talk

T.J. Demos

Against the Anthropocene

talk

Against the Anthropocene
Against the Anthropocene

production

Sat 16.12.17

T.J. Demos examines creative models of cultural practice modeling alternatives to the human exceptionalism, anthropocentrism, and technoscientific rationality of the Anthropocene thesis.

Isabella Gresser

Fatigue Society: Byung-Chul Han in Seoul/Berlin

film talk

Fatigue Society: Byung-Chul Han in Seoul/Berlin
Fatigue Society: Byung-Chul Han in Seoul/Berlin

production

Mon 18.12.17

This essay film about philosopher Byung-Chul Han encircles the phenomenon of fatigue in our capitalistic societies – and its associated symptoms, such as depression and burnout. Following the screening of the film, Bieke Purnelle will moderate a debate with Ignaas Devisch, Valentine Kempynck, David Weber-Krebs and Patrícia Portela.

Patrícia Portela

Parasomnia - Late Night

exhibition talk

Parasomnia - Late Night
Parasomnia - Late Night

production

Thu 21.12 - Thu 21.12.17

What does it mean to abandon yourself to sleep in a society which considers it to be an inevitable illness? Patrícia Portela invites you to an installation of four rooms, which you walk through one by one. Chef Annick Gernaey prepares a 'sleeping supper' and Antarctica researcher Nathalie Pattyn (VUB) discusses the influence of light and dark on the quality of sleep.

Edel Maex & Henk Oosterling

Tussen Oost en West

talk

Tussen Oost en West
Tussen Oost en West

production

Mon 05.02.18

Learning to think with your body, like in Japanese martial arts, is becoming increasingly popular in the West. Dutch philosopher Henk Oosterling explores the connection between this Buddhist-oriented body-thought and Western, critical rationality. He is joined by psychologist and zen teacher Edel Maex – one of the founders of Mindfulness Training in our regions.

the vacuum cleaner, Hannah Hull, Erik Thys & Inne Goris

On Creativity, Psychiatric Vulnerability, and Madlove

talk

On Creativity, Psychiatric Vulnerability, and Madlove
On Creativity, Psychiatric Vulnerability, and Madlove

production

Fri 23.02.18

When people suffering from mental illness make art, their work is often confronted with prejudice. Psychiatrist Erik Thys will argue that creatively fruitful minds are fragile minds. The vacuum cleaner and Hannah Hull (discussing their MadLove-project) and Inne Goris (presenting Huis, the week before) will also be present.

Brussels Studies Institute

Nacht van de Kennis over Brussel 2018

talk debate

Nacht van de Kennis over Brussel 2018
Nacht van de Kennis over Brussel 2018

production

Fri 16.03.18

Is Brussels complex? Absolutely. Administratively, culturally, socially, economically, and demographically Brussels is anything but easy. But this complexity does not mean that you cannot understand or learn to understand Brussels. The sixth Night of Knowledge on Brussels will again explore this urban district and all its varied dimensions.

Jone Salomonsen, Koen Van Synghel & Kristin Verellen

Mourning, Commemoration & New Rituals

debate talk

Mourning, Commemoration & New Rituals
Mourning, Commemoration & New Rituals

production

Wed 21.03.18

On 21/03, spring promises a new beginning, but also the anniversary of the attacks on Brussels. Over the past two years, we have seen how resilient a community can be, despite the trauma and upheaval.

Antoon Vandevelde

The Gift

talk

The Gift
The Gift

production

Thu 19.04.18

Antoon Vandevelde has studied economics and philosophy at the University of Leuven. His research is mainly situated in the field of economic and biomedical ethics and political philosophy. During this talk, he will discuss how the issue of the gift interferes with the issue of the foundations of every human community.