From 22 until 26 October 2018, MAAT – the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon – is organising a LAB in the margin of the exhibition For a Brave New Brussels.

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 the King and Queen of Belgium to Portugal.

The exhibition For a Brave New Brussels at MAAT will feature 10 installations and 2 in situ creations by artists who live in Brussels, in addition to several talks.

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?

Further information: www.gluon.be


22 October
11 a.m.   Opening of the exhibition
5.30 p.m.    Official opening in the presence of Minister-President Rudi Vervoort
7 p.m.    Opening performance ‘Daisy Chain’ by Julien Maire

23 October
3 - 5 p.m.    LAB # 1 : Conference & Debate

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