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Digital art in Namur, a one-day home exhibition in Ostend, brunch in Brussels, and more art in Mechelen and Antwerp – see you there!

Last days: Emmanuel Van der Auwera at Botanique

Runs until 3 November Brussels

Rising Belgian artist Emmanuel Van der Auwera has been making a name for himself over the last years with his gripping video sculptures and installations critically exploring contemporary visual culture. “The Sky is on Fire”, shown at Botanique for the very first time, examines the relationship between digital culture and memory in an immersive installation that takes the viewer into the streets of Miami, where a new technology scans the environment using a smartphone, generating a digitalised reality, fixed outside time. We recommend to combine this exhibition with a visit to Harlan Levey Projects, where the second part of Van der Auwera’s chilling diptych is currently on view.

Exhibition: Le Quotidien at Valerie Traan

Runs until 8 November Antwerp

Miles Fischler

The current exhibition at Antwerp gallery Valerie Traan is named “Le Quotidien” for two reasons: the title not only refers to its meaning “everyday life” but also to the daily newspaper of the same name. Accordingly, the show assembles works by eight artists which deal, across different genres, with the confrontation between everyday life and the never-ending news flow we are all subjected to. With works by Miles Fischler, Ralph Collier, Isabelle Krieg, and others.

Night out: Italo vampiro disco at Chez Ta Mère

Thursday, 31 October Brussels

If you’re interested in finding out what exactly an Italo vampiro disco is all about, head over to Chez Ta Mère at Brussels’ Place Fernand Cocq on this Halloween Thursday. According to the organisers, you can expect bloody music, the chance to bite stuff, and cocktails without garlic. By the way, if you show up in a costume (not just with the generic Joker make-up please), you’ll get a shot for free.

Digital art festival: KIKK

From 31 October to 3 November Namur

It’s that time of year again when KIKK, an annual art festival taking place in the Wallonian city of Namur, creates bridges between art, culture, science and technology. This 9th edition offers an incredibly vast program of conferences and networking events, but also an art journey around the city, a market, and even parties. Check out the full program here!

Film: Chantal Akerman at Cinematek

Friday, 1 November, 21h00 Brussels

Brussels’ Cinematek will screen a major classic this Friday by celebrated Belgian artist and filmmaker Chantal Akerman. “D’Est” (From the East), mainly shot in Poland and Russia in the year and a half following the collapse of the Soviet Union, focuses on the textures of everyday life stranded between an uncertain future and long-standing patterns and habits.

Exhibition: Daan Gielis at De Garage

Runs until 17 November Mechelen

With his exhibition “You won’t get what you want” at Mechelen’s De Garage, Belgian artist Daan Gielis investigates the emotional, communicative and social systems that shape our world as well as the conflicting feelings and experiences connected to it. His mixed media sculptures deal with the struggle to find consistency, frustrated desire, and other all too familiar feelings. 

Eat & Drink: Weekend brunch at Brut

2 and 3 November Brussels

Nestled in a little street behind the busy Place Flagey, Brut pleasantly surprises with signature cuisine in a laid-back setting. While the evening menu is a bit on the pricey side, the weekend brunch is a great opportunity to discover what Brut, a family affair, is all about: food of the highest quality that is seasonal, organic, and local. Customers are invited to indulge into a large buffet consisting of both hot and cold dishes. Ben Stas and his wife Alice take the word ‘homemade’ painstakingly serious: here, even granola, oils and spices are created from scratch, and fish and meats are cured in their very own smoking oven.

One-day-exhibition: Salon Blanc

Sunday, 3 November, 11-16h00 Ostend

Ostend has more to offer what you might expect when it comes to contemporary art. See for yourself this Sunday, when Els Wuyts and Yves Velter invite you to their home for the 41st edition of Salon Blanc, a one-day-only exhibition. This time, you can discover the artistic universes of Franz Anaïs andFilip Vervaet in this intimate setting. 

Cover photo Grégoire Pleynet

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