During the past few months, MovingCities has been moving around – in China and in-between China and Europe. We saw cities stitched together by runways, gazed upon the world from our windowseats. A selection of 20 – aerophotography – images from recent arrivals in and departures from Lisbon, Brussels, Shanghai 上海 and Kunming 昆明市.
And a short introduction to a 24-year old Portuguese priest making real airplanes (from real paper) in 1709. Continue reading “4 cities, 4 months | aerophotography”
Two weeks ago, the Guardian, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, unveiled a new section of its website — Guardian Cities — so to shine a spotlight on the urbanisation of the world, whilst highlighting resilience, environmental, sustainability, social, and poverty issues…
MovingCities is very pleased to be included! As such we’ve selected 45 urban images from our 460 posts-archive [see sitemap]. Continue reading “Guardian Cities | city bloggers”
While en route from Shanghai 上海 to Brussels, the plane made a stop-over in Moscow. It was election Sunday in Russia’s capital, but on the runway, in the tax-free shops and airport lounges, it was business as usual. Or so, it looked like. Societies are hard to read while being on a stop-over, politics hardly matter when you’re in transit. Continue reading “Moscow >> Brussels”
Last week, Bert de Muynck | MovingCities was in Belgium, invited by artist-duo Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans [website], to lecture in the Reading Room # 4 as part of the The Residence [a wager for the afterlife] video project. A report from Brussels and Antwerp. Continue reading “The Residence | Brussels + Antwerp”
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”
MovingCities flies from Lisbon to Brussels, developing the idea of an AirplaneApp dealing with aerophotography. September 2, 2011.
Moving around is our raison d’être. Sometimes we are here; more than often we are there. We’re strangers to some cities, inhabitants of others. We’re living in an actual world, in the reality of the runway and enjoy the freedom, and luxury, of flying. We leave and return. Flying from the South of Europe to the Middle of Europe, from Lisbon to Brussels, we indulged in aerophotography. People around us reacted nervous to the sound of the shutter: it was summer, the time of the year tourists move around en masse. Continue reading “Lisbon >> Brussels”
The Washington Post calls it a Belgian family drama and the Hollywood Report a bawdy, heartfelt glimpse into a proudly dysfunctional Belgium family. No, we’re not reviewing the current political crisis in Belgium, but quote reactions on The Misfortunates, a movie by Belgian director Felix van Groeningen, based on a novel by Dimitri Verhulst. Driving recently by train through the Flemish countryside, we were reminded about the analysis of Gunther Strobbe, the main character in the movie. Continue reading “Belgium | drive-through”
Last year, when visiting Brussels, MovingCities scanned Ground Euro – the European Quarter – and the area around La Femme & Parking58. This time around we look at the “North Residency”, a housing slab built in 1974, located the back of Brussels’ North Railway Station. Continue reading “Brussels | North railway station”
An extended series of images capturing one week of moving around in the northern part of Belgium, Flanders, by train. The home of continental Europe’s first railway, built in 1835, Belgium has one of Europe’s most extensive rail networks. Snapshots from Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges and Brussels. And the 99% urbanized area in between these cities.
Continue reading “Belgium | trainstations & landscapes”