The Residence [a wager for the afterlife] is a video project by Belgian artist-duo Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans [website], on display in Argos, Brussels, until April 1, 2012. Their new video focusses on the artist as entrepreneur in a global society that qualifies economy as the single measure of things and is the result of a six month residency in China in 2009-10. Besides the video, they also host the The Residence [reading room] – presenting itself as a discursive platform and a dense cabinet of curiosities in ExtraCity, Antwerp. During several Saturdays in the coming 2 months, ExtraCity will host a series of performances, screenings, lectures and book presentations. As part of this program, Bert de Muynck | MovingCities will lecture about The Creative City in China on Saturday March 10, 2012. Continue reading “The Residence | video + lecture”
In 1968 the Belgian architect Renaat Braem published a manifesto on his native country called “The Ugliest Country in the World”. In 1979, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Belgian independence, architect and artist Luc Deleu (T.O.P. Office) laid ‘the last stone of Belgium’ in his small front garden in Antwerp. Today, rather surprisingly, Belgium still exists. Some snapshots and background to a 99% urbanized territory.
The MAS (tagline a new museum in Antwerp about the river, the city, the port and the world) is a design by Neutelings-Riedijk Architects and currently under construction. Surprisingly under construction one could say, as the design was already on the table in 1999 when Neutelings-Riedijk won the international architectural competition. It took 7 years to lay the first stone, in September 2006, and the museum is supposed to be operational in 2010. Continue reading “MAS | under construction snapshots”