Agenda 2020 - Stefaan van Biesen

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


MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium ⋈ An artistic & multi-disciplinairy research ⋈ 01.07 > 11.10.2020.


[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).


[CAST] Drawings ⋈ CAS [Contemporary Art Space] Zottegem Belgium ⋈ 26.09 > 04.10.2020.




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


[Tell Me Your Name] a performative walk ⋈ MOW VII ⋈ Minho University Guimaraes Portugal 2020.



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


[Le parole, le immagini del desiderio] Corona project S&H De Buck Gallery Ghent Belgium 2020.


MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium ⋈ Artistic multi-disciplinairy research 2020.



P R O J E C T S :


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


[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] an ongoing joint project with Annelies Slabbynck 2020.



S O U N D S C A P E S :


[The Forjaz Variations] 4 compositions for 'caminhando à flor da pele' ⋈ Museu Nougueira da Silva, Minho University Braga ⋈ exhibition Rosario Forjaz ⋈ Portugal 2020.


[The Garden That Carries My Name] 'MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren 2020.


[Utopia] Made of Walking (VII) ⋈ Minho University of Guimaraes Portugal 2020.




Due to the consequences of the Corona virus, upcoming projects may have been postponed to another date of the second part of 2020 or to the next year 2021.










Projects postponed:




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

[Zichtbaar & Onzichtbaar] Group show at the psychiatric hospital garden of RC Sint-Amandus ⋈ Beernem Belgium 2021. Curated by Frans Vercoutere.







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Part 1. > Drawings : MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd]

CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium 01.07 > 11.10.2020. A multi disciplinairy project.


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 researchj into the figure of Joos Vijd who ordered the Ghent Altarpiece [1432] from Jan Van Eyck.


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.


On Facebook [Dutch language] : Vijd Awa



About MOSAIC [My name is Vijd]:


The project / research of Stefaan van Biesen received the working title: MOSAIC [My name is Vijd]. This exhibition starts on July 1, 2020 and runs until October 11, 2020. Location: castle Cortewalle (the former residence of Joos Vijd). Appointment: online on the CC Ter Vesten website. Due to the Corona measures, the official opening will take place at a later, yet to be determined date.


This multidisciplinary project consists of a section of 80 drawings/notes, video, photo installations, soundscapes, texts / stories and publications: (an overview of the drawings).


A search for Joos Vijd: symbolism and themes in the Ghent Altarpiece are placed in a contemporary context, starting from the person of Vijd, (a descendant of a Flemish patrician family depicted on the Ghent Altarpiece, together with his wife Isabella Borluut on the outside hatch). These elements are tested against our contemporary living environment. Which connections can be made and which are still relevant and are therefore perceived as timeless? Is the time and environment in which Vijd lived still topical and tangible in our human, social and intercultural relationships?



This exhibition consists of different parts. 1. The drawings as a contemporary commentary > 2. An installation with photos "The Sacred Landscape" > 3. A video > 4. A music composition & soundscape.



Stefaan van Biesen is internationally known as a contemporary visual artist. In his work, the emphasis is not only on the finished image, but also on the quest that leads to this artistic result. Each image is a step in a larger study. Recurring elements in this question are religion, society and nature. In Jan Van Eyck's oeuvre he finds a related philosophical undertone that is surprisingly topical.

Stefaan van Biesen analyzes the work of the Burgundian painter on the basis of his own drawings. In doing so, he starts from contemporary photos in which figures, poses and subjects are reminiscent of the masterpiece. These images, often the posture of hands, function as an archetype when he places them in their contemporary context. He draws these elements with such an eye for detail that the result is reminiscent of medieval miniatures.

Stefaan van Biesen considers the act of drawing as a meditative experience. He concentrates on each line, marvels at the interplay and is touched when the finished image emerges from the loose lines and surfaces.

He provides each drawing with notes: ideas that arise during drawing and references to the research that leads to this result. The relationship between historical symbolism and contemporary action results in an almost mystical experience. Drawing is not only an artistic instrument, but also a skill that leads to progressive insight and has an indisputable impact on work and research. The draftsman perceives the world with greater accuracy and from multiple perspectives. The artist understands through the act of registering.







Part 2. > Photo Installation : the wide landschape > MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd]

CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium 01.07 > 11.10.2020. A multi disciplinairy project.



This installation consists of two ensembles of 16 photos, taken during walks in the municipality of Beveren [2016-2020]. A selection made from more than 150 photos that can also be seen digitally elsewhere in the exhibition.


These two suitcase installations link with the pictorial atmosphere that the landscapes in the Ghent Altarpiece exude. Through a popular medium, which has become an inseparable part of our contemporary digital culture, the natural world of the iconic painting is tested against our own. Or how, in a medieval context, it contains the profane, traces of the metaphysical.



The photos show themselves as filtered fragments from everyday life, a still and astonished look at a world in motion, subdued pages from a visual diary. Silent landscapes that become the subject of a melancholic world view: a feeling of endearment about what one sees, the beauty of a quiet moment.


The everyday that shows itself as a lived landscape of emotions and meaning, a changing metamorphosis that takes place, from one to the other. The viewer becomes the chronicler of his own mind that is mirrored in what one perceives. Camera and photographer become one in a timeless course. It is life that gives art life. It is the art that comes home to life.



View installation Cortewalle castle Beveren 2020.








[5 Stories] publication of stories where the Ghent Altarpiece finds a place in everyday life










[The Garden That Carries My Name] Soundscape/Music Composition 2020.


Exhibition MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium.




The CD 'The Garden That Carries My Name' available on Band Camp:









[Mountains to Oceans] Humboldt University Berlin. Curator: Mary Patricia Warming [Berlin/USA].


Presenting leading-edge exhibitions for ​Art & Nature Science Museums worldwide.


Dystopia [proposal for Mountains to Oceans]


Ever since our youth, in the late 1960s, the call for greater involvement and care for our ecosystem has been loudly heard. It was already labeled by some as naive and a form of doom thinking. It has since than become clear that this was not merely an emotional plea by some environmentalists. We now see with our own eyes, how bad things are with our oceans and mountains. Globalization and mass tourism have led to rapid pollution of mountain peaks and idyllic beaches.


Personally I have experienced this more and more as a sad fact. The optimism of our youth now seems to turn into a future that is doomed to drastic measures and social, societal and economic consequences. We cannot wait for this unavoidable change. Time is running out and action is required! We already start in our own environment, our personal social biotope.


What counts is: to promote this awareness, to make people in our own network aware of their behavior and perhaps art can be a means to that end. Hopefully yes: an instrument for change!


The print 'Dystopia' is a translation of my observations during projects with artists/activists in Europe. The photos were taken in several countries and the traces of the change in our ecosystem are alarming. Industrial chemical poisoning of the landscape, polluted beaches by hikers and tourists, the indifferent attitude of our consumer society: people are gradually starting to ask themselves questions. Is this a signal for change? Or does humanity learn nothing from the past?


Stefaan van Biesen 2020



Mountains to Oceans: ​the paradox exhibition 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 is good reason to bury our heads in the age old sands.


Alongside captivating works by a wealth of international artists, Art Science Exhibits brings nature science solutions into the conversation - such as ecosystem regeneration and clean-up - with the idea that when people begin to connect to the 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).




Walking is an instrument for knowledge and experience in the work of Stefaan van Biesen. Concepts such as silence / time / body / mind, influenced by Oriental approaches, are situating themselves  within a Western way of thinking. Just like Joseph Beuys the artist wants to connect Asian intuition and spirituality with European realism and rationality, in the way that Beuys no longer regarded the 'Eurasian man' being focused on itself but on humanity and culture.


Stefaan van Biesen invites you to for a silent walk / performance: 'Meander', where concepts such as 'connecting / letting go / leading / trust / taking care of ' are the underlying ideas. In this constellation of influences, (of feeling and being involved), you become, as the co-walker, the work of art!





[Enter The Triangle] Delphi Greece Made of Walking 2016.








[CAST] Exhibition of drawings at CAS (Contemporary Art Space) Zottegem Belgium.

26.09 > 04.10.2020.


This exhibition, [curated by Nadine Prieels, CAS Ostend Belgium] is focusing on the drawings of Stefaan van Biesen. They have always been very important in his work. As a study or as a philosophical discourse, they are considered as an important part in his work. Although he is known as an artist with his installations, video, performances, walks and multimedia projects, these drawings are an underexposed part of his artistic activities.



Drawing, a tool for learning.
Researchers, teachers, and artists are starting to see how drawing can positively impact a wide variety of skills and disciplines. Doing so helps people to perceive the world more accurately, remember facts better, and understand their world from a new perspective, as a tool for seeing and to understand it better.

In many ways, human beings are built to draw. Charles Darwin wrote: 'Man could not have attained his present dominant position in the world without the use of his hands'. Drawing is an ancient human activity, practiced for centuries by manifesting things visually. Drawing talent is based on how accurately someone perceives the world.

Cultivating drawing talent can become an essential tool to improve people's observational skills in fields where the visual is important. In biology, for example, describing and categorizing the shape and form of living things is critical. Prior to the invention of the photograph, biologists were trained draftsmen; they had to be in order to show the world the details of a new species. Now, some biology professors are reintroducing physical drawing in their biology courses. The reasoning is that actively deciding to draw helps people see the world better.










[The Forjaz Variations] 4 music compositions for 'caminhando à flor da pele' 2020.


The Forjaz Variations by Stefaan van Biesen for the exhibition 'caminhando à flor da pele' of Rosario Forjaz [Made of Walking III at La Romieu France 2017] at Museu Noguiera da Silva, Minho University Braga 2020. Slow walks.








[Libraries as Gardens] CGeomap 2020.


The Library of Walks is an artistic trajectory by the Belgian artist Stefaan van Biesen since the 1990ies, elaborated with Geert Vermeire since 2003, when they undertook their first group walk together to read a forest as a library, during the Art Biennale Beeldig Hof ter Saksen in Beveren in Belgium. Their approach expanded in the years after with collaborative texts, a corpus of letters to each other, works of art and performances, continuing till today. On a parallel and convergent way, they develop the concept of archiving walks into projects that transform outdoor spaces into libraries, suggesting new ways of reading the landscape and rewriting it, but equally transforming also indoor libraries in augmented spaces, uniting sound and silence, outside and inside, the mental and the physical, knowledge and nature, and by creating local and global networks of people. Their works unfold around human connections, text and space, resulting in works of arts, site-specific interventions, locative media and creative walks engaging both with the landscape and with those walking through the landscape.


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