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“I would like to interrupt today’s machine gun of images for a moment.” Oona Libens’ questioning of today’s imagery
In the framework of Bekegem's PLAN B art festival, various art forms will be explored, boundaries will be crossed and the unexpected is to be expected as Belgian artists and creatives from further abroad will showcase new and existing works. We've selected five artists and projects you cannot miss, including multi-skilled artists Oona Libens.
“Flexibility is crucial.” How OUTLINE reflects on surroundings and its inhabitants to create art.
Various art forms will be explored, boundaries will be crossed and the unexpected is to be expected as Belgian artists and creatives from further abroad will showcase new and existing works in the framework of Bekegem's PLAN B art festival. We've selected five artists and projects you cannot miss, starting off with the multimedia collective OUTLINE.
“Running a cassette label was basically just another means of coping with my addiction.” EE Tapes’ unabashed infatuation with obscurity
In a rare interview, EE Tapes' founder Eriek Van Havere talks tape swaps, his love of compilations and why he continues to release Alain Neffe music.
15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Trio treats in Brussels, acidic rhythms in Zerkegem and national holiday shenanigans in Leuven. Go do the right thing.
Immersion into the unknown: Marijke De Roover’s DIY visual activism
As part of BOZAR's Somewhere In Between, the group exhibition Fremdkörper brings together various voices to explore the elusive boundaries between physical corporalities and abstract identities. For the occasion, we've invited five participating artists to showcase their works, among them Marijke de Roover.
51N4E: The architecture practice using Brussels as a testing ground for future change
We sat down with Brussels-based architectural practice 51N4E's co-founding partner Freek Persyn to talk about their growing influential role, the necessity of a bottom-up approach to city planning and how Brussels is the best playground an architect could currently hope for.
25-to-life: Part 5 of Centrale for Contemporary Art’s essentials
We distill the ambitious Centrale for Contemporary Art in 25 essentials, rounding it off with Part 5.
21 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Dripping decadence in Antwerp, calculated chaos in Leuven and bumping beats in Brussels. Go do the right thing.
Conceptual re-evaluation: Balthazar Delepierre’s design exploration
From familial inspiration with typography to finding his stride in style, Brussels-based independent graphic designer Balthazar Delepierre talks us through his portfolio.
Five reasons not to miss deSingel’s BOUGE B
Renowned for its fresh perspective and multisensory approach to performance art, we select five reasons why this year's BOUGE B is one to be noted.
25-to-life: Part 4 of Centrale for Contemporary Art’s essentials
We distill the ambitious Centrale for Contemporary Art in 25 essentials, carrying on the five-part series with Part 4.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Cultural cannibalism in Antwerp, tangible femininity in Brussels and sweaty grooves in Mechelen. Go do the right thing.
15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Masculinity under fire in Brussels, celestial mixes in Ghent and world-class frames in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.
Ballon Rouge Collective curator Evelyn Simons on collective speculation
We put a few questions to Brussels-based curator Evelyn Simons on her current exhibition with Philip Janssens, about being at the forefront of an international movement, and why they needed a thousand tulips.
25-to-life: Part 3 of Centrale for Contemporary Art’s essentials
We distill the ambitious Centrale for Contemporary Art in 25 essentials, continuing on the five-part series with Part 3.
25-to-life: Part 2 of Centrale for Contemporary Art’s essentials
We distill the ambitious Centrale for Contemporary Art in 25 essentials, carrying on the five-part series with Part 2.
Behind the scenes of Kasper De Vos’ hectic studio
Inside access into Kasper De Vos' mad scientist's laboratory, with rusted scissors, scattered photographs and half-finished sculptures giving a taste of his multidimensional mind.
Christophe Collas’ 15 best Belgian photobooks
In honour of the second edition of the Liège Photobook Festival running this weekend, we've asked photographer and curator Christope Collas to round up a 15-strong list of this year's best contemporary Belgian photobooks.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Airwave birthdays in Ghent, all female line-ups in Brussels and over-the-top art in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.
25-to-life: Part 1 of Centrale for Contemporary Art’s essentials
We distill the ambitious Centrale for Contemporary Art in 25 essentials, kicking off the five-part series with introductory Part 1.
Interrogating the individual: Island’s Emmanelle Indekeu on Me, me, me, me
Curator Emmanuelle Indekeu unpicks the temporality and pertinence of bringing artists together for Brussels-based gallery Island's current exhibition, whilst tapping into her own creative inspirations
Resurrecting darlings: Ines Cox’s design self-reflections
From childhood games with a copy machine to finding inspiration from her students, the unrelentless Ines Cox talks us through her portfolio.
Digging deep into the Acker process: Florian Fischer on To Name Herstory
It's your last chance to catch To Name Herstory, and director Florian Fischer gives his own interrogative take on Kathy Acker's intentions and discusses the challenges of transforming her work into theatre for the occasion.
“The chaos of the city could be exhausting as a citizen, but as an artist, it’s a treasure.”
Five foreign-born, Brussels-based artists on their newfound home, and the kind of impact the city has had on their work.
“I think you need some guts to live here”: The enduring and contradictory appeal of Borgerhout
We round up some of Borgerhout’s most involved and committed residents to consider the neighbourhood’s many different facets and discuss what makes it the hotbed of possibilities and potential it is today.
Brussels-based electronic producer Simon Hold on his latest 7″ release
From humble beginnings to high-fashion runways, the Ghent native talks candidly about the makings of his most recent Vlek release.
Why Belgium needs to look closer to home before pointing fingers.
With the country's seeming unwillingness to tackle its own fundamental failings head on, its ability to hold a moral compass up to its international partners stands diminished.
Favourite Belgian Releases: Locked Groove
Berlin-based Locked Groove is back for one night in Ampere, and lays down 10 of his all-time favourite Belgian releases for the occasion.
12 innovations in personal living
A hand-picked list of Belgium's most useful and effective initiatives within the sharing economy, sure to facilitate your daily life.
The initiatives shaping the Charleroi of tomorrow
From creative space to live music venue, we drop in on four venues that are strenghtening the city’s cultural landscape and shaping its future.
Save the D.A.T.E
In its ever growing quest to cement its reputation as an all-round creative force, the city of Antwerp, is putting on the second edition of D.A.T.E.
Photographers Ruben Tomas and Gert Motmans
We get a glimpse of Ruben Tomas' and Gert Motmans' photographic work presented by Alexandra Beirnaerdt in Antwerp this weekend.
Photographer Michèle Matyn
Michele's Matyn's elusive yet mesmerizing photographic work is featured in our soon to be released September edition.
YBAP Pre-selection jury: Martin Germann
Another stellar addition to this years's YBAP pre-selection jury, Martin Germann contextualizes his contribution.
SMAK’s Iris Paschalidis on Jef Geys
SMAK's Iris Paschalidis opens up on curating Jef Geys' recent exhibit
David Widart’s 23 days in Los Angeles
Belgian photographer David Widart's 26 rolls shot over 23 days in Los Angeles.
Adelheid De Witte
Artist Adelheide de Witte on her latest series of painting, Guest rooms, that she'll be showing in her Gent studio this weekend.
Eliza Sys’s Los Angeles
We catch up with an old family member who's now based out in LA capturing its streets.
First things first: Hypochristmutreefuzz (with free download)
Noise-rockers Hypochristmutreefuzz on eating honey and what their parents think of their music.
Stien Bekaert’s fragile found footage collages
KASK graduate printmaker Stien Bekaert on first intentions, artistic expressions and interpretations.
Belgian photographer Lara Gasparotto at Berlin’s Kromus + Zink gallery
With her solo show in Berlin opening on Friday, we catch up with Belgian photographer Lara Gasparotto
We discuss references and influences with the Antwerp-based photographer.
On-Point teams up with Brussels Philharmonic
We talk to On-Point Records about its recent partnering up with Brussels Philharmonic as the Belgium Trombone Quartet.
The night we celebrated Belgium
A few photographs from the official book launch we held in Brussels to mark the release of This is Belgium.
Converse collaborates with Belgian street artists
A few images of Converse's recent collaborations with Belgium's most prolific street artists.
11 iconic new wave tracks from Belgium
Starman Records head honcho Felix Huybrechts compiled a list of 11 of his favourite 80s Belgian new wave tracks for us.
Michaël Borremans at Bozar
Exhibition views of Bozar's hotly-anticipated Michaël Borremans quasi-retropspective, As sweet as it gets.
Exhibition preview: Miles Fischler at Recyclart
We put a few questions to the Antwerp-based photographer in the run up to her show opening this Thursday in Brussels.
New book: Stine Sampers
We talk to photographer Stine Sampers about the release of her book, under the city lies a sea, with Art Paper Editions.
15 spaces for photography in Belgium
From Brussels' Contretype to Antwerp's FoMu, we’ve crisscrossed Belgium looking for the best spaces for photography.
20 of the best spaces for emerging art in Belgium today
We round-up 20 of the most exciting spaces for emerging art in Belgium today.
Belgium’s photography graduates: Lisa Spilliaert
Last but certainly not least, Lisa Spilliaert brings the series to a close...
Belgium’s photography graduates: Heidrun Klos
Fresh from the prestigious art school, she tells us about the challenge of using images for self-expression.
Belgium’s photography graduates: Miles Fischler
School's out. Miles Fischler is first in our series of interviews with recently graduated Belgian photographers.
The Young Belgian Art Prize 2013: Jean-Baptiste Bernadet
Number two in our series of interviews of nominees for the newly-renamed Young Belgian Art Prize 2013.
An interview with Poppositions founder Liv Vaisberg
"We don’t just want to be the kind of off-fair that shows the artists who got rejected by the official one..."
The photography bundle
Autographed photography books, artist commissions and first-print editions. Belgian photography and The Word in one, yours for 190 euros.
Fit to print
In a converted printing press we learn about the early days of Brussels' art activism and post-digital letterpresses.
Roos Vandekerckhove and the power of colour
Pistachio green, bright red, indigo blue and fuchsia pink: a few of knitwear virtuoso Roos Vandekerckhove's favourite things...
Five industry moves that rocked the fashion world in 2012
In fashion, you can't take anything for granted. Here are the top 5 moves that shocked and excited the industry in 2012.
Adeline and Alexandre on the opening of Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Cousins Adeline and Alexandre's blink-and you'll-miss-it one stop shop for Belgian creative entrepreneurs sets up in Brussels.
Annemie Verbeke on Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Womenswear designer Annemie Verbeke gets involved in the Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store in Brussels' Châtelain neighbourhood.
A retrospective of Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman in Germany
Dirk Braeckman opens his first solo show at Kunsthalle Erfurt, a retrospective spanning twenty years
Slow journalism, fast medium: Bart Kiggen & Magali Elali’s Coffeeklatch
Bart and Magali visit interesting Belgian people in their homes, ask questions, drink coffee, and put it all on Coffeeklatch...
Fashion photographer Zeb Daemen on androgyny and the search for timelessness
Industry wunderkind Zeb Daemen talks timeless images and the appeal of shiny-skinned, alien-like women.
Ten years of Catclub flyers
Celebrating 10 years of Catclub dance floor goodness with a big birthday bash tomorrow night at Brussels' Wild Gallery, we caught up with founder Lady Jane to talk early beginnings, memorable nights and having the best flyers in the world.
An interview with the creative minds behind Belgian fashion label Percy Stone
Percy Stone are yet another creative city-side couple in the early days of their joint enterprise. They answer our questions about their two's company.
My fascination with music Made in Belgium, by Onda Sonora’s Bart Sibiel
In the first instalment of a twice-monthly series celebrating his love of music 'Made in Belgium', Onda Sonora's Bart Siebel - radio host, DJ and promoter - takes a closer look at what, exactly, defines Belgium's DIY ethos.
Belgian electro pop duo Joy Wellboy on life, love and joking about The Clash’s drummer
Belgian two-piece Joy Wellboy talk about sharing the stage, sharing a bed and being mirrors for each other...
Photographer Vincent Delbrouck’s solo show Autofiction in Bienne
Vincent Delbrouck’s new exhibition has just opened in Switzerland and we nabbed him to discuss this latest artistic endeavour and the meditative qualities of his creative process.
Antwerp-based girl DJ duo Soren on gigs and good looks
We met up at Antwerp's Café Normo with Amélie Lens and Rosalie De Meyer to talk about Søren, the DJ act they launched together last year.
Belgian stylist Benoît Béthume on the launch of Mémoire Universelle, his new bookazine
Stylist Benoît Béthume's bookazine Mémoire Universelle is more book than magazine. The first issue's about love, and it's about to hit a shelf near you.
An interview with Belgian photographer Maroeskja Lavigne
Maroeskja Lavigne's series on Iceland resulted in her being the only Belgian photographer to be nominated for Foam's Talent Issue. We caught up with the 22 year old to talk David Lynch and the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Max Pinckers at Amsterdam’s De Brakke Grond
We asked photographer-on-the-rise Max Pinckers to document the days leading up to the opening of his exhibition in Amsterdam using one of our ol' favourite throwaway cameras.
Fashion designer Étienne Derœux on his American road trip-inspired collection
Designer Étienne Derœux went roadtripping across the USA à la Jack Kerouac where the formality and tradition of American dress informed his third and latest collection.
Rising Belgian photographer Stine Sampers on the work of a lifetime
Stine Sampers, an artist whose tender years have attracted as much consideration as her thoughtful images, got a solo show at Antwerp's In Aanmaak.
Cult Belgian blog On-Point’s exclusive playlist for streaming site Juke
The second instalment in our sponsored playlists feature sees us hand selection duties over to Belgian blog On-Point founder Alex Deforce for an 80-minute plus playlist of sun, smiles and soul.
An interview with Belgian design darling Thomas Lommee
Thomas Lommee is working on a Lego-meets-Wikipedia type design project in his Ixelles studio. We talk to the young designer about sensitivity and design solutions.
Antwerp-based fashion photographer Michaël Smits on new directions
Photographer Michaël Smits is moving away from controlled minimalism and getting otherwise inspired, while settling into a brand new Antwerp studio.
Brussels photographer Julie Scheurweghs on her solo show at Amsterdam’s De Brakke Grond
Julie Scheurweghs has just scored her first solo photography exhibition at Amsterdam's De Brakke Grond, a show that sees the 24 year old Ostender search for beauty in the banal.
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.
The five movers and shakers that gave Belgian designers a voice
Scenes don’t just magically take shape. We talk to five individuals instrumental in instigating, supporting and promoting design in Belgium.
A conversation with artist Sophie Kuijken
We sit down with Belgian painter Sophie Kuijken to talk about random internet searches, escaping artistic trends and painting people.
A look at artist Sophie Kuijken’s latest work
Our series of artists' portfolio reviews continues with Belgian painter Sophie Kuijken.
The role of death and depression in photographer Anne De Gelas’ work
In a frank conversation about death, legacies and the trials and tribulations of life, photographer Anne De Gelas opens up to reveal a little more about her work.
An interview with up-and-coming Belgian photographer Mieke Verbijlen
In our second art interview of the month, we speak with Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen about people's interiors, inspirations and browsing through Flickr.
An interview with Antwerp’s fashion retail pioneer Geert Bruloot
In an exclusive interview for The Word, Philippe Pourhashemi talks to retail pioneer Geert Bruloot about the influence of London in his early days, the making of the Antwerp Six and how Japan paved the way for Belgium.
An interview with Belgian painting prodigy Rinus Van de Velde
We sit down with Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde to talk about his working process, living in a fake reality and why the world doesn’t really need art.
A conversation with Antwerp fashion designer Jan-Jan Van Essche
We sit down with menswear designer Jan-Jan Van Essche to talk about the pleasure of comfort, putting seasonal cycles aside and why less is always more.
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