MINDBLOWERS

Scientists and artists are the visionaries of society – they stick their necks out. Every year KVS and weKONEKT.brussels organise Mindblowers and give the stage over to their voices and heartbeats. To be expected: Performances at the crossroads of art, culture and reflection.

We, KVS and VUB, two institutions in Brussels that carry research, education, theatre and culture in the broadest sense of the word at the heart of our mission, want to take on the most active role in this. It is necessary for academics and artists to loudly, firmly and passionately, intervene in the public debate. (…) Today, more than ever, we believe, this is the social role that a university and a theatre must play.“ – Michael De Cock, Artistic Director KVS

Place and space – 2021

This year, academics and artists claim their place on stage for an evening. They investigate the boundlessness and boundaries of space and place. In recent times, our space has become both smaller and larger: we were more confined to our homes than ever, but we could also travel further than ever to virtual and digital locations.

Place is security, space is freedom.” – Yi-Fu Tuan

Some places have helped shape history, territories have been claimed, sacred ground has been invoked. The place where you grow up has an undeniable impact on your future. Artists also have to deal with limitations in space, both physical and symbolic. Because what does it mean to share space or to demand your rightful place, to ask for space for your story, to move on certain ground? Does space feel different depending on your gender, your history, your traumas or your passions?

How do the media help decide your place in society? In which places do certain crops grow well and do humans and animals thrive? How can microscopically small beings help us investigate whether we could live on another planet one day?

A boundless and profound theme guaranteed to bring us another evening full of exciting and urgent interventions, performed by a mix of scientists and artists. Students Marit Galle and Lisa Ahenkona serve as masters of ceremony for the evening.

Previous editions

Beauty – 2020

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Time – 2019

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Imagination – 2018

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Resistance – 2017

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Mindblowers is a project by weKONEKT.brussels at VUB and the Brussels’ Flemish city theatre (KVS) and is made possible by the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC), Innoviris and Humanistisch Verbond.