KAOS sent the Brussels artists Anne Daems and Voebe de Gruyter to Het Vijfde Seizoen, a Dutch artist's residence. At the same time, Het Vijfde Seizoen sent its former resident Milou Abel to Brussels. The work these three artists created – a combination of photos, video, installation and drawing – are now on display in the foyer at the Kaaitheater.
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.
Artist Pieter Van den Bosch created five publicly accessible fire constructions, including one during Festival Kanal in Brussels; five variations of ‘attack situations’, devoid of any intrinsic or other threat. Against the physical performance, a central focus of his exhibition is the opportunity to look at the images.
In her latest series of collages, Up in Arms, Horvat reworks family photos shot in socialist Yugoslavia in the 60s and 70s, when ideals of solidarity and progress were still strong. Horvat concentrates on the symbolic element of arms, detached from the subjects, which are cancelled out as if they were lost.
The Iraqi photographer Hussein Atshan was born between two years after the start of the first Gulf War. He was in Baghdad during the second Gulf War and also the 1991 uprising. When America invaded in 2003 he became both fighter and victim. In the end he fled to Belgium, where he has been living for seven years. His photos showcase military helmets from the First and Second World War. They represent a history of violence and suppression.
It’s the latest trend: producing food in the middle of the city. The aim of Voorraad BRXL Réserve is to demonstrate that urban farming in Brussels is alive and has potential. Each day one of several existing initiatives will introduce itself and offer products to taste.
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.
The work of the Chinese multimedia and video artist Cao Fei (1978) comments on the rapid and chaotic changes in Chinese society. Cao Fei, in the guise of her avatar China Tracy, is building RMB City, a virtual city on the Second Life online platform, a reflection on the recent urban and cultural explosion in China. In Performatik we shall be showing a new video that Cao Fei will make during the official opening of RMB City in early January 2009. Feel free to make your own avatar and visit RMB City on Second Life.
Beside his opening lecture and meeting with philosopher Isabelle Stengers on Monday, February 15th, Lieven De Cauter also made an installation under the title Welcome to Post-History. The installation can be visited till Saturday February 20th in the foyer of the Kaaitheater.
The artist Annemie Maes has installed ten beehives in two roof gardens in Brussels’ canal zone – there is now a beehive on the Kaaitheater roof as well. A small exhibition highlights the results of her research.
The documentary-maker and artist Els Dietvorst recently moved from Brussels to Ireland. From a sheep farm in Duncormick she is working on a film project and you can keep up with how it's going on her website. At Burning Ice # 5 she will be showing her website-in-progress.