Selected and approved by Gabriela, Hannes and Isaline
Located in Ghent, Camping Penrose is an artist-run screen-print studio that mainly focuses on prints, publications and hand-printed clothing. A collaboration between three artists/designers (including Liselotte Van Daele, whose mind-bending XOX designs have already graced these pages), the focus is not only on label-specific output but also on different artistic third-party commissions, keeping a characteristically discerning eye for quality throughout the entire process. Camping Penrose works closely with In De Ruimte for events and open ateliers, including an open studio day on 6 May where you can stock up on tapes, XOX goodies and much more, from 2pm to 7pm at Fransevaart 28.
Until 7 May at SALOON, Brussels
In December last year, Belgo-German couple Judith Van Eeckhout and Felix Kindermann became the proud parents of SALOON, a petite art space located in Saint Gilles, Brussels. As a non-profit exhibition platform that offers an alternative to the major institutions and galleries, it gives emerging as well as renowned artists carte blanche to present their work. Until 7 May Dutch artist Remco Torenbosch (b. 1982) will fill the walls of SALOON with his socioeconomically charged work Integration. The displayed pieces are the result of a deep dive into the local and global impact of a tin mining and rubber production company that is rooted in the former Dutch East Indies.
Alba Farelo, aka Bad Gyal, is a 20-year-old artist from Barcelona operating in the Spanish trap scene together with other female singers such as La Zowie, Blondie or Mss Nina. Her work could be described as new dancehall, heavily influenced by trap and Latin rhythms underneath Spanish – not Catalan – autotune vocals, which distinguish her trademark style. No need for Google translate to grasp the sensual or emotional atmosphere but lyrical themes about makin’ paper, dirty dancing and sex definitely pay tribute to dancehall and reggaeton’s cultural heritance. Another recurring key message is empowering girls and women: ‘Twerking does not make you an object, it empowers you.’ Just one year after her first online appearance, Bad Gyal is making waves with her seven-track mixtape, Slow Wine. Numerous young producers such as King Dou Dou and Fake Guido make every Bad Gyal song a unique one.
Brussels kid doro uploaded her first productions on Soundcloud recently. ‘Evasion’ is a haunting raw track which reminds us of that one time we got lost in that dim maze seemingly without an exit, while the guitar lead perfectly mimics our adrenaline flow back then. Sophomore track ‘Shrug’ turns its focus to the club, shattering beer bottles included. Expect more music from Doro sooner or later on Midlife, the label she founded together with Kassett and Samuelspaniel. At the moment the label is claiming its place in the scene with a monthly radio show on Internet Public Radio and an exciting upcoming release from Bean. Keep an eye on their blog —mmidlife.com— for more.
As previously stated on these pages, we are staunch followers of Bozar’s Electronic Series; the third edition in February had Croatian Amor and Gazelle Twin creating an indulgent chill space for night-owl cosmonauts. Next up is Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate) and Peter Rehberg’s latest project, KTL. Rehberg, whose audio works under the pseudonym Pita have garnered him widespread acclaim in the electronic music community, teamed up with O’Malley to create the music for Gisèle Vienne and Dennis Cooper’s theater production Kindertotenlieder.
What came out can only be described as a living piece of music, boundless in its breadth and open to all sorts of explorations into the depth and character of sound itself. Drawing from early American minimalism and going deep into extended drones, the duo’s fascination with the intensity of sound proves to be as challenging as it is mesmerizing. Their performances are rare and sporadic, so chances are slim that you’ll get to catch these guys again any time soon. It’s happening on 18 June at Bozar – don’t miss out!
From 18 May until 29 September, Ghent will be upping its design game in a wholly unprecedented way. The wicked geniuses behind 019 – that incredible space on the dock that hosts some of the most interesting art and music happenings in town (and Different Class, no less) – will be temporarily invading the Design Museum for a summer-long exploration into the limits of design as we know it. With a series of exhibitions, lectures, performances and more, the Museum of Moving Practice promises to be the ultimate space for challenging canons and enforcing a fresh vocabulary for your visual sensibilities.
Opening night will have Moritz Kung’s travelling Selección Natural – This is the Cover of the Book, which highlights the visual and tautological correspondences between different art publications, as well as architectural mind-bender Filip Dujardin’s first instalment of his Accumulation d’époque cycle and the Post Brothers’ seminal lecture on the portable hole in cartoon physics, The Whole Idea. We’re also scheming with them for a surprise in the summer, so stay tuned!
There’s a very special treat coming our way in May: Ice Cream, the Canadian band who came to our attention via their noteworthy associations (yeah, we’re looking at you US Girls!) will be snake-charming their way through northern Europe. Carlyn Bezic and Amanda Crist make for a compelling duo; beneath the cool surface of their laidback beats and mellow vocals looms the potential for biting guitar licks and reverberating oscillations that stir you out of your daily doldrums. They’ll be playing at the Bonnefooi in Brussels on 31 May and In De Ruimte in Ghent on 26 May, so keep your eyes peeled for this most unusual taste test.
doro plays MIND OVER MTTR at Het Bos, Antwerp on 13 May. The show is free for Subbacultcha members. Join here.