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5 audiobooks from deBuren are downloaded every minute

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Written by deBuren on 5 July 2013

At deBuren quality prevails over quantity, but in these dour times for the book industry we thought it would be good to share the following statistics with you. Our free audiobooks are reaching more and more people every day: in May, during the citybooks exhibition in the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, our download scores peaked at 211.000 downloads during that month. That's 5 downloaded audiobooks per minute! In total our Radio Books and citybooks have been downloaded more than 3 million times.

The right to laziness, an urgent claim

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Written by Isabelle Stengers on 28 March 2013

In the framework of the group exhibition Bon Travail, Argos invited two philosophers on the 27th of march to talk about the role of laziness in society today: Isabelle Stengers (ULB) and Petra Van Brabandt (Sint Lucas Antwerp). They investigated what our ambiguous position regarding laziness says about working, enjoyment, the modern day production and consumption model and our mortality. Click here to read the lecture Isabelle Stengers gave during that evening.

Lecture on laziness

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Written by Petra Van Brabandt on 28 March 2013

In the framework of the group exhibition Bon Travail, Argos invited two philosophers who talked about the role of laziness in society today: Isabelle Stengers (ULB) and Petra Van Brabandt (Sint Lucas Antwerp). During a debate on the 27th of March they talked to each other about what our ambiguous position regarding laziness says about working, enjoyment, the modern day production and consumption model and our mortality. Click here to read the lecture Petra Van Brabandt gave before the debate.

A landscape of snow under a beautiful sun

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Written by Gertjan Boulet on 6 February 2013

During the annual international conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP2013) a beautiful sun shined upon our capital city which was covered in snow.  A nice metaphor for both the cold and warm feelings that our information society evokes; or for the efforts of the organization committee of CPDP2013, including myself from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, to shed a better light on a surveillance landscape that has been crystallized into snow. David Lyon would say liquid surveillance ….

VIDEO | Norman Davies talks with Luuk van Middelaar

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Written by deBuren on 5 February 2013

With the publication of the Dutch translation of his book Forgotten Kingdoms: the hidden history of Europe, British historian Noman Davis spoke with Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar, who is also speech writer for EU president Herman Van Rompuy. Moderator Rik Van Cauwelaert steered the discussion.

citybooks downloaded 45,000 times in July & August

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Written by deBuren on 6 September 2012

In September, De Morgen will twice more feature a citybook within its pages. With the help of citybooks publications both in will appear in the Flemish newspaper De Morgen and on De Groene Amsterdammer’s website, more and more people are discovering these unique city portraits. This summer, the citybooks podcasts were downloaded almost 45,000 times. Find out the top five downloads here!

Kakha Kakhiani exhibits in Turnhout

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Written by deBuren on 14 August 2012

Georgian photographer Kakha Kahiani exhibits his citybooks photos in Turnhout at Creative Factory. Jef Van Eyck, coordinator of Turnhout 2012, will open the exhibition on the 17th of August at 20:00, with the artist in attendance. After the opening, you will be able to pay the exhibition a visit for free until the 26th of August.

Romanian Heritage Day in Brussels

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Written by deBuren on 14 August 2012

The 31st of August Asociata Heritage organises a Roman Heritage Day in Brussels. This event is dedicated to Romanian traditions and culture. Asociata Heritage is the local partner of citybooks Bucharest.

dOCUMENTA 13: 23 Skidoo

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Written by A Prior on 13 August 2012

Until dOCUMENTA 13 concludes, this website will present some working notes and interventions in the run-up to A Prior #23.Today: an introduction, two fragments from Bitsy Knox's diary and e-mail from Daniel Miller to Kai Althoff.

Epilogue - Postcards from the Future

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Written by deBuren on 1 August 2012

Postcards from the Future was a city art project realised by the C&H collective in Brussels, during the 2010-11 season, in collaboration with the KVS and about twenty other Bruxellois institutions. Epilogue is a book that retraces Postcards from the Future's journey across the 9 different city districts in which the project has taken place, each time involving its inhabitants and users in the realisation of a dedicated postcard/performance.

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