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This summer, creative hub C-Mine will be transformed into the artistic stronghold of 13 international revelations from the graphic design scene. Local curator Daan Linsen of Alley brings them together for a summer project that will transcend the limits of an average exposition. Do not expect just wall drawings and illustrations, the project goes further than that: there’s more to find in the C-Mine shop, the large C-Mine square and the Vennestraat nearby. In short: a vision and a fresh expression of graphic art and design on C-Mine. From 2 July to 11 September: rendez-vous in Hasselt.
Rave culture started in the Eighties and Nineties and quickly spread from its centre in England, Germany and Belgium to the rest of Europe. Often with more than 1,000 attendees, raves were spontaneously organised concentrations of people that transcended race and class. While using the upcoming techniques of that time, each place developed its own rave culture and innumerable forms of acid house, techno, hardcore and jungle. Energy Flash is the first museum exhibition that illuminates rave as an alternative movement in Europe. It shows the work of several visual artists together with design objects, music, fashion, archive and television material, and takes place from 17 June to 25 September in the Muhka.
Since the beginning of the year, De School has been Amsterdam’s latest hotspot and the successor of the dearly departed and legendary club Trouw. Located in an old schoolhouse (what else?) near the Rembrandtpark, De School is a multifunctional complex that’s open seven days a week. Besides a club and music hall, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in the accompanying café and restaurant (which has a terrace and courtyard – swoon). In the club, DJs perform in the middle of the crowd and lighting is provided by Children Of The Light. And good news for the Subba fam: Subbacultcha will host concerts in the former technical classroom of the school. Free entrance is also valid for Belgian members! Yaaass.
Still looking for that one place to satisfy all your art-seeking needs? Here’s something for you to hover your mouse over: Artsy is an online database, search engine, professional and educational tool, agenda and ‘collectioner’ tool all rolled into one thoroughly eye-catching, extremely browseable interface to get lost in for hours. With literally thousands of works from the world’s leading museums, galleries and foundations, as well as in-depth coverage of art happenings the world over, you really have no excuse to say you don’t have time for art: it finally comes to you and your Lazyboy.
Enter the web address for Sweetflag and first thing you’re asked is if you’re over 19 (always say yes). A puzzling and seemingly random question once you enter this airy, whimsical online shop with items categorised by ‘vibe’ (‘realness’, ‘body’, ‘calm, ‘adventure’, ‘magic’). Then you see all the stoner stuff. Then it gets interesting. Through Sweetflag, you can order artisanal pipes made of hollowed out rocks, minimalist incense holders, fish-oil necklaces and other New Age stoner paraphernalia for those with an eye for design. A lot of the stuff is reasonably priced and can multitask as household decorations and elevated talismans of higher plane Feng Shui, if you catch my drift.
Foam 3h is a project space of Foam (Museum of Photography Amsterdam) where recently graduated artists and photographers are invited to present their first solo museum exhibition. Exhibiting are three young photographers working at the cutting edge of fashion, portrait and glamour photography. Selected artists Carlijn Jacobs, Elizaveta Porodina and Philippe Vogelenzang each demonstrate a strong, unconventional visual language in both their commercial and autonomous work, reminiscent in various ways of certain Helmut Newton influences (who, incidentally, is the focus of a parallel expo!) The exhibition will run from 17 June to 4 September at Foam.
It is a rite of passage and the ultimate summer ritual: every year, children, doggies, and pale city-dwellers mesh with the Ardennois natives for a day of music, cows, sausage stew, air castles and sauce riche. The greatest festival to come out of the Namur pastures, this year’s Ptit Fays will host Wolf Mountains, Jinaka Takuto, Samba Sem Fronteiras, and many more, with the inimitable, irreplaceable DJ New Sensation closing the night with Belgian schlager and a full side of Kraftwerk’s Autobahn. See ya there, July 9th, in your pre-Dour chonies.