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Alexandra Dementieva and Various Artists in ZombieBox

ZombieBox is a Q&A exhibition by Alexandra Dementieva and Various Artists. Q&A is a series of collaborations initiated by Various Artists with fellow artists who are active in different fields of the art world.

Both Alexandra Dementieva and Various Artists are interested in the ‘p-zombie concept’, a hypothetical creature that is completely identical to a person in terms of the physical body, but does not have consciousness. They take this as a starting point to make new work. ZombieBox serves as a metaphor for the current broadcasting culture that is zombifying a huge amount of spectators everywhere and especially in Russia nowadays.

Various Artists will present ceramic bird pots in an installation that evokes the growing lack of free will in contemporary society. Alexandra Dementieva responds with a new installation of objects in projectroom n0dine.

ZombieBox Opening Thursday 08.09.2022 / 18:00 – 21:00 09/09/2022 – 02/10/2022 by appointment

n0dine, Rue de Laekensestraat 105, 1000 Brussels

ZombieBox, Manette
Kinetics: Mathieu Zurstrassen
(dc motors controlled by an Arduino)

Sara Bomans – Double Act

During the month of August Sara Bomans will perform a double act with no less than two solo shows in Ostend, Belgium.

As she indicates herself she will perform this double act as a kind of strange comical duo, split in two, a puppeteer in miniature decors.

Sara Bomans, Memories of Houses I didn’t enter #13, 2022, cardboard, tape, wooden stirring sticks, wood glue, foam, haste
12,8cm x 10,5cm x 10,5cm

Both shows open Friday 29 July from 6-8pm at

Gallery White Interiors
Langestraat 55 – Ostend
Open: Thurs-Fri 11am-12pm30 – 2-6pm; Sat 11am – 6pm; Sun-Mon 2-6pm
Gallery Beausite
Albert I-Promenade 39 – Ostend
Open every day 11am-9pm

Please note that the end dates haven’t been decided yet.

BOLERO in Kyiv and Kassel

The BOLERO-project, of which BD was the curator in spring 2021, is finding new halting places in Kyiv and Kassel this summer, opening both this Saturday 23 July.

Passing the baton from Rouen to Kyiv and Kassel

Five Ukrainian artists, selected by curator Alexandra Tyranova, contributed works in which the war in Ukraine is tangible. In Kassel, five German artists, selected by the German artist Jürgen O. Olbrich, participate in Bolero’s ‘nomadic exhibition’, which fits with the concept of Documenta 15, looking for connection between artists and different cultures. Bolero is a unique artists’ initiative that has been shown in 15 locations worldwide since 2010. Currently it has 93 artists. The newspaper as a medium-support of art works connects the location, the artists in Ukraine and Kassel in a time that more than ever demands comfort and solidarity.

The artistic interaction at Documenta 15 is the 2nd time Bolero links to Documenta as it was also presented during the Athens off-show at Documenta 14.

Kyiv (Ukraine) July 23, 2022

Location in public space around
Golden Gate area in Kyiv
opening: July 23
curator: Alexandra Tyranova and Leo Trocenko

Kassel (Germany)
July 23 – September 25, 2022

Location in public space: wall in front of Hübner-Areal Agathofstrasse, Kassel opening: July 23, 11.00 AM curator: Jürgen O. Olbrich

Alexandra Dementieva in THINGS WE SUSPECTED (from each other) 

The expo THINGS WE SUSPECTED (from each other) is a temporary collaboration between GC Nekkersdal and visual artist Yvonne De Grazia.

Brussels-based and (inter)-national artists responded to De Grazia’s call to present a recent work or research in the former ‘talking book library and Materne jam factory’ annexed to GC Nekkersdal.

The show is aligned with the expanding and dynamic contemporary Brussels art scene. Sustainable projects, co-creation, exchanges and synergies between artists are essential in a diversified Brussels.

Alexandra DEMENTIEVA shows a series of her light paintings.

Other participating artists are:

UNTIL 02.07.2022 Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6 pm.
► Finissage: Saturday 02.07 from 1-6 pm.

GC Nekkersdal, bd. Bockstaellaan 107, 1020 Brussels
Yvonne De Grazia, yvonnedegrazia@gmail.com, +32 476 452 228

Annemarie Maes in BIOTOPIA

This Saturday 18 June opens BIOTOPIA – a contraction of Biotope and Utopia, that plunges us into the universe of the living beings that populate our planet. The exhibition brings together nearly 30 artists, designers, researchers, women, men and people who question the central position of humans in the world, amongst which Annemarie Maes showing her Transparant Beehive. BIOTOPIA proposes shifting our points of view, immersing ourselves in the heart of non-human societies and opening ourselves up to the diversity of ways of being.

Our body is composed of 90% bacteria; we live in symbiosis with populations of microorganisms that live in the smallest corners of our morphology. Since the discoveries of the famous microbiologist Lynn Margulis, we now know that the evolution of life stems from symbiosis and interdependence rather than competition between the best individuals. Through an exploration of the living, Biotopia tells us how these animal, plant and mineral societies can teach us to live better together and create more environmentally friendly technologies.

How can we recreate utopia faced with the predicted impasses of a world that we no longer know how to conceive? How can we live together? What is at stake, recalls biologist and thinker Donna Haraway, is the survival of the innumerable ways of living and becoming with each other on this earth.

BIOTOPIA from 18 June until 27 November 2022

Le Pavilion Esplanade de la Citadelle 5000 Namur

Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm
Monday-Tuesday closed


ZIMOUN, 25 woodworms

Cindy COUTANT, Télédésir

Thomas THWAITES, Goatman


Why Not Hand Over a ​“Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?

Think Evolution #1 : Kiku-ishi (Ammonite)

Pepa IVANOVA, Decay

Ani LIU, Kisses from the future

Collectif MUESLI, Peintures indisciplinées


One Tree ID — How to Become a Tree for Another Tree

Thijs BIERSTEKER, Econtinuum

OHME & AIKO DESIGN, Karine VAN DONINCK, Rotifer (a)live

Antoine BERTIN, Conversation métabolite

Lia GIRAUD, Photosynthèse, Installation Algægraphique

REMIX EL BARRIO, Various Projects


Teresa VON DONGEN, Biolume

Laboratorium KASK (Maria Boto et Heleen Sintobin), Ecology of Colour


SILK LAB, Living Materials

PURIFUNGI, Myco-Ashtrays

Anne Marie MAES, The Transparent Beehive

DESIGN I/0, Field


Tim KNAPEN, Godmode

Camille SCHERRER, In The Woods

Curator : Marie du Chastel

Alexandra Dementieva in Projection, Projections at UNLOCQ53, Brussels

The 7th exhibition at UNLOCQ53, Projection, Projections shows the work of Alexandra Dementieva (B), Anna Frants (USA), Marin Kasimir (D) and Emilio Lopez-Menchero (E).

The word “projection” of Latin origin has many meanings and is used in many areas.

No psychology, geometry or cartography without projection, no cinema hall, no discotheque and today no museum without projection.

Nor is there any exhibition of contemporary art any more without projection, in all states, in all ways, on all possible image carriers and for all reasons (… ).

Emilio Lopez-Menchero, Trying to be Gagarin, 2015

Probably the most direct projection in this exhibition is that of a documentary video of a performance on a wall in a darkened room. The same artist projects himself into other people, in this case Gagarin and Rasputin.

Alexandra Dementieva, Inland Wonderland, 2022

There is no greater cinema than the one in which you close your eyes and immerse yourself in your dreams.
This is not the case in the helmet on display here. With eyes wide open, the audience alone is immersed in the interior of another brain whose course of events we can change.

Anna Frants, Jumping Jacks, 2009

Antique projections like an animated frieze whose supports, three vases, remain immobile.
Paraolympic and black and white, perpetuum immobili , these athletic warriors run a marathon at a standstill without advancing.

Marin Kasimir, The Architect, 2022

And finally, the flattening of reality, a reality that is around us, around the panoramic camera. A multitude of small holes in the thick concrete wall of a modernist church act as projectors. At a certain time of day, and provided that the sun is shining clear and bright, this star map projects bright, curved lines onto the opposite walls. In this way, the panorama shows both the projector and the projected, as well as cause and effect, simultaneously and on one and the same level, without hierarchy.

A Bee is a Bee is a Bee – Annemarie Maes in Palais de Tokyo and Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles

Annemarie Maes starts June with an immersive performance at the Palais de Tokyo followed by an installation at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles/Paris.

Annemarie Maes, A Bee is a Bee is a Bee

As part of the performance program during the exhibition Reclaim the Earth, Annemarie Maes transforms the spaces of the Palais de Tokyo into a laboratory, combining an artistic and scientific approach. The starting point for A Bee is a Bee is a Bee is the research of two major scientists on the world of bees: Karl Von Frisch and François Huber. Through a poetic narrative, the artist leads us into an animal world with a finely organized social structure. Maes creates a symphony of the five senses. In the delicate notes of beeswax, floral perfumes, propolis and honey, the performers move through the darkened space, and mark their work area following the flight lines communicated to them by the foraging bees. The sound that fills the space provides a buzzing background, as the recordings were captured during long-term observations inside the hive and turned into a composition with some electronic touches.

The project is realized in collaboration with Guerlain Paris and supported by the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles. The latter also shows an olfactory installation by Maes during the last collective exhibition before extensive renovation works, Les Heures Sauvages. HORTUS CONCLUSUS: I sing to you about flowers and colors and smells is an immersive multimedia installation and part of the long term research project ‘Bee Agency’. The soundscape is a mix of field recordings made in the beehives of the artist and electronics. The installation is working on all senses with a focus on smell using
‘The Smell of the Hive’, the fragrance that is also used in the performance at the Palais de Tokyo. Imagine the sensual smell of a beehive in summer, the unique scent of this super organism: bubbling with activity, the warmth of many bodies crawling over each other with the delicate aromas of flowers, wax, propolis and honey.

Annemarie Maes, I sing to you about flowers and colors and smells

A Bee is a Bee is a Bee – durational performance

Palais de Tokyo, 13 – avenue du Président Wilson – 75116 Paris

Friday 3 June from 6-9pm

Info & tickets

Les Heures Sauvages – group exhibition

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles/Paris – 127-129 rue Saint-Martin – 75004 Paris

Opening Friday 10 June until Sunday 19 June


Alexandra Dementieva and TUBULAR HEARING Trio

This Sunday 22 May Alexandra Dementieva takes part in the concert of the TUBULAR HEARING Trio.

“TUBULAR HEARING TRIO” is a performance in which sound and image produce each other. In the present moment, the mysterious quality of the relationship between the two persists even when the physical basis of their interaction is established in the mind and eyes of the audience. Thus, sound becomes a flicker of light and shadow a change in timbre.

The artists / musicians are:
Alexandra DEMENTIEVA – Artist creator of electronic video artworks and interactive installations, daughter of a scientist, graduated in 1985 from the State University of Printed Arts in Moscow and from the Fine Arts in Watermael-Boitsfort, painter and draughtsman, sculptor, lecturer and teacher in Brussels since 1990, Alexandra now plants her mini-cameras in front of, on and in Jean-Jacques’ baritone saxophone and José’s cello, improvising dreamlike landscapes playing with shapes and colours.

José BEDEUR – The oldest Belgian jazz double bassist still active, José BEDEUR has never relegated the cello to his conservatory – in HUY in the 1950s – and has taken advantage of covid to really get back into it since 2020. It was in the distant 1950s that, together with the pianist Léon LAFFUT and the late violinist Jean-Marie MARCHOT, he was already exploring, not without humour, total improvisation (without theme, harmonies, tempo, or distinction between musical and other sounds).
His preference has always been for improvised music. Michel MAINIL’s recently published book “MEMORIES OF YOU” relates in detail – sometimes truculent – his rich past on his two instruments in the theatre, the cinema and in concerts, among others with the Métarythmes de l’Air of Christian LEROY from Montpellier and the various Inaudible groups of Guy STRALE from Brussels.
In the brand new TUBULAR HEARING trio, he can finally bring together his favourite music and his lifelong instrument with his beloved artists.

JJ Duerinckx aka Maurice Charles JJ – saxophonist sopranino and baritone.
In 2015 he met multimedia artist Alexandra Dementieva with whom he played in the duo ‘Tunnel Hearing’, recently joined by his long-time friend cellist/double bass player José Bedeur. For more than 20 years he has played with many renowned musicians from the world of free improvised music, such as Lol Coxhill, John Russell, Michel Doneda, Barre Philips, Jacques Foschia, Tom Jackson, Adrian Northover, José Bedeur, Matthieu Safatly, Tatsuya Nakatani, Peter Jacquemyn, Roger Turner, Dan Warburton, Anton Mobin… to name but a few. Sensitive to the visual arts, he is interested in electro-acoustic music, sound art and more particularly in the notion of “soundscapes”, a concept dear to the composer R Murray Schaffer in his book “The Tuning of the world”. The idea of confronting sound matter and melodies, abstract or not, is one of the bases of his musical language as well as a vector of energy to share.
In 2018, he founded “Unreal Brotherface” with the acousmatic composer Stephan Dunkelman, whom he met in 2004 in Zohara, an ensemble created by Zahava Seewald and produced by John Zorn (Tzadik, 2004) in which he played. Unreal Brotherface participated in the City Sonic Winter session 2019 and the Belgian Music Days 2020, among others. MxSx, his duo with Dimitri Coppe, was created in Flagey during the Semaine du Son 2022 and is a tribute to the recently deceased composer.
The confrontation of his sound expertise with other modes of artistic expression such as the visual arts remains essential to his artistic research. Collaborations with Harold Schellinx, Patricia Kuypers, Frank Beaubois, Pascale Gille, Stéphanie Auberville, Isako Horikawa, Petermfriess, among others.
In March 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, he created the Lamaφ (lamaphi), a protean multidisciplinary group, bringing together dancers, musicians and video artists. He is the basis of lab’OMFI: a transdisciplinary experimental laboratory held at Halles St Géry in Brussels from 2017 to 2019. He is founder of the OMFI collective (2011/2019) with cellist Matthieu Safatly and created in 2018 the group Neptunian Maximalism with multi-instrumentalist guitarist Guillaume Cazalet.

Doors 7pm / concert 7pm30 (ring at Friess, 3rd floor)

Contribution: 5 EUR min, 7-10 EUR recommended (drinks included)

Supported by Transcultures. Event by YIAP – Ypres Interactive Art Project.

On this occasion, read a recent interview with Alexandra DEMENTIEVA published in EYE-TO-EYE, The Festival Quarterly, here.

Alexandra DEMENTIEVA, Double Depths 2018 screenshots © Alexandra Dementieva

LASER Talks Brussels: The olfactory experience as a new language with Peter de Cupere and Piet Devos

The 7th edition of LASER talks Brussels will take place on Sunday 12 June at 5pm as part of the Festival of the New European Bauhaus. We will be talking about the importance of the olfactory experience with Peter de Cupere and Piet Devos.

The olfactory experience is accessible to people of different cultures and with different abilities. It might actually become a new language for dialogue about common human values and needs.

In the animal world the olfactory system plays one of the most important roles to help animals to survive. In order to hunt, to recognize enemies and friendly species, smells warn them of potential danger. Humans perceive smells with each breath and while still inside of the womb their olfactory sensor is fully developed at the age of 7-8 months. But later humans loose half of these capacities. During the last two decades, doctors and researchers, from neuroscientists to the humanities, have sought to better understand the sense of smell, the way it shapes our everyday life, our emotions, feelings, our eating preferences, its role in creating memory and its functioning in our social interactions.

As part of the The Festival of the New European Bauhaus, LASERtalks Brussels invites artist and researcher Dr. Peter de Cupere and scientist and author Dr. Piet Devos to discuss their work on the importance of smell in human and nonhuman interaction. The talk is moderated by Alexandra Dementieva and Edith Doove.

The Festival of the New European Bauhaus brings together people from all walks of life to debate and shape our future. A future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful. It is a great opportunity to network, exchange and celebrate – from science to art, from design to politics, from architecture to technology.

Peter de Cupere

Peter de Cupere is the most prolific and proactive proponent of olfactory art in the world and an expert in the field of the olfactory system. In collaboration with a number of visually impaired assistants he has developed a shared system of writing for the blind to create an olfactory alphabet, the ‘olfabet’.

Piet Devos – photo Michiel Devijver

Piet Devos is an author, translator and literary scholar. At the age of five he became blind due to retinal cancer. These experiences of illness and disability are very important for who he is today. They have shaped him as a person, as a writer and researcher, but also as an activist for a greener and more inclusive world.

Alexandra Dementieva is a multimedia artist. Like an explorer she raises questions related to social psychology and theories of perception suggesting solutions to them by contemporary artistic means.

Edith Doove (PhD) is a curator, writer and researcher, specifically interested in notions of emergence and contingency, cross and transdisciplinary collaborations.

iMAL, Sunday 12 June at 5pm

30 Quai des Charbonnages
Koolmijnenkaai, 1080 Brussels

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks

LASER Talks Brussels: Tangible sound, postdigital instruments, audio spatialization technologies and extended reality

The sixth LASER Talks Brussels takes place next Saturday 23 April at 7pm at dinA (the contemporary art laboratory/center).

The discussion will be focussing on materializing digital matter into sound objects, embodied music interaction, spatialization technologies to enable and investigate synchronization between musical players using movement and sound, the physical aspects of musical human machine interaction, reinterpretation of the physical value of well established cultural techniques creating tangible user interface.

With Claire Williams, Enrique Tomás and Bavo Van Kerrebroeck.

Claire Williams, Zoryas

Claire Williams is working at the borders of science, technology, arts and textiles. She sees her self as an artist and researcher that tries to work between these fields, finding a common language, creating and amplifying specific interactions between different mediums. Her obsessions lay mostly around data, sound and ancient textiles, trying to materialize digital matter, imperceptible or inaudible informations found in our super saturated techno environment. She likes to work with unstable media, researching ways to create specific tools, usages or techniques to give us a sensitive experience of our daily environment. In her work she mainly uses textile techniques, hacked machines, DIY electronics, open source software and hardware.

Enrique Tomás

Enrique Tomás is a sound artist and post-doc researcher at TAMLAB (Tangible Music Lab) at the University of Linz who dedicates his time to finding new ways of expression and play with sound, art and technology. His work explores the intersection between sound art, computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction. 

As an individual artist, Tomás’ activity is centered around ultranoise.es and focuses on performances and installations with extreme and immersive sounds and environments.

He has exhibited and performed in spaces of Ars Electronica, Sonar, CTM, IRCAM, IEM, KUMU, SMAK, NOVARS, STEIM, Steirischer Herbst, Alte Schmiede, etc., and in galleries and institutions throughout Europe and Latin America.

Bavo Van Kerrebroeck, MusicMoves

Bavo Van Kerrebroeck is a researcher in the fields of embodied (musical) interaction, extended reality and human-computer interaction. He works with extended reality and audio spatialization technologies to enable and investigate the dynamical processes underlying coordination between musical players. For this purpose, he develops enriched and mediated musical contexts in which people and machines interact and can meaningfully express themselves. He obtained a master’s in engineering and computer music at the KUleuven and Sorbonne University, did a research internship at IRCAM and worked as an analyst for IBM and the European Space Agency. He is currently finalizing his PhD at the Institute of Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM). His work has been published in the Frontiers and Computer-Human Interaction journals and has been presented at ISMIR, ICMC and Expanded Animation at Ars Electronica. 

dinA (the contemporary art laboratory/center) 
📍Nieuwbrug 3 Rue du Pont Neuf / Brussel 1000 Bruxelles 

The event will also be live streamed here!

LASER TALKS Brussels are curated by Alexandra DEMENTIEVA in collaboration with Edith DOOVE.

Alexandra Dementieva is a multimedia artist, based in Brussels. The idea of interaction between the viewer and an artwork, mediated by technologically progressive visualization methods, lies at the core of her work. In her installations she uses various art forms on an equal basis: dance, music, cinema and performance. Akin to an explorer she raises questions related to social psychology and theories of perception suggesting solutions to them by contemporary artistic means, that is by taking a subjective stance behind a camera. Her installations focus on the role of the viewer and her/his interaction with an artwork and bring forth ways of provoking the viewer’s involvement thus allowing hidden mechanisms of human behavior to be revealed. 


The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks