A digital day out in Namur and a dissident in Brussels. This weekend in Belgium.

Isaac Cordal, Brussels

Whether you’re in Brussels, Berlin, Barcelona or Milan, chances are you’ve come across one of Spanish-born Isaac Cordal’s (37) miniature street art installations. His work is centered around cement sculptures of grey people, a theme inspired by Michael Ende’s famous fantasy novel ‘Momo’ that portrays ‘grey men’ as symbols for consumerism, stress and the uniformity of the masses. Cordal’s installations are always political and he sees his artworks as a method of combat. He sets out to encourage, no, provoke reflection on the way we live by pointing out social, political or ecological problems. The Harlan Levey Projects are now presenting a solo exhibition of Cordal’s work that includes pieces from his famous ‘Cement Eclipses’ series, as well as some newer stuff.

Opening 8th November, 18h00
Exhibition runs until 16th December
Harlan Levey Projects, Rue Léon Lepagestraat 37 – 1000 Brussels
www.hl-projects.com

Sean Landers, Brussels

American artist Sean Landers became known forbaring his success-crazed, chronically adolescent artistic soul”, as The New York Times once put it. Brussels’ Rodolphe Janssen Gallery is now hosting a selection of new paintings by the artist. In his twenty-six year-long career, Landers has always questioned the significance of the art-making individual, portraying his own consciousness while touching upon themes like humanity, creation and existence. A challenge for the viewer, who never can be sure where reality ends and fiction begins.

Opening 8th November, 18h00
Exhibition runs until 21st December
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Rue de Livourne 35 Livornostraat – 1050 Brussels
www.galerierodolphejanssen.com

We do not remember the Berlin Wall, Brussels

The eclectic and carefully curated group exhibition kicking off this Thursday in a beautiful old Brussels hardware shop unites artists from the US, Canada, France, Belgium and Germany and about 35 of their artworks, ranging from collages and drawings to installations and paintings. All of the pieces have a go at taking apart German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s concept of the Aura. Reproduction and the question of authenticity are toyed with –  sometimes with just a citation, others with a tribute or the use of mise en abyme. Featured artists include Todd von AmmonJuliana BorinskiValentin SouquetHugh Scott-Douglas and more.

Opening 8th November
Exhibition runs until 25th November
Quincaillerie Vander Eycken, Rue du Viaducstraat 66 –1050 Brussels
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International Independent Film Festival, Brussels

It’s time for the 39th edition of Brussels’ FIFI, a festival of independent films from Belgium and beyond. This time, Lebanon gets the spotlight with a number of contributions, like Lara Saba’s opening film Blind Intersections. A great opportunity to find out about directors and movies off the beaten track, including some rather exotic Asian films.

From 6th to 10th November
Various locations; click here for the full programme
www.fifi-bruxelles.be

Oh My Garden, Brussels

The summer season is long over and, with it, our beloved Oh My Garden open air gigs. But now the concept is back with its first indoor edition, in collaboration with Brussels’ Urban Ecology center. On stage this time up are Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Zachary Cale, Alek et les Japonaises, Madame Jean Pierre et sa Miss d’enfer as well as Casey Scott.

9th November
Urban Ecology Center, Chaussée de Waterloolaan – 1180 Brussels
zacharycale.bandcamp.com

Customisez-Moi, Brussels

Talent hotbed Customisez-Moi, in its sixth edition this year, is hosting a final catwalk show this Saturday where they’ll be putting forward the customised creations of the selected eight finalists. The winner, chosen by a jury that includes Belgian fashion bigwigs like Didier Vervaeren and Béa Ercolini, will be awarded their own lookbook as well as valuable visibility during Modo Brussels. After the catwalk there’ll be an aftershow party with female Dj duo The Lizzies behind the decks, among others. For fashionistas.

10th November
Hotel Bloom, Rue Royale 250 Koningsstraat – 1210 Brussels
www.customisezmoi.com

Optimo, Brussels

Hosted by the Bazaar, Brussels’ Optimo party has something special on offer this Saturday. Spinning the discs will be none other than JG Wilkes, the legend-maker behind the illustrious Glasgow club night, Optimo. He’s released tracks on renowned labels such as Crosstown Rebels and Kompakt, and has manned the decks in such iconic addresses as Berlin’s Panorama bar. And this weekend,  he’s rolling into Brussels for one night only.

10th November
La Bazaar, Rue des Capucins 63 Kapucijnenstraat – 1000 Brussels 
www.bazaarbrussels.com

Ai Weiwei Never Sorry, Brussels

Ai Weiwei is probably China’s most famous artist, and his reputation stems not only with his art but also from his role as an outspoken critic of the politics of his home country. He intertwines artistic practice and social activism, for which he often received beatings and detentions by the Chinese authorities in the past. With her documentary ‘Ai Weiwei Never Sorry’, director Alison Klayman‘s portrayal of the dissident is “stark, beautiful and haunting”, as The New York Times describes it.

8th November
Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be

Animal Collective, Antwerp

Despite being difficult to pin down and not terribly accessible, US four-piece Animal Collective are extremely popular. They’re looking back on a 12-year career and a trail of successful releases, a decade-long journey “that saw the band evolve from psych-folk recording project to top-billed digi-pop tweakers,” or so say Pitchfork. Now they’re back in Brussels with their avant-garde and experimental soundscapes with their new full length album, Centipede Hz.

10th November
Trix, Noordersingel – 2140 Antwerp
www.trixonline.be

Sander Buyck, Ghent

Rise and shine: KASK graduate Sander Buyck used different photographic traditions, from romanticism to documentary photography, for the images selected for this solo exhibition. The show brings together pictures the youngster shot between 2008 and 2012 in places like Paris, Lisbon, Myanmar and Havana. A promising young Belgian talent to watch out for.

Opening 9th November
Geuzenhuis, Kantienberg 9 – 9000 Ghent
www.geuzenhuis.be

Kikk Festival, Namur

This weekend sees the second edition of international digital festival KIKK, an event that positions itself somewhere on the crossroads between technology, visual arts, music, architecture, design and interactive media. With conferences, discussions and workshops, the festival addresses the economical and artistic implications of new technologies. Invited speakers include personalities like Steve Vranakis from Google’s creative lab and Jonathan Richards, interactive editor of The Guardian.

From 8th to 9th November
Palais des Congrès de Namur, Place d’Armes 1 – 5000 Namur
www.kikk.be