Agenda Thursday 31st October

A nightmare at Kumiko on Thursday 31st October at Kumiko, Brussels

Kumiko fittingly goes deep, dark and scary on Haloween, enlisting the talents of Aalst-based producer and DJ Innershades for an all-nighter that just cannot go wrong. file View the event on Facebook

Rattle, Eiko Ishibashi and Caroline Profanter on Thursday 31st October at Les Atelier Claus, Brussels

Rattle headline this Halloween-inclined night at Les Ateliers Claus with their experiments in rhythm, metre and tension using nothing but drums and the occasional vocal add-ons. Japanese multi-instrumentalist Eiko Isibashi – who often collaborates with Charlemagne Palestine and Keiji Haino to name a few – also takes to the stage, as well as Caroline Profanter, whose work oscillates between acoumastic composition, live performance and sound installation. The Word Radio resident Marouchka on support duties behind the decks. file View the event on Facebook

Radical_Hope/ Heike Langsdorf & Mount Tackle (revisited) on Thursday 31st October at Vooruit, Ghent

Honing in on the importance of research in art practices, Through Practices – developed together with KASK school of arts – sees Vooruit explore the ecology of one’s personal attention and sense for participation. Over a three day period, audiences will be encouraged to engage as both witnesses and movers through a hightened sense of awareness with the practices of myriads of different artists such as Bilal Kamilla Arnout, Klaas Devos, Heike Langsdorf and many more. The perfect opportunity to go from viewer to full-blown participant. file View the event on Facebook

Radio Centraal 39 jaar on Thursday 31st October at Het Bos, Antwerp

Antwerp’s legendary independent radio Radio Centraal turns 39, and brings out the big guns for a celebratory affair. Jan Techniks, RobdeBodt, Wanda & Pippe, Pierre Elitair and Daniel de Botanicus taking to the decks for a night of underground shenanigans. file View the event on Facebook

Exposition Réinitialisé - Prix des Jeunes Artistes 2019 on Friday 1st November at Wiels, Brussels

For the first time ever, the Federation of Brussels and Wallonia’s young artists prize takes its yearly selection to WIELS, with four artists – Camille Dufour, Anne-Sophie Guillet, Matthieu Litt and Stéphanie Roland – all vying for the prestigious award, with this edition focusing on photography, printed imagery and digital arts. file View the event on Facebook

Köhn in Quadrophony on Saturday 2nd November at AB Salon, Brussels

1997: Armed only with an analogue synth, a sampler, rhythm box, a sequencer, a few guitars and effect pedals, a toy piano, a cheap microphone and a mini-disc recorder, Jürgen De Blonde – aka Köhn - recorded his debut album in his bedroom/studio. The CD release took place a year later on Belgium’s inimitable KRAAK label. Flash forward to autumn 2019: Cortizona – the Belgian label that specialises in clean-cut high quality re-releases – puts out ‘Köhn’ on vinyl for the first time. It becomes a remastered, double album in 300 copies, with new liner notes by Jürgen De Blonde himself and Brecht Ameel van Razen. To mark the re-release, De Blonde plays a number of exclusive quadraphonic concerts with the music of the time. file View the event on Facebook

“Paris, Texas” on Saturday 2nd November at Flagey Cinema, Brussels

A movie charting the tragic story of a man freshly out of a desert crossing looking for his young wife that he abandonned in a previous life in order to bring her back to his young son and get his family back together. The winnder of a Golden Palm in 1984m this is Wim Wenders at his best. file View the event on Flagey's website

Clara! y Maoupa on Saturday 2nd November at Beurschouwburg, Brussels

Songwriter, MC and DJ Clara!’s effortlessly playful and tongue-in-cheek vocals backed by the experimental drums and distorted rhythms of Brussels-based producer, multi-instrumentalist and sound sculptor Maoupa Mazzocchetti combine to sweaty effect on their debut album Luna Nueva, released on Editions Gravats sublabel Les Disques De La Bretagne. Fittingly, they chose Brussels’ Beursschouwburg for the release party, with Mika Oki on support duties. file View the event on Facebook

Bass culture on Saturday 2nd November at FFORMATT, Brussels

A night paying tribute to bass culture with 909 Junkies, Ayahuasca, Aergab and Dr Drakken hosted by Club Energie of Euro2000 fame. Check. file View the event on Facebook

Twilight Trio on Saturday 2nd November at Table Dance, Antwerp

Noise, drone, electroacoustic music and experimental whatnots with live performances by Russia’s HMOT and Sergei Denim as well as DJ sets by Impossible Territories. file View the event on Facebook

Actress, Aurora Halal (live), Dardenne and Chris Ferreira on Saturday 2nd November at C12, Brussels

Big night at C12, with Aurora Halal playing live, and Actress as well as Dardenne and Chris Ferreira on DJ duties. file View the event on Facebook


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


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

Gerard Herman & Sine Van Menxel until 8th December 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 exhibition on Extra City's website


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 ARGOS's website


Challenging the ever-growing calls for transparency, Open Skies draws on the works of seven artists whose very practices seek to elude the global supremacy of the like-button, evade the elevator pitch or entangle the reductive statement of intent. Instead, they create works that ambiguously play with masks and codes, projections and fantasies, at the intersection of language, popular culture and technology. Including works by Luiza Crosman, Helen Dowling, Toon Fibbe, Naïmé Perrette, Leander Schönweger, Emmanuel Van der Auwera and Jelena Vanoverbeek, Open Skies suggests mystery, shadow, and nuance as modern-day forms of resistance. file View the exhibition on WIELS's website


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 M HKA's website

Architects at Play until 9th February 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 CIVA's website