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Céline Gillain is a musician, video and performance artist living in Brussels. Her work is a hybrid of corrupted pop songs, feminist sci-fi, storytelling and dark humour.

Where are you and how are you doing these days?

I’m at home in Brussels, my apartment is small, but I live near a public park and have been feeling very lucky about that these days. I’ve found myself paying a lot of attention to the weather changes, to birds (are there more tits and robins than usual or am I just more aware of them?), I’ve been staring at trees, listening to the wind, smelling leaves, that sort of thing. Other than that, I exercise, watch cartoons, teach online, listen to music and podcasts, and I walk a lot. In a way, all the wandering around has helped me find my way back to my desire, a path I had lost these past few months. To be completely honest, this forced interruption is kind of a blessing to me. I’ve enjoyed not having deadlines, not having to make plans six months ahead. But then again, I’ve been counting my steps and obsessing over it like I’m some kind of robot, so I guess my mental health isn’t that great after all.

Are you affected by the current situation in terms of your work & art?

This crisis is reconfiguring many aspects of my life, the way I interact with people, of course, and how I feel responsible for them, how I organise, how I tend to put pressure on myself, and most importantly, it has given me space to think. This crisis has reminded me that I can’t be creative if I don’t have time to get lost a little, to kind of drift; imagination is linked to randomness, to something that is beyond my control. It’s like I’m reeducating myself how to think. And I know I’m not the only one experiencing this right now. Everyone I know is. Which is why I think we have to radically reject the idea of going back to normal.

There’s no way we can go back to business as usual. It’s not just a sanitary crisis, it’s an imagination crisis. Our sense of purpose is resetting. And, as a consequence, I sense that self-expression has become irrelevant. Don’t get me wrong: art, in its broadest form, is more relevant than ever but it has nothing to do with self-fulfillment. It has to be larger than that. The social value of music is huge, and that’s what I’m willing to explore even more from now on. But of course, I’ve only been able to question my existence because I haven’t got sick or haven’t lost any close ones. Every morning at around 7am I can hear my next-door neighbour leaving for work (she’s a social worker) and while I go back to sleep, I realize that my self-isolating, even if it’s complicated, is a luxury.

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Thurston Moore, Cate le Bon, Caspar Brötzmann und die Sleaford Mods gehören zu den bekanntesten Acts, die hier auftreten. Doch auch jenseits von ihnen lautet in den Brüsseler Ateliers Claus das Konzept vor allem: schiere Intensität.

Musikalische Welten entstehen lassen: Wenn Tommy de Nys das Programm für die Ateliers Claus zusammenstellt, arbeitet er mit einer Wunschliste statt mit Booking Agenturen. (Fotos: Patrick Galbats)

Auch diese Geschichte war eigentlich anders geplant. Denn wer denkt schon daran, ein Porträt über einen Konzertort zu schreiben, wenn nicht mal ansatzweise absehbar ist, wann überhaupt wieder Konzerte stattfinden können? Vor gut zwei Monaten sah das noch weniger trostlos aus. Erst recht für einen kleinen Schuppen wie die Ateliers Claus. Klar war da schon von Corona die Rede. Doch gerade einmal 180 Leute passen in den Laden rein, um den es hier geht. Nicht unbedingt die Dimension von Großveranstaltungen, die man in Belgien Ende Februar wegen des Virus zu verbieten überlegte. „Ich glaube kaum, dass Veranstaltungen unserer Größe betroffen sein werden“, sagt Programmkoordinator Tommy de Nys damals nach dem Interview zum Abschied. Nun, Anfang Mai, ist der im Brüsseler Stadtteil Saint Gilles gelegene Club bereits seit fast zwei Monaten zu.

Auch das Personal der Ateliers Claus ist von der Krankheit nicht verschont geblieben, erzählt de Nys, dieses Mal am Telefon. Jemand von der Theke hat glücklicherweise nur leichte Symptome, doch der Türsteher rappelt sich nach Krankenhausaufenthalt, drei weiteren Wochen zuhause und heftigsten Lungenschmerzen erst jetzt langsam auf. Immerhin. Wann seine Dienste am Einlass wieder benötigt werden, vermag derzeit niemand zu sagen. Denn Gäste werden hier in absehbarer Zeit nicht erwartet. „Das ganze Bier läuft im Sommer ab“, sagt de Nys, „irgendwann werden wir es wohl einfach verschenken“.

Ein Krisengewinn, über den sich wohl kaum einer der Beschenkten richtig freuen wird. Öde, zuhause zu trinken, wo es doch eigentlich mit den Ateliers Claus eine Adresse gibt, wo belgisches Bier und Live-Musik eine perfekte Symbiose eingehen.

Von außen lässt sich auf den ersten Blick kaum erahnen, dass sich hier die „Großen“ der verschiedenen musikalischen Undergroundszenen die Klinke in die Hand geben: Der japanische Multiinstrumentalist Keiji Haino etwa, der mit seinen teils improvisierten Stücken im Bereich zwischen Noise, Free Jazz und Rockmusik umher mäandert. Sein vor allem als Gitarrist bekannter Kollege Fred Frith. Die Singer-Songwriter-Legende Michael Chapman. Die jazzigen Punkmusiker des niederländischen Kollektivs The Ex, die mit ihrem nach Jazz und Weltmusik offenen Sound Stilgrenzen eingerissen haben. Oder die kongolesischen Elektropunk-Hiphop-Fusionisten Kokoko, oder die japanischen Experimentalrocker Ooioo, oder das Duo Xylouris White, das Rock, Free Jazz und griechischen Folk zusammenbringt, oder, oder, oder…

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Mark Cousins’ latest encyclopedic romp is a glorious enterprise that unearths footage from some of the greatest film-makers ever – all of them women

A perfect lockdown gift has landed, one which might have sounded daunting in ordinary times: a 14-hour documentary about female directors, which goes live from next week on BFI Player. This glorious enterprise unearths footage from some of the greatest movie-makers of this century and the last – all of them female. At the same time, the BFI is showing 36 of the hundreds of films mentioned, so that viewers can enjoy full immersion over weeks, possibly awarding themselves a degree in, say, The Cinema of the Second Sex afterwards.

Narrated by women including Tilda Swinton and Thandie Newton, Women Make Film – A New Road Movie Through Cinema is the latest encyclopedic romp from the Northern Irish film historian and documentary-maker Mark Cousins, who previously directed the 15-hour television series The Story of Film: An Odyssey, in 2011. The new documentary will be released in palatable chunks over five weeks from 18 May, and aims to open a conversation on the lost legacy of women behind the movie camera.

The film does not waste time wondering why women have been sidelined by mainstream cinema – we knew the answers to that long before #MeToo. This is not about slamming the patriarchy, but a joyous trip through women’s work on screen, puckishly curated into 40 chapters on different themes including openings, interiority, meet cutes, sci-fi, tone, love, death, editing and musicals. The clips cover six continents, 13 decades and 183 directors, from the studio owner Alice Guy Blaché’s early silent work to the Russian director Kira Muratova, populists Dorothy Arzner and Kathryn Bigelow in the US, and China’s Wang Ping under Mao. Cinephiles previewing at festivals have been gobsmacked by the sheer quality of work excavated from previously obscure film-makers.

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Harlan County USA.

 

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Circularium, is de transformatie van meer dan 10.000 m2 industriële oppervlakte tot een groot centrum van innovatie en circulaire productie gewijd aan de stad. Een plek bestemd voor productieve activiteiten met korte voorzieningsketens, voor actoren uit de culturele sector en voor het buurtleven. Een ruimte voor iedereen, waar men werkt, leeft en elkaar ontmoet.

De site biedt talrijke voordelen. Hij ligt op een boogscheut van het stadscentrum, van het zuidstation en van het kanaal. De oppervlakte bedraagt ruim 2 hectaren (waarvan 6.850 m2 bebouwde overdekte + 5.250 m2 buitenruimten beschikbaar voor Circularium). De plafondhoogtes van de ruimten maakt verschillende soorten van industriële productie en culturele evenementen mogelijk. De bezetting ervan kan flexibel zijn in tijd en ruimte, in functie van de noden van eenieder. 

Circularium wordt opgestart voor een duur van minstens 5 jaar en kan worden verlengd in functie van de evolutie van het project. Op termijn zal ook de rest van het terrein vrijkomen waardoor het project kan worden uitgebreid met een bijkomende oppervlakte van 10.000 m2.

http://www.circularium.be/fr/occupants/appel-a-manifestation-dinteret/

b. 1966, Dublin, Ireland

Overheard conversations and human incidents, casually observed, often form the starting point for Jaki Irvine’s work. She weaves these real events with fictitious narratives to produce haunting super 8, 16mm films and videos. Her work makes use of the potential discontinuity between moving image, musical score and narrator to undermine any sense of linear narrative. Irvine’s work suggests the fragmented mysterious and often absurd nature of the human condition.

Jaki Irvine: Before the Page is Turned, 2011 – Chapter 1: Acid

 

In 2010 I was invited to spend some time in Dublin Graphic Print Studios. For some months, I hung around the studios, videoing the painstaking processes and rhythms of the print works. I recorded sounds: water dripping; stones grinding; crashes of metal; squeals of presses.

Meanwhile the economic wheel turned: a downturn. Some were crushed. Some hung on. Some were swept away. This seeped into everything.

Before the Page is Turned is a series of five inter-woven videos that opens out a space to both hold on and to be swept along.

 

Jaki Irvine


 

Before the Page is Turned, 2011

5 x Single Screen Projections running consecutively

HD 16:9

Total duration 29 mins 37 sec

 

Click on chapter links below:

Chapter 1: Acid

Chapter 2: Stone Traffic

Chapter 3: Upside Down

Chapter 4: Crying

Chapter 5: Gone

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