THE 1970S: ____
Sat 24 Sep 2022, 18:00 to Sun 18 Dec 2022, 22:00
Argos, Brussels

THE 1970S: ____ highlights a remarkably prolific era of artistic production in Belgium that saw the acceleration of audiovisual experimentation. From 1970 onward, artists started fully exploring the creative and technological possibilities of video and film. Played out predominantly across the geo-cultural axis of Liège – Antwerp, with important digressions in Brussels, Aalst, Namur, and Knokke, it marks a period during which artists developed new forms of production that were often collaborative, immaterial, and interdisciplinary in nature.

THE 1970S: ____ is the first public manifestation of a long-term research project argos launched in 2018. The exhibition divides the findings of this research into four main themes: means of production, events, artist collectives, and the interdisciplinary. These four chapters are explored on the ground floor, while the upper floor is dedicated to foregrounding the utopian potential of video and film. THE 1970S: ____ recreates a selection of key installations from the era, while also presenting a series of digitised art works originally shot on U-matic, Sony Open Reel, 16mm, and Super 8.

Curated by: Dagmar Dirkx with Niels Van Tomme  

Featuring artists:  Lili Dujourie, Marc Verstockt, Jacques Charlier, Daniël Dewaele, Frank Van Herck, Filip Francis, Raoul Van Den Boom, Daniël Weinberger, Barbara & Michael Leisgen, Jacques Lennep, Groupe CAP, Edith Dewitt, Gary Bigot, Hubert Van Es/Flor Bex, Chris Goyvaerts, Robert Stéphane, Guy Jungblut, Jan Debbaut, Luc Deleu, Leo Copers, Roger D’hondt, Joëlle de La Casinière, Philippe Van Snick, Philippe Incolle, Yves De Smet, De Nieuwe Coloristen, Guy Schraenen, Maurice Roquet, Bernard Queeckers