WELCOME TO THE UTOPIA & EUROPA SALON
We kindly invite you to Hof van Busleyden on 7, 14 and 28 October, where CONTOUR 7 is hosting three editions of the Utopia & Europa Salon. Each salon will tackle questions at the heart of Utopia and will explore the role of artists, writers and thinkers in Europe today. Entry to the salons is completely free.
During the three salons, artists, writers, politicians and philosophers, including Fabrice Hyber, Patricia Falguières, Chiara Fumai, Chus Martìnez, Ingo Niermann, Nedko Solakov, Luuk Van Middelaar, Philippe Van Parijs and Hilde Van Gelder, will discuss these topics. At Hof van Busleyden, you can also visit the exhibition of CONTOUR 7, a Moving Image Biennale, including the Fooling Utopia Library.
UTOPIA & EUROPA SALON #1 - 7 OCTOBER 2015
“ON THE QUESTION OF GOOD COUNCIL TO THE POWERFUL”
Speakers | Luuk van Middelaar – political philosopher
// Fabrice Hyber – contemporary visual artist
// Ingo Niermann – writer, novelist and artist
Chus Martínez – curator, art historian and philosopher
18:30 – 20:00
Hof van Busleyden – Frederik de Merodestraat 65, Mechelen
Price | Free
The Utopia & Europa Salon is organised also within the framework of the European Commission's New Narrative for Europe, with a focus on young people in countries of the European Union.
More info and registration at: www.contour7.be/en/utopia-europa-salon-1
CONTOUR 7 VISITS MONS 2015
Mechelen is one of the partner cities of Mons 2015, the Cultural Capital of Europe. CONTOUR 7, a Moving Image Biennale, has planned a special visit to Mons and is taking along the work every day words disappear by Belgian video-artist Johan Grimonprez.
In the acclaimed every day words disappear, which was commissioned for the current Biennale, Johan Grimonprez interviews the Marxist political philosopher Michael Hardt. Subjects such as the Occupy movement, the idea of common goods and self-interest are discussed and juxtaposed with fragments of the film Alphaville by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.
Every day words disappear by Johan Grimonprez is shown from Wednesday 30 September until Sunday 11 October in the Maison des Villes Partenaires (Rue d’Havré 114) in Mons.
More info: www.mons2015.eu/en/home-tour-house-partner-cities
CONTOUR 7 PRESS
The seventh edition of the Moving Image Biennale has enjoyed a successful first month, with many interested visitors, a never-before-seen number of guided-tour reservations and positive reactions. This is what the national and international press had to say:
“This is a convincing edition with quality artworks […], a compact parcours which allows the unique and rich heritage of Mechelen to stand out.” | De Standaard (Belgian national newspaper)
“The seventh edition of CONTOUR, a Moving Image Biennale in Mechelen, is a direct hit. Our compliments to curator Nicola Setari. […] The overall level of quality reaches great heights. The art that is shown touches, moves and makes us think.” | H ART (Belgian national contemporary art magazine)
“CONTOUR offers a diverse and exceptionally interesting parcours, with an well-balanced dose of 35 artworks.” | De Morgen (Belgian National Newspaper)
“Until 8 November, Mechelen hosts CONTOUR 7, the city’s seventh Moving Image Biennale […] A wonderful parcours in the city, with 21 international artists who show that, when the horizon seems hazy, art can offer a clear way forward." | La Libre Belgique (Belgian national newspaper)
"CONTOUR 7 [...] touches on some of the most pertinent political and social topics across Europe and the world today. Indeed, amidst Europe’s growing refugee crisis, an interrogation of these themes feels painfully urgent." | Art Slant (International online contemporary art network)
MORE INFO: WWW.CONTOUR7.BE