Europe

'TALK' by Visual System / Thomas Vaquié (2016) by 3.1

Some people have been asking on Instagram and Flickr about two particular photos I uploaded recently and where they were taken, an example of which you see at the top of this post.

I recently revisited Brussels for the first time in nearly 8 years and thus went over to see what was going on at the Atomium. It turns out that some of the spheres are now used as temporary exhibition space, and since April of this year, a sound and light installation by Visual System (with music from Thomas Vaquié) have filled this space. This also includes light and sound in the tunnels that connect the spheres together; the photographs I took were taken on one of the final escalators heading out of the temporary exhibition space.

To really get a feel for the work you have to visit the Atomium in person as the bass is nothing like you will get on headphones or a home stereo set-up and the acoustics in the massive spheres amplify the feeling and the sound, but the video I've embedded below gives you a quick taster of what it was like. I quite enjoyed it, and the sphere with the massive light squares on the floor that you could get right up close to as it transitioned with the music just had to be savoured instead of photographed (all the photographs on Visual System's website are much better anyway as they've got no crowds in them – when we visited, it was like a mini-rave!)

Make sure to head over to Brussels and the Atomium by 13th November 2016 if you want to experience this!

'TALK' on Visual System's website

Bruxelles (8 years later) by 3.1

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Trauma does strange things to people:

It makes me want to run.

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I didn't think that autumn would be here so soon.

That wrinkled hag Theresa May reckons, “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere." To be honest, I'd rather be a citizen of nowhere than have to listen to that evil bitch ever again.

Trying to escape trauma in another country makes you want to listen to the relative traumas that other people are experiencing in their country.

Trauma also makes you very hungry. Bring all of the guafres. ALL OF THEM.

The say that music is good for the soul. Accordions, especially. And maybe the odd harpsichord.

Eventually, you have to stop running away.