A Letter's Discourse

A Letter's Discourse
Examining the letter as a form of exchange in audio & visual arts

14h-17h: Symposium with presentations by
Alia Syed (artist & filmmaker), Ana Bilbao (editor Afterall Journal), Bie Michels (artist & filmmaker), Wendy Morris (artist & filmmaker) and Petra Van Brabandt (philosopher).

18h-21h: Letter Reading Exchange
Open mic with twenty readers of letters of their own choice.


The works presented during this fortnight invite you to explore the contemporary city as aggregate spatio-temporal multilayer, where diverse social, cultural and economic realities intertwine.

Divided into two themes including five works each, the films shine a glance on the plural and diverse structure of cities, as well as the structure of urban spaces which offer us a wealth of stories and histories.

An Unanswered Question

Charles Ives’ composition The Unanswered Question, written in 1906, revised in 1930-35 and premiered in 1946, places a string quartet, brass and a solo trumpet in a question-and-answer situation and serves as inspiration for an unusual artist’s talk. People who have worked with Peter Friedl in the past have been asked to submit questions that they have not dared to ask until now, which did not arise until after the end of the exhibition or for which there was never a real opportunity.

Booklaunch: Beat Streuli

With his new comprehensive artist’s book Fabric of Reality, Beat Streuli for the first time lays a trail leading through his oeuvre: Following Public Works (JRP Ringier, 2012), which delivered an overview of Streuli’s installations from 1996–2011, the artist now links projects and photographs from the past seven years with black-and-white works from early 90s' New York. Phnom Penh, Tangiers, Marseille, Istanbul, Dubai, Moscow, Hong Kong, Zurich, and Cotonou are the other cities visited for this book.


The study ‘Tracking Frank Stella’ builds bridges between (the theory of) art and science. On Sunday 10 March an interdisciplinary group of art theorists, psychologists and artists who are exploring the possibilities and insights of this study will come together at a symposium. Professor Ignace Hooge (University of Utrecht)) will discuss the possibilities of eye tracking for understanding the perception of art. Stefanie De Winter (KU Leuven) will explore the aim and first results of the research. Dr. Rebecca Uchill (MIT) will speak about the social context of the perception of color.

Finissage ‘Signal or Noise | The Photographic II’

Signal or Noise is the second part of the exhibition The Photographic which applies an extended concept of photography, from discipline to mentality. The first chapter, Other Pictures (2017-18), questioned the special potential of the still image. A perspective that with this exhibition is reversed: we turn the gaze inwards and explore the extended apparatus of the photographic as a crucial framework for contemporary human existence.

Inaugurating the Wind Egg Affiliated Society

This ARIA symposium is presented in the context of Haseeb Ahmed’s PhD project, “The Wind Egg.” This project sits at the intersection of art and science, particularly fluid dynamics. It entailed collaborations between practitioners in a variety of fields and this conference inaugurates the Wind Egg Affiliated Society (WEAS) to formalize these collaborations as a foundation for future productions.

Hosted by ARIA, M HKA and Sint Lucas Antwerpen


Subscribe to Lieven Gevaert Centre RSS