Agenda 2021 - Stefaan van Biesen

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E X H I B I T I O N S :

[Verbinding / Connection] travelling educational art project ⋈ RASA Belgium 2020 > 2021.

Artists: Agnieszka Lepka (PO), Annemarie Maes (BE), Bronwyn Katz (Z-A), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (SP/BR), Gino Rizzi (IT/BE), Jalila Essaidi (NL), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Ledell Moe (Z-A), Lizan Freijsen (NL), Otobong Nkanga (NI/BE), Rosana Paulino (BR), Shaakira Jassat (Z-A/NL), Solanga Pessoa (BR), Stefaan van Biesen (BE), Thijs Van der Linden (BE), Tinka Pittoors (BE).


[Precious Cargo, ​Precious World 2020-2021] Art Science Exhibits Berlin Germany. Mary Patricia Warming.

[Zichtbaar/Onzichtbaar] Beernem Belgium. Curator: Frans Vercoutere 2021.




A R T ⋈ I N T E G R A T I O N S :

[(V)ader] Wall integration/installation ⋈ Cortewalle castle Ter Vesten Belgium 2020 > 2021.




P U B L I C A T I O N S :


[Rooftop Gardener] The Art Couch Belgium ⋈ sketchbook publication 2021.

MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium ⋈ Artistic multi-disciplinairy research 2021.




A R T I S T I C ⋈ R E S E A R C H :

[Oratio de hominis dignitate] Drawings & visions ⋈ an artistic research about the human condition 2021.




P R O J E C T S :

[The Walking Body III] Minho University Guimaraes Portugal 2021.

[Mountains to Oceans] Humboldt University Berlin Germany ⋈ curator: Mary Patricia Warming [G/USA].

[Earth Connections] Archive of Art/NaturSci Movement & Art Science Exhibits Berlin Germany.

[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] joint project with Annelies Slabbynck 2021.




E N G A G E M E N T S :

Co-founder and member of the Milena principle [international independent art platform].

Founding Member of the Art/NaturSci Movement international art & ecology project.

Member of ArtScie Exhibits community Berlin Germany Humboldt University Mary Patricia Warming (USA).










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( V ) A D E R Wall installation/integration at Cortewalle Castle Beveren Belgium 2021.



Model wall installation (V)ADER [Father/Vein] 2021. A Spin off the exhibition Mozaïek [Mijn naam is Vijd]. CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium 01.07 > 11.10.2020. A multi disciplinairy project.




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In response to the Jan Van Eyck year in 2020 and at the invitation of CC Ter Vesten and Erfgoed Beveren, Stefaan van Biesen started in the spring of 2019 an artistic research into the figure of Joos Vijd who ordered the Ghent Altarpiece [1432] from Jan Van Eyck. The local government of Beveren asked Stefaan van Biesen to realize a permanent installation in the Cortewalle castle, which was once the residence of Joos Vijd in the fifteenth century. This wall installation is based on the exhibition 'Mozaïek [Mijn naam is Vijd] that took place in 2020. This work is inspired by the heraldic family tree that is present in the castle.



Above: pencil drawing [artistic research] by Stefaan van Biesen 2019.

Apart from the historical facts and existing documents, we can only guess at the intentions and ambitions of Joos Vijd. This sometimes leads to different views and interpretations. Nevertheless, it seems somewhat plausible that Joos Vijd had a great preference for the circles from which the painters Van Eyck have extracted their knowledge and can therefore not be seen merely as the principal and financier of the Ghent Altarpiece. The fact that Philip De Goede, given the size and duration of this work, agreed to 'lend' Jan Van Eyck (who was also responsible for the glamor of the Court) to a subject like Vijd, is special and indicates a great affection towards Joos Vijd.


Read more about the project Mozaïek [Mijn naam is Vijd] 2020. An artistic research > >







[Oratio de hominis dignitate] An artistic research.


Drawings & visions about the human condition 2021. This artistic project aims to make a connection between our human and social behavior in relation to the literary and philosophical legacy of the renaissance writer and thinker Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.


This artistic research is conceived as a commentary on human behavior in relation to social, ecological, philosophical visions and observations. It is a multidisciplinary diary in which certain of these themes are questioned in order to understand what concerns people. Pico della Mirandola's metaphysical vision, based on Neo-platonism, [prayer in the Renaissance world of ideas], is taken as a guideline for portraying these phenomena.


Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, count di Concordia, (born Feb. 24, 1463, Mirandola, duchy of Ferrara [Italy]—died Nov. 17, 1494, Florence), Italian scholar and Platonist philosopher whose 'De hominis dignitate oratio' [Oration on the Dignity of Man, a characteristic Renaissance work composed in 1486], reflected his syncretistic method of taking the best elements from other philosophies and combining them in his own work.


Fragment: "At last the best of artisans ordained that that creature to whom He had been able to give nothing proper to himself should have joint possession of whatever had been peculiar to each of the different kinds of being. He therefore took man as a creature of indeterminate nature and, assigning him a place in the middle of the world, addressed him thus: “Neither a fixed abode nor a form that is thine alone not any function peculiar to thyself have we given thee, Adam, to the end that according to thy longing and according to thy judgment thou mayest have and possess what abode, what form, and what functions thou thyself shalt desire. The nature of all other beings is limited and constrained within the bounds of laws prescribed by Us. Thou, constrained by no limits, in accordance with thine own free will, in whose hand We have placed thee, shalt ordain for thyself the limits of thy nature. We have set thee at the world’s center that thou mayest from thence more easily observe whatever is in the world. We have made thee neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, so that with freedom of choice and with honor, as though the maker and molder of thyself, thou mayest fashion thyself in whatever shape thou shalt prefer. Thou shalt have the power to degenerate into the lower forms of life, which are brutish. Thou shalt have the power, out of thy soul’s judgment, to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine.”


Pico dela Mirandola [1463-1494], Oration on the Dignity of Man.






[Earth Collections: Precious Cargo, ​Precious World 2020]


Exhibition Onboard the AVONTUUR, a Sailing Cargo Ship. ​ Trapani, Sicily October 20th - ongoing. A project of ArtScie Exhibits Berlin. Curator: Mary Patricia Warming [Berlin/USA].


Artists, curators and activists: Schlumpf Stefan, Stefaan van Biesen, Manuela Fischer, Michela Codutti, Alisi Telengut, Agnieszka Kozlowska, les Marneurs, Gerardo Nolasco, Frédéric Durieu, Alex Jordan, helmut weissert, Dave Biddle, Jayanna Killingsworth, Nikaya, Gautier Nicoli, Mary Patricia Warming.


About: Set in motion by international artist mp Warming, Art Science Exhibits Berlin is an independent enterprise created, and consistently recreated, by artists and scientists. The exhibitions and public programs we present work to greater the sphere of ArtSci conversation - towards positivity and solutions. Our mission for the future of nature-kind is to help regenerate Earth's ecosystems through innovative ideas and partnerships.


Future: Soon we will travel the Mediterranean for our first launch of Earth Collections, the Permanent Collection of the Art/NaturSci Movement. The collection will be a part of AVONTUUR's Manifest, which in turn will become a part of Earth Collections' archive. This Manifest, and our solution based exhibitions on Climate Change and Ecosystem Regeneration, is our Manifesto. With Timbercoast's AVONTUUR, we hope to influence a limit to the vast carbon footprint and pollution caused by shipping worldwide. Together we are working towards sailing the Adriatic into the 2022 Venice Biennale.



Photo: installation 'Inscription X' Stefaan van Biesen 1993. ©Peter Maes.


Stefaan van Biesen 2020. Earth Collections, the Permanent Collection of the Art / NaturSci Movement


Time is pressing. In over 4.5 billion years of geological time, Earth’s carbon cycle has suffered few extremes like today's. We and our fellow species are in trouble - here and now. ​The immediacy of the effects of weather changes, humankind’s degradation of the forests and oceans, and the intimacy of the effects on us, is stunning. And the driving force for the determined action of many to meet these challenges head on. And so, Art Science Exhibits Berlin has developed the most solution based partnership possible - with Timbercoast Shipping, a brave, new company offering zero carbon footprint for transport. ​Because when people begin to connect to beautiful answers, change can occur. ​​​









[Verbinding / Connection] Travelling educational art project RASA Belgium 2020 > 2021.


Artists: Agnieszka Lepka (PO), Annemarie Maes (BE), Bronwyn Katz (Z-A), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (SP/BR), Gino Rizzi (IT/BE), Jalila Essaidi (NL), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Ledell Moe (Z-A), Lizan Freijsen (NL), Otobong Nkanga (NI/BE), Rosana Paulino (BR), Shaakira Jassat (Z-A/NL), Solanga Pessoa (BR), Stefaan van Biesen (BE), Thijs Van der Linden (BE), Tinka Pittoors (BE).




Photos of the works: 1. Landscape/Mindscape [child version 2020] > 2. glass jar: a part of the Library of Walks [2020] > 3. Head book: Letters to an Orchard [prop for a silent performance 1996].









[Nomad Memories] [Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] an ongoing writing project with refugees, with newcomers from Europe and elsewhere. Shown at Art Platform Project Athens 2017, CAS Ostend 2019. A participation with Annemie Mestdagh and Annelies Slabbynck.



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.








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