In 2016, Antwerp Art brought to life the Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst (NBK), or the Night of the Visual Arts, a night which celebrates the arts, combining both musical performances and exhibitions.
For its third edition, we invited the Belgian electronic music label Ekster, who is celebrating their fifth anniversary, with a night centered around sonic electronic explorations of some of their close associates, taking place during the Antwerp Art Weekend 2018 at De Studio.
With live performances by:
“Norwegian experimental electronic producer TCF, who legally changed his name to Lars The Contemporary Future Holdhus works primarily as a visual artist, and considers the music he makes as TCF as part of a wider project. Software-derived, billowing electronics and synths feel explicitly arranged and, while obviously sharing characteristics with artists like Arca and Tim Hecker, it strips away all the club references of the former and much of the romanticism of the latter. Abstracted blocks of sound, shards of digital noise and synth rivulets shiver, swell and circle, reaching rhythmic crescendo before dissolving. Whatever algorithm guides the music, he’s audibly refining it.“ (The Fader)
“Peering at the dance floor from its fringes, SAGAT has offered an eccentric view of the techno world. Each of his EP’s has covered a broad stylistic range and their tone is shadowy and cryptic... somewhere between the groovy minimalism of Berlin’s late 00’s garage infatuation and the more lightweight shuffle of post-Burial electronica. It’s an interesting enough zone, but when the pulse slows to a stoned head-nod on dub techno closer to “Organs”, the change of pace is welcome. SAGAT, it seems, works best when showing breadth and depth of his talents.” (Resident Advisor)
Milan W. (JJ Funhouse–Ekster)
“These sounds let your melted brain walk towards every light you can find in that dark tunnel. Every jam a bit more complex than usual… Excess is trimmed away and the crispy rhythm programming is pulling you deeper and deeper into the melodic fog of heavenly layered synths.” (Meakusma)
“Intricate, flighty patterns of footwork underpin and inform a broad range of almost jazz-wise, pastoral toned arrangements filleted with a skilled touch.” (Boomkat)
Hiele’s music surfaces in the form of hard to pinpoint electronica, build on a long time obsession for synthetic sound creation and jazz studies. On stage Hiele plays with expectation, going past what is considered conventional, blending improvisational and classical elements into a no-nonsense personal idiom.
And DJ act by:
“Ostend-based artist Nosedrip, real name Ziggy Devriendt, is one of the most interesting figures to have risen out of Belgium in recent times. The Belgian DJ and curator is also the founder of STROOM, a record label focused on giving new life to some of Belgium’s most iconic producers of the past century—an outlet via which Ziggy can deploy his colourful personality, love and interest for music and his urge to share it with a wider audience.” (Inverted Audio)
22h30—23h30 Milan W.
During the party you'll also be able to visit multiple exhibitions (until 01h) located in the many rooms of De Studio's building.
Visit the exhibition of ABC Klubhuis on the first floor, called 'Weekend Met ABC' featuring works by Philip Aguirre, Sophie Anson & Veronik Willems, David Bernstein, Bloeme Van Bon, Deborah Bowman, Emma Heiðarsdóttir, Pieter Jennes, Valérie Mannaerts, Bram Van Meervelde, Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, Sophie Nys, OAOA , Sharon Van Overmeiren, Tom Poelmans, Sarah & Charles, Charline Tyberghein and Wim Wauman, including a bar with cocktails and some candid footage of artists.
In the basement you'll find the video exhibition 'Just sitting around in the studio', curated by Helena Kritis and Liene Aerts with artists Johann Arens, Bruce Nauman, Laure Prouvost, Andrea Fraser, Yann Vanderme, Maya Kosa & Sergio Da Costa, Guillaume Bijl, Kitty Kamp, Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby and others.
And throughout the building, you can run into an ongoing performance, 'The Water, The Soil, The Jungle', by Turkish artist Müge Yilmaz, invited by Federico Acal.
The Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst takes place during the Antwerp Art Weekend of 2018 on Saturday, 26 May and starts at 21h.
The Antwerp Art Weekend and the Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst have been made possible by De Studio, Villanella, Artsy, Frieze, Art Viewer, Arte, H art, Kunst in Huis, De Morgen, Duvel Moortgat, MarlinSpike Blended Aged Rum, CapitalatWork, ESRA Bruxelles, Vidisquare.
Antwerp Art is supported by its members and the city of Antwerp.
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