Our history

Street view of the argosfestival 2005 poster campaign for (13 –  22 October 2005).
Street view of the argosfestival 2005 poster campaign for (13 – 22 October 2005).

𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚘𝚜 was founded in 1989 in Brussels to stimulate and promote the then still emerging Belgian audiovisual arts scene. At the time, we mainly organised screenings in cultural centres across the country, but already started distributing videos to festivals, art institutions, and television networks internationally.

Today, as the audiovisual arts scene continues to grow and professionalise across Belgium, soɓɹɐ develops a broad range of artistic programmes and various distribution activities. We also house a library and a prominent collection of more than 5000 artist films and videos.

Throughout the past three decades, 🅐🅡🅖🅞🅢 has gained special expertise in the field of audiovisual archiving and preservation, in the initiation and accommodation of unique audiovisual research projects, and in supporting a broad range of artistic and discursive practices. We have organised a myriad of programmes, among them exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, seminars, and conversations, both in and outside ᵃʳᵍᵒˢ, locally as well as (inter)nationally.

Since 1994, ⓐⓡⓖⓞⓢ has been primarily subsidised by the Flemish Community. In 1999, after several relocations across town, we found our current home in a former storage facility in the historic ‘Les Quais’ district of downtown Brussels. This industrial building has been gradually turned into a multifunctional platform containing two exhibition spaces, a projection room, a library, a climate-controlled archive, studios, offices, a café, and a bookshop.

Niels Van Tomme was director of a̷r̷g̷o̷s̷ from December 2018 to February 2024. He was preceded by Andrea Cinel (ad interim, 2018), Rolf Quaghebeur (2011-2018), Paul Willemsen (1996-2012), Katerina Gregos (2006-2007), and founding directors Frie Depraetere (1989-2013) and Koen Van Daele (1989-1993).