Agenda Thursday 7th November

Opening of Sean Landers on Thursday 7th November at Rodolphe Janssen, 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

Les Garages Numériques 2019 on Thursday 7th November at La Bourse, Brussels

Les Garages Numériques, a feast for digital arts fanatics, lands for the third time in the heart of Brussels. A broad spectrum of audiovisual installations, workshops and live sets on eleven locations in and around the capital’s stately Bourse will intertwine digital image with sound. The day program schedules talks and debates revolving around the dynamic between digital artists and the big institutions. At night, a group exhibition by 12 artists accompanies the packed line-up featuring shows by Miaux, Aïsha Devi and Kali Malone as well as our very own Mika Oki and Cabasa across the ambient and main room. file View the event on Facebook

Opening of ‘Life under a cherry tree by Rotor’ on Thursday 7th November 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 event on Facebook

Aaron Parks ‘Little Big’ concert on Thursday 7th November at Flagey, Brussels

Surfing on the same refreshing wave of his celebrated debut album Invisible Cinema on the famous Blue Note label, pianist Aaron Parks brings his latest creation Little Big to the Studio of Flagey. His genre-fluid take on improvisation with musicians who started dabbling in indie music after being in the jazz scene, will definitely seduce your ears. And with a combi-ticket, you can catch catch trumpeter Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah on top of it. file View the event on Facebook

Divagation x Musique Muscle on Thursday 7th November at a secret location, Brussels

The first evening of the Musique Muscle label outside of France sees Divagation invite autotune duo Yossür & Yoçon, party starter Grégoire Bruno and future-forward DJ duos, of which the Santé Loisirs-affiliated Frère Tuck, on a mysterious location around Saint-Cathérine. For the inner child that needs to be released from time to time: apparently there will also be a ball pit. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. file View the event on Facebook

CIVA Talks on Thursday 7th November at CIVA, Brussels

More thought-provoking playground for adults: during a CIVA talk within the framework of the Architects at Play exhibition, architecture critic Véronique Patteeuw, curator Cédric Libert and philosopher Lieven De Cauter will ponder the power of childish wonder, connecting the phantasy world of children with the concept of heterotopia in architecture. file View the event on Facebook

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano on Friday 8th November at Pilar, Brussels

The recently resurrected House for Art & Science at VUB already caters to all your cultural needs with PILAR ASAP, a semi-annual and multi-disciplinary festival. During this first For X’s Sake Edition, avant-gardists Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano will perform the result of their recent hook up with Portland duo Visible Cloaks released in the established FRKWYS series. Expect experimental adventures the ambient sphere. file View the event on Facebook

Wibber Glurp Zark! on Friday 8th November at Komplot, Brussels

KOMPLOT & KASK Curatorial Studies join forces for the upcoming Winter Solstice Festival, a heartfelt reaction against the capitalist merry-go-round of Christmas craze. As part of a series of openings and workshops leading up to the actual festival, artists Angélique Aubrit and Ludovico Beillard present their creations made out of what could be considered the debris of capitalism, suggestively playing with the warmth and human presence everyone longs for in a season where having a place to come home seems to matter more than ever. file View the event on Facebook

Sonic City 2019 from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November at Départ, Kortijk

Le Guess Who’s timid little brother. Sonic City has consolidated a firm reputation as a showcase festival rooted in South West Flanders. Shame and Cate le Bon took on the curation of this year’s edition, which promises to be a good one. The first night kicks off gently with a screening of Beth Gibbons sings Gorecki/Symphony no.3. The rest of the weekend treats aficionados to shows by trance-inducing trio Follakzoid, artificial intelligence siren Holly Herndon and hip-hop wild child Mykki Blanco amongst many others. file View the event on Facebook

Alma Söderber - Entangeld phrases on Friday 8th November at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Sensuality and precision have been key characteristics of the solo work of Alma Söderberg in the past. In Entangled Phrases, the first group performance of the Swedish choreographer, voices and bodies melt together by means of polyphony and polyrhythm, in an attempt to generate affection and empathy in the black box theatre. file View the event on Facebook

Haunted Folklore: Yann Legay, Aidons Antoine & Adjani on Friday 8th November at Recyclart

Let’s take a look at it from a different angle, is what Romain Scrap, Yann Legay and Aidons Antoine must have thought when they respectively started manipulating reading devices, sabotaging media and crafting ceramic flutes and consorts for the sake of making off-beat music. file View the event on Facebook

M.James x Eslabrava x Lukaan on Saturday 9th November at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

Brasserie Atlas offers a night full of eclectic live sets crossing through various regions of DIY electronica from France to Argentina. If you are not familiar already with the phenomenon of inclusive Latin-American reggaeton called “neoperreo”, go check out the spectacular Eslabrava, whose extravaganza will be balanced out by Astral Plane regular M. James and Lukann’s atmospheric ambient. file View the event on Facebook

Ambient Series 10 on Saturday 9th November at Saintklet, Brussels

A long weekend crammed with activities might take its toll and leave you yearning for some ambient and chill. Ambient Series no. 10 provides you with the perfect opportunity to doze off early. Tuck yourself into hypnotic melodies and psychedelic lullabies by Accou, HJM and Gaston Paoloni. file View the event on Facebook

Vice City invites Daniel Wang on Saturday 9th November at Pekfabriek, Antwerp

The Vice City crew brings king of modern disco Danny the Dancer and some LA heat with Berlin cool to Antwerp’s Pekfabriek dancefloor. file View the event on Facebook

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, K-Group & Dj Klakke on Saturday 9th November at Ateliers Claus, Brussels

Digging up sounds that were considered the detritus of rock, the legendary guitarist from former East-Germany Caspar Brötzmann paved the way for a whole bunch of noise bands yet to come. With the trio Massaker the experimental musician produced raw riffs that still resonate and manage to captivate. The monument in the experimental music scene will play in a trio formation, the drones of K-Group and DJ-Klakke’s usual wild ride complete the wall of sound at Les Ateliers Claus. file View the event on Facebook

‘Designing Schools That Love’ on Saturday 9th November at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

The School of Love keeps the conversation going on how we can envision non-romantic love as a powerful tool to alter our daily lives. The initiative in collaboration with the open design course for refugees and asylum seekers made participants come together to consider the format of a school as a place to explore caring for each other. The time has now come to gather in the café of Beursschouwburg for a collective look at the outcome of these sessions. file View the event on Facebook

Rave & Resist on Saturday 9th November at Het Bos, Antwerp

The Palestinian pioneer Ayed Fadel and renowned techno artist Sama Abdulhadi have at least one thing in common with Naja Orashvili, the driving force behind Tbilisi’s nightclub Bassiani. All of them rely heavily on the possibility of a free haven to make things happen. Unruly open spaces for experiment are crucial to a city’s vitality. A screening of the three portraits director Jan Beddegenoodts made of these committed souls should be the starting point for a discussion on the current situation in Antwerp. The night continues at Onder Stroom with a raving afterparty. file View the event on Facebook

Girls Go Boom on Sunday 10th November on Saturday 9th November at de Koer, Ghent

The music scene still lacks a more diversified representation of queer and female voices. Taking matters into their own hands, Girls go BOOM invade the music stage with a manifesto and turn the take over of the microphone into a full-blown festival. Afternoon TET- talks on sexual education, sharing knowledge and safe(r) spaces set the tone for concerts by BRORLAB, Sovay, Peach Club and Miss Eaves later in the evening. Some good old riot grrrl never hurt anyone, besides outdated gender stereotypes. file View the event on Facebook

Second Sundays 18 with Santé Loisirs on Sunday 10th November at Q-02, Brussels

Every second Sunday of the month, Q-02 sets up another laid-back listening session in the headquarters of experimental music. Musicians are invited to share their musical universe and the sounds that fuel their own practice. This time Eric Kinny, who runs the Santé Loisirs label, will talk you through his Cowgirlboy Records collection of obscure country music from the first half of the 20th century. As tradition demands, you sip cocktail of the month Gin Rummy whilst trotting through the archives of the cowboy. file View the event on Facebook

Global Warming and the Male Meltdown on Sunday 10th November at Kaaitheater, Brussels

Eco-feminists are currently standing up against several precarious positions at once, putting themselves in the eye of the storm. During a Crosstalk session at Kaaitheater, experts and activists Sherilyn MacGregor (University of Manchester) and Leen Schelfhout (Extinction Rebellion) amongst others will tackle the climate impasse as inherently connected to fighting the mainly patriarchal institution of capitalism. Which strategies might serve to dismantle the system? file View the event on Facebook

Bozar night with Max Cooper, HAAi, Le Motel and more on Sunday 10th November at Bozar, Brussels

You cannot decide whether to go for a party-charged weekend or recharging on cultural food for thought? Well, you don’t have to. Bozar Night allows you to dance with Brancusi’s modernist metal sculptures to top-notch techno and other sound wizardry from masters Max Cooper and Le Motel in the art deco halls of the centre for fine arts. file View the event on Facebook

Nosedrip & Victor De Roo on Sunday 10th November at Onder Stroom, Antwerp

Nosedrip and partner in crime Victor De Roo announce an all-nighter in the former power station Onder Stroom. If you want to discover more, a ticket for this Full Circle city festival event also allows you to revel in a plenitude of other parties and events all around the city. file View the event on Facebook

Le Quotidien until 7th December at Valerie Traan, Antwerp

An economic crisis for breakfast? Even though daily papers - quotidiens in French – and their digitalized offshoots persistently flood the private comfort of our homes with information, the news we consume often alienates us from actual lived experiences by other human beings. Valerie Traan invited a number of artists at the gallery who try to grapple with the collision between fast-paced updates on the world and the mundane banality of being an artist or designer. file View the exhibition on Valerie Traan's website

Goele De Bruyn – Wired Thoughts until 30th November at Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp

Until the end of this month, you can discover the self-recycling oeuvre of visual artist Goele De Bruyn, who dives deeper into the ambiguous quietude of the housewife with embroidery in her lap. In the contemplative installation with drawings Wired Thoughts, visitors can literally step up into a subjective reality made out of her trademark embroidery patterns. file View the exhibition on Base Alpha Gallery's website

Susana Pilar - Body 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

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

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 ARGOS's website