The Metahub will create an exciting visual display for Brussels Nuit Blanche, covering 200m² of window space at the IHECS, where you can catch a glimpse of events from all around the City. The Metahub invites everyone to share their experience of the festival and become a part of it by uploading their own videos, sound-bites and photos.
- An international collective and network of interdisciplinary artists
- A platform for collaborative and experimental projects
- A realtime tool for digital and performance art
The Metahub was founded in 2008 by Frédéric Monnoye; Belgian artist, technical and artistic director based in Switzerland (Vaud).
It was first presented by Platform Centrale at the pre-launch of the interdisciplinary exhibition Brussels Meets Brighton at the Basement, Brighton, in March 2008.
Central to the interdisciplinary exhibition Brussels Meets Brighton, the Metahub was initially a technological tool allowing the 132 participating artists to share audio and visual data in real-time.
The Metahub took shape fully during the BMB exhibition which welcomed over 3000 visitors over four days. The 15 metahubbers (video artists, musicians and sonic artists) collected, manipulated and redistributed visual (video, live video, photography, 3D…) and audio (live music, DJ booth, live radio transmission) data to the 132 participating artist; therefore linking 20 exhibition spaces, two live music stages, two DJ booths, a theatre stage as well as a movie theatre. The Metahub enabled the artists to improvise and collaborate in real-time, merging disciplines such as dance, music, video, physical theatre, circus, painting and graphic arts.
Exploring improvisation, collaboration and meta-communication naturally led the European artists and collectives to create interdisciplinary collaborations. Since BMB, the Metahub has continued to feature at many festivals in Switzerland and Belgium, and has worked closely with Beatabet in presenting two international collaborations for Brighton White Night in 2009 and 2010 and the central installation for Nuit Blanche/White Night 2011.