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workspace for experimental music and sound art
15/04/2018 - 15/06/2018

Since 1998, BolwerK is a moniker of Antwerp based activist and performer Marthe Van Dessel, developed to explore software- and hardware-based thinking as strategies for activism. She creates interfaces, devices, & protocols to investigate questions around the commons and collective identities.


From 15 April to 15 June, BolwerK will inhabit three distinct locations around Brussels: W-O-L-K-E, a former school on the city’s peripheral edge; the World Trade Centre (through Constant) a relic to Brussels’ modernist ambitions; and Buritanas (via Nadine) a floating lab inhabiting the city’s much contested Canal Zone – each spaces with their own distinctive history, architecture, and climatological conditions.


In each of these places, BolwerK proposes a practice of ‘crystalling’: biochemical lab sessions in which participants will discuss and work towards growing piezo-electric crystals. These piezo-crystals are home-grown mineral formations which under physical pressure give electric signals which that can be amplified and converted into sound. Each session combines a parascientific history, anthroloplogy, and technology to familiarise participants with intra-active frequencies and how radio and farming intertwine. During each open lab, participants will grow crystals and experiment with their acoustic, electtic and metaphysical properties for transceiving signals from the body & mind. Underpinning these experiments is a set of conversations and critical thinking about the contemporary cooptation and privatisation of the electromagnetic sphere.


Participation is free and sessions are open to anyone regardless of experience. You may join for one session, or many as your interest and schedule allow.





WED 25/4: CONSTANT WTC II : 15h00 – 19h00
(Constant vzw StudioWTC Tower 1 – 25th floor – Boulevard Albert II 30 – B-1210 Brussels)

FRI 27/4: CONSTANT WTC II (adress): 17h00 – 19h00
(Constant vzw StudioWTC Tower 1 – 25th floor – Boulevard Albert II 30 – B-1210 Brussels)

WED 2/5: CONSTANT WTC II : 15h00 – 17h00
(Constant vzw StudioWTC Tower 1 – 25th floor – Boulevard Albert II 30 – B-1210 Brussels)


WED 21/5: Buritanas: 15h00 – 19h00
(Canal of Brussels – exact address to be announced)

FRI 23/5: Buritanas: 17h00 – 19h00
(Canal of Brussels – exact address to be announced)


FRI-SUN 1-3/6: W-O-L-K-E (as part of Festiwol)
Rue Saint-Hubert 14, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Brussels


Or open by appointment to info(at)

In the framework of of the Interfaces project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. In collaboration with W.O.L.K.E, Constant and Nadine. 

In collaboration with:

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and the European Union
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34
B-1080 Brussels