MEDIA LIBRARY

The Argos Media Library is constantly expanding. Currently, it contains approximately 2500 audiovisual works and more than 4000 publications, the most extensive collection of its kind in Belgium. The audiovisual part of the collection can be called conceptual, documentary-oriented and essayistic. The publications are academic and analytical in orientation. Here were invite you to browse through our audiovisual acquisitions of the last years.

ACQUISITIONS 2007-2010

HIGH TIDE

Lukas Marxt
High Tide hypnotically fixes its gaze on a landscape that’s either prehuman or postapocalyptic, but definitely a timeless arrangement in shades of gray — Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Stiff, dry and dully gleaming like damp tar, they tear a hole between the dark, gloomy sea and the grayish sky...

RESTRICTED AREA

Wim Catrysse
Restricted Area (2013-2014) shows us a desolate setting in the desert of Kuwait. The installation consists of three linked screens, which makes it possible for visitors to walk around them. This three dimensional triptych shows a landscape littered with warning signs: Restricted Area. No photography. No camping. The army and the oil companies are everywhere, but at the same time hidden from view...

FROM SATIN ISLAND

Johan Grimonprez
A haunting collage of disaster and beauty, set to a shimmering track by Lights Out Asia, Johan Grimonprez in collaboration with acclaimed avant-garde novelist Tom McCarthy, based on an abstract from his latest book SATIN ISLAND....

OREJONA (OP WEG NAAR EEN ECOLOGISCHE ARCHITECTUUR)

Cherica Convents
Orejona is a mythological goddess who brought love to the Earth. It is also the name of an ecological house in Belgium that was designed in the second half of the 1970s and built by the eponymous group of architects. The house is an early experiment with energy and architecture: electricity is not provided by a nuclear power station, but by a wind turbine and solar panels...

THE RUNAWAY

Jan Dietvorst
A Dutchman speaks with authority about the ideas and customs of 'others'. It is the stereotype contrast between 'us' and 'them'. Gradually the relationship between these two becomes more ambiguous, the protagonists appear to be part of each others mythology....

OUR CITY

Maria Tarantino
This is Brussels, the capital of Europe, a city of concrete cages wrapped in glass, planned by businessmen and politicians, set in motion by construction workers, and animated by office people. But there, in the narrow spaces just beyond the reach of bureaucracy, lies the Brussels that still breathes...

ARCADIA

Maurits Wouters
ARCADIA is a non-narrative, meditative 70 minute film; the film contains 7 shots; it has one subject: a lake (and his mystic aura) Arcadia is a meditative exercise in watching; the film was made in the context of a PhD about domestic and performative filmpractice; it is funded by Brussels Art Platform http://www.brusselsartsplatform.be/....

THERE ARE NO IMAGES

Miguel Peres dos Santos
A proposal on a reflection upon a possible link between image and memory; between image and moment; and between image and death. A father, a son and a dead child engage in a dialogue constructed departing from the a moment. “does an image die?”; “and if an image dies”… “what will happen to memory?”...

INVITATION TO THE VOYAGE / L'INVITATION AU VOYAGE

Meggy Rustamova
Meggy Rustamova’s film Invitation to the voyage / L’invitation au voyage (2014), which derives its title from a poem by Baudelaire, is a suggestive examination of the potential of photography to tell stories (or history) and to let fact and fiction move closer together until the fuzziness of the pixels creating each photo has also taken hold of the narrative...
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