Scientists and artists explore the theme 'Amor' in brief, surprising, urgent and fiery interventions.
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.
Is love overestimated? Is love really as close to hatred as is often claimed? When we say love, we often think of romantic love between partners, but we overlook the many other forms of love that exist. The love of parents for their children, between friends (framily, anyone?), love for an animal or for nature, ...
Do we also feel love for the world, for our planet and for humanity? Amor mundi, a concept that originated in the mind of philosopher Hannah Arendt, broaches this question. How can we all treat our earth lovingly, love each other as fellow humans, even if we are supposedly part of different groups? How can we bring back more solidarity and compassion in our world, and ensure a better future for everyone?
All intriguing questions and an ideal breeding ground for pressing interventions!
Mindblowers is a cooperation between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Flemish Royal Theatre, Crosstalks and weKONEKT.brussels.
Interventions by An Jacobs, Kim Snauwaert and Anyuta Wiazemsky Snauwaert, Tom Deliens, Lars De Laet,Tine Hens, Khalid Benhaddou, Bahar Temiz and Liliane Saint-Pierre
An Jacobs is a professor at VUB. For Mindblowers, she delves into intimacy with non-human actors – think for example of how robots and technology are used today in the care sector and for sexual pleasure.
Kim Snauwaert and Anyuta Wiazemsky Snauwaert got married in 2018 – not for romantic reasons, but to work on a durable form of community and to redefine marriage as part of a joint art project.
Tom Deliens, Professor in Movement and Sports Sciences at VUB, proclaims his love for the body, for food, for eating and moving together, …
Lars De Laet, Professor of Architecture at VUB, finds love in bridges, both in a practical and a symbolic sense. For example, the Quechua community builds a new bridge every year, and in civil engineering bridges are seen as works of art.
Tine Hens, journalist and author of De wereld die we delen [The World We Share], talks about our love for the planet and how we are already grieving things we will lose due to climate change.
Khalid Benhaddou, Diversity and Inclusion Commissioner at UGent, director of research centre CIRRA and Belgium’s youngest imam, focuses on neighbourly love and charity, and how we can be more understanding of various expressions of love and culture.
Bahar Temiz, dancer, choreographer and KVS face, brings an updated version of her creation In Love (2014-16), a two-part solo performance in which she investigates how love can arise from objects.
Liliane Saint-Pierre, Belgian pop icon, singer of the Eurovision hit Soldiers of Love and LGBTQIA+ rights pioneer, performs her greatest hits.
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