C0N10UR (08.09.23 – 05.11.23)
Since 2003, the Contour Biennale for the moving image has occupied a distinct position in the visual arts in Belgium, with a fame that resounds far beyond the national borders. Focusing on screen works, the 8-week exhibition in the historic center of Mechelen also offers installations, sound works and live arts. Contour is produced and presented by nona arts centre. Its 10th anniversary edition runs from September 8 to November 5 in 2023 and is curated by Auguste Orts.
Auguste Orts is a Brussels-based production and distribution platform founded in 2006 and currently led by artists Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer, Anouk De Clercq and Fairuz Ghammam. Since years, they each have been exhibiting and screening their (audio)visual work internationally, including at previous editions of the Contour Biennale (De Clercq and de Boer in 2005, Asselberghs in 2009 and Augustijnen in 2003 and 2013). Over the past decade, the platform has presented itself as a strong advocate of the artists’ moving image (AMI), advancing and strengthening the field with On & For Production and Distribution (2014-2021), its international collaborative project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
C0N10UR focuses on established exhibition and screening spaces in the centre of the city, offering visitors the best of viewing conditions at Museum Hof van Busleyden, kunstencentrum nona and Cinema Lumière. The short and clear trajectory between venues provides the opportunity to see, hear and experience the entire exhibition in a single day. Throughout the 2-month opening period of C0N10UR, daily screenings as well as one-time weekend programs complement the exhibition with performance arts, live music and artists’ talks. Through partnerships with exhibition places in Antwerp and Brussels, precise parts of the C0N10UR program will also run concurrently outside of Mechelen.
C0N10UR is presented and produced by kunstencentrum nona in collaboration with ARGOS center for audiovisual arts, De Garage, Kunsthal Extra City, Museum Hof van Busleyden and Visit Mechelen. Curator: Auguste Orts.
With the support of: the French Embassy in Belgium and Institut Français, as part of EXTRA, a programme supporting French contemporary creation; the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgium.
Kunstencentrum nona thanks the players of the National Lottery and the National Lottery for their support of C0N10UR.