Thurston’s new Trix and Miaux. This weekend in Belgium.


1. Pictorial Field, D+T Project


The D+T Project Gallery was awarded the Karen Renders prize at this year’s Art Brussels “for their intelligent and thoughtfully curated project on the concept of identity,” according to InitiART Magazine. Now you can check out the gallery and many of its artists in this fascinating group show. ‘Pictorial Field’ explores visual experiences and plays with the visitor’s perception, blurring the borders between the virtual, the real, the visible and the hidden with genre-crossing works by Elena Bajo, Ivan Argote, Shila Khatami and others.

Until 13th July
D+T Project, Rue Bosquetstraat 4 – 1060 Brussels 

2. Air Liquide, (SIC)


Part from organising exhibitions, lectures and gigs, Brussels’ SIC also publish books on art theory and monographs. Fresh off the boat from the Venice Biennal, this multi-faceted artistic non-profit is presenting the work of Belgian-Italian artist duo Simona Denicolai and Ivo Provoost who’ve been working together for over a decade. Their art crosses all genres, “aspiring art which enables a feedback to the economic and social reality in our society,” writes Art Agenda.

Opening 15 June
SIC,  Avenue Van Volxemlaan 54 – 1190 Brussels

3. Vert Pop, ABP Warehouse

Vert Pop, an annual party sponsored by  Belgium’s green political parties, is celebrating its 10th birthday this weekend with a bang: slogging away on the decks you’ll find  (among others) none other than Massive Attack‘s Daddy G, a peddler of what’s known as the Bristol sound, a “laid back sound that breathes dub, reggae, funk, disco and hip hop,” say Resident Advisor. This time, the soirée will be taking place in an underground warehouse and  it’s (get this) free in: party goers just need to sign up here to get on the guest list.

15 June, 22h00
ABP WAREHOUSE, Rue du Rectangle Rechthoekstraat – 1000 Brussels

4. Out loud! Beursschouwburg

Beursschouwburg Brussels is celebrating the end of the 2013 cultural season with Out Loud! Picnics on the rooftop terrace and film screenings will be ongoing until the end of June. As part of their apéro concerts, Antwerp-based electronica artist Miaux, whose unearthly sound made the people behind Incubate festival think of “sailboats, watching old cartoons or just lying in the grass doing absolutely nothing,” will be there this weekend.

14 June, 19h00
Beursschouwburg, rue Auguste Ortsstraat 20 – 1000 Brussel


5. Chelsea Light Moving, Trix

You might not have heard of Chelsea Light Moving, an alternative rock band that only got together last year, but the name of one of its members should at least ring a bell; it’s none other than Thurston Moore, frontman of the legendary Sonic Youth. “The band’s self-titled debut record is the heaviest, most dissonant music that Moore has put together in recent memory, easily out-skronking Sonic Youth’s 2009 LP, The Eternal,” writes Pitchfork. Check them out at Antwerp’s Trix this weekend. Until you do, brush up on Sonic Youth’s history by reading their stolen-gear saga in The Word Magazine’s latest edition.

13 June, 19h30
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp


6. Chew it, Croxhapox


Love it or hate it, this time of year the country’s off-spaces are stuffed full of art school graduates presenting their final year projects. Ghent-based Croxhapox is currently accommodating an eclectic range of graphic designers, textile artists and multimedia whizz kids who are all eager to show us what they’re made of.

Opens 13 June
Croxhapox, Lucas Munichstraat 76-82 – 9000 Ghent

7. Lambda1 photo collective, KTA

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Taken over by Nucleo in 2012, this former industrial school in Ghent has already served as a platform for many different artistic ventures – from low-cost studio spaces for emerging artists to the setting for senior art students’ graduation projects. Starting this Friday, photographic collective Lambda1 are taking over. Combining quality with sustainability in their philosophy and work, the collective will be showing the works of ten different photographers.

Opening 14 June, 19h00
KTA, Lindenlei 38 – 9000 Ghent

8. La boîte à Gand, Sint-Lucas chapel


Curated by comic artist Brecht EvensLa boîte à Gand – pun probably intended – is an exhibition that not only explores comics in the context of art but also presents the recent work of a generation of St-Lucas alumni. Hosted in the former chapel of the late medieval St-Lucas premises, the expo presents work by Hannelore Van Dijck, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Sarah Yu Zeebroek and Lotte Van de Walle.

Until 30 June
Sint-Lucas chapel, Zwartezustersstraat 34 – 9000 Ghent

9. John Webster Johns, Alpha Whale and Urpf Lanze, DOK

Covered and heavily respected by White Fence, LA-based artist John Webster Johns is bringing his characteristic lo-fi sound to the people of Ghent. Expect an intimate meeting with a wandering soul who – despite a little flirtation – leaves the bedroom producer spielerei far behind. Boomkat puts it like this: “Embarking on forays into avant-glam, sound collages and plain weird noise experiments/multi-vocal lullabies, John Webster Johns is an aural mirror to an ADD generation.” Don’t take it personally.

16 June, 20h00
DOK, Koopvaardijlaan – 9000 Ghent


10. APE book launch, De Garage


Belgian independent publishing platform APE -whose predilection is the-book-as-exhibition-space – are launching another fascinating publication this weekend, one that explores art and architecture projects alongside the N16 national road. Offering a mix of texts and photography, there’ll be works by Tractor, De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Sarah & Charles and many more. And if you didn’t already know: APE are also the creative minds behind Breasts, a limited special edition exclusively made for The Word Magazine.

15 June, 14h00
De Garage, Onder ten Toren 12A – 2800 Mechelen