Festival
The Posthuman Edition

Pilar ASAP
The Posthuman Edition

Thu 15 Feb—Fri 15 Mar .24
Price
Each event has different prices. Be sure to check our discounts if you are under 26y.
Location
Pilar Building
Triomflaan, VUB Entrance 6, 1050 Brussels
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A Boundry-Pushing Arts Festival. Exploring the Next Chapter of Human Existence.

Join us at PILAR ASAP Festival and dive into the immersive realms of art, science, and society. If the future is a canvas waiting to be painted, what brushstrokes will post and transhumanistic visions add to the masterpiece of humanity? Explore the uncharted territories of tomorrow through an exhibition, talks, performances, music and more. Are we witnessing the evolution of a new human narrative? Be part of the conversation and experience a month-long journey that transcends boundaries at PILAR ASAP – where innovation meets imagination. 

Posthumanism is a philosophical approach that challenges traditional views of human identity and capabilities, aiming to overcome biological limitations through technology. It focuses on creating a hybrid society where human and non-human elements merge, such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology. Posthumanism explores the implications of these changes for ethics, identity, consciousness, and society, emphasizing the diversity of perspectives and the interaction between different disciplines like philosophy, science, art, and technology.

Program

Bye bye humans
Bye bye humans Thu 15 Feb—Fri 15 Mar .24 Today
Category
Exhibition
Subtitle
Group Exhibition w/ Amanda E. Metzger, Jannes Snyers, Michaela Armani, Quinten Vanagt & Cesar Vromman
Description
How does the evolution of our humanity manifest itself? We are becoming increasingly intertwined with digital reality. The immaterial nature of this environment is at the heart of these artists' artistic research. They question human connections, our individual identity, and our relationship to tangible matter in this seemingly immaterial digital world. Curated by Maarten Vanermen.
Price
Free

Opening Night with Aïsha Devi
Opening Night with Aïsha Devi Thu 15 Feb .24
Category
Concert
Subtitle
A heartbreaking work of posthuman genius couched in post-club electronics
Line-up
20:15 / Ariane Kiks
21:30 / Aïsha Devi "Les Immortelles" + }§{
Description
We are opening PILAR ASAP the Posthuman Edition with Aïsha Devi's upcoming live show with expanded scenography. 
Price
€10.00 / Presale (-26y)
€13.00 / Presale
€13.00 / At the door (-26y)
€16.00 / At the door

Iceboy Violet presents aya & 96 Back
Iceboy Violet presents aya & 96 Back Tue 20 Feb .24
Subtitle
Beats, rhythm, and emotional resonance
Line-up
20:00 / 96 Back (dj)
20:40 / aya
22:00 / Iceboy Violet
Description
An electrifying evening of music as Iceboy Violet, the boundary-pushing rapper, producer, and performer, takes center stage. Operating at the cutting edge of club music, Iceboy Violet captivates audiences with a powerful blend of defiance, vulnerability, and raw emotion, creating an unforgettable experience for personal and collective catharsis. Join us for an evening curated by Iceboy Violet, where they bring the energy to new heights. Special guests aya and 96 Back will be joining in, ensuring a concert experience that transcends boundaries and leaves you wanting more. 
Price
€7.00 / Presale (-26y)
€10.00 / Presale
€10.00 / At the door (-26y)
€13.00 / At the door

Make-a-thon with Nerdlab
Make-a-thon with Nerdlab Wed 21 Feb .24
Category
Workshop
Subtitle
Nerdlab
Spoken language
Dutch
Description
During this make-a-thon (making things together), Nerdlab takes you into the wonderful world of the possibilities of artificial intelligence. In a short period of time we work intensively together and come up with new ideas with an emphasis on learning to network. The workshop starts with a jointly formulated challenge or problem. We tackle this challenge with the help of Artificial Intelligence, which we use to maximum effect and in many different ways to create solutions or instruments to solve the problem or challenge. At the end of the make-a-thon we present a prototype of a usable and innovative product or a concrete solution.
Price
€5.00 / Presale (-26y)
€8.00 / Presale

Aho Ssan & Sevi Iko Dømochevsky present Rhizomes + Grand River presents All Above
Aho Ssan & Sevi Iko Dømochevsky present Rhizomes + Grand River presents All Above Thu 22 Feb .24
Category
Concert
Subtitle
An enhanced listening experience with high-impacting melodies and visuals
Line-up
20:15 / Grand River presents All Above
21:40 / Aho Ssan + Sevi Iko Dømochevsky present Rhizomes AV
Description
Delve yourself into two moving  experiences. Berlin-based Dutch-Italian composer and sound designer Grand River creates experimental electronic music with rich emotional colors. An enhanced listening experience with high-impacting melodies, an intangible setting for contemplation and immersion, inviting the spectator to let go. Rhizomes is a collaborative project by the visionary musician Aho Ssan and renowned visual artist Sevi Iko Dømochevsky (Arca, Black Midi, Grimes). This multimedia journey transcends conventional boundaries, propelling the audience into an organic, mutating universe of sound and visuals, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.
Price
€7.00 / Presale (-26y)
€10.00 / Presale
€10.00 / At the door (-26y)
€13.00 / At the door

Improbotics
Improbotics Tue 27 Feb .24
Category
Performance
Subtitle
Improbotics
Spoken language
English
Description
Can a robot ever make theatre and if so, what does this non-human theatre look like? Let’s see what Alex – the robot of Improbotics – makes of it.

Although our robot starts off by performing in the show, the Improbotics players take it one step further rather quickly. All performers are wearing an earpiece with which they can receive Alex’s lines directly into their ears. When Alex takes control of the show like an invisible director and starts puppeteering one of the players as a ‘cyborg’, the audience sometimes doesn’t even know who is controlled by artificial intelligence and who is using their own free will to speak.

Improbotics was developed by computer scientists Piotr Mirowski (UK) and Kory Mathewson (Canada). They built an artificially intelligent chatbot based on models of how language works. These models are created by a computer learning on huge amounts of text with 1,5 billion parameters and a dataset of 8 million webpages. This software can create text by predicting words based on all the previously used words. By finetuning these models on the subtitles of more than 100,000 movies, Alex can not only generate words into sentences, but also talk in dialogues.


Price
€10.00 / Presale (-26y)
€13.00 / Presale
€13.00 / At the door (-26y)
€16.00 / At the door

KRANKk presents EXODUS
KRANKk presents EXODUS Fri 01 Mar .24
Category
Concert
Subtitle
Immersive Concert Experience
Line-up
21:00 / KRANKk
Description
Embark on a sonic journey like never before as the groundbreaking trio, KRANKk, takes center stage with their highly anticipated live set, "EXODUS," at PILAR. Following the resounding success of their immersive audio experiences at Pukkelpop and the awe-inspiring GENESIS at deSingel, KRANKk is set to push the boundaries once again, captivating audiences with a mesmerizing fusion of stunning visuals, dynamic lights, and, of course, their signature groundbreaking music.
Price
€10.00 / Presale (-26y)
€13.00 / Presale
€13.00 / At the door (-26y)
€16.00 / At the door

LIMP
LIMP Tue 05 Mar .24
Category
Performance
Subtitle
LIMP
Spoken language
No language
Description
LIMP is the third part in the Forced Labor series by choreographer Ugo Dehaes. In the first two works, Ugo looked for ways to replace his dancers with robots and himself with Artificial Intelligence. The work was a response to the increasing pressure and cuts within the arts. In LIMP, Ugo investigates how people and technology can go hand in hand and strengthen each other.
In this solo, an amputee dancer is equipped with a robotic foot prosthesis, while the choreographer is assisted by an intelligent and creative computer that will help devise the choreography.

Price
€10.00 / Presale (-26y)
€13.00 / Presale
€13.00 / At the door (-26y)
€16.00 / At the door

Co-creating tomorrow: the human-robot alliance
Co-creating tomorrow: the human-robot alliance Tue 05 Mar .24
Category
Talk
Subtitle
Co-creating tomorrow: the human-robot alliance
Description
A conversation with international robotic specialists and artists about imagining human-robot collaborations for a sustainable future.

Free entrance after registration (click on button Get Tickets)
Price
Free

Surveillance Art, Dying Phones & Fake Likes - Talk by Dries Depoorter
Surveillance Art, Dying Phones & Fake Likes - Talk by Dries Depoorter Tue 12 Mar .24
Category
Performance
Subtitle
Surveillance Art, Dying Phones & Fake Likes
Description
Surveillance and privacy permeate the work of artist Dries Depoorter. His work is also about online identity, big data, algorithms and the relationship between people and technology. Depoorter's practice is situated in the twilight zone where art, humor and social criticism come together, and touches the edge of what is (il)legal.
In addition to his artistic practice, Dries Depoorter is also an internationally sought-after speaker.
For Pilar ASAP – The Posthuman Edition we invite Depoorter to the talk 'Surveillance Art, Dying Phones and Fake Likes'.
Price
€7.00 / Presale (-26y)
€10.00 / Presale
€10.00 / At the door (-26y)
€13.00 / At the door

PILAR ASAP Closing Night GIFKIKKER w/ Hydrangea, Mordio, silkscreen., Leyline
PILAR ASAP Closing Night GIFKIKKER w/ Hydrangea, Mordio, silkscreen., Leyline Fri 15 Mar .24
Category
Closing Night
Line-up
22:00 / Leyline
00:00 / Mordio
02:00 / Hydrangea
04:00 / silkscreen. (live)
Description
Brussels based collective and label GIFKIKKER strives for an identity that combines naturalistic and metropolitan-inspired atmospheres. Inducing a blend of obsolete technologies and the forefront of new concepts. For this evening in collaboration with the PILAR ASAP festival which is themed around posthumanism, GIFKIKKER creates a coherent space in sound-and vision. The line-up represents an environment serving as an ecological frontier and introduces the question; "what if nature takes back a concrete landscape"?
Price
€6.00 / Presale (-26y)
€9.00 / Presale
€9.00 / At the door (-26y)
€12.00 / At the door

About Pilar ASAP
PILAR ASAP is a boundry-pushing festival with a narrative programme. Attuned to the pulse of society, we merge different artistic and scientific disciplines. At PILAR ASAP you can experience a challenging, varied offer: from exhibition, debate and workshops to concert evenings. Central to it is the work of (young) artists that we think you should discover as soon as possible. For a month they will be part of our Art Science Association Platform. (ASAP)
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