Agenda Thursday 17th October

Opening Architects at Play on Thursday 17th October at Civa, Brussels

Most adults eventually get over their childhood dreams, although it could be argued that architects stand alone in never entirely foregoing their tendencies for limitless imagination, their capacity to construct worlds beyond our wildest dreams, tapping into their inner infant forming the basis of CIVA’s latest exhibition, Architects at Play. Exploring the invention mechanisms that underpin these constructed realities, the exhibition touches upon themes such as childhood, education, urbanism, public spaces, history, architecture and creativity to retrace the history of dreamt up structures and the importance of child play. Paying tribute to the power of the imaginary, the exhibition pits the playground to the blueprint to magnificent effect. file View the event on Facebook

Crevette Instore with Lexi Disques, Vlek, Les Ateliers Claus & Plein Sud on Thursday 17th October at Crevette, Brussels

Four local record labels – Lexi Disques, Vlek, Les Ateliers Claus and Plein Sud – come together at seminal record store Crevette to celebrate some of their latest releases. Expect live concerts, DJ sets and beers, with vibes on the house. file View the event on Facebook

Montage with Helenah, épong & Tristan on Thursday 17th October at Montage, Brussels

Local record imprint Montage marks the recent release of Helenah’s self-titled debut album with three live shows: épong’s post-rock influenced club tracks, Tristan’s ambient, club and neo-trap darkness and, of course, Helenah’s diverse collection of soundscapes hovering firmly within the hardcore repertoire. file View the event on Facebook

Moon Duo on Thursday 17th October at Vooruit, Ghent

Held in the context of Vooruit’s Videodroom festival, Moon Duo showcases its newest album, Stars are the Light, in what is a European premiere that sees the outfit join forces with British artist Emmanuel Biard for what promises to be an immerse and mesmerising live show. Marking a new, decidedly more dance-orientated direction for the band whilst still staying firmly close to its psychedelic roots, Syars are the Light sees the Californian duo venture into new territories to delightful effect. file View the event on Facebook

Slagwerk with Torus, Krampf and E-Saggila on Friday 18th October at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Excelling in future-minded club music with emotional undertones, the Slagwerk crew put together yet another expertly-curated lined up with Tobago Tracks’ Alobhe, Laser Club’s Torus, Casual Gabberz’s Krampf and its own Otis, Terroriba and Diony Lake. file View the event on Facebook

Ziv Ravitz on Friday 18th October at Flagey, Brussels

Following years on the concert trail playing with some of the biggest names in the world of jazz drummer Ziv Ravitz branches out on his own with his own trio No Man Is An Island that sees him pair up not with a piano and a double bass but with a sax and a guitar for what promises to be a night full of surprises. file View the event on Flagey's website

Opening Gerard Herman & Sine Van Menxel on Friday 18th October at Extra City, Antwerp

Continuing its excellent “The choice of” series, Extra City enlists the curatorial talents of Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven who has selected multi-disciplinary artist Gerard Herman and photographer Sine Van Menxel for solo shows at the Antwerp institution. Your chance to see some of the most promising artistic voices of tomorrow. file View the event on Facebook

Opening Kaskcinema posters on Friday 18th October at Riot, Ghent

An exhibition that brings together years of poster design Ghent-based graphic designer Jurgen Maeyfeylt has been creating for Kaskcinema. Showcasing his signature free-wheeling, near-psychedelic narrative, this is the first time these posters are shown together. file View the event on Facebook

Contour 9 Biennale from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October at Mechelen Academy, Mechelen

Marking the last phase of the three-part Contour 9 biennale, “The Warning Crescent Moon Phase” takes as starting theme the near future understood as an on-going transformation into present and past. With most of the works on show the result of year-long researches, the weekend will see the world premier of many presentations and performances that seek to offer insights into alliances of social or political accountability in relation to the colonial period as well as modern-day structural racism. Top of our pick is Bie Michels’ project “Memory of Congo, in Congo and in Mechelen” which sees the artist collaborate with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots living in and around Mechelen on a proposal for a new inscription on the local sculpture by Lode Eyckermans which pays tribute to 31 Belgian “pioneers who died for civilization in Congo.” Robin Vanbesien’s “the wasp and the weather” which draws on poems originally published by Rzoezie, a former youth centre in Mechelen, is also highly recommended. A biennale which only confirms Mechelen’s reputation for facing head-on, and with artistic gusto the challenges of today. file View the event on Contour 9's website

Matias Aguayo on Saturday 19th October at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Part of Beursschouwburg’s We Love You programme on love beyond the romantic and the self, celebrated Chilean-born DJ, producer and label boss Matias Aguayo presents his latest album “Support Alien Invasion” which draws heavily on Latin American carnival music as well as Maloya grooves. One guaranteed to charm and conquer. file View the event on Facebook

Opening Tom Poelmans on Saturday 19th October at White Whale Gallery, Antwerp

Grand opening of the White Whale Gallery with a solo exhibition of Belgian painter Tom Poelmans who’ll be presenting a new series of drawings and paintings as well as an installation. file View the event on Facebook

Ultra Eczema’s Billenkoek on Sunday 20th October at Table Dance, Antwerp

Antwerp label Ultra Eczema gores hard at Table Dance. ‘nuff said. file View the event on Facebook


Palais de Justice (2017), Carey Young’s critically-acclaimed video installation, was filmed covertly at the Palais de Justice in Brussels. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Young's camera depicts female judges and lawyers at court. Sitting at trial and delivering judgments, female judges were filmed through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors, without the knowledge or permission of anyone depicted. Young subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centred on, and perhaps controlled by women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future. This ambitious piece develops and extends the body of law-related artwork which Carey Young has created for more than seventeen years into timely concerns with gender, power and the cinematic. file View the event on LA LOGE's website

Marguerite Humeau – MIST until 19th October at Clearing, Brussels

Marguerite Humeau’s work centers on the origins of humankind and related histories of language, love, spirituality and war. She prefaces each project with a period of intense investigation in which she engages diverse authorities - historians, anthropologists, paleontologists, zoologists, explorers, linguists, and engineers - on her chosen subject. Through her interdisciplinary, speculative inquiry, Humeau enriches her own thinking as an artist and researcher, and refashions historical quests in ways that reflect the technological age in which we live in. For this show, the London-based French artist presents a conceptual universe consisting of exotic and unlikely sculptures that thread a fine line between science and fiction, questioning reality whilst largely drawing on it. file View the event on Facebook

Julia Wachtel – Tears, Drips and Pixels until 20th October at Super Dakota, Brussels

For her first solo show in Belgium, New York artist Julia Wachtel addresses various subject matters, from global warming to consumer society and the impact of acceleration, as well as the increasing importance of visual media in modern communications and the inability to differentiate between sign and reality. Combining critical and humorous spectacle, Wachtel chooses a multipurpose visual vocabulary to refer to the serialization of banal and iconic images to test our sensorial empathy towards ‘authenticity’ and ‘truth’ in the complex interchange of images and messages. Her use of cartoon characters function as commentators or unwary conspirators on the social, political and cultural content surrounding them. file View the exhibition on Super Dakota's website

Emmanuel Van der Auwera until 3rd November at Botanique, Brussels

Through his near-scientific series of films, video installations and conceptual projects that touch upon the traumas, stories and media education of the digital era, Brussels-based artist Emmanuel Van der Auwera explores formal and conceptual filters, questioning the processes of representation and the transmission of images assembled from contemporary mass media. In his film “The Sky is on Fire” - presented at Brussels’ Botanique and part of a diptych also on show at Harlan Levey Gallery - the artist interrogates digital culture and memory through a virtual reconstruction of the urban landscape of Miami, deadening its back streets through the use of technology that can scan the environment using a smartphone. In “The Death of K9 Cigo,” the diptych’s second film, Van der Auwera addresses the collective consciousness through the tributes paid to K9 Cigo, a police dog killed by gunfire in Florida. Heavy-hitting and giving the viewer much to chew on, Van der Auwera’s work is both a reflection of the times we live in and a damning commentary of them. Essential. file View the exhibition on Botanique's website

Susana Pilar – Body Present until 17th November at Kiosk, Ghent

Ghent gallery space Kiosk opens the new season with Body Present, a solo show by Cuban artist Susana Pilar that presents a new performance that links our country’s colonial history to her own childhood, the particular demographics of her homeland, and her Afro-Cuban descent from slaves from Sierra Leone and Congo. The piece is presented alongside a series of photographs, videos and drawings, all of which are based in performance and present the assertive, black female body. Through her arresting body of work, Pilar focuses on social and historical issues of gender and race by taking her own personal experiences and family history and relating them to contemporary concerns such as migration and violence against women, with her own body often taking central place in her practice. Essential viewing. file View the exhibition on KIOSK's website

CAMP: Beginnings until 22nd December at Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels

ARGOS ushers in its new season with Beginnings, an exhibition that traces some of the conceptual and artistic origins of CAMP, a Mumbai-based studio for trans- disciplinary media practices. Running until 22nd December, the exhibition revisits a number of formative artworks dating from the period, 2001-2008, before the influencing studio set up shop, drawing on some of the fundamental elements that would subsequently come to define the studio’s main artistic concerns. Since 2008, CAMP has built a steady reputation for exploring the emancipatory possibilities of image-making, archival practices, distribution, and viewership through artistic projects and interventions. The studio aim to challenge our understanding of technology and infrastructure, while bringing knowledge and the reversal of power dynamics to the fore. file View the event on Facebook


Mexican mixed-media artist Gabriel Kuri, who refers to himself as a “selector”, creates sculptures that incorporate questions of value, arresting usually intangible flows of information in witty and engaging forms. His practice is strikingly material and his exhibition at WIELS adopts material as its organizing principle, sorting his works into four distinct categories: paper, plastic, metal, and construction materials. This is an absurdly simplistic approach to complex, conceptually driven works that are rarely made of just one element. file View the exhibition on WIELS's website

Marcel Broodthaers - “Soleil Politique” until 19th January at MUHKA, Antwerp

Presenting the first retrospective of the celebrated and beloved Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers in his own country for over a decade, Muhka’s Le Soleil Politique focuses on the artist’s oeuvre from an Antwerp perspective, providing a comprehensive overview of the breadth of themes, media and presentation strategies Broodthaers was known to engage with and demonstrating the artist’s long-held belief that art is always political. Rarely exhibited works and documents, as well as the first time ever showing of “Decor: A conquest by Marcel Broodthaers,” will form the nexus of this exhibition which makes a fine job of showcasing the many facets of this fascinating artistic force. Essential. file View the event on Facebook