Different Class 2022
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Image: · Self-portrait, New York, NY, 1953 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY
‘The Self-Portrait and its Double'
8 June→21 July’22 at Bozar
p. 7 p. 9 p. 12 p. 20 p. 28 p. 36 p. 42
agenda Sassy 009 Meetsysteem Kate NV Tamqrant Sub_missions
MOB Complex, Tilburg
A WORLD OF SERVICE LIVE BY JASSS & BEN KREUKNIET ADAB AKUA ANGEL D’LITE ANZ AVALON EMERSON B2B OCEANIC AXEL BOMAN LIVE AYA LIVE BADSISTA B2B CRYSTALLMESS BAKE B2B RYAN MARTIN BEA1991 LIVE BLAWAN LIVE BORED LORD B2B OCTO OCTA C.FRIM CASHU B2B VALESUCHI CEM B2B DJ NOBU CLAIRE MORGAN B2B JULIE CÕVCO D.DAN DANIELLE DEADBEAT & OM UNIT LIVE DJ NOBU DJ SALIVA B2B SALOME DJ WAWA DJRUM B2B SKEE MASK DVS1 & OSCAR MULERO EHUA ERIS DREW B2B MYSTIC BILL EVERSINES LIVE FAUZIA FREDDY K GIGI FM B2B KONDUKU GRAND RIVER LIVE HÉCTOR OAKS LIVE HONEY DIJON IFEOLUWA ISABELLA KOEN JASMINE INFINITI JING LEKKER JOB JOBSE JOHN TALABOT B2B OBERMAN
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Since 2012, each summer has marked a time for the Subbacultcha community to celebrate with some of our favou rite talents. Through thick and thin we worked to provide you with one of the most exciting Summer festivals in Belgium every year. Lucky for you, on August 6, we are back, and the meeting place for friends and performers is KASK & Conservatory in Ghent! We organised a lineup of trailblazing acts we know you’ll love. First of all, Radio Ruit - a community based online radio station currently in residence at Theresia - is inviting three artists: Ravioli, Tamqrant, aka.miki. Swedish producer Oli XL is the latest signed artist on the prestigious WARP label. The DutchBelgian tandem Meetysteem and Victor De Roo released the beautiful
and suitable EP Was Het Maar Eens Niet Zo'n Feest at the beginning of this year. London based R&B star Ojerime is one of the hidden gems of the fes tival. Different Class will be her Belgian debut. Russian singer-songwriter and producer Kate NV finds inspiration for her electronic pop sound from car toons, art, and classical music. Sunniva Lindgård, or Sassy 009 is a hallucino genic pop musician from Oslo. And last but not least, Parisian Paul Seul and Krampf spin b2b! Co-founder of collective Casual Gabberz, Paul Seul is known for hard techno Gabber sounds, while Krampf has been remixing and arranging a wide variety of projects for over a decade. So yeah, Different Class! Words by Dlisah Lapidus Thank you Astrid, Maria, Kasper-Jan, Jonas, Dlisah, Bruna, Sepideh, Ikram, Hannah, Mona, Aline, Mae, Maoro, Luiza, Louise, Jonathan, Sunniva, Anna Carina, Ricky, Laura, Sasha, Kate & Emma! Your editor-in-chief, Herlinde
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The dedication and loyalty I have to music are hard to compete with Throwing your dreamy bedroom pop filled
with teenage angst on the internet might be our modern-day prelude to a rockstar life. Sassy 009 started as the Soundcloud username of Sunniva Lindgård when she was playing around with music in her Norwegian bedroom, but is now a crowdpulling headliner at several festivals. With captivating synths and techno-influences, her 2021 hyper-pop EP Heart Ego pulls you into her flashy, abundant mind that longs for connection and love. The result: a raw, elevating sound, a forever coming-of-age soundtrack. Interview by Maria Magdalena de Cort Photos shot by Jonathan Vivaas Kise
What is SASSY 009 and how did it come about? SASSY 009 is my music project. The name started as my username on Soundcloud and then kinda stuck with me. I think it’s cute I’m using a user name I created when I was 19 and in my Tumblr phase. It represented my taste in music and my aesthetic back then - it’s absurd how you choose some thing randomly and it continuously shapes everything. The name SASSY 009 is kind of the glue of the project. No matter what changed, it was always SASSY 009. What shaped your 2021 EP Heart Ego? Heart Ego was a lockdown EP. It’s a record of patience, of peace. The lockdown made my head even more chaotic than normal, but the amount of time on my hands made me slow down and make sure everything was right. It still represents my chaoticness, and it’s not a conceptual album: each song is a stand-alone fragment of my universe of reference and thoughts. That’s also convenient, as streaming services can’t offer much to artists that want their album to be listened to as a whole. Listeners tend to only catch one or two songs.
The name SASSY 009 is kind of the glue of the project
You started in your bedroom, now you’re in festival line-ups. How does that make you feel? The idea of playing a show for an au dience that shows up is surreal to me. It feels both so strange and so right to do this artist thing. I try to avoid situations where I’m forced into some thing as much as I can. How I see my work right now is important, so I try not to think too much about where I see myself in future years. I’m always looking to improve myself, but at the same time, I want to be satisfied with just how everything is at the moment.
The idea of playing a show for an audience that shows up is surreal to me
Is that something you struggle with, dissatisfaction? I think I’ve never been satisfied with what I was doing or who I was. That constant need for satisfaction can be numbing, but lately, I’ve been trying to interpret it as a drive to go forward. I feel like as long as it seems that I have this empty gap, that will be a drive. I can always see the potential in some thing, and how it can unfold to even bigger and greater levels. As long as I have that relationship with my work I will always continue to up my game, but if I don't have that drive, it’s harder to be willing to spend so much time and take so many risks.
Can you imagine a scenario where you will be completely satisfied? No! [Laughs]. It’s hard to compare, but I think it might involve falling deeply in love with something else other than music. I think it’s very unlikely that I’ll ever love anything or anyone more than I love music and making music. The dedication and loyalty I have to music and indirectly to myself are hard to compete with. You produce a sort of hyperR&B now, but you grew up on classical music. Did that musical upbringing influence you in a way? My parents are classical musicians, and I played several instruments as a child but never had the needed discipline. I had to relearn what music meant for me. When you’ve been trained to enjoy complex classical music your whole life, it takes a whole unlearning process to give the same attention to pop music. It’s been a journey to create my terms and conditions.
I think it’s very unlikely that I’ll ever love anything or anyone more than I love music and making music 17
Anywhere besides the stage, I am way more self-conscious
Is there a difference between the persona of SASSY 009 and you as Sunniva? Yes and no. On stage, I’m a very diffe rent person. It’s a complex situation, as I try to be as true to myself as I can in my music, yet I think there is a lot I can learn from the persona I created. Does that make sense? SASSY 009 is a more carefully distilled combination of parts of myself and the person I aspire to be, that kind of becomes its charac ter. SASSY 009 is confident, sharp and a bit weird, a persona of mine that only exists on stage. Anywhere besides the stage, I am way more self-conscious. Because there is not just one situation I exist in, I am constantly adapting. That’s the biggest difference.
@sassy_009 Different Class with Sassy 009 6 Aug - KASK, Ghent You can enjoy our festival for free as a Subbacultcha member. Scan to discover our membership.
I always write from this sort of melodic flow Dutch songwriter and musician Meetsysteem is known for his light, genuine, eclectic take on pop music. Meetsysteem’s taste often favours music sung in languages he can’t understand, and he hopes his songs have a similar appeal to a non-Dutch speaking audience. After many years of developing every aspect of his music on his own, he decided to focus his time and energy on songwriting, collaborating with Brussels based producer Victor De Roo on the album Was het maar niet zo’n feest. Meetsysteem and Victor De Roo will be joining us at our own Different Class festival in August.
Interview by Dlisah Lapidus Photos shot by Anna Carina Schoeters
Where does the name Meetsysteem come from? I wish it was more of a special story, but actually, a friend of mine in high school just said, ‘That's a cool name, you should use that.’ But when I later started picking up more personal stuff, while using that name, I thought, ‘I don't know if I can use this.’ It means a measuring system, but it's more com monly known because it is a famous palindrome. It's quite an interesting name. I have a bit of a mathematical side, I studied math. So in that sense, the name makes sense, but on the other hand, I am complete chaos, and there is no measuring whatsoever. The thing about names is that you just have to pick one. And then at some point, if you make good enough music, it will make sense. Or it will just be too late for you to second guess it. Then you have to live with your weird name.
The thing about names is that you just have to pick one
As a songwriter, how does lyricism play into your music? I am always thinking about how I could make Dutch music that appeals to anyone, wherever. Because why do we listen to Sigur Rós, the Icelandic band, or French artists, (although I know French has an even bigger cultural significance.) But for me, I can listen to Serge Gainsbourg, not know what he's talking about, and I don't care. So I am very curious about what it is. What is the element that makes it listenable no matter the language? Of course, it has to do with the music. If the music is so insanely good, then you don't care what someone is saying. The perfect circumstances, I guess, would be to like my music without being able to understand it. I do really like that type of music. I am the type of person who doesn't necessarily hear lyrics. When I listen to music, I just hear the vibe. But I do like that when you do listen to something just for the vibe time after time, suddenly these sentences begin to pop out, which gives this extra dimension to the song that you were loving already. It just becomes a whole different song. I always write from this sort of melodic flow and then piece together a puzzle
of what it is about. Sometimes I do tell a little bit of a story, but I keep it quite codified so that it remains up to inter pretation. I might have quite a clear story of what I am saying, but I leave it open so that people can do whatever they want with it.
I’m super excited about the new music that I’m going to make soon
Is singing and writing in Dutch important to you? For a while, I was always singing in English. But something felt a bit de tached when I sang in English. Because my music is so personally built up, I do all of the instruments, it made sense that the last element, my voice, would be just as personal. I sort of stumbled into a song which I sang in Dutch, and most of my friends responded the best to that. I realized that it made sense to continue down that road. It was way easier to just be me on a song, and it would work. I still had some English songs on the first record, because it was too difficult to translate those. But for my second record and the one I just did with Victor De Roo, there is no English. Now I'm excited to try and figure out a way to get back to some English or other languages. I want to find that free, floating area of language.
I can listen to Serge Gainsbourg, not know what he’s talking about, and I don’t care 24
Going forward I’m focusing more on the songwriting and less on the producing part
Has your approach to making music changed recently? Right now I'm looking for a new way to do things. I'm not sure how that is going to be yet. I used to just bring my laptop, some studio gear and instru ments somewhere isolated, where I would spend two weeks just working on music. I would do this throughout the year, building up songs until I had enough demos that I could start arran ging an album. I would do it all myself. With this last album, I collaborated way more. It was difficult to get out of that intimate setting, but also very educating. Going forward I'm focusing more on the songwriting and less on the producing part. For my second album, I already had to let go of a bit of it. And it was hard. But because I also had some more complicated theme
ideas for the second album, it made sense for it to not be comfortable. And now I'm at a place where I am more comfortable with anything and open to trying new things, which is nice. It was new that with this album I had no production involvement whatsoever. I helped with arrangements a bit, but other than that, it was completely up to Victor. I would just have to write the vocals, which was a freeing process. What are you working on now? I'm super excited about the new music that I'm going to make soon. I am cur rently finishing up a demo for another project I'm working on right now with two other people with who I sing only in English. I think that will be nice.
@riksakameetsysteem Different Class with Meetsysteem & Victor De Roo 6 Aug - KASK, Ghent You can enjoy our festival for free as a Subbacultcha member. Scan to discover our membership.
I would never have believed I’d be touring internationally Meet Kate NV, a magnetic Moscow-based producer whose captivating aesthetic finds itself somewhere on the periphery of Japanese pop, old soviet films, and the 80s, peppered with whimsical childlike dreams. These tingling electronic sounds drenched in bittersweet melancholia will fill the stage of Different Class this year. Find out Kate’s take on language, phonetics and anxiety-reducers in our homey convo.
Interview by Laura Isachenko Photos shot by Sasha Mademuaselle
Before getting into music you were studying architecture for six years. How did this experience influence your music? It’s hard to say. I think the community of the architectural university shaped my taste in many ways. Most importantly, I was exposed to some great art and got to learn a lot about it. The same goes for my classical music education: it helped me to understand music on a broader scale. I remember listening to your album Room For The Moon—in particular, ‘Plans’ and ‘Telephone’—and it reminded me of a warm summer evening. I wonder, what would be the perfect setting to feel your songs? Oh, I love listening to music while riding a bike. It’s lovely especially in the summer, in the twilight or at the break of dawn when the streets are still silent and the air is full of this blueish cold light of morning and the birds start chirping. You are by yourself on your bike. This creates a very special inti macy between you and the music you are listening to.
You write and perform your music in three different languages: Russian, English and French. How do you choose between them? Is there any hidden logic behind it or does your intuition guide you? The latter. Oftentimes when I write my music, I don’t even know whether it will be a track or a full song with lyrics. It is the music itself that guides me. The same thing with the languages: ‘Ça Commence Par’ is in French because it seemed like phonetically it made more sense for that song. For me, the lyrics and the language of the song, with its unique set of phonetical sounds, are part of the instrumentation. Besides, I think each language has its persona lity: English seems to be very flexible whereas Russian is sort of made of some solid construction parts.
As a musician you are free, but you kind of pay for that freedom with quite a lot of stress. But it is worth it
Many of us, young adults especially, dreamt of being artists and musicians. This all was fuelled by almost sacred mystery and longing. Now as a full-time artist and musician, can you share what it is like from the inside? Is it the way you thought it was going to be? I remember as a teen I couldn’t even imagine that I would be touring inter nationally. I literally would never have believed it. But at the same time, the fact that you are your boss, that you and you alone are in charge, can be stressful. You feel the pressure of the capitalistic machine, and if you don’t have any side jobs and only focus on the music it can be tough at times. But usually, when you are very passionate about music you don’t think about these materialistic questions—at least at the beginning. And I think it is a good thing, as an overly pragmatic approach to music would suffocate all your crea tive potential and desires. As a musician you are free, but you kind of pay for that freedom with quite a lot of stress. But it is worth it.
The last couple of months has been quite turbulent. What helps you to remain sane? Since the war started, it’s been hard to say what the future holds. Everyone seems to be very disoriented. For me, walking in nature works. I know it is a pretty standard thing, but it helps to reduce anxiety. So recently, I have been walking a lot. Also, helping people makes things a bit more tolerable: together with my label, we are working on a small charity release, the profit from which I am going to donate to the NGO Helping to Leave, which helps with evacuating Ukrainians from war zones in Ukraine.
For me, the lyrics and the language of the song, with its unique set of phonetical sounds, are part of the instrumentation 32
Oftentimes when I write my music, I don’t even know whether it will be a track or a full song with lyrics. It is the music itself that guides me
What was the last album or piece of music that you listened to and loved? Honestly, after the war started, I could n’t listen to music. It’s only lately that I’ve been slowly getting back into it due to a ritual: I'm currently staying at my friend’s place and he has this enor mous collection of records, and I enjoy the routine of choosing a record and then playing it. It’s calming. I started listening to quite a lot of things, and I love Japanese records. You never know what you are getting, as the cover can be very dreamy and floral, but then you will be surprised with insanely experi mental avant-garde sounds. I like this little moment of an enigma.
@katenvy Different Class with Kate NV 6 Aug - KASK, Ghent You can enjoy our festival for free as a Subbacultcha member. Scan to discover our membership.
A new approach to storytelling Tamqrant is a project that blends history, heritage and nightlife. Being part of the Different Class festival’s lineup this year, we met with Ikram to learn about the roots of her work and what inspired her in its conception, to better understand how the artist transforms it all into an important and exciting narrative.
Is Tamqrant your stage name? Yes, Tamqrant is the feminine word for ‘big’ in the Tamazight language. I chose this name because this project is about significant women in history. I didn't call myself that, but it happened natural ly – since that’s the name of what the project reflects, people started to book me as DJ Tamqrant. The funniest part of it all is that I’m a small person. People speaking Tamazight were making jokes about me being small but being called ‘big’. They would sometimes call me DJ Tamzyant instead! Which means ‘small’ in Tamazight. [laughs] Interview by Bruna Martins Photos shot by Sepideh Farvardin
Tell me a bit about yourself. My name is Ikram, I am 24 years old and I am Belgian with Riffian origins. My artistic practice usually involves archival research: I have collections of historical pamphlets, posters, tapes, and vinyl. Now I’m searching for methodologies that will allow me to reshape and revive stories of resistance – as I like to call it. It’s a way of learning and sharing history and its elements that are not usually known by most people. I’m also very fascinated by the different Tamazight languages, of which Tarifit is my mother tongue.
Can you explain the Tamqrant project to us? I collect music from different areas in North Africa where Tamazight is spoken. Even though I don’t under stand every dialect in detail, I always try to understand the context of certain lyrics, reshape them, and produce something out of the stories coming from them. I take the stories behind those sounds and music and narrate them. Certain songs are about women and migration, for example. In this case, Tamqrant tells another perspective of the existing migration narrative that is mostly male. This is an example of what I aim to do with the project. Since when does Tamqrant exist and how was it born? Tamqrant is almost 3 years old now. The project was born out of a mixture between my interest in North African music and my Amazigh background. I was listening to a lot of Amazigh music back in high school; I remember feeling so frivolous when I first listened to Malika Domrane, but then I found comfort in my melodious discoveries. I remember that the first mix I uploaded, Timgharin Timqranin (‘great women’), got a lot of attention. In the beginning, Tamqrant was a bit different. I used
to mix Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and Tamazight music. The project evolved and after some time I realized I wanted to do something closer to my heritage. I focused my research on the Tamazight language and the oral transmissions coming from my background and culture. I feel very connected to it. As the project was developing, it became even more specific and focused on Amazigh music, mainly from women. Would you say that Tamqrant is a way of archiving these women's stories to ensure that they survive through time? Exactly. But also reshape it so it can be interpreted in a new way, to contextu alize them in time. The survival aspect of it was one of my priorities when I started this project. I believe that the main part of Tamqrant is history. Tamazight was, and still is, a marginali zed language and was even banned in universities. To bring this part of history through music and poetry is my goal. I want to be able to contribute to the survival and understanding of Amazigh music and its artistic productions.
Knowing that you have a background in visual arts, why did you move to music and sound for this current project? Because I like talking! [laughs] Other than that, I started to get to know more about Amazigh music in high school and I realized that many music genres were part of it: pop music, soft and psychedelic rock, or even punk! When I started to discover all of that music coming from North Africa, I got excited and wanted people to listen to it.
To bring this part of history through music and poetry is my goal
I find it interesting how you combine history and heritage with nightlife and leisure. Was that somehow Tamqrant’s plan from the beginning? Totally not. It all happened randomly. People started to book me as a DJ and I realized that the project was evolving and I had to reflect upon it. I would also love to make more radio shows in which I can invite people to participate in the sets and conversations.
Since you are part of the Different Class festival lineup this year, can we have a sneak peek of what to expect from your performance? All I can say is that I'm taking my vinyl records with me and that I’m playing something very glittery. Perfect for a beautiful sunny summer day.
I have some mixes that are purely for leisure and party but I try to combine some storytelling to it
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Hannah Cornelus Tell us, what do you do in life? I’m finishing my PhD in contemporary French literature, it’s about the environ mental crisis and how novels can help us to think differently, to stop seeing humanity as something outside of the natural world or superior to it, by aban doning dualistic thinking (humanity vs nature, mind vs body, subject vs object, man vs woman etc.) and focusing on interconnectivity and the ecological concept of the ‘mesh’. Besides that, I play the bass in a band called Lip Service. I also like taking pictures with my analogue camera: I believe walking around with a camera makes you look at everyday things dif ferently and allows you to see things you would otherwise overlook.
What do you like best about your place? My apartment is stuffed with colour ful and weird things I found at flea markets and second-hand shops over the course of many years. I also have a lot of plants; I like that my place is a kind of cocoon in which I can hide away among things I love or that intrigue me.
What’s your favourite pastime? These days I like making weird little animals and masks out of pa pier-mâché; I like doing things with my hands to counterbalance, to give my thinking mind (is that a thing?) a break. Cooking and taking pictures also work.
Age: 26 Zodiac sign: Virgo Pronouns: she/her Instagram: @hannahcornelus Location: Ghent/Brussels Subbacultcha member since: 2022
If you could be famous, what kind of celebrity would you be? A mysterious one, who stays out of the spotlight. Although I would also like to be a rock star, that may contradict what I just said.
Mona Lagaeysse Tell us, what do you do in life? I am a photography student and am currently working on several projects. I live for pleasure, love and friendship. I work various student jobs here and there to be able to pay for my incre dibly fully planned vacations and all the projects I’m doing. I like to put on my headphones and just walk around, photographing everyone around me. I have the feeling that I’m very busy but also doing nothing at all.
What do you like best about your place? The place where it is located; Brussels. This city has stolen my heart. I moved here to study, coming from small cosy Bruges. It was an adjustment, but I was looking forward to the new adventure. What kind of music are you listening to at the moment? I listen to almost all genres of music. I have a 45-hour long playlist on Spotify with all the music I like to listen to. It's called Rust (Dutch for peace), the funny thing is that it's not calm music at all.
Age: 19 Zodiac Sign: sagittarius Pronouns: she/her instagram: @Mona_lag Location: Brugge/Brussel Subbacultcha member since: April 2022 What’s your favourite pastime? Shooting photos and editing them, as long as it’s with loud music. Watching people on the street and making up their stories. I spend a lot of time looking at places on google maps that I want to visit or looking for houses in other cities where I would like to live. Any guilty pleasures? Overpriced white magnum ice cream with cookies. I’m always in the mood for that. It’s so unbelievably delicious.
Aline Deruytter Tell us, what do you do in life? I have been studying art history in Ghent for three years now. While my education is theoretical for the most part, I also like to get creative myself. Growing up, I developed a passion for all things culture. My father is a musi cian, as well as my uncle, my cousin and my boyfriend. My grandmother shared the same love for music and art. These people who are very dear to me passed along their love for the arts to me. Although I love to sing as well, analogue photography has grown out to be my biggest passion over the last few years. It gives me a space to visualize the connection and energy I feel with certain people or forms of art. Therefore, I mostly capture people’s portraits and gigs.
What do you like best about your place? What I like best about my place is that it always seems so calm, composed and organized to other people but in reality, behind all the closed cabinets it’s just as messy as my brain sometimes is. The silly thing is that it’s only visible to me or the ones very close to me. I also love that it’s a space I can use as I want to and change as many times as I want to. I’m very attached to it. It’s my safe space, a space of feelings and memories.
Age: 22 Zodiac sign: Aquarius Pronouns: she/her Website: @alinederuytter Location: Ghent Subbacultcha member since: March 2022
If you could be famous, what kind of celebrity would you be? I think I’d go for a writer or a singer. Have you experienced any regrets recently? I guess. I kind of regret that I still care so much about what other people might think of me. It has a power over me that limits me in certain situations. Who do you wanna give credits to? My boyfriend, Andreas. For always having my back and just for the won derful human being he is.
Mae Alpuerto Tell us, what do you do in life? I've recently started working as a video editor for Studio Cosmo. What do you like best about your place? What I like best about my place/room is my Velux roof window, especially during spring. It's a big window, so on a sunny cloudy day, I get to watch the clouds. Which I find cool.
Any guilty pleasures? I don’t really feel guilty when I find so mething pleasurable, but every time I say I like pineapples on my pizza, people bash me for it. Some people’s opinions on pizza are bearable, but I swear, some make it their personality to hate Hawaiian pizza. It’s really not that deep.
What kind of music are you listening to at the moment? I can't really explain what kind of music I'm currently listening to because it's a mix of everything. But if I had to name 3 artists that are on repeat lately: Mitski, Frank Ocean and Tina Turner. What’s your favourite pastime? I like to pass my time by reading books and writing. Poetry or journalling. I have recently gotten into reading manga because of my girlfriend. I set a rule for myself that I’ll only be reading them in french, for practice.
A bit of backstory of the work I sent: I wrote this when I just started going out with my girlfriend and it was my way of expressing a sort of uncertainty entering that stage in our relationship.
Age: 22 Zodiac Sign: Taurus Pronouns: she/her Location: Brussels Subbacultcha member since: 2020
Impermanence an uncomfortable wariness lingers my stomach wants to give in but my heart closes to the touch of her hands I find myself waiting but not waiting searching but not searching feeling but not feeling it is not a stranger, yet I am still afraid afraid that by the time I open my arms, she’ll seek refuge in that of another and I’ll be left with a scar
Maoro Tiger Joe Bultheel Tell us, what do you do in life? I'm a model and a jewellery artist born and raised in Brussels. My work con sists of making jewellery with an edge and using interesting materials. I love working around ‘material fetishism’ which means that I'm using materials that are outside of the box and have a certain appeal to people. I love working with dichotomy by using misplaced or worthless materials or imagery that aren't usually used in jewellery to make a point about what we perceive to be valuable. Apart from that, I'm a parttime model that makes his money by mainly doing catwalks. What kind of music are you listening to at the moment? Dark disco, acid core, reggae and Compton rap What’s your favourite pastime? Rockclimbing Any guilty pleasures? Watching Love Island.
If you could be famous, what kind of celebrity would you be? I don’t want to be famous at all, I think it’s an empty existence but I would keep my fame lowkey and surround myself with people who appreciate me for me and not for my fame.
Age: 20 Zodiac sign: Virgo Pronouns: he/him Instagram: @tiger_joe_jewelry Location: Brussels Subbacultcha member since: 2019
Have you experienced any regrets recently? I failed school last year at the Academy of Antwerp.
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Luiza De Coninck Tell us, what do you do in life? Currently, I study animation at KASK and I'm also a part of the art collective Pardon! which mainly centres around intersectional feminism. What do you like best about your place? I just moved into a studio with my boyfriend. It's smallish but it makes it even cosier. When we make breakfast the whole house ends up smelling like fresh coffee and toast. In the beginning,
Age: 22 Zodiac sign: Sagittarius Pronouns: she/her Instagram: @ludeconinckk Location: Ghent Subbacultcha member since: 2020
we didn't have a table to eat on so we always ate on the couch but now we finally do have a table. I never thought that having a table was something that would make me so happy and proud!
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What’s your favourite pastime? I love cooking, for or with friends. Sitting at the dinner table talking for hours or/ and playing cards, especially when I win. When I'm alone I love to put a podcast on and make an attempt to knit something.
What kind of music are you listening to at the moment? I'm still in a winter mood, so mostly very calm music. I'm obsessed with Soko, Michael Hurley and John Lurie. On the very sunny days, however, there is no better music than Kate Bush and Don Cherry.
Have you experienced any regrets recently? I very spontaneously gave more than half of my clothes away and now I have to do the laundry almost every day because I don’t have enough clothes to wear anymore!
What’s the first record you bought? I think the first record I bought was when I was 17, ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince. I was obsessed with him and when I got the record I played it non-stop for a whole month, now I only play it once a month but I'm still kind of obsessed.
– Fashion Museum Antwerp 08/10/2022—26/02/2023 MoMu www.momu.be
D I S C O V E R T H E E X P O ALSO IN GHENT!
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Age: 22 Zodiac sign: Libra Pronouns: she/her/they/them Instagram: @loewize Location: Brussels Subbacultcha member since: October 2021
Tell us, what do you do in life? I work full time as a communication employee in a library in Brussels. It's a good environment to stay active and be inspired. What do you like best about your place? I love the environment. I've always lived in Brussels and love to discover new areas to their full potential. Every time you get used to one area you can
discover a new part and feel at home again. It's a city that never disappoints me.
Architecture for the People Expo C-mine, Genk (BE) 02.07 ——— 06.11 2022
The exhibition is a project by the Vitra Design Museum and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with the Vastushilpa Foundation
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What kind of music are you listening to at the moment? I can't commit to one genre. So sometimes my playlist goes from Beethoven's 7th Symphony to Ascendant Vierge. Right now I'm really enjoying La Femme. It's a French psych-punk rock band that I discovered by going to a random concert. I really loved the whole concert experience, everyone was dancing and no one was standing there awkwardly and staring at the stage. Any guilty pleasures? Nelly Furtado
If you could be famous, what kind of celebrity would you be? I would go for the kind of celebrity that is known for their work and ambitions. I don’t like being the centre of attention and prefer to grow in my interest. Have you experienced any regrets recently? No :) Which future Subbacultcha event are you looking forward to? Different Class 2022 Who do you wanna give credits to? @by_Veduta
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