Exhibit review: Lascaux, The Sistine Chapel of Prehistory

1. discovering Lascaux

You may be wondering why there is a review on something so spectacularly pre-dating even clockpunk on this here blog. Well, because of the dieselpunk era archaeological aspect, which is something that has a significant role in this exhibition about the Lascaux caves.

The exhibit was (because it has sadly ended, but the museum exhibition book is still available), extremely interesting to see the evolution of pre-historic archaeology, clearly discribing how the find was treated from the first moment 4 teenage boys chased after their dog and stumbled upon the murals back in September 1940, up the current day use of modern archaeology to further study the many drawings of people, deer, bison, felines, horses and geometrical figures found that have been dated to be 20 000 years old on the site in the French Dordogne area.

2. Tracing Paper

The exhibit offered 3D replicas, a 3D film, 2D documentary about one of the drawings in particular, a black cow, but also the making of the exhibit, the archaeology used both during and after WW2 right up to the present day, and offered quite a few chances for visitors to experience a bit of a hands on a approach themselves.

It may no longer be housed at the Cinquantenaire museum in Etterbeek, Belgium, but as it’s a traveling exhibit that previously also spent time in Chicago, Houston and Montréal, you may very well be able to catch it in a town near you. Who knows, the part that the Cinquantenaire specially added about the paleolithicum in Belgium, in collaboration with the Belgian Natural History Museum, may even move along to the next destination!

That said, the Cinqantenaire museum in itself is well worth checking out, so if you find yourself in Brussels, it’s well worth making the small trip to Etterbeek (next to Brussels) by public transport to check it out. Beware though, you can easily spend and entire day there!

Photos © Lascaux International Exhibition.
We weren’t allowed to take our own photos at the exhibit, so we used the official ones of 1940 and 1963 instead.

Event review: Coalescaremonium, Industrial Decadence

Coalescaremonium Industrial Decadence

Coalescaremonium
What: Gothic event
When: Saturday, April 11 2015
Where: Le Bouche à Oreille, Etterbeek, Belgium
Price: € 34 in pre-sale, € 40 at the door

Coalescaremonium is an annual Gothic happening that takes place in a revamped monastery near Brussels. Every year they set a new theme, this year’s was Industrial Decadence, which is the general theme for the event, which the organisation does a great job planning around to create a varied and most excellent event.

The strength of Coalescaremonium is that the team behind the event takes a long and hard look at the previous edition, and improves on every single thing they think needs improving, making each edition better than the next year after year. When they think something can be done better, they will do it better the following edition, which makes that many look forward to the next edition even having a fantastic time on the current one.

Coalescaremonium crew + DJ SiSeN

The team together with DJ SiSeN. From left to right: Discipulus, TElombre, DJ SiSeN, La Dutchessa and Nocturne.

Their other ace in the hole is the atmosphere. Whist it is an upscale event, it is incredibly open-minded. You’ll see people dressed up in elaborate Gothic designs, people that clearly put something fabulous together for the event, people from all Gothic substyles, but also other subcultures such as steampunk, Japanese fashions, as well as people that simply show up in a suit or dressed in black. Even though there is a dresscode, if you clearly show that you belong to the scene and genuinely want to be there, you’ll be allowed entrance. And it’s utterly fantastic to see such a great mix of people and subcultures together. It immediately creates a wonderful and extremely friendly atmosphere.

But that’s the general gist of it, onto more of the event review!
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Event Announcement: Wave Gotik Treffen 2015

Wave Gotik Treffen logo

Event: Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT)
What: Gothic Festival
When: May 22 – 25
Where: Leipzig
Tickets: from 99€
Website

A little more then a month separates us from the 24th edition of Wave Gotik Treffen (or WGT for short). The world’s largest gothic festival takes place all over the city of Leipzig at more then 50 venues. Around 200 bands, projects and single artists will cover the whole range of gothic music from Electro-Pop to Goth-Metal, from EBM to Neofolk, from medieval music to Post Punk. Continue reading