Ylka and Thomas are having their house renovated. Two renovators have been at work for months, but the plans keep changing. The renovation becomes a metaphor for all the futile tinkering on a marriage that doesn’t work. De verbouwing is a sublime blend of humour and sorrow.
The bas-relief Les passions humaines by the sculptor Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908) created a commotion in royal circles and the church authorities who described it as ‘blasphemous’ and ‘pornographic’. Guy Cassiers uses the work of art as the main character in a Belgian docudrama with a bilingual cast and a text by Erwin Mortier.
PERFORMATIK 2015 - With their ritual, circular movements dancing dervishes (Sufi Muslims) attempt to reach a state of religious transcendence. For A Possibility of an Abstraction: Square Dance Germaine Kruip asked the dervishes to break through the circle and introduce square patterns into the dance ritual.
Festival Kanal Play Ground suggests some possible approaches for a new urban plan for Brussels. Other European cities such as Paris or Zurich are changing fast and looking for new strategies for building tomorrow’s city from today’s.
The experience of Mark Brearley as an advisor of the Mayor of London has strengthened his belief that making and the city are inseparable. The talk will emphasise the importance of industry and manufacturing for the city, both in history and in present time.
The Canal Area in Brussels is one of the most densely populated urban areas in Western Europe, and is changing all the time. The young population faces many challenges. What urban plan could help ensure a better future for them?