Mindblowers

Mindblowers was created by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (KVS) as a place where scientists and artists, performers and academics come together. Scientists and artists are the visionaries of society. To give their voice and heartbeat a stage, KVS and VUB created Mindblowers. Every edition Mindblowers tackles a theme and delivers performances and interventions at the crossroads of art, culture and reflection. At the intersection of activism, artivism and academism.
Mindblowers has been organised yearly in October since 2016, and organised a special edition of Mindblowers in the summer of 2021 in cooperation with Theater aan Zee.

From a shared fascination and responsibility for the city, KVS and VUB work together intensively. After all, the multicoloured, multilingual city is a challenging laboratory for both institutions, a source of wonder, compassion, knowledge and exasperation. Together, we are convinced that connection is the answer to the future and that tomorrow’s society will not be created or built on the basis of one’s own beliefs. Mindblowers strengthens the partnerships between both institutions, KVS and VUB, as well as the broader Brussels context and actors. It is a unique pilot project that has been coordinated for several years and therefore remains unique and pioneering in its kind. Students, artists and scientists join forces for an evening of co-creation and connection. Not only VUB researchers share the scene with artists, also our students participate in the project and have been performing as MCs for years.

Mindblowers book : Where Art and Science Meet

To celebrate 5 years Mindblowers, more than 40 artists and scientists share their perspective on the world in the book ‘Mindblowers’. A stimulating and unforgettable journey through the senses. The themes ‘Resistance’, ‘Imagination’, ‘Time’ and ‘Beauty’ form lenses through which the authors view our world. The inspiring insights break through the traditional division between art and science. Each author starts from a specific context of curiosity and wonder, ranging from recipes to letters, from articles to a photo-novella…. This unique collection is a reference work for anyone with an interest in art and science, active citizenship / engagement and our shared future. A collector’s item that stimulates our brain and our senses on every page.

Mindblowers book was created by Caroline Pauwels (Rector VUB), Michael De Cock (Artistic Director KVS), Lynn Tytgat (weKONEKT.brussels, VUB) and Catherine Vervaecke (KVS). With contributions from Laurent De Sutter, Hala El Moussawi, Thierry Boutemy, Koen Vanmechelen, Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Fien Leysen, Carme Portaceli, Vincent Ginis, Benjamin De Cleen, Michel Maus, Karen Celis, Rachida Lamrabet and more.

Purchase Mindblowers: Where Art and Science Meet at your local book store or online.

EDITIONS

2022: Amor

For the sixth edition, Mindblowers tries to tackle intriguing questions on LOVE.
What is mankind without love? Asking the question is answering it. No theme has filled more books, films and hearts than love. It seems indivisibly tied to the arts, where emotions, relationships and connection are often central tenets. But love is also the driving force in many sciences.

Visual for Mindblowers AMOR

2021: Place and space

This edition, academics and artists claimed their place on the stage for an evening. They investigate the boundlessness and limitation of SPACE AND PLACE. With the corona crisis, our spaces became both smaller and larger: we were more housebound than ever, but could also travel further than ever to virtual and digital locations.

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2021: Mindblowers at Sea

This special edition of Mindblowers at sea is dedicated to ‘wonder’, which was not coincidentally also the theme of the festival. Academics and artists both work from curiosity, imagination, freedom, creativity and critical thinking. Only when you think, imagine and imagine the unthinkable can science and art create new horizons. And let Ostend be the perfect location for new horizons…

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2020: Beauty

This fourth edition, with BEAUTY as its main theme, is even more special than all the previous ones. Due to the Covid crisis, this edition took place in the open air. What is beauty, what do we find beautiful and how can it influence our lives and make them better?

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2019: Time

This year, artists and academics tackled the theme of TIME in short, surprising, incisive and urgent interventions. An intriguing fact that has fascinated artists and scientists for centuries. How time changes, how everything returns, what time teaches us, and how we can capture this in art or science.

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2018: Imagination

The second edition of Mindblowers became an ode to the IMAGINATION. Academics and artists both work from curiosity, wonder, freedom, creativity and critical thinking. Only when you think, imagine and dream the unthinkable can science and art create new horizons.

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2017: Resistance

The theme for this first Mindblowers was RESISTANCE. A fine selection of domestic and foreign thinkers and artists gave their vision on resistance. What does it mean today? What has it meant and what can it mean for our future?

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