Robot photography, Polaroids and fashion walks. This weekend in Belgium.

Vincent Fournier, Brussels

This weekend Joye Gallery will be welcoming to its walls Brussels-based French photographer Vincent Fournier and his series ‘The Man Machine’, a collection of images of robots staged in urban settings and the places they’re developed. Fournier’s work, some of which has already appeared in renowned magazines like Wallpaper*, is a curious blend of science fiction and childhood dreams that hint at his strong interest in new technology and the future of humanity. Clearly influenced by science fiction movies like Stanley Kubrick’s iconic  ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’ or Andrei Tarkovsky‘s ‘Solaris’, his melancholic photographs manage to be strangely realistic at the same time.

Opening 11th October
JOYE Gallery, Chaussée de Vleurgat 125 Vleurgatse Steenweg – 1050 Brussels

Walk #1, Brussels 

A breath of fresh air for Belgium’s photography scene comes this weekend in the form of the first edition of ‘Walk’, a homegrown photography festival. Taking place in different venues throughout the Ixelles neighbourhood, it offers an eclectic programme of exhibitions as well as concerts and a mobile book shop. The exhibited works include pieces from David Marlé, Aurore Dal Mas, Benoit Reynaert and others.

From 12th to 14th October
Various locations throughout Ixelles

Loïc Raguénès, Brussels

Clearing, a gallery that has a sister branch in oh-so-trendy Brooklyn, is now hosting a solo show in the Belgian capital of French artist Loïc Raguénès, whose  vibrant, colourful pieces made up of thousands of little dots have garnered much positive attention in recent years. This exhibition will focus on some of his newer works.

Opening 13th October
C L E A R I N G, Avenue Louise 292 Louizalaan – 1000 Brussels

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Brussels

Moroccan/Spanish, artist Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, who is based in Brussels, is exhibiting the pieces he created during a recent residency at MAAC. It’s a collection that combines surrealism with a dash of absurdity, mainly sculptures that deal with religious codes and stereotypes, blending Muslim and Christian cultures.

Opening 12th October
MAAC, Rue des Chartreux, 26-28 Kartiuzerstraat – 1000 Brussels

Breton, Brussels

UK band Breton are the ones to watch on the indie music horizon (who said indie was dead?), thanks to a fantastic album ‘Other People’s Problems’ released earlier this year. Their eclectic sound unites electro, math rock, post rock and more, and was recently colourfully described by the Guardian as “an intriguing sort of dubsteppy but poppy art-rock-cum-cinematic electronica”. Tonight you have the chance check out the London five-piece live on stage at Brussels’ Botanique.

11th October
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels

Modo Brussels

Time again for Brussels’ yearly fashion highlight: Parcours Modo is in its 12th edition, a fashion-focused, city-wide walk whose diverse programme is packed with both up-and-coming and established names in fashion design. Besides showcasing the latest fashion trends and installations by big shots like Raf Simons, there’s also a party in collaboration with the Catclub plus a number of creative workshops and conferences.

From 12th to 14th October
Various locations throughout Brussels

Oh l’Amour, Brussels

Belgian-born Benoit Bethume has worked as a stylist and an advisor for brands from Carven to Paule Ka, as well as collaborating with magazines like I-D and Elle. Now he’s launching his very own publication, a 300-page ‘bookzine’ called Oh l’Amour that unites stories, reflection and image creation and that touches on fashion, art, cinema and music. Get your copy at the launch party this Friday.

12th October
Hunting and Collecting, Rue des Chartreux 17 Kartuizerstraat – 1000 Brussels

Ultravox, Antwerp

After a 26-year-hiatus, British synth pop legends Ultravox are back. The new wave and new romantic pioneers released a brand new album called “Brilliant” earlier this year, souping up a celebrated signature sound which has been cited as one of the early influences of Detroit techno as well as Visage and Gary Numan. Singles like “Vienna”, “Hymn” and “Dancing With Tears in My Eyes” became worldwide hits and earned them several platinum records. “It is surprisingly gratifying to have them back“, the Guardian wrote after their liveshow at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

11th October
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Antwerp

Utrecht-born designer and architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was an important proponent of modernism and a significant part of the De Stijl movement. The New York Times describes his Rietveld-Schröder House, built in 1924 in Utrecht, as “one of the most influential houses of the 20th century.” Belgian design duo Studio Job is now putting on an exhibition dedicated to the pioneering Dutchman that will feature furniture and architectural models made by the artist, including his famous Red and Blue Chair.

Opening 11th October
Studio Job Gallery, Begijnenvest 8 – 2000 Antwerp

Polaroid Story, Ghent

Former model and true music enthusiast Elisabeth Ouni has been garnering quite a bit of attention for her blog ‘No Balls, No glory; A Polaroid Story’, a site where she regularly features famous artists captured on polaroid film accompanied by the stories about how she met them. A & Gallery is now giving Ouni the chance to step out of the blogosphere to exhibit her images in a real-life exhibition space, one that recently got a thumbs up from the Guardian.

Opening 11th October
A&Gallery, Schepenhuisstraat 17 – 9000 Ghent