Pilar & See U Site Brussels
Barak Lili M
A breeding ground for artistic entrepreneurs
Pilar occupies a part of the See U site located near the VUB campus. In these former military barracks, we reside together with eighty other sustainable and innovation projects and organizations. Barak Lili M consists of 2 rehearsal rooms for musicians, 3 artists' studios & 1 workspace for cultural entrepreneurs.
2 Rehearsal Rooms
In the catacombs of See-U, we have two rehearsal rooms where young musicians at the beginning of a professional career create new work through thematic or periodic residencies.
Coline & Toitoine
A Brussels duo through and through and more infectious than all variants of covid put together. This is how the young metropolis sounds in 2021. Coline alternates guitar, ukulele and bass and places her warm voice with an atypical grain on Toitoine's instruments. He juggles with its multiple synthesizers, percussions and pianos thanks to its controllers. A melting pot of our own making, navigating between electro energetic and indie-folk ballads. They have released a handful of singles so far and they have all been included in the playlists of radio stations such as StuBru, Pure, Radio1 and RTBF. At Barak Lili M they are currently finishing their first EP and the accompanying live show.
Field recordings, percussion, acoustic instruments and spicy electronics. These are the ingredients chosen to create the perfect Belgian Bolivian. Susobrino’s didactic study for percussion and rhythm was the focus of his latest album “La Hoja de Eucalipto” (Rebel Up, 2019) that brings alive a more active and aggressive part of Susobrino. The Bolivian Indiana Jones presented his first serene EP “Mapajo” in 2018. An EP fully made of his field recording trip to Bolivia. Since then he achieved a double win for the Champion Sound Beat Battle, got Most Promising Artist at Red Bull Elektropedia Awards, and already played Sfinks, TAZ, Bouge B, Gilles Peterson's Worldwide at Leysin, Listen! Festival & a LEFTO showcase NCHTWNKEL at AB. In Barak Lili M, Suso is working on new material for the follow-up to his debut album La Hoja de Eucalipto (2019).
3 Artists' Studios
In the artists' studios we welcome young Brussels artists in long-term residences. After an open call in the spring of 2019, Pilar selected three promising artists who will work on new and existing work in Barak Lili M.
Bart Lescrève (1986, Brugges)
Works on images in stone and ceramics in a playful and intuitive way, from his background in graphics, painting, and installations. Working on different images at the same time creates a continuous overlap of themes and techniques that lead to series that follow themselves naturally. A quirky iconography, ambiguity, melancholy, but also nostalgia and nonsense are regarded as the motives that are always at the basis of his contrast-rich creations. Lescrève opens a space for the viewer in which the monumental becomes fragile and in which the grotesque reveals itself seductively. He calls himself a bricoleur romantique, a sculptural fetishist with a toolbox full of enthusiasm.
Nina Van Denbempt (1989, Halle)
Nina Van Denbempt finished her studies at LUCA School of Arts, Gent and received the jury price in 2013. She likes collecting old paper, magazines, bit and pieces of abandoned furniture. In this archive of chaos, she creates all kinds of work starting from those materials. Apart from making short stories about failure and daily anxieties for the website of VICE. She also makes paintings and has recently started making pieces of clothing that tell stories that remind us of the 80ties DIY riotgrrrls attitude. In 2018 Nina started taking her firsts steps in performance, with a love for nostalgic campy aesthetic and homemade sound and costumes. She finds inspiration in existential philosophers, dragqueens, old porn magazines, glitter, feminism, Lady Gaga, Charles Bukowski's poems, Patti Smith...
Juan Pablo Plazas (1987, Bogota)
An artist, anthropologist and performer based in Brussels. His artistic practice deals with the use and misuse of language in specific cultural contexts. In sculptural and performative work, his interest in etymology and the relationship between language and manufactured objects, take playful and unexpected turns. With a distinct sense of humor and a nose for loosely associative linguistic contortions, he adopts the things he most often finds and oddly brings them to life. After finishing his Anthropology studies and Fine Arts education in Colombia, he graduated from the Master's program at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels in 2013. He was granted with the Jan Naaijkens Prijs from the North Brabant Society, and has been shown internationally in Belgium, The Netherlands, Colombia, Australia and Mexico.
In addition to a creative workplace for artists, there is also room - literally and figuratively speaking - within Barak Lili M for wilful future thinkers and doers. To us, 'cultural' also means reflecting critically on worldviews that determine our actions, thinking about alternatives that can offer a counterweight. Barak Lili M is also a haven for creative rebellion. We offer enthusiastic, creative entrepreneurs, a place where they can meet freely. The necessary space where young cultural entrepreneurs let wild ideas mature and grow. And provide a physical workplace, but also tailor-made coaching and guidance in the development of your project.
Photo by Gordon Vøfsnfjorden
Rue Fritz Toussaint 8, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Photo credits: Pommelien Koolen & Ella Oelbrandt, Gordon Vøfsnfjorden