USB runways in Brussels, transcendent art in Antwerp and poetic cinematography in Leuven. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 7th February – Sunday 19th May: Laure Prouvost’s AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON at M HKA, Antwerp

Presenting the largest exhibition yet of Antwerp-based artist Laure Prouvost, M HKA explores everything from her early “monologue” videos to her more recent oeuvres. With a particular focus on the role 20th century philosophy and psychoanalysis play in her art, especially the pivotal works of Melanie Klein and Simone de Beauvoir, this French artist is known for her enthralling mixed-media installations, exploring the present-day dualities of nature versus culture and intuition versus rationality. This exhibition comes before the artist’s takeover of the French Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale later this year. With a career spanning several years and one that has seen the artist engage with variety of artistic languages, AM-BIG-YOU-US-LEGSICON provides a rare opportunity to see – and reflect on – her impressive
body of works in one place.

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Thursday 7th February – Sunday 30th June: Phantom Offices at Kanal, Brussels

This exhibition sees the bringing together of over 70 artists to create imaginary workspaces using objects and material from MNAM-CCI, Kanal and ADAM Brussels Design Museum in an apt location, the former offices of the Citroën garage. The artists take an absurd and irrational approach in their design and choice of materials, offering a unique, and often playful juxtaposition against the expected rigidity and banality of the office space. Inject some comedy into your day.

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Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th February: Un cinéma poétique in Leuven & Brussels

Un cinema poétique consists of a weekend of panels and movie exhibitions set up in the KU Leuven faculties, with an additional event at Brussels’ CINEMATEK. Visitors are encouraged to delve into the underlying theme of the day, or provoke their own from the techniques of film and poetry up for discussion. Discussions will be moderated to maintain focus on the theme at hand; poetics and film. A treat for all film lovers.

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Thursday 7th February: Homo Roboticus at La Monnaie de Munt, Brussels

Using dance, presentations, debates, and most intriguingly, the opera Fausto, this multifaceted event will investigate our relationship with technology – from everything like robotic technologies and artificial intelligence to self-driving cars and killerbots – while also looking at its perils and potential. Is technology a necessary evil or a common good? Think about it.

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Thursday 7th – Sunday 17th February: Alberto Cattani’s MAP 88 – We are here and this place is ours at KASK, Ghent

While many look down at football and the violence that can arise from the fans that adore it, KASK student Alberto Cattani doesn’t shy away from the depths that it creates. He takes a refreshing look at the language used in the power dynamics that underly the violence spurred on by the sport and applies them into our everyday politics. Why would you miss an opportunity to understand Christiano Ronaldo’s subtext?

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Thursday 7th February: CIVA TALKS w/ Thilo Folkerts at CIVA, Brussels

Join CIVA in an engaging discussion about the role of gardens in contemporary cities. Leading the discussion, Thilo Folkerts of 100Landschaftarchitektur delves into the death of the garden in modern society and argues that the present-day metropolis should embrace this versatile green space as a useful means for human to further explore, think and engage with their surroundings. Go green.

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Thursday 8th – Friday 9th February: We Are Open 2019 at Trix, Antwerp

The 12th edition of We Are Open is bound to give you what they’ve succeeded in doing 11 times before: a line-up of DJs that’ll shake the city and threaten its very existence. A wild two-day festival with nothing but stage veterans set on the frontlines for your pleasure. Grab a friend, sneak in a drink or 12. Party until your eyes bleed.

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Thursday 7th – Saturday 16th February: TITANIX – Seeking Thinking Sinking at Grande Surface, Brussels

Having travelled to Athens, Lisbon, Marseilles and New York, TITANIX finally makes its way to Brussels. Delving into a diverse issues under three primary themes – seeking, thinking, sinking – the wayfaring project led by Thiên Ngoc Ngô-Rioufol and Alice Hauret-Labarthe is much food for thought.

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Thursday 7th February: Sigtryggur Berg Sigmars x Fien Robbe at Antwerp Art Pavilion, Antwerp

If you ever wondered how someone can mix absurdity, meaninglessness, text and classical music to create a coherently rhythmic musical set, then you’re in luck (as odd as your musings may be). The Icelandic Sigmars brings to you his own mixture of Dadaism and punk while Fien Robbe turns typography into musical notes through her computer. It’s a new frontier of the weird and absurd.

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Thursday 7th February: Pak Yan Lau and João Lobo at Le Lac, Brussels

Sound artist Pak Yan Lau performs part of her captivating three-part LP, Books. Her trilogy is made up of an eclectic combination of piano, electronics, synths and toy pianos, while João Lobo offers the audience a thrilling exploration of the percussive through a powerful amalgamation of sometimes contradictory elements, including acoustic sounds, electronic manipulations and inspiring loops. Two for one.

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Thursday 7th February: The Yellow Press Periodical #5 Launch at Het Bos, Antwerp

Chains are a sign of wealth and slavery – this contradictory symbolic value in jewelry is the focus of the latest edition of The Yellow Press Periodical. To look further into the matter, they set up a night where you can read through the edition and watch lectures, performances and films on the powerful symbolic prowess of ornaments and jewelry. Deconstructing the bling.

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Thursday 7th February: NOSE JOB #001 – Chili Release Party at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Longstanding fixture of the nightlife scene Rick Shiver is celebrating not only the release of Chili, but also the revamp of NOSE JOB as a bonafide label at Beursschouwburg this Thursday. A wild combination of funk, emotional love songs and spicy ballads by Offshore §Victor de Roo, DJ Athome and the man himself promises a picante evening indeed.

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Thursday 7th February: Mathieu Verhaeghe’s Paintings at 1986, Antwerp

Mathieu Verhaeghe’s work aims to transcend the medium he is concerned with. If it’s a painting he is working on, then be sure that the canvas is not the only part of this piece of work. His work makes sure to add another layer of meaning on the already present one in the subject. Transcendence is the name of the game and Verhaege plays in the world of meta-symbolism.

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Thursday 7th February – Saturday 6th April: Brussels, Dance! 2019 in Brussels

A festival dedicated to celebrating contemporary dance in the capital, Brussels, Dance! is motivated to expose the masses to the diversity and beauty of this art form. The city will see over a hundred performances take place over two months, featuring well-established dancers and newcomers to the genre alike, so there is something to appeal to everyone’s taste. To kick it off, witness a thrilling performance of Bach Project, choreographed by Jiří Kylián and Diego Tortelli, at Les Halles de Schaerbeek. Feel the passion.

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Friday 8th February – Saturday 4th May: Mircea Cantor, Daniel Djamo & Florica Prevenda at Hangar, Brussels

To celebrate the election of Romanian president Viorica Dancila to the seat of the Council of Europe, Hangar is showcasing three artists who have ties to both Europe and Romania, while investigating the nuances and ambiguity of present-day culture and society through a variety of mediums. Complex, topical and sure to make you think.

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Friday 8th February – Sunday 31st March: Eli Cortiñas’ Always bite the hand that feeds you at CONVENT, Ghent

Spanish artist Eli Cortiñas brings you a night dedicated to the alienated animality of the human beast within Western culture. Three movies on exhibit explore how the culture rips the beastly aspect from man in its urban societies and leaves it an empty shell of itself. You shouldn’t miss this wild attempt at reconnecting with your inner predator.

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Friday 8th February: Monolithe Noir EP Release Party at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Part of Normal Schnormal, Friday sees the release of Monolithe Noir‘s latest EP, Slowly Changing. Come for the man himself’s unique combination of pop with drones and modular synths, stay for the long list of guests which includes Roméo Poirier, Simon Halsberghe and Sébastien Forrester, and the promise to dance all night. No sleep.

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Friday 8th February – Sunday 14th April: Julien Creuzet at KIOSK, Ghent

Straight from the heart of Martinique, Julien Creuzet brings a wild collection of auditorial, visual and textual stream of queues from his own personal life. His work is laden with a nostalgia for home and an underlying political message that resonates like a fever dream. Not for the faint-hearted.

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Friday 8th February: Shungu All Day at Kumiko, Brussels

Man of the year Shungu is handling another all-night DJ set, B2B with himself, this time round in downtown Kumiko‘s basement lair. No nonsense, just guaranteeed vibes.

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Friday 8th February: Weekend at Charlie’s at KASK, Ghent

Acclaimed Belgian architect Charles Vandenhove‘s private collection of artworks is being turned into an all-round exhibition, presenting a multitude of artists that when put together create a grand contrast in comparison. An exhibition made by artists, for artists, in a school of arts. Having sadly passed away recently, KASK wants you to admire art freely, just as contemporary art lover Vandenhove would want.

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Friday 8th February: BOZAR ELECTRONC w/ Steve Hauschildt + Christina Vantzou at BOZAR, Brussels

For electronic veterans and newcomers alike, BOZAR ELECTRONIC offers an intimate evening to appreciate electronic music outside of the typical confines of a dance floor. A welcoming environment, powerful tunes and eclectic performances will certainly enthrall attendees. Don’t miss this.

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Friday 8th February: S-Club Party at Barlok, Brussels

Help squat activists Woningen 123 Logements raise some necessary funds, and be ready for a few surprises and music from the likes of S U F R E, Reymour and MAMA Cerbère. Full support.

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Friday 8th February: Actionnaires w/ Vastechoses, Novo Line, Laz, DJPeacock + Marouchka at LaVallée, Brussels

In the much-anticipated next installation of Actionnaires, dance your way into the weekend to the eclectic sounds of Belgian favourites Vastechoses, Laz and Marouchka and German imports DJPeacock and Novo Line. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 8th February – Saturday 9th March: Stephan Goldrajch & Chris Marker / Alain Resnais at C5, Brussels

Besides C12‘s killer venue, art exhibition space C5 is showcasing the work of Stephen Goldrajch alongside Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. Concerned with challenging artistic conventions, Goldrajch uses everything and anything from more traditional mediums like drawing and installation to more out-there methods like masks, embroidery and performance in an incredibly diverse oeuvre. Enjoy his subversive work, all while listening to the tunes of C12’s Deep in House resident, Gurl.

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Friday 8th February – Saturday 6th April: Robert Mangold at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

Greta Meert favourite Robert Mangold is back in Brussels for a seventh time, showcasing his impressive oeuvre from the last five decades. The American minimalist artist’s detail to form and medium is a sight to be seen. Utterly spoilt.

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Saturday 9th – Sunday 17th February: BILY 2019 in Brussels

For the fourth time running, BILY, or Brussels I Love You, is hosting a gallery walk with promises to take you to artistic meccas and cultural hotspots across the city. With dozens of galleries on the list, this is the perfect chance to discover new artists and get engaged with Brussels’ contemporary art scene. Put on your best walking shoes.

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Saturday 9th February – Sunday 19th May: Andrei Molodkin & Erik Bulatov’s Black Horizon at BPS22, Charleroi

Russian artists Molodkin and Bulatov will be collaborating to bring a critique of the Russian language through pictures and sculptures. Their work mixes perspective-bending techniques along with linguistic play to warp the participant’s view of words and consequently language. Actions speak louder than words.

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Saturday 9th February: Gundega Graudiņa & Björn Jauss + Asher Lev at Q-02, Brussels

A grand collection of instruments come to life through the work of Graudina and Jauss, Q-O2’s latest residency participants, who built their entire project out of musical instruments. A combination of circuits, acoustic and electric instruments and a Eurorack modular create a fantastical combination that gives birth to music. Additionally, Asher Lev revisits one of his former pieces with an addition of his own notes as a part of the piece. Listen to music and recall Lev’s regrets, it’s bound to get interesting.

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Saturday 9th February: Bibi Seck invites AliA at Trans, Antwerp

Music, alcohol and dancing till the wee morning hours. Antwerp’s Bibi Seck is bringing Lefto‘s prodigy AliA to TRANS, who’s sure to have mixes to keep you on your toes longer than a ballerina can handle. Get your groove on in the new addition to the city’s nightlife.

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Saturday 9th February: 2 years Divagation at Chez Madeleine, Brussels

Bring a USB stick full of music (legally or illegally acquired, your choice) and see if your music will get selected to entertain all the other ravers. Fulfill a teenager’s wet dream and get lovefor your supreme taste in music, or set aside your ambitions and drink your hopes for achievements away and listen to everyone else’s success. Either way, you’re in for a night with an interesting concept. And for the love of God, don’t bring your vinyls.

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