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Weekly ※ Friday 26.05.23

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Marie-Flore Pirmez

A voracious fan of podcasts and documentaries, Marie-Flore is a firm believer in the revival of print journalism thanks to the many opportunities offered by the web and long-form magazines. When she takes off her journalist's hat, you're likely to find her hiking or in a yoga studio.

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Friday is weekly: a summary of what the team has seen, read, listened to and wants to share with you.

To put you in the mood of the Belgian group we will be talking about a few lines below, we suggest that you slip on your headphones to listen to their number, Ciarán.


‘Éosine, in French: female noun. A red dying substance […] used as a pigment in inks and cosmetics, and as a disinfectant in dermatology.’ The definition according to Larousse. Comparable in its use to Betadine. But Eosine is first and foremost a Liege rock group which has been gaining a lot of attention since its victory on the Competition Circuit last year. A genuine springboard for the emerging scene in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Led by Elena Lacroix (vocals, guitar, composition), Julia Billen (guitar, vocals), Benjamin Franssen (drums) and Brieuc Verstraete (bass, vocals), Eosine unapologetically stakes out its resolutely shoegazing style – this alternative rock genre which emerged in the 1990s where the soundscapes of distorted and saturated guitar tones are prominent – with the release of its new EP, ‘Coralline.’ The semantics of their song titles are simultaneously organic and mineral: Seashells, Planthealing, Ciarán, Digitaline… With practically all of them enrolled at university in science faculties, the group’s members draw heavily upon and find ways of expressing themselves through scientific metaphors. To this mix are added their open-hearted melodies. After appearing at the Nuits Botanique, Eosine will be on stage at the Festival of Music, as well as at Dour this summer. To be continued.

Upward Slopes

The scaling of a mountain, a geo-erotic study, craggy pathways. The illustrator, graphic designer and visual artist Sarah Lorenzo asks us to observe the borders of our intimate geographies through her latest exhibition, ‘Les Pentes Ascendantes.’ Poetic, pictorial, her series of ink prints and pastel or pencil drawings invites us into a Brussels yoga studio. A location which makes sense to the artist, herself a devotee of the discipline, who explores movement in her blue-tinted creations. The body is thereby added to her mountainous landscapes, just like the scarring of rock stratification, to bring to life anthropomorphic landscapes, as she describes them.

After completing her studies in architecture and interior design, Sarah Lorenzo committed herself to a multidisciplinary approach. She takes an interest in the geosciences, and prospects the body as a substance, without wishing to gender it, even though inspiration more readily comes to her with the female body. She even prospects techniques such as engraving on Tetra Pack… To be viewed at the Brussels Yoga Loft Louise, Chaussée de Vleurgat 109, Brussels (a stone’s throw away from Flagey) up until June 15.

Future of Nature

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is omnipresent today. Even the major Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are starting to take it on board. It is therefore unsurprising that very recently the WWF used AI to generate a series of artworks showing the potential futures of the landscapes in the United Kingdom. The choice is particularly pertinent as the country is one of those in which nature has become the most depleted, with one out of seven indigenous species threatened with extinction, as the organisation points out on the website created for the occasion.

The environmental protection NGO employed so-called ‘prompt’ technology – a written instruction sent to an AI specialised in the generation of content such as text or image – to give rise to images similar in style to the school of British Romanticism. They show the possible predictions which have been outlined on the basis of the latest scientific studies. Famine, air pollution, endangered species, etc. Various environmental themes are looked into. And if the first part of the website is rather sombre, the WWF also opens the path to more optimistic estimations. A means of highlighting the front-line work carried out simultaneously by the global association, from providing support to the goals the UK must successfully pursue as regards the climate and nature, assisting rural communities, overseeing the restoration of wild flower zones throughout the country, or the planting of sea grasses along British coastlines.

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