WE REVEAL BELGIAN ARTISTS, CULTURAL INITIATIVES AND A NEW WAY TO CONSUME CULTURAL GOODS

NATIONA(A)L will help you to take a leap toward unexpected discoveries. Every month, we will promote one artist or cultural initiative from nine distinct creative disciplines.

DESIGN

NUT ABOUT NUTS

Loudordesign studio is an industrial design agency in Brussels which creates design products focusing on the duality and complementarity between creative and pragmatical solutions. The studio was established in 2003 by Jean-François D'Or who believes that design is a tool which has the ability to show the quality and identity of an object. The nuts cracker NUT ABOUT NUTS designed by Jean François D'Or is an excellent example of this philosophy. The oak wooden nuts cracker with a solid brass hand tool, was designed for the tableware collection of Maison Vervloet, a family owned company specialized in handcrafted hardware. To create this piece Jean-François D'Or used his neurasthenic tendencies and his convinction that fresh huge nuts are an excellent fuel for the proper functioning of the brain. 
 
"I am nut about nuts, you are nut about nuts, he is nut about nuts, she is nut about nuts, we are nut about nuts, you are nut about nuts, they are nut about nuts!" 
 
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cinema

De Patrick

"De Patrick" is the full lenght film debut of the Belgian director Tim Mielants, who previously acquired his stripes as director of numerous TV series such as Legion, Peaky Blinders, and Cordon. The film narrates the story of Patrick, a talented furniture maker who lives and works in a naturist campsite. One day, Patrick realizes his favorite hammer seems to be missing. The search of the hammer leads to an existential quest. "De Patrick" is a wonderful tragicomedy with a beautiful poetic undertone. It is a family drama about the peculiarities of people, about letting go and being happy with who you are. 
 
Currently broadcasted in cinema! Click on the icons below to discover more. 

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ARTS

[v] [wa] [d] [o]

Born in France in 1987, Léa Mayer lives and works in Brussels. After graduating from La Cambre in 2012, Léa spent the last decade applying herself to the development of a visual language which expolores the complexity of relationships between people and images. Her rigorous and intuitive drawing style investigates how we project ourselves into images. Her artist book [v] [wa] [d] [o], in collaboration with Pascaline Marque, resonates with their shared fascination for the visual and written languages. The purpose of the project is to draw an entire novel in rebus, using a childhood game and transforming it into a mind game. [v] [wa] [d] [o] is marked by the desire to intrigue the reader on two levels of interpretation. On one hand the reader can try to decipher the story using the rebus, but on the other hand, he can equally use his imagination to creat an entirely new story based on the illustrations. The plot of this artsy novel is simple and open to various interpretations. Each page is a new epic following a man's imaginary odyssey. [v] [wa] [d] [o] is currently only accessible for readers fluent in French, but the artists have plans for an English version as well.
 
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Music

MENTALITY

Mentality is a Brussel's based music label and non-profit organization. Since 2012, the collective has been pushing a different kind of electronic sound in Belgium with dub, tribal and techno vibes. Recently they opened their own venue "Saintklet" in collaboration with "Huis van de Mensen". This multidisciplinary collaborative space, located in the bustling canal area of Brussels, dedicates itself to alternative music and art in all its shapes. By offering a variety of cultural activities and exciting nightlife, concerts and workshops, "Saintklet" aims to become a haven for creativity where values like open-mindedness and cultural diversity can thrive.
 
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fashion

SNOBE

Mellisa Deffense and Paris Malungu, the creative duo behind Snobe, met years ago at a private event in Brussels. They fell in love with each others attitude, style and personality. Bringing together their mutual passion for fashion and creative skillset they created Snobe, a Brussels-based leather perfecto brand. Their creations are a reflection of their own life and experiences. Paris gets inspired by his own family history. The new autumn/winter collection "1080", is an extention of the previous one "Je t'aime d'amour, mourir d'amour". The collection is inspired by the urban style of the youth in the Noordwijk of Brussels. Snobe evolves quickly, but keeps the feet firmly on the ground. Melissa and Paris put all their energy into their 100% Brussels fashion brand of top quality couture. ‚Äč
 
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food

CIDRERIE DU CONDROZ

The Cidrerie du Condroz is an adventure derived from an inner passion for nature. In 2012 two craftsmen from Condroz, Roger Divan and Cédric Guillaume, joined forces to create the first artisanal cider of Wallonie: La Cidrerie du Condroz. Their cider is known for its sweet and aromatic flavor, which reflects the unique ancient apple varieties of the region. Roger and Cédric create this 100% natural flavor by only using unprocessed apples from local orchards, and by applying artisanal transformation processes, which preserve the apples' sweet taste. Since 2017, the Cidrerie du Condroz collaborates with Ferme Froidefontaine. This cooperative farm brings together various entrepreneurs who are passionate about agriculture and sustainabilty to create exceptional foods and products.
 
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digital

tBEDRIJF

tBEDRIJF is a collective of visual artists, architects and engineers, based in Ghent and Leuven. Their core business is founded on instant architecture, supplied by a broad arsenal of audiovisual and 3D structures. They use these audiovisuals in tailor-made concepts and designs for the various projects they take under their wings. Their aim? To capture the elusive and to grasp the intangible. One of their latest installations is "Lezer/Letterregen", an interactive video installation based on the poetics of Maud Vanhauwaert. As the video poem wanders across various libraries in Antwerp and beyond, tBEDRIJF en Maud continuously mold the installation into a form that best suits the architecture and character of the library which hosts it. You can contact tBEDRIJF for a range of activities including: live visuals, led-structures, VJ-acts, live drawing sessions, video art, projection mapping, live video editing, videoclips and much more!
 
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BOOK

MORVEUSE

Rebecca Rosen is a Brussels-based artist and printmaker from Montreal. She runs the print studio L'Appat with her partner Quentin Pillot. Her first graphic novel "Morveuse" takes the reader on a colorful journey into the dark heart of the "other" Brussels using a damaged young woman's inflamed nasal canal. "Morveuse" is a book about mental health, mothers and daughters; but it is also about what you owe to a social movement and what it owes you back when you become unable to help yourself. The bright colors used to illustrate the novel serve to highlight its jarring emotional intensity. "Morveuse" is published in French by Brussels-based publisher L'employé du moi, and in English under the title "FLEM" by Canadian publisher Conundrum Press.
 
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performance

IN(EN)ACTING ROLES

The Pool- SB34 is an artist-run projects space in which artists are invited to connect, collaborate and contribute to performances. At the end of August, the place will be hosting the performance festival 'IN(EN)ACTING ROLES'. This festival will use the book 'The presentation of self in everyday life' by Erving Goffman as a starting point. This book states that people display a series of masks to others in different environments. During this three days event, The Pool- SB34 will invite artists to control and stage human interactions by choosing their own mask. Each artist will get one hour carte blanche to create a time based work. 'IN(EN)ACTING ROLES' will take place from Thursday 29th until Saturday 31st August, between 5pm and 11pm. Get ready for a deep dive into the human self-reflection!

 

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