Recent Finds

October recommendations

Expo: Kasper Bosmans, Decorations


If you find yourself in Rotterdam before the end of the year, head to Witte de With for some Belgian-grown delights. Brussels-based artist Kasper Bosmans has reinvented past endeavours for his latest exhibition, Decorations: murals, painterly interventions and sculptures embody the preoccupations at the heart of Bosmans’ work – namely, social and ecological issues and the creation of a formalised anthropological vocabulary, this time through interventions on the Center for Contemporary Art’s archival material. Along with an eponymous publication, which is heavily anchored in the Witte de With’s history, it’s hard to imagine a better way for this enigmatic place to end the year. You can check it out until 31 December.


Bxl Mon Amourrr


Perhaps you couldn’t make it this year; perhaps you can’t get enough. But for those of you with a mad thirst for all things Dour Festival, you’ll be thrilled to hear that the brains behind the operation have cooked up something new for la rentrée: Bxl Mon Amourrr will serve as an intermezzo before next summer’s shenanigans crawl into your wellies once more. With ten high calibre DJs, including Carl Craig, Pional and Weval, among others, 29 October sounds like it’s going to be etched in people’s minds as the first time the ‘Doureeeh’ chant was heard in the fall. Un. Miss. Able. We’re giving away 2 x 2 tickets for this special event. Email ‘Mon Amour’ to if you want to get free access. 


Ace & Tate


We already have enough reasons to love Ace & Tate (two of them being their Home Try-On service and their Creative Fund), but now we have yet another: the affordable Amsterdam eyewear label is crossing borders and opening a store (designed by Amsterdam’s Standard Studio with special illustrations by artist Jordy van den Nieuwedijk) at Steenhouwersvest 15 in Antwerp on October 6th.
The concept behind the brand is simple yet strong: by cutting out unnecessary middlemen they’re able to offer high-quality, home-designed, handmade frames at fair prices with no hidden costs, starting at €98 with prescription included. Straightforward thinking – that’s the way we like it. And so will you. Get your wishlist ready and start spreading the news.


Misc: Freakonomics


You don’t have to have a degree in economics to appreciate its metaphorical hand in all walks of life. We can better appreciate this thanks to Stephen Levitt, a self-professed rogue economist, and his research on the application of economic theory in unexpected places. First published in 2005, Freakonomics is a study of incentives: how people go about getting what they want, and the implications and intricacies therein. Whether dealing with the internal hierarchy of drug dealing or the information tactics of the freaking Ku Klux Klan, Freakonomics gives insight into the seemingly banal workings of everyday life and exposes them in a way that you can never unsee again. If you can’t be bothered to read the book, there’s a blog, a radio show and even a movie going deep into the hidden economics of the underground. Makes for great dinner party conversation, too.


Film: Heavy Metal Parking Lot


When was the last time you went to a show that was so anticipated, so epic, so memorable, that even the moments surrounding it were just as – if not more – electrifying? Back in 1986, indie filmmakers Jeff Krulik and John Heyn captured one such instance in the parking lot of a Judas Priest concert. Gaggles of teenagers loiter about, high on tunes and other such intoxicating substances, and holler whoops and tirades in all their big-haired glory. Sixteen minutes of notable quotables (‘Madonna can go to hell as far as I’m concerned, she’s a dick!’) are a prelude to the early MTV days, back when the holy temple of rock’n’roll could still be shamelessly revelled in on public-access TV. Catch it on YouTube, grab a couple of cold ones, and go preach some noise.


Magazine: .tiff


FoMu, Antwerp’s own photo museum, apparently gets so overwhelmed with new and exciting works that their own walls are not big enough to represent them. Luckily, they found a platform  through their annual magazine, .tiff. Launched in 2012, .tiff showcases some of the most compelling emerging photographers in Belgium, allowing them to present their work in poster format so it can be experienced as (literally) fully as possible. The 2016 issue will be accompanied by a symposium – .tiffTALKS – on 7 October, and while the contents are still hush-hush, you can expect it to deliver on its promise of ‘quality, challenging content, diversity, and originality’. Count us charmed.


Doc: Raving Iran


It can be so easy to forget that what some people take for granted can, in other places, cost others their freedom, and even their lives. German filmmaker Susanne Regina Meures illustrates this in her much-lauded documentary, Raving Iran. In it, she follows two uber-talented, extremely passionate techno DJs, Anoosh and Arash, who stage underground parties despite the very real threat of apprehension by the Tehran authorities. Despite the persecution and the death threats, the boys continue to put their lives and freedom at risk in order to pursue their dream – a dream of joy, of euphoria and communion, of losing oneself in the collective experience of live music. A dream all too dangerous for them, but well worth the peril.