Save The Date for Bozar Electronic Arts Festival 2014

After just two editions, the BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF) is already a reference for lovers of the electronic arts. BEAF attracts both specialists and the general public with artists who exploit the lightning pace of technological developments in order to express their ideas. In the unique setting of the Center for Fine Arts, these artitst mix music, performances, installations, workshops and conferences into a fascinating whole.

You will become acquainted with world-famous names, but you are bound to come across new discoveries as well. For example, the fragile tones of Nils Frahm, the almost physical sound castles of Ben Frost or the intense dark ambient of Mondkopf, and the absolutely unique, whirlwind style of Fuck Buttons. From the start, you are immersed in a festive mood thanks to the sounds of electronic prodigy Max Cooper or the surprising Young Echo collective. You can also view art work by Quayola, Felix Luque Sánchez or renowned architect Luc Deleu.

The artists also ask the question whether scientists, researchers and artists can mean something to each other. A study commissioned by the European Commission shows for the first time the finest examples hereof in a fascinating series of presentations. In the Center for Fine Arts, a surprising and intense three-day event packed with electronic arts awaits you!

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Dates: Thurday 25 to Sunday 29 Sept 2014

Place to be: BOAZR Center for Fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein, Brussels

Check the website for the full program and schedule of concerts, performances, installations and workshops

 

Arik Levy Presents Artview at Atomium Brussels

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Contemporary art is sometimes subject to prejudices. It often surprises, delights, puzzles or irritates, but it seldom leaves anyone indifferent. ARTVIEW is presented as part of Art Brussels and Design September. The original ambition of ARTVIEW is to get acquainted as much with those who love contemporary art as with those who create it.

ARTVIEW is not an exhibition in the strict sense of the word. It’s an annual focus on the work of artists, on what moves them, what drives them, what surprises them and what touches them. It’s a lively dialogue between artists and collectors, but above all between collectors and everyone with an interest in contemporary art. Held at the Atomium, ARTVIEW provides an intimate and subjective view of an artistic passion. It’s an intuitive, spontaneous and playful art selection for a wide audience.

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Artist Arik Levy, initiator of ARTVIEW, says: “This is not a thematic exhibition, nor a retrospective. I wanted to create an experience, an interaction among the Atomium, the space around it and the public. Three outdoor sculptures installed on the square overlook the Atomium building and connect the 2 giant benches of the grounds. The monumental RockGrowth, which for the first time appears in a colored version with reflecting ends, sits side by side to a Crater and a RockStone. This trilogy of sculptures tells a visual and emotional story about the evolution of my narrative: from the RockStoneBlast, that confronts us to an opaque mass, to the CraterRed that speaks of internal feelings and transparency, to the monumental RockGrowth, we walk towards an expansion with no limit. As an echo of the visual presence of the Atomium, this piece talks about development, growth, joy and energy.”

The exhibition consists of different connected parts: an outdoor part, containing the major part of the exhibition, and an indoor one, partly evocative and partly explanatory. The indoor part shows in the 3 large-scale showcases, a selection of small sculptures, paintings and other elements. Another smaller showcase presents the RockGrowth creation process and the ‘making of’ of it. A photographic depiction of the central piece’s installation features at the end of the exhibition.

Check out ARTVIEW at Atomium Brussels until 30 September!

Neighborhood Becomes Museum during MUSEE MUSEUM

MUSEE  MUSEUM is a temporary museum in a specific Brussels neigborhood, namely the rue Anneessens, where the houses of the inhabitants are seen as the archive cellars and the residents as the archivists of the museum. The small private collections that are already present at the people of the neighborhood’s housed are invited to give meaningful content to the temporary museum.

These images shouldn’t be necessarily considered as works of art, but they sure will be treated as extraordinary within MUSEE MUSEUM. This leads to particular views like this one, with an old museum door (where you can actually walk through!) attracting people’s attention on the street…

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MUSEE MUSEUM is a collaboration between artist Roel Kerkhofs (initiator), Stéphane Damsin and Carlo Frassineli of Ouest-architecture, Eva Moulaert and Marie Sledsens of Dear Reader, Tina Ameel, Manu Guise and the people living in the residential area around rue Anneessens in Brussels.

You can still visit this unique art project until 31 August.

 

 

Brussels is 7th biggest cinema city worldwide!

A research team from the university of Deakin, Australia, has concluded that Brussels is the seventh most pleasent cinema city worldwide. The team collected data from 311 countries and 48 cities. Los Angeles is the absolute number one, followed by Paris and New York on the second and third place.

The study was supervised by professor Deb Verhoeven, who’s leading the Kinomatics Project down under. This is a project in which global information about creative industries is collected. One specific part of Kinomatics is Cinema Cities, in which the research measures how attractive a particular city is to cinema visitors. Important criteria are the number of movie screenings, the entrance fee and also the number of small movie theaters.

Their findings are illustrated in the image below:

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Ghent Uni movie scientist Daniel Biltereyst explains that the data obtained from this research are very valuable: “Distributors can gain serious profit from them. They can, for example, see in which cities there are still very few movie screenings, and effectively respond to that.

Brussels takes the seventh place. This is very remarkable since the abovementioned criteria have also been measured in many much larger cities, such a New York or London. “Brussels scores very well on some of the criteria, like the number of small cinemas per head of the population,” says Deb Verhoeven. Daniel Biltereyst confirms: “In many ways, Brussels is a truly vibrant city. Also when it comes to movies! Apart from giant movie theaters like Kinepolis, the city also has numerous smaller, very charming cinemas. Brussels once counted no less than 41 cinemas, that’s a real huge amount!”

So… What are you waiting for to go visit one of Brussels many lovely cinemas? Enjoy the movie!

Brussels Grand Place covered with a Floral Carpet

Every two years, the Brussels Grand Place is covered with a magnificent floral carpet. The last edition was in 2012… So that means that this year, you can go admire the beauty of flowers in the Brussels city center again!

Officially, the very first Belgian flower carpet was created in Brussels in 1971 by landscape architect E. Stautemans, while in fact it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders. Stautemans, who was born in Zottegem and graduated from the Ghent Horticultural College, had been experimenting since the early 50s to make simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias. He did so in Knokke, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas, Lille,… He quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias, both technically, economically and aesthetically.

After years of attempts and calculations, the architect became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs. His fame spread and he was asked to make many other carpets, not only in Belgium (Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, Courtrai, Hasselt, Tongres, Mons, Durbuy) but also worldwide (Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Breda, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, and as far afield as Buenos Aires and Colombus, Ohio). Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent, which reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.

However, as E. Stautemas himself says: “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels.” See for yourself:

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The beauty and diversity of all these carpets is largely due to their main component, the famous begonia. Chosen above all for their qualities of robustness and resistance to bad weather and strong sunshine, begonias guarantee the long life and freshness of the carpet. They also give it is rich range of colors – from vivid colors to delicate pastel shades, with in between the parti-colored and white flowers that reflect the light so well.

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Practical information

* The Flower Carpet will light up the Grand Place in Brussels on 15, 16 and 17 August 2014. It will be inaugurated on 14 August at 10 pm.

* To admire the carpet as a whole, from above, you can have a magnificent, not-to-miss panoramic view from the balcony of the City Hall. Tours are held from 9 am to 11 pm.

* Every evening at 10, 10:30 and 11 pm, you can attend a splendid sound and light show, especially created for the 2014 flower carpet.

* Entrance fee: 5€, free entry for children under the age of 10.

* Check out the website for more information!

 

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