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 music, performances, film and exhibitions.
For the fifth Antwerp Art Weekend, Subbacultcha Belgium put together a musical program that mingles with the ideas of Petra Heck’s exhibition, ‘Conversing Motherboards’, also visible in De Studio during NBK on Saturday 18 May until 01h, and includes performances by the artists Amber Vanluffelen and Josefin Arnell.
This is the full line up:
21h00 — doors are open
21h15 — 22h00 Josefin Arnell (Performance)
22h30 — 23h00 Shygirl (Live)
23u30 — 00h00 Amber Vanluffelen (Performance)
00h00 — 01h00 Romi Luna (Deejay)
01h00 — 02h00 Yunobi (Deejay)
02h00 — 03h00 Mechatok (Deejay)
03h00 — end 9M-MRJ (Deejay)
South East London singer and DJ Shygirl has become an established name in the experimental club scene. Her 5-track EP ‘Cruel Practice’ explores the juxtaposition between what society expects women to be, when and how women communicate sexual needs and who women like Shygirl are. The project was released on NUXXE, a label she runs together with Sega Bodega, coucou chloe and Oklou.
Now signed to Lorenzo Senni’s imprint Presto!?, Mechatok first gained attention as a member of post-club internet collective STAYCORE and an affiliate of London crew BALA CLUB. Contrary to lots of his peers who’re often more percussion-oriented, Mechatok continued refining his own distinct pop-sensible melodic sound, soaked in melancholic euphoria. His last single ‘All I Want’, together with Swedish trapper Bladee, sounds very promising for the near future.
Romi Luna (BE)
Romi Luna is an up-and-coming DJ based in the city of Antwerp. This urbaneer’s wide range of influences, ranging from Soulection tracks to J-Dilla and Erykah Badu, brings forth a soulful and refreshing selection. She’ll hit the decks with an eclectic mix and knows how to make your feet move for sure.
Another talented DJ hailing from Antwerp. Bringing the trap to the club, Yunobi will be turning up the place. Get ready to crank to 808’s of Gunna, Migos and Travis Scott. Check out his DJ-mixtapes on his Soundcloud profile to get into the mood. If you haven’t already, of course.
Belgian techno DJ 9M-MRJ might not be the most visible, but absolutely not one to be overlooked. Although the MØRSK resident mostly plays in Antwerp, he isn’t timid of crossing the border. Having played at Signal in Moscow and Interzone in Berlin, 9M-MRJ is ready to bring off the right vibe for the right moment.
Amber Vanluffelen (BE)
Vanluffelen wonders how she can relate to the here and now. This has led her to various (in-situ) works, including performances and installations, exhibited in art venues, festivals or public space. The artist tries to extend the framework of her interests and passions at hand; the public space, dance, but also basketbal or anime by isolating and incorporating choreographic, moving and aesthetic elements from popular culture and subculture. In doing this, she also minds and cares about the social constructions at work within the different fields. Vanluffelen is interested in translating some of the motives, attitudes and outlooks that mark these genres. As she often rehearses in public spaces, she started to integrate elements from voguing (as part of ballroom culture) and waacking – her two preferred dance styles - into her daily and artistic practice. Steadily and intuitively, Vanluffelen has identified transferable facets and elements to integrate them into her dancing, where she can communicate its narrative rather than its aesthetics. What speaks from her practice is primarily the energy and drive that underpin these styles, including the philosophy of “getting life”; of being totally in the moment, owning the situation.
Josefin Arnell (SE)
Working across different media on the border of fiction and documentary, Josefin navigates within the space of ‘exuberance and self-exploitation’. Antwerp Art Weekend commissioned Josefin Arnell for her latest piece: ‘Failure’ is a feeling that exists long before it comes; a performance and video installation. In this horror (infected love) story, blood sucking ticks have taken over the world. Together with a team of actresses and an opera singer Josefin plays with failure as a concept or emotion for trying to reflect on the darker side of humanity itself and our complicated coexistence with nature. A family drama breaks out between Mother earth, The humans, Fear, Mutated Ticks and its targets. Cast: Stina Fors & Jeannette Huizinga. In 2018 Josefin was awarded the Theodora Niemeijer Prijs for emerging women artists based in the Netherlands.
Entrance is 10 euros.
The Antwerp Art Weekend and the Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst have been made possible by De Studio, Villanella, Niemeijer Fonds, dasKULTURforum, Frieze, Art Viewer, Arte, H ART, HISK, Duvel Moortgat, Parfuma, YUST, Fosbury & Sons
Antwerp Art is supported by its members, the City of Antwerp and the Flemish Government.
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