Agenda - Stefaan van Biesen



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P R O J E C T S :

[The Walking Body] Gallery of the Minho University Guimaraes Portugal december 2018/2019.

[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] an ongoing joint project with Annelies Slabbynck 2019.

[Traces of Memory] an ongoing, current project with Dr. Shaomin Xue [China/Belgium] 2019.

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

[Utopia, just around the corner?] a nomadic traveling book 2019.



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

[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] with Annelies Slabbynck ⋈ CAS Ostend Belgium 2019.

[Equilibrium] Palazzo Albrizzi Bienale Venice Italy ⋈ Curated by Mary Patricia Warming [USA] 2019.

[Walking Bodies] travelling exhibition: Barcelona, New York, Sao Paulo, Thessaloniki, Athens 2019.



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

[Walking Bodies] [5th International Meeting] University Western Macedonia Greece 01.07 > 07.07.2019.



P O D . C A S T :

[Talking Walking] Pod cast with Andrew Stuck [Musuem of Walking London Uk] La Romieu France 2017.



L E C T U R E + W O R K S H O P :

[Science of walking] Esc. Art. de Soares dos Reis with Rosário Forjaz ⋈ Porto Portugal 16.01 > 18.01.2019.





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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 [The Art Foundation] Analogio Festival Athens Greece October 2018.

[Braintown] S.T.E.P. Queens Museum Park [Flushing Meadows] New York USA November 2018.

[Art Science Exhibits] (2) Humboldt-Universität & Campus Nord Branch Library Berlin 01.11 > 30.12.2018.

[The Walking Body] Gallery of the Minho University Guimaraes Portugal december 2018.

[Sixth International Exhibition] Serbian Academy of Sciences & Arts Belgrade Serbia 06.12>16.12.2018.

[Intimacy] S&H De Buck Gallery Ghent Belgium 07.12 > 30.12.2018.



E D U C A T I O N A 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.

[The Walking Body] performative workshop ⋈ Minho University 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 Studio] 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 :

[Library of Walks] [in situ version XIV] Kinono Art Gathering in Tinos island Greece 25.07.2018.

[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.

[Leafless (IV)] Duo performance Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Eftstathiou ⋈ Analogio Festival 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.

Utopia [just around the corner?] Athens Multimation 2018. > 12.10.2018.

Utopia [just around the corner?] S.T.E.P. Queens Museum/Parsons NY USA 2018. > 12.10.2018.



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 2019:




[Science of Walking] lecture/workshop Esc. Art. de Soares dos Reis ⋈ Porto Portugal 16.01 > 18.01.2019.



Workshop and lecture with the students of the Escola Artistica de Soares dos Reis in Porto. Co-orginased by fellow artist Rosário Forjaz.


Promenadology is the topic of the mutual artistic research of Stefaan van Biesen with a visual, sonoric and phenomenological approach, referring to Spaziergangwissenschaft (Science of Walking) as introduced by urban sociologist Lucius Burckhardt in the 1990ies. This collaboration leads to new and complex interpretations of this science of walking. More than a tool for esthetics and science, walking becomes a quality of the human improving awareness, making a new sense for the urban human kinetics and becoming an artistical, esthetical and social approach of the urban space.


Artist talk by Stefaan van Biesen. About his walking practive and how this relates to digital media, sound, drawings & performances. The oeuvre of Stefaan van Biesen departs from an associative solidity between thinking, acting, environment: ‘how do thoughts manifest themselves via acts in our environment, what extent do they contribute to our well-being?’. Stefaan van Biesen exhibited or worked in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, UK, Poland, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, serbia, Brazil and China. Conference in English.


Meander. (Stefaan van Biesen, Annemie Mestdagh) Walking is an instrument of knowledge and experience in the artistic work of Stefaan van Biesen. Concepts such as silence / time / body / mind, influenced by Eastern approaches, are situated in a Western way of thinking. Stefaan van Biesen invites you to a silent walk / performance: 'Meander' where concepts like 'turn on / let go / lead / trust / care' are the underlying ideas. In this constellation of influences (of feeling and being involved), the participant becomes, like the co-walker, the work of art! Concept and prop: Stefaan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh / the Milena principle. Outdoors. Duration: 45 minutes


Wander Weed. (Stefaan van Biesen, Annemie Mestdagh) A performative walk where participants explore a nomad work of art on a shared walk with 5 people at a time, along the readings a of poetic letters by Stefaan van Biesen (Letters to a Tree). Production: Annemie Mestdagh. Concept: Stefaan van Biesen / the Milena principle. Outdoors.







Walking Talking interview by Andrew Stuck [Museum of Walking London UK] 2019.



[Talking Walking] Made of Walking ⋈ La Romieu France 27.08 > 01.09.2017.

Delighted to say that Andrew Stuck [Museum of Walks London Uk] has got around in 2019 to editing the Talking Walking interview with me in the summer of 2017 in La Romieu during Made of Walking (III). A pod cast made by Andrew

during a walk with him. A walking talk about work and art in relation to my 'Library of Walks' and 'Letters to a Tree'. Listen here:






[Equilibrium] Palazzo Albrizzi Bienale Venice Italy 01.06 > 01.08.2019.



Curator 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.










More info about the projects in 2018 see News > >




[Intimacy] Guardainfantes [1994] S&H De Buck Gallery Ghent Belgium 07.12 > 30.12.2018.



Guardainfantes [1994] is about the intimacy of sheltering, to seek protection by grandmother. Something that once was obvious for children (while working on the fields). It is also a tribute to my own grandmother, Clemence, who in the Second World War took care for 48 children at her house. Temporarily or for a longer period of time. She and her family just did it as a social task, without complaining, as if it were self-evident, without having something in its place. Children from neighbours and family that became refugees by the war.

The name 'Guardainfantes' refers to the Spanish origin of my family bloodline and grandmother. Our Spanish ancestors who stayed here in Flanders through the Spanish occupation in the 16th century.







[The Walking Body] Gallery of the Minho University Guimaraes Portugal 2018/2019.



Art works + digital prints by Stefaan van Biesen & Annemie Mestdagh with results of the workshop-encounters the walking body at the School of Arts + Architecture in the University of Minho, Guimaraes - Portugal.


the Walking Body, is an art project framed, in our perspective, by the conceptual movement of promenadology (Spaziergangwissenschaft) which was conceived in the eighties by Lucius Burckhardt in Kassel. The German thinker saw the body as a valid scientific tool capable to improve the urban life in society. Giving continuity to this scientific assumption, we add, in our approach, an aesthetic transgression of the Walking Body which punctuates a new poetic distribution of the human experience of vagrancy. In an osmotic way, the phenomenology of the body redefines the social space as an emotional transparency, beyond the invisibility of the urban protagonists trapped in the accelerated transit of the technological motion. the Walking Body is an euphonic territorial conquest of the natural and the urban, the landscape and the city, through kinetics and perception, by redesigning the idiosyncrasy of a walker with the place.


Drifting and vagrant bodies define a nomadic way of the human communication by exposing us in a porous emotion of the being. The limits of the habitat of the Walking Body will be configured by the amplitude of the affective event and not by architectural gestures of a rigid and permanent rational construction.


Text/research by Simona Vermeire Art works by Stefaan van Biesen Workshops and walks by Stefaan van Biesen, Annemie Mestdagh and Vermeire Geert the walking body in Guimaraes - coordinated by Miguel Bandeira Duarte curated by Vermeire Geert


The project is hosted by Lab2PT and EAUM Licenciatura em Artes Visuais (School of Architecture - Visual Arts) of the University of Minho and in partnership with the art collective The Space Transcribers and the Museum Nogueira da Silva Braga - Portugal



Exhibition about The Walking Body with the students of the Minho Universtity Guimaraes Portugal [The Art Department]. An exhibition as a proces, a lab.








Utopia [just around the corner?] Athens Multimation 2018. > 12.10.2018.



Utopia [just around the corner?] A drift for three performes and silent walkers. With Geert Vermeire. The performance will be lead by three dancers: Anna Maria Makri, Teti Nikolopoulou and Olia Mourouzidou. Photography performance: James M Lane.


A group of walkers move in a flow along the now invisible Ilissos river banks in Athens, with no other intention then to get lost, with a book, inspired by Thomas More's, but containing only one word, Utopia, and in a format that challenges the very idea of a book. 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 through it in different directions, actually


it is not a book to be read, it is a book to be shared spontaneously between the different silent walkers, carried around and to be opened on places that come towards the walker, symbolically opening the places, inviting to read the place, the walker and the moment in which he stands.



The walks go along with a walking score with drawings and text, retracing the walks. A silent walking performance by Geert Vermeire, conceived on the "Utopia" book by Stefaan van Biesen, together forming an artistic walking duo since 2001 developing in a collaborative practice called the Milena principle. As a duo of walkers, they invite guest artists and the public to perform with them in a continuous series of walking performances in contemporary cities around the world. (








[Obstacle/Passage/Obstacle]. Integration Geboortepark Zwijndrecht Belgium September 2018.



Sculpture/permanent installation public space for a birth park of the community of Zwijndrecht in Belgium September 2018. Installation / Reconstruction of the little gate on the painting of Hieronymous Bosch [1450-1516]: 'the prodigal son' made in 1516. (Collection Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam the Netherlands).

The gate symbolizes renewal, change, a mental rebirth or the start of a new beginning during a life phase. The wanderer, the nomad, the refugee tries to come 'home'.


Stefaan van Biesen works in his oeuvre with the concepts present/past, body/mind, culture/nature. This results in images, drawings, videos, performances in which a special view on mankind, nature and social events always is given.








[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.









[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 10.01.2019