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Christoph De Boeck

On sound and imagination

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On sound and imagination
On sound and imagination

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Sat 21.10.17

Christoph De Boeck (artistic director of Overtoon) explains how blind people perceive their environment by interpreting subtle acoustic changes. Thanks to little echoes, they are literally able to imag(e)ine the space. He also discusses several examples of artists who have also employed sounds and echolocation to create spaces. Afterwards, Christoph will sit down with Anke Van Meer and Saïd Gharbi.

Thomas Quartier

Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude

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Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude
Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude

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Fri 27.10.17

How can we deal with finitude? By living with death. How can that be real? By performing death. In this lecture Thomas Quartier – a Benedictine monk and professor for Ritual and Monastic Studies at KU Leuven – ritually links life and death by reflecting on music, embodiment and transcendence.

Darian Leader

Hands: What We Do with Them – and Why

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Hands: What We Do with Them – and Why
Hands: What We Do with Them – and Why

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Wed 15.11.17

Is it true that our only realities are increasingly virtual and digital devices have made us unable to concentrate? Psychoanalyst Darian Leader’s suggestion as to how we should think about these cultural transformations is nothing if not bold and original.

Nathalie Pattyn

Light and Dark

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Light and Dark
Light and Dark

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Thu 21.12.17

Nathalie Pattyn researches the influence of light and dark on the quality of sleep. She spent long research periods on Antarctica during the summer, with almost permanent sunlight, and during the winter, when the sun never rises. She discusses physical reactions to the presence or absence of light, and the influence of our biological clock on sleep patterns.

Edel Maex & Henk Oosterling

Tussen Oost en West

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Tussen Oost en West
Tussen Oost en West

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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

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

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Fri 23.02.18

People suffering from mental illness frequently face prejudice and discrimination. When they make art, their work is often confronted with a similar stigma. Erik Thys will argue that creativity and psychiatric vulnerability are closely related. Also present are Hannah Hull and the vacuum cleaner – to discuss their Madlove-project – and Inne Goris (Huis).

Brussels Studies Institute

Nacht van de Kennis over Brussel 2018

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

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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

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

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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

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The Gift
The Gift

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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.

Ecopolis

Digital Together

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Digital Together
Digital Together

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Sun 08.10.17

Obtaining and sharing information, campaigning, making friends, dating, working, gaming… we are increasingly doing these things online. Hardware, apps and digital alter egos are giving new meanings to commitment, cooperation and connections between people. What are the implications of this digital reality for building a shared horizon?

Birthday Speech & Marianne Van Kerkhoven Lecture #1

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Birthday Speech & Marianne Van Kerkhoven Lecture #1
Birthday Speech & Marianne Van Kerkhoven Lecture #1

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Thu 05.10.17

Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz will deliver a birthday speech. Afterwards, theatre directors Pieter De Buysser, Kris Verdonck, and Sarah De Bosschere will deliver the first Marianne Van Kerkhoven Lecture – a lecture in the words of the playwright herself.

Richard Schechner

Theatre, Performance, and Ritual

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Theatre, Performance, and Ritual
Theatre, Performance, and Ritual

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Wed 04.10.17

Theatre and ritual are intertwined in the Ramlila of Ramnagar, India. The 31 day performance enacts the story of the warrior-king, Rama. Staged in many locations throughout the city, the Ramlila features gods, demons, royals, animals, and ordinary people. Richard Schechner – theatre director, professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, and founder of The Performance Group – has researched the event since the 1970s.