CONTOUR 7: A Moving Image Biennale
Biennale exhibition, several venues, Mechelen, Belgium, 29 August – 8 November
CONTOUR 7 presents work by over 20 international artists, spread across the City of Mechelen. All the works on show, many of them new productions, share the theme Monsters, Martyrs and Media, and have in common the fact that they’re inspired by utopias, monsters, and martyrs, past and present. This edition of the biennale is dedicated to Thomas More. Regarded by many as a martyr and by some as a monster, perhaps even as a philosopher or artist, he was certainly a brilliant fool, ahead of his time. It was while visiting Flanders in the summer of 1515 – he stopped through Mechelen – that he wrote the bulk of his book on the ideal commonwealth, The island of Utopia.