What’s on: Getting passionate in the age of technology

Summary

A Spanish company uses all manner of storytelling techniques at their disposal to find the intersection between technology and desire

Pasionaria

What is the meaning of love in our technologically advanced society? Do we experience passion, morality differently than we did 50 years ago? Spanish choreographer Marcos Morau has appropriately let go of dance traditions to explore changing traditions in an ever-evolving world.

Morau’s company La Veronal looks to literature, theatre, film and photography in Pasionaria, a Lynchian look at whether technology is pulling us apart – or bringing us together. “What we call life has become an artificial landscape, and its inhabitants have turned into technological gadgets that have lost any kind of passion,” says Morau. “How can we know if there is still something fragile and alive under our skin?” 19 April, Concertgebouw, Bruges

Pascale Marthine Tayou


Brussels-based artist Pascale Marthine Tayou takes no prisoners, challenging museums to change the very way they display works, a system he calls “frustrated”. The solo exhibition Tornado follows a prologue in which his works were systematically placed among other exhibitions at Mu.Zee. As a whole, Tornado’s paintings, sculpture, photography and multi-media installations take on a great number of social issues – gender, migration, colonial wounds, peace, fear and violence. Colourful, thoughtful, intriguing. Until 1 September, Mu.Zee, Romestraat 11, Ostend

Record Store Day


Help keep record stores from going the way of video shops by dropping in during Record Store Day. It’s a celebration of vinyl, of record covers as an art form and of exploring music with like-minded customers and knowledgeable staff. Indie shops and  labels across the country are taking part, with new releases, DJ sets and live music all day long. 13 April, across Belgium

Gideon Kiefer

Moving from drawings to oil paint, Ghent artist Gideon Kiefer has created a new little universe with his gallery solo show A Throwback to Ancient Times, it is No Coincidence. His paintings of hands, arms and feet mounted on pins have a scientific feel to them, reinforced by a fascinating habit of making the painting look like photographs pinned to pieces of wood, with notations in the margins. Other paintings in the series, however, are portraits that suggest these limbs might belong to artists, even old masters. Perhaps science and art are much closer than we’d like to believe. Until 1 May, Geukens & De Vil, Zeedijk 735, Knokke

Photos: Pasionaria/©Alex Font, Pascale Marthine Tyou (detail) courtesy the artist, Mu.Zee and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana, Gideon Kiefer courtesy the artist