BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF) 2017 (Brussels, Belgium)

For the sixth time now, the multidisciplinary BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF) will occupy every corner of the Centre for Fine Arts. Over several days this festival presents the broadest possible view of the electronic arts, at the cutting edge of art and technology.

The festival has a minimalist Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner as its musical headliner, in the shape of Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer of soundtracks for, among other films, Arrival and the new Blade Runner. During this long and particularly eclectic music weekend (26 to 30.09) the highly versatile Australian Ben Frost presents his new album and American composer William Basinski offers the Belgian premier of his emotional tribute to David Bowie. Producer and shoegazer Pantha du Prince puts on an exclusive show, and the Japanese queen of avant-garde, Phew, plays a new album after 20 years. Among the performances in the impressive Horta Hall will be SpaceTime Helix, for which artist Michela Pelusio designed and made her own opto-acoustic instrument.

The winners of the international innovation competition, STARTS Prize 2017, unveil their winning installations, and six Belgian women artists tackle science and technology in the Tendencies exhibition.The FEAT exhibition features six works by artists who leave their comfort zone to participate in collaborative scientific research, tackling diverse problems from carbon capture to monitoring pollution.

Estonia, one of Europe’s digital pioneers, takes over the European Presidency and, alongside state of the art cyber theatre from Demultiplexia (on 14.09), gives us a selection of astonishing digital video art in The Archaeology of the Screen. The Estonian Example, an exhibition which will inaugurate BOZAR Lab, BOZAR’s brand new exhibition space for media art.

BOZAR’s new department ‘BOZAR LAB’ is opening its doors on 14 September. It’s a brand new space for art, new media and technology. It’s a place where artists, researchers and the general public can meet to critically reflect on innovation, at the crossroads of different disciplines.

Blockchain. Fact. Fiction. Future (Brussels, Belgium)

Symposium, Showcase & Hacklab

Digital culture constantly generates new paradigms, mediums and technologies. Blockchain is one of those. Blockchain is the revolutionary system that underlies cryptocurrencies such as BitCoin, the first decentralised digital currency for which it was created. But the potential uses of blockchain extend far beyond its initial purpose, turning upside-down numerous fields, from finance to collaborative economics, from medias to creative industries, not to mention education, health or politics. Blockchain – this very technical and still unfamiliar word – covers different realities and a large array of usages, technologies and players.

Part utopia, part anarcho-capitalism, blockchain is the unexpected ally of digital finance investors, as well as artists, geeks and hackers. Encrypted virtual currencies, transactions certificates, artworks, protection of personal data, e-democracy, collaborative peer-to-peer practices : the expectations are high. Will blockchain reinvent the internet of things, decentralise our civilisation and replace states ?

Science-fiction or social reality, the BLOCKCHAIN. FACT. FICTION. FUTURE event will bring together artists, activists, hackers, designers, scientists, sociologists and political scientists to analyse, question, and discuss the disruptive, cultural and creative potential of this technology.

The event will include an INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, a SHOWCASE EVENING of artists projects and a HACKLAB.

KIKK Festival 2016 (Namur, Belgium)

See Satelliten by Quadrature

Satelliten – a machine tracking activities in lower earth orbit from Quadrature on Vimeo.

KIKK is an international festival of digital and creative cultures. Its interest lies in the artistic and economic implications of new technologies. The event gathers people of all backgrounds from all around the world. They are designers, scientists, makers, entrepreneurs, artists, architects, developers or musicians. They come to KIKK to tell you their personal anecdotes, to share professional experiences and innovative ideas, to present an artwork, a project or a product. You return home full of inspiration with plenty of contacts and new passions.

This year, through a program of conferences, exhibitions and workshops, KIKK Festival will analyze how art and science collide in contemporary culture with new waves of artists exploring the physical phenomenons of light, radio, acoustic, magnetic, water or matter waves interferences. Interfering also means to come into opposition. Numerous activists, critical designers are scrambling systems to denounce intrusive practices or policies, others condemn mass surveillance and question privacy issues. Design and economy are also concerned by the subject: a disruptive product, practice or market, can be first seen as an interference before being considered as a new model of disruptive innovation.

Bozar Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF) 2016 (Brussels, Belgium)

For its 5th edition, the BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival will once again showcase a series of international artists that represent the state of digital culture today. A vast line up of musicians and producers, ranging from cutting edge experimentalists to high profile electronic acts will perform in various adapted venues. During 10 days, you will experience audio-visual installations and performances reflecting on the current dialogue between the use of new technologies and strong artistic personalities . And much more…

Artefact 2016: Up in the Air (Leuven, Belgium)

In Artefact 2016: Up in the Air, we gaze upwards, to the sky. What does our sky consist of ? Which phenomena play within? What does that space mean to us and how have we appropriated it? What will it mean for instance, for more and more drones to occupy the sky, and how do we as a society want to live with them? A hot topic, and subject to many heated discussions now that the European guidelines for civil use of drones are on their way.
The exhibition aims to shed light on the poetic, political and economic use of our air space, presenting new perspectives on fields such as telecommunication, transport and ecology.

The Artefact festival takes place in STUK and throughout the city of Leuven (STUK, Ladeuzeplein, de Bib Leuven …) with a careful selection of artworks, performances, concerts and lectures.

The State of Things – An exhibition by Overtoon & Werktank (Brussels, Belgium)

At the invitation of iMAL, Overtoon and Werktank put the activities of their residents in the spotlight in a joint exhibition entitled “The State of Things.”

The exhibition The State of Things presents recents works by four artists, Mats Dekock, Stijn Demeulenaere, Elias Heuninck and Jeroen Uyttendaele, who were in residency at Overtoon and Werktank in 2014 and 2015. The exhibited works share a particular interest in fleeting moments, that manifest themselves in fractions of sound and light. Can you capture a memory or a moment in electrical circuits?

The works of Jeroen Uyttendaele (Overtoon) and Mats Dekock (Werktank) use electricity as an expressive medium. Uyttendaele uses electricity in its purest form to generate a spark field, while Dekock questions the inner working of our memory and the way we remember things.

Memory is also the theme of the work of Stijn Demeulenaere (Overtoon), which examines the role of our auditory memory. Elias Heuninck (Werktank) designed a camera, that scans the area and slowly creates an image.

In all these works, a moment or a memory is brought to life with mechanical components. What appears at first to be a rational and scientific approach to reality results in creations with strong emotions. Because they differ from our way of experiencing reality and fail to presents its complexity, they reveal something about human perception. Failure is human, but these installations are a deliberate and desperate attempt to grasp reality with technology, with the intention to create a brutal poetry of the moment.

KIKK Festival 2015 (Namur, Belgium)

KIKK is an international festival of creativity in digital cultures that explores the economic and artistic implications of new technologies.

It’s a mix of technology, visual arts, music, architecture, design and interactive media. The program includes conferences, workshops, an exhibition, a market and a party with live performances.

BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF) 2015 (Brussels, Belgium)

The BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF) offers an opportunity to explore the very best of digital culture. Now a must for fans of the digital arts, the festival includes electronic music, installations, artistic performances, screenings, workshops, and talks. Its beats will resound throughout the Centre for Fine Arts over three whole days. The Centre’s main auditorium, the Henry Le Boeuf Hall, usually used to stage classical concerts, will host leading lights of electro, including Apparat from Berlin. An exhibition of works of “Digital Art” will be on display in a number of the Centre’s spaces. The Festival’s “showpiece” can be seen in the Horta Hall, where the Swiss artist Zimoun presents a monumental work entitled 64 ventilators, 98m² polyethylene foil 0.08mm. The BEAF’s multidisciplinary programme, which brings together popular artists and cutting-edge projects, attracts more visitors – keen to discover new sensations – every year. Attendance doubled over three years, to almost 6,000 visitors for the festival as a whole.

Materialise World Conference (Brussels, Belgium)

The Materialise World Conference 2015 welcomes all the world’s leading thinkers and doers involved in 3D printing, from clinical, to biomedical, to industrial, to consumer applications, to meet and exchange ideas of how 3D Printing can make a difference in their communities.

With 4 summits in 1 conference, you’re sure to leave full of ideas and inspired to create meaningful innovations through 3D Printing.

These three are my suggested sessions; although they all look interesting!

Anouk Wipprecht
23 APRIL : Keynote Speaker

What does fashion lack? “Microcontrollers” according to Dutch based fashiontech designer and innovator Anouk Wipprecht. As she is working in the emerging field of “fashion-tech”; a rare combination of fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction/user experience design, she created an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way.

Frederik De Wilde
24 APRIL : Art, Science and Technology: “Hacking the Universe”

Frederik De Wilde is an inter- and transdisciplinary artist, researcher, microentrepreneur, author, consultant, advisory board member, 3D modeller, animator and software developer, acting on the border of art with science and technology.

Katrien Herdewyn
24 APRIL : From Idea to 3D Printed Shoe

Katrien Herdewyn studied electrical engineering, material sciences and obtained a master’s degree in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Together with PhD research in sciences, she specialized in fashion footwear design at fashion art academies in Belgium, London and Florence. In her collections, she experiments with new technologies and materials. She cooperates with Frederik Bussels from to translate her 3D-printable ideas into reality, mainly for the prototypes of her designs. In September 2014, Katrien founded her own commercial footwear label Elegnano, combining high tech and high heels.