Agenda - Stefaan van Biesen


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P U B L I C - S P A C E :

[Obstacle/Passage/Obstacle] sculpture/installation in public space: geboortepark Zwijndrecht Belgium 2018.



P R O J E C T S :

[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] joint project with Annelies Slabbynck & Geert Vermeire 2018.

[Traces of Memory] an ongoing, current project with Dr. Shaomin Xue [China/Belgium] 2018.

[Traces of Rain] an ongoing, European current project 2018.



E X H I B I T S :

[Art Science Exhibits] (1) Humboldt-Universität & Campus Nord Branch Library Berlin 02.05.2018.

[Library of Walks] TAF Analogio Festival Athens Greece October 2018.

[Fly Ways] Queens Museum Park [Flushing Meadow Park] New York USA November 2018.

[Art Science Exhibits] (2) Humboldt-Universität & Campus Nord Branch Library Berlin Nov. 2018.



S C H O O L - P R O J E C T S :

[Letters to a Tree / Library of Walks] De Toren School Melsele Beveren Belgium ⋈ 19.03 > 11.06.2018.

[Wander Weed (II)] performative workshop ⋈ Art School Guimaraes Portugal 15.10 > 21.10.2018.



S O U N D S C A P E - C O M P O S I T I O N S :

[Ghost Conference] Bunkier Sztuki Museum gallery in Krakow Poland, on Saturday 16.06.2018.

[Liquid Dances] [Suite of 3 compositions] for Lina Efstathiou [Liquid Dance Theater] Athens Greece 2018.

[En balade avec Rimbô] Media Walk & illustrations. Sound compositions ⋈ La Romieu France ⋈ 2017/2018.



A R T - F A I R S :

[Platfroms Projects] the Milena principle Athens Greece 2018. Curator Artemis Potamianou [Moma & Tate].



A R T - F E S T I V A L S :

[Libraries of Gardens] Analogio Festival. Athens Greece 21.09 > 27.09.2018.



P E R F O R M A N C E S :

[Leafless (IV)] Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Eftstathiou Platform Projects Athens Greece 2018.



U T O P I A - B O O K :

[Urban Emptiness] an ongoing travelling 'Utopia' book project. In several cities in Europe & NY 2017/2018.

[Platform Projects] presentation at the Independed Art Fair Athens Greece 17.05 > 20.05.2018.



M A D E - O F - W A L K I N G :

[Wander Weed] [4th International meeting] Neon Chorio Akamas Peninsula Cyprus 29.06 > 08.07.2018.








More info about the projects in 2018:





Wander Weed Variations [Letters]. Made of Walking (IV) Neo Chorio Akamas Cyprus 2018. Letters kept in a copper colored fabric prop. Copper as the origin of the name 'Cyprus': one theory suggests that the large quantity of copper deposits on the island gave the name 'Cyprus', as copper has the Latin name of 'cuprum'. Copper [the Latin symbol: Cu] as a conductor, the Alchemic symbol of the goddess Aphrodithe [mythology: it proposes that the name 'Cyprus' was given by the goddess Aphrodite (also known as Kyprida) who was born on the island].


Wander Weed is a performative exercise about 'the language of plants' and 'Letters to a tree' [1996-1997]. You can only feel and touch 'the letters', not read them. The video is taken in an abandoned house in Neo Chorio Akamas, a precious and still untouched nature reserve, gradually threatened by real estate companies. The echos of the past linger on between the stones, inside the ruins of the place. Voices are whispering the old songs.

Camera and prop performance by Annemie Mestdagh. Concept, video and sound composition by Stefaan van Biesen. Made of Walking is an international meeting of walking artists and scientists. Organised by Geert Vermeire / the Milena principle 2018. Time 05:52.







Based on a registration of dragonfly movements on the surface of a local water supply pool at the village of Neo Chorio, Akamas Cyprus during Made of Walking (IV) 2018. [the Milena principle]. Camera, video and sound composition by Stefaan van Biesen. Time 04:07.









Made of Walking is organized by the Milena principle with a series of screenings, workshops and conferences relating to walking, focussing on dialogues between performance, arts, literature and new media, inviting students, artists, writers, walkers, performers, musicians and composers, sound designers, new media artist, developers, teachers, experts and scientists of different fields, to share their experiences. Projects/performances are meant for following outdoor.



Selected and key note artists: Tracey M Berntsen (Australia), Ienke Kastelein (Holland), Lezli Rubin-Kunda (Canada/Israel), Rosie Montford (UK), Haris Pellapaisiotis (Cyprus), Panagiotis Lezes (Greece), Arianna Economou (Cyprus), Stefaan van Biesen (B), Annemie Mestdagh B), and Vermeire Geert (B).


Read more about Made of Walking (IV) > > >








Ghost Conference is a multi-channel sound installation consisting of a music/auditive compositional layer, a vocal and soundscape storytelling layer [stories told by physical or metaphorical refugees and migrants from all over the world], a textual layer [spoken live or recorded by narrators], a techno-philosophical layer [told by humans or robots]. The basic assumption of the work is a radical rejection of any hypostatic and monumental definition of identity [national, religious, traditional]. Ghost Conference materialises in a virtual venue, where internet and telephone infrastructures provide the new sensorial organism to manifest its phenomena and co-extension in one and multiple places.


In practice, the idea is to have all the participants connecting with us through various means of electronic communications ways [Skype, telephone, Jitsi, Whatsapp etc.] and speak to us and to our audience about given set of topics. The topics for the first event would circulate around the theme of migration [in a very broad sense], space availability, co-existence and/or disappearance of materiality. The event will take place in Bunkier Sztuki gallery in Krakow, on Saturday June 16th, between 3pm and 7pm.


Ghost Conference. Together with Marcin Barski (sound-artist/music curator), Lorenzo Brusci (composer, inventor) and with a support of Bunkier Sztuki Art Gallery. Afour-hour-long live-processed global sound-text composition based on materials provided by contributors from all around the world.

We are grateful for their wonderful contributions and we'd like to thank each of them. Thank you so much Andreja Andric, Michel Banabila, Ess Beck, Michael Begg, Burkhard Beins, Stefaan van Biesen, Alessandro Bosetti, Yury Bulka, Luca Canciello, Francesco Capann, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Patryk Daszkiewicz, Sandra Fruehbing, Charles III Goff, Paweł Górecki, Oriana Hadad, Thomas Harzem, Bogna Juchnowicz, Aleksandra Klimczak, Monika Konrad, Matthias Kranebitter, Joseph Kudirka, Michał Libera, Artur Lis, Aleksandra Łukaszewicz Alcaraz, Svetlana Maras, Claudia Mel, Antoni Michnik, Chrysti Mouratidou, Olia Olina, Dominika Peszko, Antonella Radicchi, Kamil Radomski, Sara Rodowicz-Slusarczyk, Paul Roth, Adam Rzepecki, Jacek Smolicki, Kat Steih, Jarek Tochowicz, Ada Valeria, Geert Vermeire, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Yoshi Yubai, Rafilid Zacharoula, Kacper Ziemianin.









An educational art project in school. A workshop for youngsters [the age of 10] at De Toren school Melsele Beveren Belgium. The artistic theme's of: 'Letters to a tree', 'the Library of Walks' and 'Our Little Museums' are an inspiration for a project where nature, ecology, introspection, books, reading, writing, drawing, walking, is used as an instrument of knowledge and reflection.






[Leafless (IV)] performance Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Efstathiou.

Independed Art Fair. School of Fine Arts Athens Greece 17.05>20.05. 2018.


Leafless IV is a: 'nomadic prop for silent gestures'. Starting from the idea of: 'a prop looking for a performer'. Stefaan van Biesen invites body or movement artists, dancers to use the prop as an instrument of introspection.


Special thanks to the performers: Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Efstathiou.


Stefaan van Biesen appeals to the experiences of a person to explore a public space. The fundamental fact of moving in time and space. Scanning the environment in relation to others. It is a combination of letting go and remembering. He assumes that the divine wisdom of the body knows what to do. All information is present in the body. Saved impressions and experiences are an emotional archive that can immediately be tapped or addressed to. For Stefaan van Biesen the essence of a performance is a meaningful ritual, a sacral event. No banal action without any meaning. He does not see it as a form of improvisation, rather as a state of being. In our archetypal gestures, the human legacy of our culture and civilization is shown to the viewer as an appealing memory bank. The attribute is a nomadic object that the participant can use to get started. It is an invitation to a feeling thinking.


Realisation prop: Annemie Mestdagh.


Leafless [IV] by Eleftheria Rapti 17.05.2018.



Leafless [IV] by Lina Efstathiou 20.05.2018.


Read pdf file of the Leafless duo/solo project > > >







[Hand-shook Memories] A Nomad's Tale.

Presentation at the Independed Art Fair. the Milena principle booth 29. School of Fine Arts Athens Greece. 17.05>20.05. 2018.


Letters written by several people who came here to Europe as refugees since the 1990s. Their handwritten letter in their own original language contains an anecdote or a story about their flight to Europe. The hope of a safe life with better living conditions. The contents of the letter remain with the artist and the writer. What remains is the image of a handwriting letter in the shape of a hand. A silent witness of suffering or joy. Realisation sleeves: Annemie Mestdagh.









Presentation of the Utopia Book at Platform Projects [the Independed Art Fair] School of Fine Arts Athens 2018. Booth 29 the Milena principle. Curated by Artemis Potamianou (Moma NY & Tate London).


'Utopia (just around the corner). A silent group walk, moving in a flow through Nicosia, Brussels, NY City, with no other intention then to get lost, with a book, inspired by Thomas More's, but containing only one word, "Utopia". It is a book that resembles a walk, it is not linear, it opens from different angles, it has pages folded in pages, you can open and browse it in different directions, not a book to be read, but a book to be shared spontaneously between the participating walkers, to be carried around in silence and to be opened on places that come towards them, as an inviting to open and read the place, the walkers and the moment in which they stand.







[Art Science Exhibits]

Humboldt-Universität & Berlin's Thaer-Institut & Campus Nord Branch Library May 2018.


May 2nd, 18:00 - 21:00  at GlogauAIR ​

Glogauer Str. 16, 10999 Berlin Germany

ArtSci Panel: Dr Dieter Korn & Lukas Kirschey from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin 

Moderated by Dr Helena Kauppila with artists & curator mp Warming 

Videos by Dave Biddle, Vancouver, Canada & Elizabeth Demaray, Rutgers University, USA

A project by Art Science Exhibits:

Off campus Vernissage for artists in our current exhibit at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's 

Campus Nord Branch Library's Reading Room Galleries 

Library solo exhibits by Adam Crosson and Guillaume Le Moine

Featuring Artists: Theo Artz, Jenny Balisle, Isabel Beavers, Dave Biddle, Susan Marie Brundage  Brent Dedas, Sybille Neumeyer, Stefaan van Biesen, Sadie Weis, Charys Wilson.

Curated by Mary Patricia Warming [USA].


About: Set in motion by international artist mp Warming, Art Science Exhibits is an independent venture created, and consistently recreated, by artists and scientists. The exhibitions and public programs we present work to greater the sphere of ArtSci conversation. Our mission for the future of nature-kind is to bring artists together with scientists as true conceptual partners. ​


Actions: We create exhibitions and networks for art and nature science experiences.


Projects: Previous exhibits include Bird Architecture at the Institute Library in collaboration with scientists at Yale University and the Peabody Museum of Natural History and Appealing to the Populous in partnership with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Thaer-Institut of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Campus Nord Branch (Biology) Library, and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Our first Berlin project opened for Berlin Science Week 2017. Participating artists attended from Belgium, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, the UK and the USA.


Future: Building on the framework of exhibitions, we envision ArtSci laboratories that increase contact between artists and scientists, and lead to cutting-edge creations. For the 2018 Berlin Science Week we are continuing to partner with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Faculty of Life Sciences, while adding more artist-scientist collaboration. In the next steps we are also planning an Art/NaturSci Pavilion to open for the 2019 Venice Biennale.






[Libraries of Gardens] Analogio Festival. Athens Greece 21.09 > 27.09.2018.


Open Call for public art and performances, workshops and talks/presentations for the exhibition-gathering "Libraries as gardens", relating public space, body, digital arts and new media, during Analogio Festival Athens 21-27 September 2018 / Athens World Book Capital 2018.


The exhibition “Libraries as gardens” invites you to collaborate with visual, digital, performing artists, writers and cultural workers. It is part of the forthcoming edition of Analogio Festival, September 21-27, 2018, with performing arts from around the world. Analogio Festival has been annually organized since 2005 and in 2018 its focusing on Asia /Far East, including a tribute to South Africa, with workshops from international artists and in collaboration with the Unesco's International Playwright's Forum (IPF/ITI).


The exhibition "Libraries as gardens" will be conducted in collaboration with the Milena principle, Unesco's International Playwright's Forum (IPF/ITI), Drama School of the Greek Art Theater - Athens, Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, as well as the Department of Education and Media of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


We are open to proposals for public art and performances, focusing on the creative potential of movement practices in the city. We applaude disciplinary diversity: performances and walking performances outdoors, and outdoors/indoors related performative visual/ installation, time-based media, virtual work, online-IRL hybrids, and others.


Creating and sharing imaginary libraries as gardens

We invite groups and individuals, to create and share performances, walks and installations that suggest innovative, experimental approaches to the city and its natural environment. The works should encompass engaging ways of intervening public spaces and relate to Athens' social/cultural/geographical fabric.


Topic Libraries as gardens

Buildings are for human being the same way as gardens are for trees. Gardens are places to walk and look, but not to live. How could a garden and its trees become a library? How humans and trees can interact in a garden? How can a garden be a more attractive place that can be used as it was a library. How can a garden become productive for the mind? This concept is the theme of a project of co-creation with writers, artists, performers, creatives of all disciplines and cultural workers with a focus on works involving sharing, intimacies, participation and collaboration.





[Fly Ways] installation Queens Museum Park New York USA November 2018.


S.T.E.P.... [Saunter, TREK, ESCORT, PARADE....].


Flux Factory September 6-28  2018 and Queens Museum November to December 2018.

Curators: Christina Freeman, Moira Williams & Emireth Herera. 


Fly Ways installation in the park of Queens Museum [Flushing Meadow] in New York November 2018. Inspired by the most complex eyes from all the living beings (80% of cerebral activity of the dragonfly is dedicated to the sight), the metaphor of the total vision gives the sense of a plenary human existence: the wisdom of the fullest phenomenology throughout the body.


Fly Ways, in an artistic interpretation by Stefaan van Biesen, intends to polarize esthetical and scientifical meanings about patterns created by dragonflies between water, earth and sky. In fact, the iridescence and ethereal motion reflected on the wings of the dragonfly becomes, in a synesthetic approach, a polyvalent art installation including site specific interventions, video, soundscapes, drawings and prints, integrating biogeometry, cymatics and promenadology. 








Location: Humboldt-Universität & Berlin's Thaer-Institut & Campus Nord Branch Library.

Curated by Mary Patricia Warming [USA].


Exhibition opening Nov. 2018 for Berlin Science Week ​ International artists working within a wide range of ecosystem thematics: biomimicry, climate change, water systems, agriculture, manipulation, modification, pollution solutions - are welcome to enter! Main gallery at Thaer-Institut is in the very heart of Berlin, next door to the Museum für Naturkunde. The complete program includes a 2D Annex Gallery, Video Screenings, Scientific Lectures, Artists Talks, and more. Chosen participants will be partnered with scientists for virtual, one on one meetings. Results and process work from these partnerships will be presented at the exhibitions.







Sculpture/permanent installation public space for a birth park of the community of Zwijndrecht in Belgium. Installation / Reconstruction of the little gate on the painting of Hieronymous Bosch [1450-1516]: 'the lost son'. (Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, the Netherlands). A symbol of rebirth and change.






[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] joint project with artist Annelies Slabbynck 2018.


During the years in the work of Annelies Slabbynck and Stefaan van Biesen, 'hands' have always played an important role. This is what binds them philosophically and artistically. They also share a nomadic vision in which their work travels through the world. This conclusion was the start of a joint project where new works are created and maybe earlier works are being redefined. Work that originated through various perspectives such as work used during or for performances, video and exhibitions. The whole project is a joint process where interaction can arise on each other's work or an artistic response to a specific work of both.








During Made of Walking summer school in Delphi July 2017, there were several talks and meetings with dancers. Lina Efstathiou of The Liquid Dance Theater in Athens is now working on a dance play. 3 music compositions by Stefaan van Biesen will become the musical layer of a dance performance and choreography by Lina Efstathiou. The soundtrack of 'Liquid Trees' is used for an upcoming dance solo at a dance festival in Athens.





©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 19.07.2018