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LAB#1 – « For a Brave New Brussels » ARTISTIC VERSUS TECHNOCENTRIC APPROACHES TO SMART CITIES
The Brussels-Capital Region is pleased to announce the exhibition For a Brave New Brussels. Lab01 Artistic vs Technocentric approaches on Smart Cities.
The initiative for this project was taken by the curator Stéphanie Pécourt, BOZAR and GLUON, with the support of the Brussels-Capital Region, and is organised on the occasion of the visit of their Majesties the King and Queen of Belgium to Portugal.
The exhibition For A Brave New Brussels at MAAT’s Main Gallery will feature 9 installations and 2 in situ creations by artists who live and work in Brussels. The works on show each invite the spectator to think critically about the future role of artists in contemporary cities and the potential for a dialogue between the arts and industry.
The main theme of the projects on display is the concept of smart cities. Contemporary cities are magnets that attract growing numbers of people, resources, ideas, opportunities and knowledge. Today, 50% of the world’s population lives in global areas. By 2050, this percentage will have increased to 70%. While the application of new digital technologies in urban spaces has been celebrated for its ability to increase citizens’ well-being, various experiments around the world have revealed how we forget to examine the impact, on various levels, of this digital development in the cities of the future, including on the psychological, ethical, philosophical, social and political level.
For a Brave New Brussels engages in a social-political discourse that involves citizens and various interest groups on the following question, namely what constitutes a desirable smart city in an era of technological revolution?
With the participation of: Younes Baba-Ali - Christoph De Boeck - Jan De Cock - Pierre-Jean Giloux – LAb[au] - Julien Maire - Annemarie Maes - Joanie Lemercier - Beat Streuli - Maarten Vanden Eynde - Frederik De Wilde.
11 a.m. | Opening of the exhibition
5:30 p.m. | Official opening
7 p.m. | Opening performance ‘Daisy Chain’ by Julien Maire
3 – 5 p.m. | LAB 011 : Conference & Debate
BOZAR (Brussels, BE), GLUON (Brussels, BE), Stéphanie Pécourt (BE)
Christophe De Jaeger, Stéphanie Pécourt
With the support of:
The Government of the Brussels Capital Region, MAAT, The Joint Research Centre