world.
Inspired by the hymn Say No!, more than 30 choirs and ensembles from across the world have created their own song about conscientious objection and desertion. All the contributed images and sounds form the material for a video creation, intertwined with a live performance by a huge international choir.
Four big screens show a busy street in Jerusalem’s Old Town and the everyday situations that take place there. You hear a voice-over in which Western expats informally – and occasionally even brashly – talk about a culture that is foreign to them.
In this video installation, Els Dietvorst allows the residents of a small Irish fishing village to speak. The pressure caused by European fishing quotas threatens the village’s survival. Dietvorst sets the deeply human individual stories against the backdrop of the wider European political and economic situation.
During the last Insight evening, Andros Zins-Browne is opening a one-night exhibition with work by six video artists. They focus on the real versus virtual worlds, and how political leaders use images to manipulate our concepts of freedom.
The ethical standards with which we treat animals have been the subject of considerable research. But are animals also capable of political action? Philosopher and animal theorist Fahim Amir tells surprising stories about the role of animals in the history of humankind.
In Rabih Mroué’s video The Pixelated Revolution, a Syrian man uses his telephone to film a sniper shooting him. Smartphones have an unmistakeable revolutionary and commercial potential, but where are the obstacles?
Brussels has always been a city that embraced exiles.The Price of the Ticket continues this tradition. The Fashion designer and activist Rachida Aziz is now inviting a new generation of refugees on stage. Expect an evening of music, dance, poetry and video.
Box with holes seeks to explore the relationship between touch and its visualisation. How do we see and experience inter- human interaction in a world where we contact each other more and more through technology? Box with holes focuses on a displacement of the senses, which places the spectator into another mental state.
ECOPOLIS is the perfect meeting place for anyone concerned with the transition to a socio-ecological society. The main focus is on inspired and inspiring books and documentaries, and dialogues on ecology, economics and society between writers, scientists and thinkers from civil society.
BAUER HOUR is back! Season Two of Eleanor Bauer's variety show promises more talk, way more walk, and maybe some different furtniture... The musical accompaniment is still provided by Professor Carlos van der Keys. BAUER HOUR remains quality time that lasts just one hour.
Four dirty, down and out, androgynous cowboys adopt the ritual poses from the Western genre. Gradually their actions come to resemble an odd kind of dance. Screening of a new film by the Danish artist Joachim Koester, with a live concert by Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare).
The videos and writings of Els Dietvorst explore themes such as social conflict and survival in the margins. Art-Coeur-Merci is a film installation about a young Cameroonian man trying to survive in Brussels, with the addition of a performance by Angélique Wilkie. They make us reflect on the essential things in life.
After the successful I have a dream (with youngsters, in 2011), we are now giving the opportunity to Brussels people of all ages and from all corners of the city and the world to have their say. Each writes a speech on their view of today’s Brussels and their dreams for the city in the future.
The city is in constant movement, as passers-by involuntarily create duets, trios, choruses,... A person standing still in the moving city appears to be the main character of a short crossroad scene. In this project, Ariane Loze looks for a new continuity of the city through a montage technique that falls back on choreographic principles. Can editing be dance? And how does editing move?
Are we just bystanders of ephemeral performances that wither away in the public space? What can art do, when it refuses the ethical purpose that government delegates its with, and stages disagreement that repoliticizes the public space? With a keynote lecture by Claire Bishop, author of the acclaimed book Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship.
An architect talks about the city he has built. Gradually we realise that the city is imaginary. This is the story of Thing, a book and video film by artist Anouk De Clercq, about the memory of cities, about architectural ghosts of the past that infect the present, and about imaginary buildings.
Spoken World - What do you believe in? Do you have any dreams? Eight young people from Brussels, between 15 and 25, will be taking these questions as the basis for a speech they will write and give at the Spoken World Festival. The director Dirk Verstockt will be coaching them.
Spoken World - Amiri Baraka and Saul Williams are two big names in Afro-American spoken word. In the late fifties, Amiri Baraka (1934) made his name as a beat poet under his original name of LeRoi Jones. Saul Williams (1972) is several generations younger and one of the most powerful voices in alternative hip hop.
During BURNING ICE #9 British artist and writer Tim Etchells (artistic director of Forced Entertainment) showcases four captivating videos at the Kaaistudio's: So Small, Erasure, Paint it Black and Live Forever.