Agenda Thursday 14th November

OPENING OF ROGER BALLEN – THE THEATRE OF THE BALLENESQUE ON THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER AT LA CENTRALE, BRUSSELS

Born in New York in 1950, artist Roger Ballen has been based in South Africa for more than 30 years now, his work imbued by the country’s rich, complex and contrasting fortunes to mesmerising effect. With this exhibition, his first major show in Brussels, Ballen presents photographs, videos, in situ installations as well as some of his lesser-known graphic interventions, immersing the viewer in a made-to-measure universe – titled The Theatre of the Ballenesque – which draws heavily on his uncanny ability to unearth the underbelly of society’s absurdities through his singular eye. Alongside this ambitious show, Belgian artist Ronny Delrue will be presenting a series of photographs set in dialogue to Ballen’s work and enhanced by drawings as well as photomontages made by the two artists. A definite must-see. file View the exhibition on CENTRALE's website


SCHIEV FESTIVAL 2019 FROM FRIDAY 15TH TO SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER AT BEURSSCHOUWBURG, BRUSSELS

Schiev’s now tried and tested formula of future-loving live shows, boundary-smashing DJ sets, community-gathering label markets (from which we’ll be live streaming), intellectually-stimulating conferences and a newly-launched flea market comes back for its fifth edition at Brussels’ Beursschouwburg. Top picks include the machine-driven grunge of Air LQD, the percussive maelstrom of A.N.I (Black Zone Myth Chant, Bear Bonnes Lay Low and Don’t DJ), Aponogeton’s post-post rock, Loto Retina’s cartoon Juke as well as a live transmission of Radio Panik’s famed radio show La Vie Electrique. Make sure to pencil this one in and guarantee your chance to see the future of off-centre electronic music acts, both local and international. file View the event on Facebook


OPENING OF JEAN JULLIEN PETRICHOR ON THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER AT ALICE GALLERY, BRUSSELS

Petrichor, the smell of rain hitting dry soil after a warm day, often recalls memories of summer and holidays long gone. The paintings of Jean Jullien rely on a similar mechanism of reminiscence. Some recognize this as an inherently post-modern trait: the effect of his work on the viewer prevails over manifesting his own artistic ego. The blissful coastal landscapes Julien shares with more than one million followers on Instagram, are utterly grounded in the here and now because of his social media presence, but also revel in contemplation and nostalgia. Limited edition prints and t-shirts will be for sale at the opening of his solo show, which highlights the curious profile of this modern day art guru oscillating between popular culture and craftsmanship. file View the event on Facebook


OPENING OV 21 – LE CORBUSIER 1 IMI KNOEBEL ON THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER AT OV PROJECT, BRUSSELS

Platform OV regularly bends the linear concept of art history into a thought-provoking conversational format by setting up a dialogue between the oeuvre of two artists situated in different disciplines. Project number 21 aims to confront the use of colour in furniture designed by world famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier with the visual works of German post-war protagonist Imi Knoebel. The latter’s series of Betoni paintings display a rather radically-inclined and minimalist approach colour, sharing similarities and contrast with Le Corbusier’s celebrated design ethos. file View the event on Facebook


OPENING OF BRUSSELS ART FILM FESTIVAL ON THURSDAY 14TH OF NOVEMBER AT BOZAR, BRUSSELS

Brussels Art Film Festival has since the beginning set the intention to underline the pioneering role Belgium plays in the niche of art documentary with the stated aim of giving documentaries all too often relegated to the backrooms of art galleries the visibility they deserve. The opener of this year’s edition, Walking On Water by Christo, is a very personal portrait of the multi-faceted struggle artist Christo goes through when he decides to go along with the last installation he envisioned setting up together with his deceased wife. file View the event on Facebook


SABZIAN: MILESTONES ON THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER AT BEURSSCHOUWBURG, BRUSSELS

More movie enthusiasm: Sabzian’s series of films that left their mark on the history of film continues with a monumental movie appropriately called Milestones. John Douglas and Robert Krame’s masterpiece dives into the entangled lives of fifty individuals on 16mm film and depicts the impact of parenting, pregnancy and other major life events in the America of the seventies. Comparing these social practices to our modern day ideals fits into the multidisciplinary programme taking place at Beursschouwburg which deals with alternative interpretations of love and romance. file View the event on Facebook


GERARD HERMAN ON THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER AT EXTRA CITY, ANTWERP

Gerard Herman adds a layer of sound to his current exhibition with partner in crime Sine Van Menxel at Extra City. Guests of the evening are Typhonian Highlife’s Spencer Clark with a portion of underwater psychedelics as well as Spectral Janitors, bringing back the soul of Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. Cherry on the cake is our monthly date with mind-bending sounds over here at The Word Radio, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, who makes her duo debut with Herman himself. Essential. file View the event on Facebook


COASTAL SPACE JAMMING ON FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER AT BRASSERIE ATLAS, BRUSSELS

KRAAK label does what it does best and surprises us with yet another heterogeneity enhancing event. Poland’s finest tech-noise creator Ewa Justka ends up in a shaker with Los Siquicos Litoralenos, a crazy bunch of Argentinian musicians playing around with dissonant sounds and musical heritage. Mate meets vodka, an intoxicating cocktail of hardcore hacking sounds with a touch of wacky shamanism. file View the event on Facebook


CHARLOTTE ADIGERY ON FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER AT VOORUIT, GHENT

Belgian-Caribbean rising star and Vooruit resident Charlotte Adigéry began turning heads in the Belgian music scene with her project WWWater, released on the Dewaele brothers’ Deewee record imprint. She quickly followed that up with her solo EP Zandoli, a slightly more conceptual yet still glossy approach of Afrobeats and sweet synth-pop. Her return home to Ghent after a fall club tour promises to be both enchanting and danceable, with some guests joining in on the fun. file View the event on Facebook


SIGNAAL ON FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER AT HET BOS, ANTWERP

The members of The Party for Poetry propose a weighty program at Het Bos this coming weekend. After an intense three-day collaboration, 8 duos coming from various disciplines will show off their unique poetic vision on climate change and environmental matters. Oaktree’s Adriaan de Roover and poet Lotte Dodion are one of the teamed up pairs hovering over dystopia versus a future through rose-coloured glasses with Jan Ducheyne on selection duties after. file View the event on Facebook


THE POLITICAL BODY ON SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER AT BOZAR, BRUSSELS

The realization that the body can never escape identity politics lays at the core of this political-literary themed production born in Scandinavia. Swedish feminist poet with Iranian roots Athena Farrokhkzad raises her voice alongside author Kristina Leganger Iversen to a unique soundtrack by Sandra Kolstad and Jonas Barsten in an attempt at public and artistic reflection on notions of gender and race. The invigorating soundtrack of electronic pop simultaneously provides an ideal platform for actor Yoan Blanc’s interpretation of a text by French literary revelation Edouard Louis. file View the event on Facebook


CHANOIRS DEFONCE FFORMAT ON SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER AT FFORMAT, BRUSSELS

Chanoirs bring the highly flammable Parisian collective Fusion Mes Couilles to Brussels. DJLux18 and The Word Radio resident Antoine 80 claim their spot behind the decks in-between sets from Parisian icons Emma DJ and Hanah. Guaranteed to have the crowds aching for rewinds. file View the event on Facebook


LAUNCH OF KATHY ACKER (1971- 1975) ON SUNDAY 17TH OF NOVEMBER AT RILE, BRUSSELS

The ever-intriguing Kathy Acker continues to inspire adepts of feminist experimental literature. After causing a lot of stir in mid 70s New York, the author’s sex-positive attitude and controversial works were brought back to attention by prominent authors and fans such as Olivia Laing and Chris Kraus. Writer-performer Claire Finch added a foreword to Sébastien Jallaud’s recently published critical edition of Acker’s early writings at his own Editions Ismael. During the launch of this collection of work at Rile space, Tessel Veneboer will talk you through the author’s off-the-beaten track legacy in a conversation with Claire and Sébastien. The talk is a fitting prelude to a screening of a long lost tape containing a never shown before collaboration with artist Alan Sondheim. One you don’t want to miss. file View the event on Facebook


OPEN ATELIER ON SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER AT KVS, BRUSSELS

Children’s Art Day opens the doors of cultural institutions and art spaces to our youngest ones. Luckily parents don’t have to suffer for the enjoyment of their offspring at the Brussels city theatre. KVS hosts Stroom’s Ijf Boullet and Liesbet Feys for a workshop where kids can craft their own dancing doll. When DJ Liesbet and Ijf dig up some gems from their archive of children’s music, Sunday Funday easily becomes the ultimate happy medium between musical education and crate-diggers’ guilty pleasures. file View the event on Facebook


ROMAIN BRAU & ANNA KUSHNEROVA ON SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER AT TABLE DANCE, ANTWERP.

As pulled straight from the Facebook event: “Fellow Dancers. On Sunday the 17th of November. Romain Brau & Anna Kushnerova. Invite you to Explore alternative ways to Neurotypical acts of incision and subtraction. To access the latent. To redistribute sentience. To reorient in Joy and encounter. Doors 2pm Show 3pm Very welcome!” file View the event on Facebook


SEAN LANDERS UNTIL 20TH DECEMBER AT RODOLPHE JANSSENS, BRUSSELS

Meet “Plankboy”, the wooden outsider protagonist in the work of painter Sean Landers during the opening of his third solo exhibition at Rodolphe Janssen gallery. The motif of Plankboy and other wooden elements throughout three distinct groups of paintings show how the American conceptualist straddles the border between heavy-hearted feelings and a humorous gaze. Personal experiences are being turned into a poetic visual reflection on what it means to be an artist. file View the event on Facebook


“LIFE UNDER A CHERRY TREE BY ROTOR” UNTIL 21ST DECEMBER AT LA LOGE, BRUSSELS

Although the Brussels-Capital region has embraced plans for a future of circular economy, design collective Rotor dares to question what the vague concepts of reuse and recyclability in the proposed models actually contribute to the urban environment. The cooperative of architects concerned with the future of building use the platform of exhibition Life Under a Cherry Tree at La Loge to explore even further the practical side of it all. Next to unfolding already existing projects on the reuse of buildings, they will foremost attempt to re-imagine abstract theory into yet other tangible social practices that might well surprise you. file View the exhibition on LA LOGE's website

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