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Masks, headgear, Tintin and more masks. What happened when we handed Swedish outfit GOAT one of our throwaway cameras.
Here's Liège queer-punk outfit Cocaine Piss acting all silly with one of our office throwaway cameras.
More backstage snap-happiness, this time courtesy of Antwerpers Middle Earth All Nighters
Ten things to do during Design September
What to eat, see, buy, visit and listen to during this year's edition of Design September, which opens tomorrow.
Backstage at Dour with Recorders
Inside Dour festival's artist village (sort of) with Recorders
The Throwaway project: The second best edition preview
The second best edition is out on Friday. An exclusive preview...
Great Mountain Fire
The Belgian electro-pop-rock stars go forth and do their thang, equipped with one of our famed little throwaway cameras...
The throwaway project: Design Miami with Victor Hunt
Build-up, beaches and Mustang backseats all feature in this latest palm tree-themed instalment of The throwaway project...
The throwaway project: Thomas Bayrle at Wiels
Wiels curator Devrim Bayar documents the installation of a Thomas Bayrle retrospective with one of our throwaways...
Hot Chip- side project New Build has taken one of our disposable cameras on tour with them and produced this no-holds-barred gallery of everything from delighted fans to dinner tables.
Booka Shade, Brodinski and Alexander Waldron about the ultimate party
What makes a party memorable? Which sound system is the heaviest in the world? Which track is sure to get the crowds going? What is the planet's best club? We put these questions, and others, to some of the world's best DJs.
Some of the world’s best DJs about life in the DJ booth
We talked to Jimmy Edgar, Boys Noize, Fur Coat and many more about what life in the DJ lane feels like, what really makes a good party and which tracks always get the crowds going.
Belgian interiors imprint Calcutta’s 165 years in the business
Belgian interiors company Calcutta has been around since 1848, making world-famous wall coverings. Here's a glimpse at the fascinating process.
Inside Brussels’ latest hotbed of design innovation Studio With A View
We dropped in on Studio With A View, an innovative artist hub that unites five designers, two photographers and an architect under one roof.
The craftsmen that are the backbone of Belgium’s design industry
It’s a well-known fact: behind every great designer lies a great craftsman. We've visited five specialised ateliers in Belgium to bring to the fore those that usually take a backseat.
A visit to upscaling design practice Atelier 4/5’s Brussels workshop
With a penchant for craft, these two architects by training have been making over furniture since 2009. As part of Design September's Open Doors, they're inviting us all in for a look around.
Open doors at Brussels’ design, architecture and film production hub L’Amicale
A bunch of seasoned Brussels designers of different stripes are throwing open the doors of their shared St. Gilles studio as part of Design September this weekend. Pleaseletmedesign's Damien Aresta tells us why we should visit L'Amicale.
An interview with hot and up-and-coming Brussels design practice Hopop Studio
These two architecture graduates set up shop in Brussels' St. Gilles neighbourhood last September and they've been renovating, renewing and recycling furniture ever since. Their atelier, Hopop Studio, is open to the public for one weekend only.
Textile design practice No More Twist opens the doors to its Brussels studio
Brussels' design studios fling open their doors to the public this weekend as part of Design September. We've selected a few that are worth a visit. First stop: Brussels textile design team No More Twist.
Brazilian design celebrated at stunning Brussels venue Ampersand House
We made ourselves at home at Ampersand's very homely gallery to contemplate the Brazilian Modern exhibition, an insightful showcase of Brazilian furniture worthy of extra special attention this Design September.
Graphic design exhibition Eat symbols opens at Pimpinelle in Brussels
We paid a visit to Rue de Flandre's Pimpinelle, a unique concept store that will play host to its very first art exhibition this weekend as part of Design September. We found a unique cooking class replete with graphics and sound.
Sylvain Willenz’s Glassworks exhibition opens at design dealer Victor Hunt in Brussels
Probably the most exciting glass-based design expo you're likely to see in a while, we got a sneak preview of local boy Sylvain Willenz's tables and vases at Victor Hunt in the lead up to Design September.
A wide-eyed interview with homegrown up-and-coming artist Gideon Kiefer
We're bringing our art special to a close with a conversation with Belgian artist Gideon Kiefer about his new Indian adventure, nightly terrors and ego's place in the life and death of an artist.
Canadian fashion designer David Szeto
Yes, you can build a successful career as a designer without the usual exposure. In an atelier in Saint-Gilles, we catch up with David Szeto, one of fashion's best kept secrets.
The inner workings of Belgian artist Caroline Coolen’s studio
A final nose around the inspiring interiors of Belgium's artist spaces with a visit to visual artist Caroline Coolen's studio.
Inside artist Sara Bjarland’s Ghent studio
Finnish artist Sara Bjarland has set up a temporary digs in Ghent's HISK, which we took as our cue to have a nose around at her nature-inspired work...
A walk around up-and-coming Belgian painter Matthieu Ronsse’s house-come-studio
We visit Matthieu Ronsse's studio, which also doubles up as his home to discover this promising artist's eclectic and fascinating body of work.
An interview with Berlin rap outfit Puppetmastaz at Dour
We tried to interview Berlin's Puppetmastaz in Dour's press tent last weekend but all our grown-up questions got drowned out in expletives and absurdity. But that's what you get when you interview soft toys.
An interview with French indie rockers Stuck in the Sound at Dour
We got stuck in the mud with Stuck in the Sound at Dour last weekend, a bunch of DIY-minded Paris rockers in the midst of their second foray into Belgium this year. Nice lads.
Poliça at Dour
The charming Channy Leaneagh of Poliça loves festivals, hates porta-loos. Her band, a favourite of Bon Iver, were born of the Minneapolis music scene and she was with the Word at Dour to tell us about it.
Pomrad at Dour
Flying the homegrown electronica flag at Dour last weekend was producer Adriaan Van de Velde in his guise as Pomrad. He granted us a sit-down to fill us in on everything from living room gigs to synesthesia.
Knee deep in dirt, our own Joke De Wilde went down to Dour festival at the weekend to capture all the fun on film.
Backstage at Dour
Get a load of our backstage polaroid adventures at Belgium's premiere field fiesta at the weekend: the legendary Dour, now in its 24th year.
BRNS at Les Ardentes
Four young Belgian lads who go by the name of BRNS are currently braving their very first summer festival season. We caught up with them at Les Ardentes at the weekend and pestered them with questions.
Reeling in the years
Martin Scorsese called it one of the most important film collections in the world: We profile Belgium's Royal Film Archive.
Pablo Henrard, a talented fashion student we spotted last year, opens up to fill us in on his 4th year womenswear collection, getting the girls for his last show and interning with the "family" at Gaultier Couture in Paris.
Photographers…and everyone around them
Photographers need a whole team of specialists behind them, from framers and printers to airbrushers. In a bid to shine a light on those professions essential to the photographic process, we profile four of these artisans.
On the eve of one of his biggest auctions in Belgium, we chatted to French wunderkind Christian Astuguevieille about his relationship with Rei Kawakubo, his unusual career path and his contagious passion for tactile objects.
We sat down with William from Leuven-based Uphigh Collective to talk about their latest projects, the challenges of performing analogue and hip hop influences.
Art Brussels with Aeroplastics gallery
Brussels-based gallery Aeroplastics continues our series of throwaway projects today. Kitted out with their very own plastic snap box for Art Brussels, here's their staff's behind-the-scenes diary at Belgium's biggest art fair.
We talked to three Belgian musicians about their 'thing' for Orange amps. One of them is Wallace Vanborns frontman Ian Clement, who made it onto the cover of our orange album.
Art Brussels with Bodson-Emelinckx gallery
As part of our Art Brussels coverage, we've craftily equipped three Belgian galleries with nifty little throwaway cameras for a behind the scenes gander at the country's biggest art fair. Today: Brussels-based Bodson-Emelinckx.
We kick off a week of Art Brussels coverage with an interview with Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt, the creative geniuses behind Brussels' Alice Gallery.
The Word's throwaway project whisks you backstage for a peek at Norway's Casiokids doing their thang on their latest tour.
New name, new game
We're talking band re-baptisms as part of our series on new beginnings, with Belgian musos The Glimmers, MonkeyRobot, New Bleeders and BRNS on why they did it and how it changed things (or not).
M O N E Y
After their gig in Paris' Point Ephémère last month, M O N E Y, Mancunian band on their way up, strip down naked for our throwaway project. Literally.
Fifteen questions to Alice Knackfuss
We talk to the designer about feminism, the "freedom" of menswear and why she ultimately refuses to believe in fast fashion.
You wait and you wait for a book by Christian Aschman and then two come all at once... the photographer sits down with the Word and opens up about opening up.
The Big Pink
Last month, English twosome The Big Pink released a second album called 'Future This'. We spoke to them about their new record, skateboarding and being a couple (but not in that way).
We have a sit down with French artist Pierre Besson whose works are currently on show at Brussels' Joye Gallery. We talk about technologic excess, the beauty of everyday things and Brian Eno's minimalist appeal.
Fifteen questions to Ingrid Baars
We sit down with Antwerp-based Dutch photographer Ingrid Baars to discuss the creative process, her love of the female form and feedback from older men at gallery openings.
The Beautiful Fall
A fascinating read about the bitter rivalry between iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
In the third part of our designer survival kit we introduce you to the Stockman dummy - an essential no future fashion maker will be able to do without.
London three-piece Is Tropical takes you backstage with our disposable camera project.
Delvaux and Wouters & Hendrix collaboration
We sit down with jewellery designers Wouters & Hendrix to get the lowdown on their Delvaux collaboration.
Seeing right through you
A campaigner, a law enforcer, a lawyer and a investigative journalist. We profile four local heroes that strive towards making your society a more honest and transparent one.
The smooth operator
We speak to a Belgian hostage negotiator about handling crisis situations, parallels to the movie 'The Negotiator' and how a little lie can undermine an entire operation.
Facing the blank canvas: Vadim Vosters
"It is not the moment one stands before a new canvas that I start thinking about what to paint; when I order the canvas I already know what to do with it", says Belgian artist Vadim Vosters.
We sit down with 30 year old Croatian fashion designer Damir Doma to talk production issues, being an introvert in Antwerp and choosing white for his latest collection.
The interview: Is Tropical
Having just released their debut album 'Native To' earlier this year, the face-shy London three-piece was in Brussels to perform at Botanique. We caught up with them minutes before the show to talk getting bashed by Pitchfork, hating England and throwing illegal parties in toilet showrooms.
The notebook: Dirty Beaches
A quick-fire, handmade interview with Dirty Beaches frontman Alex Zhang that talks to us about being on the road, his mom and eating good food.
Boat rides, backstage antics and portraits of adoring fans: we step into the world of psychedelic popster Connan Mockasin through our disposable camera project.
Fifteen questions to: Eric Beauduin
Fashion designer Eric Beauduin's leather good creations have taken the fashion world by storm, resulting in prestigious retails imprints such as L'Ėclaireur in Paris and Halelujah in Brussels carrying his line. In a new, weekly series of rapid fire questions to the fashion folk, we quiz the Brussels-based bagman on everything from the meaning of luxury to the importance of retaining his independence.
The backstage antics of Australian two-piece Civil Civic. Having headlined this year's Microfestival in Liege / Luik, the band undoubtedly had lots of fun playing around with one of our disposable cameras.
Horses on water
Photographer Sarah Eechaut takes a behind the scenes look at a hydrotherapy centre's work with horses in need of treatment. Including a short video, the feature shows the animal's more fragile side.
Backstage at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Show2011
Final year students at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Art‘s Fashion Department have just taken their final bow, going out with a bang with its Show2011. And, true to form, this vintage year produced yet another crop of talented designers. Here, we sneak a peek backstage, capturing pre-show hysteria, post-show relief and everything in between […]
The yellow album in Colette, Paris
Dear Parisian friends and Belgians living in Paris, our yellow album has just landed in Colette. A mere three boxes of it were sent to the taste-maker’s emporium, so hurry and make sure to get yours. The magazine has been known to be out-of-stock in less than three days, so when you get there and […]
Video: the yellow album’s fashion story
You hopefully would have seen our yellow album by now. Here’s a short video we made the day we shot our fashion feature. Thanks to Piwifilms.
Studio show: Matthew Crasner and Christine Philipp
Galleries and museums are all fine, but they can sometimes be rather bland and impersonal affairs. You know, white walls, empty spaces and an overall sense of detachment from the actual art on show. That’s why we like studio shows so much. They immerse you in the artist’s world, draw you in and impregnate you […]
In progress: Paul McCarthy’s solo show at Brussels’ Charles Riva Collection
With only a week to go before the opening of Charles Riva Collection’s solo show of American provocative prankster Paul McCarthy, we dropped by the loft-like gallery to get a preview of the show’s preparations. Amongst the boxes, bubble wrap and brown tape, the first signs of a show slowly begin to appear: McCarthy’s “Silver […]
Photography and captions Vermin Twins With thanks to Ulrike Biets
Spread The Word – the video
A short video about where we spread The Word, and how. Click here for our full list of distribution points. With extra special thanks to Julien Hassid (director), Jochem Thyssen (distributor/actor), Yassin Serghini (photography/camera).
The Ghent-based concept store Mac Fly curated a night of beats, bops and boogie in Nijdrop a few weeks ago. Irish producer Mike Slott and Swiss beat craftsman Dimlite were headlining the whole shindig, whilst 54kolaktiv‘s Sagat opened and Cupp Cave & Dynooo, who recently launched their label Surf Kill, played a collaborative show ranging […]
Backstage at Dour festival
The disarming femme enfant Uffie admitted to us she enjoys pretending to not understand a word of French, that way she can secretly eavesdrop all ongoing conversations in the press area. Lola Olafisoye, singer of Chrome Hoof, certainly has what it takes to be Grace Jones’ little sis – crazy as hell, but full of […]
Here’s our man capturing the audience as he steps onstage. Fast forward to 1.00 for a load of the action.
Backstage at Les Ardentes
Pictures by Ulrike Biets The one and only Pharrell, listening to his iPod as he exits his ride to get into the dressing rooms. The iPod actually contained all of N*E*R*D‘s brand new top-secret material. No one was allowed anywhere near it, save for two very lucky journalists. Pete Doherty posing minutes before Babyshambles‘ concert. We […]
Here’s what the boys took with our disposable camera right after the gig:
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