screenings and talks
In Between Utopia and Failure

The exhibition Omnia Communia Deserta by Mona Vǎtǎmanu & Florin Tudor offers a reflection on architecture in relation to ideologies, politics, and public space. Following on from these problematics, the public programme In Between Utopia & Failure aims to resituate the issues present in the exhibition within the local context of Brussels. Throughout a series of events — including film screenings and talks — the programme will address the Belgian capital’s socio-political situation, ranging from its relationship to the past and its intensive post-war urban development, to its inherently political and international character.

In both cases of Bucharest and Brussels, the prevailing powers in the 1960s and 1970s and their ideologies made a lasting imprint on the urban landscapes, driven by a similar desire for modernity to erase past developments. What do we inherit from the ruins of these utopias? How can we apprehend the chasm between the grandiloquence of their origins and their fall? How are we to behave within these spaces today? What progress is still possible? Over the course of four chapters, the programme will endeavor to rethink and discuss the concept of modernity in a decompartmentalized and global manner, using artistic, philosophical, and sociological proposals as a framework.

25 november, 7pm
My Beloved Bucharest
Screening of Omnia Communia Deserta (2020), and Gagarin’s Tree (2016) by Mona Vǎtǎmanu & Florin Tudor, followed by a videoconference with Mona Vǎtǎmanu & Florin Tudor, and Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, moderated by Vlad Ionescu (in person) at La Loge.

3 december, 7pm
WTC A Love Story
Screening of WTC A Love Story (2020) by Lietje Bauwens and Wouter De Raeve, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

8 december, 7pm
Brussels, the fall of ideology
Screenings of Waarover men niet spreekt 2: Alice in Wonderland (1986) by Jef Cornelis; Charlie De Pauw: promoteur (1983) by Claude Lebrun, followed by a talk with Ludovic Lamant.

9 december, 7pm
Inhabiting the impasse of modernity
Screenings of Altogether (2008) by Herman Asselberghs; Mall of Europe (2018) by Emma van der Put in presence of the artists, in conversation with Gery Leloutre. Online screening of Our City (2014) by Maria Tarantino.


Free entrance
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Venue: La Loge.
All events will be live streamed. Details to be announced.
Language: English

The health of our visitors is a top priority. We are taking all necessary actions to conform to hygiene and social distancing regulations to guarantee all of our visitors’ safety until further notice. We kindly ask you to book a ticket to the event in advance and wear a mask. Please be sure to cancel if you cannot attend, in order to allow others to participate.

This programme was conceived in partnership with ARGOS, Centre for audiovisual arts in Brussels, and the support of the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC).