Hiros is looking for a new office space in Brussels!

We're looking for a long term rental to host our office.
We'll need to be able to register the company's adress there as well, so nothing too temporary.
The space needs to fit at least 4 desks and a big meeting table and has plenty of natural light and heating :-)
Monthly budget max. 500 euro.
Co-working or shared spaces are possible as long as we can register the company and can talk and exchange without bothering others.
Ideas or tips are welcome at contact@hiros.be

Letter to the Minister and everyone concerned

All Flemish art organizations operating or aspiring to operate with state funding received their definitive advices from both an artistic and business point of view.
These advices are presented to the Minister who will take his final decision in the month of June.
Hiros received a positive advice. Due to a shortage in the available budget for culture, we are however ranked in a 'non-fundable' category.
The continuation of our organization is at stake amidst other valuable organizations. We advocate for an adequate budget for culture funding.

We like to share with you this letter by the Hiros artists.

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We, the 16 artists represented by the management & production office Hiros, gather in the form of this letter to address our communal concerns regarding the disappointing artistic advice received by Hiros about their funding application (2017-2021). With this advice (artistically sufficient and financially very good) the survival of a unique production house is at stake.

Hiros represents a key organizational structure helping us to transition from working as isolated artists towards more solid and outreaching forms of production. Hiros is a homebase, a professionalized context. It's a reliable partner, not only for us but also for our partners and the national and international networks in which we work.
One of the main factors that makes Hiros especially helpful for us independent artists is precisely its partial financial autonomy. Because Hiros receives subsidies to support its own sustenance, it can afford to engage with us artist in the moments when artists need support the most: before and after a project. The stability of such production platforms is a crucial anchor amidst the floating conditions contemporary artists are forced to work in.
For over 10 years, Hiros (before Margarita Production and Mokum) has worked on the frontline to help locate and create spaces and concrete resources for the promotion and diffusion of new forms of art within the large and diverse network of art professionals, presentation venues, artistic teams, and audiences. The effectiveness of Hiros' know-how in the production business has been well demonstrated by the scope and scale of its projects as well as its respect in the field of contemporary performing art.
We also want to stress that Hiros is one of the few production offices that feeds the independent artistic scene and its larger network, not the least including the audience - by producing, managing, and distributing quality works.

How can such an active structure, so well embedded on so many levels in the contemporary artistic scene of Brussels and Flanders and so representative of the professional quality and aspirations of this field be so poorly evaluated?
The rich artistic biotope that makes Belgium an acclaimed orchard needs its mutualized platforms of production and experienced production managers that work in them as dedicated gardeners.

Mr. Minister, we believe that Hiros embodies your own vision which you announced at the beginning of your legislature: Hiros supports individual, project-based artists often working on the borders between performing, visual and audiovisual arts. Moreover, Hiros is an excellent example of a synergy reducing (administrative) overheads as its small, motivated team completes a multiplicity of tasks for 16 artists. It is thanks to Hiros that these artists can focus on exactly that which you have been supporting them individually for: creating art.

For further reading and our argumentation in all its nuances, please read our complete letter here >

Programmers Days

13 & 14.05.2016

Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek and Hiros will be organising two Programmers Days, on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May, at Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Rue du Fort 35 - 1060 Saint-Gilles).

During those two days, artists will share early questions, exciting research, new projects or (parts of) their work under construction with a professional audience: Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens, Andros Zins-Browne, Edurne Rubio, Gaëtan Rusquet, Heike Langsdorf, Karlien Torfs & Nikolas Lestaeghe, Kwaad Bloed/Ugo Dehaes, Myriam Van Imschoot, Rósa Ómarsdóttir, Simon Mayer, Veli Lehtovaara,...

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The programs for both days show similarities therefore attending one day will already give an insight in the artistic productions and the workings of the artist driven organisations based in Brussels. The majority of activities will take place at Pianofabriek, except for a try-out of Grafted, by Ugo Dehaes (13/05, at Zinnema) and the new performance Already Unmade, by Andros Zins-Browne (15/05, in Villa Empain).

If you are interested in joining us for one or more days, by filling out the registration form that you can find here.

The Programmers Days can easily be combined with the performances of Kunstenfestivaldesarts on those dates.

Friday 13.05
10:30 Welcome & coffee
11:00 Gaëtan Rusquet - Video As I Was Moving Ahead I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (Buenos Aires)
11:20 Andros Zins-Browne - Talk/Video presentation Atlas Revisited (Buenos Aires)
11:40 Rósa Ómarsdóttir - Talk/Lecture Second Hand Knowledge (research project) (Buenos Aires)
12:00 Heike Langsdorf - Sitting with the body 24/7 + Talk Mount Tackle (Elsenor)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Karlien Torfs & Nikolas Lestaeghe - Lecture performance A Pearl Anniversary for Chernobyl (Arenberg)
14:15 Simon Mayer - Video O Magic Where Are You? (Buenos Aires)
14:30 Myriam Van Imschoot - Video Yodel Portrait Doreen Kutzke (Buenos Aires)
15:00 Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens / WOWAWIWA (Elsenor)
16:00 Trip from Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek to Zinnema (Rue Veeweyde 24-26 - 1070 Anderlecht)
17:00 Kwaad Boeld / Ugo Dehaes - Grafted (Zinnema)
18:00 End

Saturday 14.05
11:30 Welcome & coffee
12:00 Veli Lehtovaara – Natural Resources (Elsenor)
12:20 Gaëtan Rusquet – Video As I Was Moving Ahead I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (Buenos Aires)
12:40 Simon Mayer – Video O Magic Where Are You? (Buenos Aires)
13:00 Rósa Ómarsdóttir – Talk/Lecture Second Hand Knowledge (research project) (Buenos Aires)
13:20 Lunch
14:20 Karlien Torfs & Nikolas Lestaeghe - Lecture performance A Pearl Anniversary for Chernobyl (Arenberg)
15:00 Edurne Rubio - Light Years Away (Buenos Aires)
16:00 Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens / WOWAWIWA (Elsenor)
17:00 End

Sunday 15.05
During the Répétition exhibition at the Villa Empain (Avenue Franlin Roosevelt 67 – 1050 Brussels), choreographer Andros Zins-Browne will revisit in Already Unmade his personal history of choreography, altering it through its repetition, practicing a performance of 'unmaking' rather than restaging pre-existing dances.
The performance is inseparably linked to the exhibition.
More information about Villa Empain: www.villaempain.com

Thomas Ryckewaert - Golem


For his new creation 'Golem', Thomas Ryckewaert is looking for dancers/actors/performers (M/F, age 20-50). Auditions are being held 9 - 10 January 2016 in deSingel, Antwerp.

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In the productions of Thomas Ryckewaert, theatre merges with dance and visual arts. For 'Golem', we are looking for performers with a strong physicality who both master the theatrical explosion as well as the resistance to it, the 'non-performing'. Performers must be open to improvisation and willing to bring their personality and skills into the creation process.

To make sure you feel a connection with the work, please check out the trailers of the last productions: Genesis (III), Portrait.
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Premiere is on 9 December 2016 in deSingel (Antwerp). Applicants must be available from October till December 2016 and for touring.

If you are interested, please send your cv, picture (and videolink if possible) and motivation letter before 23 December 2015 to: auditions@hiros.be. Selected applicants will be informed about further practicalities.

Side Effects


Side Effects

Sidney Leoni - walk+talk

in Berlin and Copenhagen

During Tanz im August (Berlin) and Ice Hot Nordic Dance (Copenhagen), Sidney Leoni will present his walk + talk, a lecture performance format in which he will use movement and words to present his personal movement language and the diverse sources from which it derives.

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Accompanied by a radio, Sidney's walk + talk covers a rather broad anthology of his artistry and multi-disciplinary aspirations, inspirations, references, influences, and glimpses of his future projects, including a rather dark dance recital, an experimental social science-fiction film project, and a feature length ballet that stages encounters between humans and a dangerous and sensual herd of deers.

Tanz im August: 26.08.2016
Ice Hot Nordic Dance: 02.12.2016

Andros Zins-Browne @The Wind Egg


Andros Zins-Browne will participate in 'The Wind Egg', the joyous union of Wind and an African Vulture, on Wednesday 4 May at The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.

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This inter-natural arranged marriage is an experiment to fertilize a wind egg. It shall be consummated before our eyes at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI), a NATO aeronautics facility on the outskirts of Brussels.

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Buda makes artists and public cooperate

'What's the matter with cooperation?' During three days Kunstencentrum Buda reunited people to work together on artistic projects. Artists and audience worked together, which has lead to surprising results. One of the performances was 'Verein zur Aufhebung des Notwendigen' by Christophe Meierhans.

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The way the audience cooperates, influences the result, and cooperation is the base of the artistic project. Buda wants to give to artists the opportunity to grow and to experiment with the audience. During the three days there was no passive audience, but visitors who participated and sent the project in a certain direction.

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Fabrice Samyn

Pop-up art donation for Cinemaximilaan

As part of its Public program, the Boghossian Foundation organizes a Pop-up art donation for Cinemaximiliaan from March 5th to March 13th 2016. In benefit of a crowdfunding for Cinemaximiliaan, 21 contemporary artists (amongst which Fabrice Samyn), generously donated a work. Acquire an art work, support the cinema and contribute to warmer evenings in the asylum centres.
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Bernard Van Eeghem & Dolores Bouckaert

in Musée Moule (by Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier)

In Musée Moule, Atelier Bildraum constructs a live exhibition in which it is not the artworks themselves that play a role, but the moulds, the castings or suggestions thereof. In achieving this, they are inspired by the work of Marcel Broodthaers. Musée Moule is a performance in which exhibiting becomes a performance.
Hiros artists Bernard Van Eeghem and Dolores Bouckaert participate in this performance, on 1 and 2 April 2016 at Beursschouwburg.
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