Agenda - Stefaan van Biesen

 

A G E N D A : 2 0 1 7 > >

 

 

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

[Urban Emtpiness Network] installations at Neme Art Centre ⋈ Limassol Cyprus ⋈ 03.02 > 01.03.2017.

[Multimation - Metamorfosis#1] Athens Animfest 2017 ⋈ Athens Greece 16.03 > 22.03.2017.

[Uit De Context] curator: Thierry Thuysbaert ⋈ Kunstenhuis Harelbeke Belgium ⋈ 14.04.2017 > 14.05.2017.

[Walking The Angel] Elles Ont Des Ailes ⋈ La Romieu France August 12.08 > 10.09.2017.

[Box of Walks] nomadic museum ⋈ Made of Walking La Romieu France August 27.09 > 01.09.2017.

 

 

P R O J E C T S :

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

[Walking Stories] Teatro Pradillo Madrid Spain ⋈ David Valero & Xiri Tara Noir ⋈ 09.11 > 22.11.2017.

[Traces of Memory] an ongoing, current project with Dr. Shaomin Xue [China/Belgium] 2017.

[Traces of Rain] an ongoing, European current project 2017.

 

 

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

[Letters to a Tree / Handwritings / Utopia?] OLVG School Melsele Beveren Belgium ⋈ 19.03 > 23.03.2017.

[Slow walking / Silent Walking] students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels Belgium 2017.

 

 

S U M M E R - S C H O O L :

[A Scent Of Silence I] Made of Walking Animart Experimental Arts School ⋈ Delphi Greece 15 > 23.07.2017.

[A Scent Of Silence II] Made Of Walking/Table of Walks La Romieu ⋈ France August 2017.

 

 

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

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

[En balade avec Rimbô] Media Walk & illustrations. 18 sound compositions ⋈ La Romieu France ⋈ April 2017.

[Hythlodaeus] soundscape & video ⋈ Opdonder4 Mercatormuseum Sint-Niklaas Belgium 25.05.2017.

 

 

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

[Leaflet] Lefkosia Dance House Nicosia Cyprus 2017.

[Meander] performance Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival ⋈ Nicosia Cyprus 07.12.2017.

[Meander] performance Urban Emptiness ⋈ Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels Belgium 16.11.2017.

[The Sergiu Celebidache Variations] Venice Italy > 09.10.2017.

[Head Wanderer (XI) a mindset for 2 globes] Opdonder4 Mercatormuseum Sint-Niklaas Belgium 25.05.2017.

[Enter The Triangle] Made of Walking (II) Animart Delphi Greece 20.07 > 21.07.2017.

[Enter The Triangle] Made of Walking (III) La Romieu France 27.08 > 01.09.2017.

 

 

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

[Urban Emtpiness Network] Neme Art Centre ⋈ Limassol & Nicosia Cyprus ⋈ 03.02 > 01.03.2017.

[Urban Emptiness] Brussels Belgium > 19.10.2017.

[Urban Emptiness] New York USA > 01.11.2017.

 

 

W O R K S H O P S - S E M I N A R S :

[Urban Emptiness] media, silence, walking in the urban space ⋈ University of Limassol Cyprus ⋈ 04.02.2017.

[Made Of Walking II] Reflective collective artistic walks ⋈ Delphi Greece ⋈ July 2017.

[Made Of Walking III] Reflective collective artistic walks ⋈ La Romieu France ⋈ August 2017.

[Urban Emptiness] media, silence, walking in the urban space ⋈ New York, Brussels, Athens, Nicosia 2017.

 

 

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

[Analogio Festival] A Sound Walk With Kazantzakis ⋈ Athens Greece ⋈ October 2017.

 

 

C U R A T I N G :

[Elles ont de Ailes] 3 female artist from Flanders: Mieke Teirlinck, Annelies Slabbynck & Edith Ronse.

the Milena principle & Le Bouc Qui Zouk ⋈ La Romieu France ⋈ 12.08 > 10.09.2017.

 

 

 

 

More info about the projects 2017:

 

 

 

 

[Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival] Nicosia Cyprus 01.12 > 10.12.2017.

 

Dance, movement / performance art, visual art, sound art, media art and architecture.

Walks, workshops, talks, exhibition - indoors/outdoors installations.

 

 

More info Urban Emptiness Nicosia 2017:

https://www.cscalab.com/single-post/2017/11/16/URBAN-EMPTINESS-NICOSIA-FESTIVAL

 

Urban Emptiness Nicosia is an artistic laboratory during two weeks in the city fabric of Nicosia, with artists from the US, Puerto Rico, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium, UK, Holland, Catalonia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece and Cyprus.

 

The Festival, between 1-10 December 2017, explores the interconnection among walking and new media in digital and physical space with interdisciplinary performances, dance - movement - walking workshops and a complementary exhibition (till 16 December) of video and sound pieces, mapping and walking related indoor/outdoor installations, documented walks, simultaneously happening in Nicosia and other cities, and of work in progress by students in New York, Brussels and Athens.

 

Special attention goes to the exploration of the city of Nicosia, its people’s everyday actions and to negotiations of city spaces revealing their potentiality and hidden qualities.  The Festival takes place in various locations in  the city most notably the Dancehouse Lefkosia, Old Market (Municipal Market),  Point Centre for Contemporary Art.

 

The URBAN EMPTINESS NICOSIA FESTIVAL is sponsored by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, the Flemish Ministry of Culture, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels and European Cultural Foundation. 
The Festival concurs and is supported by the No_Body Festival, organized by Dance Gate Lefkosia, is facilitated by Point Centre for Contemporary Arts and is part of the Pop-up Festival Nicosia.

 

 

 

[Leafless] Performance/video Lefkosia Danse House Nicosia Cyprus 2017. Urban Emptiness Network.

 

 

 

[Meander] Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival. Performance with walking participants 07.12.2017. 

 

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!

 

 

 

[Urban Emptiness Network] Académie Royale de Beaux Arts Brussels Belgium December 18.12 > 21.12.2017.

 

 

Our team for the intensive week / exhibition in Brussels:

 

Participating artists/researchers will be:

Adonis Volanakis (visual artist, performance artist / Athens Conservatoire Drama School / Tisch School of the Arts NYU) (Athens / New York).

Lydia Matthews (on distance) (Parsons New School) (New York).

Marielys Burgos Meléndez (interdisciplinary artist, dancer) (Puerto Rico / New York).

Stella Mygdali (Edinburgh College of Arts) (Edinburgh UK).

Christos Kakalis (Architecture School - University of Newcastle) (Newcastle, UK.)

Maya Dalinsky (artist, dancer) (Brussels).

Elli Vassalou (architect, visual artist / performance artist) (Brussels/Athens).

Stefaan van Biesen (visual artist, sound artist, walking artist) (Melsele, Belgium).

Enzo Pezzella (artistic director Royal Academy of Fine Arts / Higher Institute of Arts and Choreography) (Brussels).

Alice Finichiu (coordinator Urban Emptiness - Walking as a Research module Royal Academy of Fine Arts) (Brussels) Lydia Bollen (coordinator Urban Emptiness - Walking as a Research module Royal Academy of Fine Arts / Dept of Architecture - University of Mons) (Brussels / Mons).

Geert Vermeire (coordinator Urban Emptiness - Walking as a Research module Royal Academy of Fine Arts / curator).

 

A public talk / round table with all of us in Brussels is planned for 21st evening. For the exhibition we have the art gallery of the Academy

 

 

 

[Meander] performance Stefaan van Biesen at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels 16.11.2017 in the frame of Urban Emptiness Network with the students/artists.

 

 

 

 

 

[Walking Stories] by David Valero & Xiri Tara Noir. 09.11 > 22.11.2017.

Teatro Pradillo C/ Pradillo, 12, 28002 Madrid Spain.



 

Invitation to collaborate in “Walking Stories” for the creation “The Trouble of Walking Straight“  by David Valero Yuste and Xiri Tara Noir.


For our new creation “The Trouble of Walking Straight“ we are looking for research contributors, people who are interested in participating in the creation of the performance text by sharing a small anecdote, a personal story, experience or concept that interests, in relation to the term “walking” which can be interpreted in your own way.

The work “The trouble of walking straight” looks at how different bodies walk and carry themselves through the world, and considers how walking can also be a dangerous and precarious act, all depending on how you move your body through this world. 
We are interested in how different bodies have each their own unique experience of what it means to walk in the streets. The stories can concern how you get looked at or reacted to, how safe you feel or what you think of when walking etc. any point of interest or importance connected to the theme. 

It doesn't necessarily have to be a personal story, it could also be a part of an interesting article, text or story you have read or heard concerning the subject “walking”. 

You are welcome to send in more texts than one, if you story is over approximately 500 words then we may (with you blessing) divide it into chapters or edit it down a bit. You can send us the texts in either English or Spanish, and we will translate them into Spanish. If you prefer to write in another language please let us know, and we will do what we can to get it translated.
Deadline for sending in texts are on the 23th of November. You can either participate in the project anonymously or you can sign it using your name, alias or profession, etc. as you wish.

If you are interested in participating or want more information don't hesitate to contact us on xiritaranoir@gmail.com or through Facebook Xiri Tara Noir.  We are looking forward to receiving your stories/collaborations.

David Valero Yuste and Xiri Tara Noir

 

 

 

 

[The Sergiu Celebidache Variations] Performance/video Venice >09.10.2017.

 

A silent conducting performance by Geert Vermeire / the Milena principle Venice 2017. A tribute to Sergiu Celibidache [1912-1996]. Video, concept & camera: Stefaan van Biesen/Annemie Mestdagh. Urban Emptiness Network. www.themilena.com/

 

 

Conducting a landscape...

 

The musical material is, in a sense, like a landscape, it has mountains, valleys, rivers. It has its own topography. What can we do to become aware of this landscape and its different natural variances? We cannot change them, we cannot alter them […] we must integrate all the information about the landscape into a single unity.

 

Musically speaking, one cannot change the music to make it more expressive. […] But the path of these criteria through the landscape, no matter how incompletely it is represented in the score, is a representation of the landscape. If we follow the composer´s guidelines, what is to be interpreted? […]

 

Behind the term “interpretation” there surely lies the idea that one can treat music as it was a simple object, as something that can be taken out from the refrigerator, and topped with a certain sauce, depending on someone´s taste. 


There is nothing more false and more distant from what music really means.

 

Sergiu Celibidache.

 

Text by Geert Vermeire/student of Celibidache.

 

 

 

[Obstacle/Passage/Obstacle]. Geboortepark Zwijndrecht Belgium 2017>2018.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Utopia [just around the corner?]. My 'Utopia Book': a silent drift for three walkers or more. New York 01.11.2017.

 

 

This walk, some days ago in Manhattan, as a tender and slow gesture towards the city, suddenly moves into another perspective after the terrorist attack some hours ago in the same place that was walked. Sharing the images as a balm for a city where today pedestrians and bikers were savagely attacked.


With Freddie Dessau, Jose Ernesto Rivera Perez and John Gorgone, inhabitants of New York and students of the Studio Walking as a Practice at Parsons New York (lead by Lydia Matthews). 

A parallel / simultaneous action with Utopia Walk Brussels, with students of the Walking as a Research Lab at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with Stefaan van Biesen, Annemie Mestdagh, Lydia Bollen and Alice Finichiu, as part of the Urban Emptiness Network.

 

A silent group walk, moving in a flow through NY City, departing from Gracie Mansion, 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.

 

 

A silent walking performance by the Milena principle (Belgium) with Geert Vermeire (performance artist), conceived on the Utopia book by Stefaan van Biesen (visual artist), and together forming an artistic walking duo since 2001 developing in a collaborative practice. As a duo of walkers they invite guests artists and the public to perform with them in a continuous series of walking performances in contemporary cities around the world.

 

Photographs: Freddie Dessau, Jose Ernesto Rivera Perez, Geert Vermeire, John Gorgone.

 

 

 

[Urban Emptiness Network] Edinburg, Limassol, New York, Brussels, Athens & Nicosia, October/November 2017.

 

 

The Urban Emptiness Network suggests an interdisciplinary investigation of emptiness and silence in contemporary cities, now extended to Brussels, New York, Athens and Nicosia/Limassol, after a pilot project involving Edinburgh, Athens and Brussels with related exhibitions and actions in Brussels (QO-2 / RITCS School of Arts), Athens (Benaki Museum - EMST National Museum of Contemporary Arts Athens / School of Architecture - NTUA National Technological University Athens) and Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Arts) and in Limassol (NeMe Arts Center / CUT Cyprus University of Technology) in 2016 and collaborations in Lesbos (Aegean University) and New York (Studio Walking as Practice / Parsons New School NY).

 

The aim of this network between cities, institutions and artists/reserachers is to highlight the importance of real and imaginary/hidden landscapes in the urban environment and explore different conditions of intimacy in their understanding.

 

Through three main actions that involve different methodological strategies (workshops, performative projects, open discussions and exhibitions), the project intends to contribute to the discourse about the social, educational, financial, ecological and cultural value of an experiential/performative understanding of silence and emptiness in urban life.

 

 

 

[Slow walking / silent walking] exercises with students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.

 


An exciting start of the Walking Lab Brussels as part of the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, initiated by Vermeire Geert in collaboration with Lydia Bollen (ARBA - Architecture School University of Mons), Alice Finichiu (ARBA - Urban Design / ULB University of Brussels) and Enzo Pezzella (artistic director ISAC - Higher Institute of Arts and Choreography) together with the Urban Emptiness Network.

 

Invited artists/researchers Stefaan van Biesen, Adonis Volanakis, Lydia Matthews, Marielys Lely Burgos, Stella Mygdali, Christos Kakalis.

 

 

From October till end of December: seminars, walks, talks, workshops, simultaneous with other Walking Labs in New York and Athens (Parsons - Fine Arts and Odeon - Conservatoire Athens), a creation lab and joint exhibition with CSCA Lab / European University Nicosia and Dance House Nicosia, Cyprus, with Sophie Gee and Arianna Economou.

 

http://portail.arba-esa.be/…/urban-emptiness-la-marche-com…/

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

[A walk with Kazantzakis] the Analogio Festival 2017 Athens Greece 16.09 > 24.09.2017.

 

 

A sound walk with Kazantzakis, inspired by imaginary and real travels as described in one of his last novels “Report to Greco”.

 

Disarmingly personal and intensely philosophical, Report to Greco is a fictionalized account Nikos Kazantzakis’s own life, a sort of intellectual autobiography that leads readers through his wide-ranging observations on everything from the Hegelian dialectic to the nature of human existence, all framed as a report to the Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco. The assuredness of Kazantzakis’s prose and the nimbleness of his thinking as he grapples with life’s essential questions—who are we, and how should we be in the world?—will inspire awe and more than a little reflection from readers seeking to answer these questions for themselves. The opening walk on September 18th will be accompanied by four actors performing texts of Report to Greco at the points of interest of this sound walk complementing the soundscape.

 

Soundwalk design and musical scenario: Geert Vermeire.

Soundscapes/compositions: Stefaan van Biesen.

Performative walk directed by: Sissy Papathanissiou.

Production assistant: Aliki Arnaouti.

Actors: Larissa Vergou, Panagiotis Lezes, Christina Hilla Fameli, Charis Symeonidou.

Commissioned by the Analogio Festival 2017 – Athens.

Production by the Milena principle / Analogio Festival.

 

 

 

[About Lucius Burckhardt & Joseph Beuys] a talk at Documenta 14 Kassel Germany.

 

 

12.09.2017. A talk at Peppermint Kassel Germany. During Documenta 14, the office library of Lucius and Annemarie Burckhardt (1925–2003 and 1930–2012) resides at Peppermint. The practice of these two unconventional thinkers affiliated with the University of Kassel has substantially influenced the development of aneducation’s approach to “walking the city” as a way of learning. Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen are talking about the importance of this library and Spaziergangwissenschaft. Camera by Annemie Mestdagh. the Milena principle.

 

 

 

[Box of Walks - Nomadic museum] Made of Walking ⋈ La Romieu France 27.08 > 01.09.2017.

 

 

The Box of Walks is an artifact of a nomadic museum of walks, that are displayed in situ for a limited time. It is taken in the luggage of the artist on the go and shown to the public when the opportunity arises.

 

 

 

 

[Enter the Triangle] performance Made of Walking La Romieu France 27.08 > 30.08.2017.

 

 

Stefaan van Biesen. 'Enter the Triangle'. 27.08 > 30.08.2017. A silent meditative walk/performance for 3 walkers, during Made of Walking La Romieu 2017. With Annelies Vantyghem (B), Niran Baibulat (FIN), Rosario Forjaz (PT), Andrew Stuck (UK), Mel Sutton (UK), Ivana Pinna (IT/ES), Guendouz Nawal (ALGERIA/ FR), Carol Mancke (US), Phillip Mckenzie (UK), Leo Kay (B/UK), Pam Patterson (CAN), Leena Raudvee (CAN), Ruth Roadbent (UK).


The Enter the Triangle performance (Silent Movements) is a gentle walking performance where three participants are required to listen to each other's body and the movements they make towards their own body. It is based on how to relate to another one's ways of moving or physical dialect:  so to become aware of the other(s). At the same time to be aware of the urban environment and the fact that although you are connected, there is always a feeling of disconnection between you and the others. Being able to touch and still being in the distance. It can be seen as a mental exercise to trust the other(s). To follow the other moving bodies while moving in space and to become a moving shape of consciousness. A flow, a living human sculpture, constantly changing shape of a triangle by interactions.

 

 

 

[Elles ont des Ailes] Stefaan van Biesen: new design of the poster, banner image of the exhibition.

La Romieu France: 12.08.2017 > 10.09 2017. Artistic assistance: Annemie Mestdagh/ the Milena principle.

 

 

'Elles ont des Ailes' La Romieu France 12.08 > 10.09.2017.

Curated by Stefaan van Biesen, Geert Vermeire / the Milena principle. Organisation: Le bouc qui zouke. Le bouc qui zouke – www.leboucquizouke.fr – info@leboucquizouke.fr/

Tél. +33 (0)5 62 68 71 45 - M. +33 (0)6 32 56 36 56

 

Artists: Mieke Teirlinck, peintures - Edith Ronse, sculptures - Annelies Slabbynck, objets textiles.

 

 

 

[Made Of Walking] Delphi Greece (15.07.2017 > 23.07.2017) and La Romieu France (August 2017).

 

https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/events/13/

 

 

A Scent Of Silence

 

A project within the Animart Experiential Arts School and Forum of Contemporary Artists, the Milena principle organizes a forum with a series of walks and walking workshops,  focussing on dialogues between performance, arts, literature and new media, inviting artists, writers, walkers, performers, musicians and composers, sound designers, new media artist, developers, teachers, researchers, experts and scientists of different fields, to share their experiences and to explore together topics related to walking practices.
With contributors from the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, India/France/UK, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, Cyprus and Greece.

 

 

the Milena principle is an internationally operating platform and an artistic creation and research lab towards interdisciplinary practices within performance arts and new media, with a specific interest in the topics of ecology, sound, science, society and awareness.


"MADE OF WALKING", is organized by the Milena principle during ANIMART, with a series of screenings, workshops and conferences relating to walking, focussing on dialogues between performance, arts, literature and new media, inviting students, (young) 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 venues: yard of the Delphi Archeological Museum, the archeological site of Delphi and Delphi village.

 

Animart Greece: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/news/7/

Annemie Mestdagh: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/mestdagh/

Stefaan van Biesen: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/biesen/

Geert Vermeire: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/vermeire/

Simona Vermeire: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/simona/

 

Read the full program of Made Of Walking Delphi Summerschool Greece 2017.

 

 

 

[Enter the Triangle] Made of Walking Animart Summer School Delphi Greece (20.07 > 21.07.2017).

 

[Enter the Triangle] performance Made of Walking Delphi Animart Summer School 2017.

 

The Enter the Triangle performance (Silent Movements) is a gentle walking performance where three participants are required to listen to each other's body and the movements they make towards their own body. It is based on how to relate to another one's ways of moving or physical dialect:  so to become aware of the other(s). At the same time to be aware of the urban environment and the fact that although you are connected, there is always a feeling of disconnection between you and the others. Being able to touch and still being in the distance. It can be seen as a mental exercise to trust the other(s). To follow the other moving bodies while moving in space and to become a moving shape of consciousness. A flow, a living human sculpture, constantly changing shape of a triangle by interactions.

 

Enter the Triangle. Performance for 3 walkers and dancers during Made of Walking Delphi 2017. Concept and video: Stefaan van Biesen/ the Milena principle. Attribute made by Annemie Mestdagh / the Milena principle. Performers: Lina Efstathiou, Eleni Nakou, Julia Redei, Penny Finiri, Leand Kalaja, Panagiotis Lezes, Aliki Arnaouti, Ioanna Thanou [Mikro Skordopsomo], Chara Tzoka, Marianna Makri, Vermeire Geert and Haris Pellapaisiotis.

 

 

 

[Silencer / Monochord] Delphi Greece (15.07.2017 > 23.07.2017).

 

A project based on the last wish of Pythagoras.

 

 

[an instrument for Delphi: the place shapes the sounds]
Pythagoras last request
consonance and dissonance

 

Pythagoras conceived the universe to be an immense monochord. Instruments derived from the monochord (or its moveable bridge) include the guqin, dan bau, koto, vina, hurdy-gurdy, and clavichord ("hence all keyboard instruments"). Harmony is a state recognized by great philosophers as the immediate prerequisite of beauty. A compound is termed beautiful only when its parts are in harmonious combination. The world is called beautiful and its Creator is designated the Good because good perforce must act in conformity with its own nature; and good acting according to its own nature is harmony, because the good which it accomplishes is harmonious with the good which it is. Beauty, therefore, is harmony manifesting its own intrinsic nature in the world of form.

 

A monochord, also known as sonometer, is an ancient musical and scientific laboratory instrument, involving one (mono) string (chord). The term monochord is sometimes used as the class-name for any musical stringed instrument having only one string and a stick shaped body, also known as musical bows. According to the Hornbostel–Sachs system, string bows are bar zithers while monochords are traditionally board zithers. The 'harmonical canon', or monochord is, at its least, "merely a string having a board under it of exactly the same length, upon which may be delineated the points at which the string must be stopped to give certain notes," allowing comparison.


A string is fixed at both ends and stretched over a sound box. One or more movable bridges are then manipulated to demonstrate mathematical relationships among the frequencies produced. "With its single string, movable bridge and graduated rule, the monochord (kanōn [Greek: law]) straddled the gap between notes and numbers, intervals and ratios, sense-perception and mathematical reason." However, "music, mathematics, and astronomy were [also] inexorably linked in the monochord."

 

 

 

[The Colour You Are] Delphi Greece (15.07.2017 > 23.07.2017).

 

Appendix of the 'Silencer / Monochord' project.

 

A total sensorial experience of our environment is only possible if all our senses are redefined in a harmonious perception and 're-fine-tuned'  by a ' feeling thinking / feeling thinking'. Color, smell, sound, feelings, are a (higher or lower) octave of each other. On one long imaginary string, they flow from one to the other. All these stimuli and sensations are a manifestation of vibration (or frequencies) at different levels. In this way, the color 'red' is another harmonic manifestation of the tone 'do'. A Scent Of Silence is an exercise in resonance, the awareness that we are more than just 'form'. Everything in the universe is reducible to a number and frequency and is related to each other. We are sensible moving color and sound.


During this sensory walking workshop we allow walkers to meet with their individual 'tone' and 'color(s)'. We will use the colors that were defined by the great Russian tone poet and composer Aleksandr Scriabin (1872-1915) (as a homage to this extraordinary musician), who emphasized the strong relationship between tone and color into his own musical compositions.

 


Starting from the Shen Dao system of each person's neutral base color (personalized and determined by year of birth, and linked to the nourishing, soothing, controlling, draining colors and their functions) in relation to the 5 elements.

 

 

 

[Head Wanderer (XI) * A Mindset for 2 Globes] Opdonder4 Mercator Museum Sint-Niklaas Belgium > 25.05.2017.

 

 

 

 

 

[Hythlodaeus] soundscape & video ⋈ Opdonder Mercatormuseum Sint-Niklaas Belgium 25.05.2017.

 

 

 

video [20 min) during the performance: 'Hythodaeus-Mindset for 2 globes' 2017.

 

Presentation of video and soundscape for 'Opdonder' [an invitation by Johan De Vos and Eric Windey] in the space where two globes of Gerard Mercator [1512-1594] are shown.

 

 

Download pdf file Head Wanderer (XI) Mindset for 2 globes [download pdf file]

 

[Hythlodaeus 2015] Utopia Sound Map : Cities and Memory ⋈ Oxford UK 2015. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 2015.

 

 

H Y T H L O D A E U S

 

 

Making a soundscape 'Hythlodaeus 2015': during the Milena principle 'Sea Born' project in Venice 2015, Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen made field recordings in Venice and later in Antwerp. They used this digital material to make a soundscape for the Utopia sound project of Cities and Memory. The theme was the map of Utopia made by Ambrosius Holbein in 1518. The Milena principle soundscape created by Stefaan van Biesen can be heard on section C6 of the map on the website of http://citiesandmemory.com/utopiagrid/

 

Soundscape 'Hythlodaeus 2015': texts 'Unfolding the City' by Geert Vermeire, 'Siren' by Stefaan van Biesen. Voice by Stefaan van Biesen. Field recordings by Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen. © Stefaan van Biesen / the Milena principle.

 

 

CD 'Hythlodaeus' available on Band Camp: https://b-hive.bandcamp.com/album/hythlodaeus

 

 

 

[Buiten de Context] 'Autism and Identity' ⋈ 'Kunstenhuis' in Harelbeke Belgium [14.04.2017 > 05.14.2017].

Group exhibition. Curator: Thierry Thuysbaert (B).

 

 

 

Outside the Context [autism and identity].

 

"Identity is a topical and controversial term that is used in many contexts. But what it actually means, how it leads us and misleads us, about this are many different opinions. The autistic look and idiosyncratic vision of the artist provide a broader view of the concept of identity. We left the experts to talk about the theme, and contemporary artists confront their work with the historical context of castle Cortewalle. Identity for them is sometimes a fascinating thought, or an ambiguous and strange delusion."

 

Artist: Gery De Smet, Paul Vylder, Jean De Groote, Maen Florin Paul Gees, Ingrid Godon, Annelies Slabbynck, Nadine Tasseel, Christina Mignolet, Stefaan van Biesen.

 

Texts include: Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Herman Van Rompuy, Hendrik Vos, Petra De Sutter, Johan De Vos, Ludo Abicht, Ignaas Devic, Elwin Hofman, Herbert Roeyers, Marc Van den Bossche, Veerle Provoost, Christophe Busch, Koen Van Mechelen, Kris Peeters.
Curator: Thierry Thuysbaert.

 

Works by Stefaan van Biesen, drawings on writing paper: Travel Notes ['Wanderlust' - the Dürer Connection].

 

Catalogue 2016 CC Ter Vesten, download NL Language: Click here.

https://www.tervesten.be/sites/tervesten/files/bijlagen/20191015catalogus_Buiten_de_Context_web.pdf

 

 

 

[En balade avec Rimbô] Media walk & sound compositions La Romieu France April 2017.

 

A new made media walk and sound compositions. 'En Balade avec Rimbô' in La Romieu France is based on texts written by Christian Porré [Le Bouc Qui Zouke]. A reflection on the life of the poet Arthur Rimbau. The theme is the cat Rimbô. The sound walk is made by the Milena principle [Geert Vermeire, Stefaan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh] together with the art oganisation Le Bouc Qui Zouke [Christian Porré, Belinda Porrré and Laurence Fremeau].

 

Full CD available on Band Camp: https://b-hive.bandcamp.com/album/en-balade-avec-rimb

 

 

The team of 'Rimbô': Graphic support by Annemie Mestdagh ⋈ Sound Compositions and visuals by Stefaan van Biesen ⋈ Technical realisation by Geert Vermeire ⋈ Voices by: Anne Jouan, Maryse Strzelecki, Bernadette Chabbert, Michèle Litzler, Martine Ferradou and Marie-Hélène Vigneron [Lectourne à voix Haute] ⋈ Texts by Panko [Christian Porré] ⋈ Practical support by Belinda Porré. Realisation the first week of April 2017.

 

http://www.enbaladeavecrimbo.fr/

 

 

 

[Letters to a Tree / Handwritings / Utopia?] OLVG School Melsele Beveren Belgium ⋈ 19.03 > 23.03.2017.

 

 

An educational art project / workshops for youngsters [the age of 11] at Onze Lieve Vrouw van Gaverland school Melsele Beveren Belgium.

 

The artistic theme's of: 'Letters to a tree', 'the Library of Walks', 'Handwritings' and 'Utopia, just around the corner?' are an inspiration for a project where nature, ecology, books, reading, writing, drawing, walking, is used as an instrument of knowledge and reflection. With Katrien Van Stappen, teachers: Kemi Smith, Valerie Verdoodt and Christine Ostyn.

 

 

 

[Multimation - Metamorfosis#1] Athens Animfest 2017 ⋈ Athens Greece 16 > 22.03.2017.

 

Photographs / Video / Soundscape / Soundwalk with smartphone outdoors
Title: Flyways. Venue: Romantso. Date: 16-20 March 2017

 

S E A B O R N

 

 

Sea Born - Venice
performance video 
Stefaan van Biesen and Geert Vermeire

Performance video 'Sea Born'and soundscape 'Hythlodaeus': texts 'Unfolding the City' by Geert Vermeire, 'Siren' by Stefaan van Biesen. The videos and soundscapes are based on performances and field recordings by Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen made in Venice and later in Antwerp, inspired by Utopia of Thomas More, specifically referring to the map of Utopia made by Ambrosius Holbein in 1518, in the frame of The Cities and Memory: Utopia project (UK). The project creates something new from the words of Thomas More and the collective imagination of artists around the world – an entirely new Utopia of sound, creating a new soundscape imagining how Utopia (and the society living in it) might sound. �
An album, entitled Utopia, was be released via� http://citiesandmemory.bandcamp.com/album/utopia
www.themilena.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD1cIKUoEzQ
Video: 3 minutes
Soundscape: 20 minutes

 

F L Y W A Y S

 

 

"Flyways" flowing - flying, walking and sound inspired by flyways of insects, their trajectories and traces... Flyways is composed by an indoor installation and augmented reality audio scenes, integrating virtual 3D sound sources combining outdoor space, movement and sound, in a site specific sound walk. It focuses on the visual and sound imagery of traces of the dragonfly. Besides, it imbricates philosophical thinking with a bio-geometric dimension through which the nature itself creates fractal patterns. In bio-geometry, the design of motion and sound design are a spontaneous adjustment of the vibrations of the biotope, or, in other words, a fine-tuning of the surrounded energy. Throughout this ‘mantra’ of the nature reflected in the vibration of the dragonfly’s aerodynamic – famous in the world of insects for its capacity to move in six directions – life follows the breath of the wind and becomes a flowing design of transformation,
Photographs-drawings: Stefaan van Biesen
Sound installation and augmented reality audio scenes in collaboration with Geert Vermeire

 

http://athensanimfest.eu/2017/en/multimation/43/

 

MULTIMATION - Metamorfosis#1 - Athens 16 - 22 March 2017.

The international exhibition MULTIMATION - Metamorfosis#1 takes place during ANIMFEST in Athens, 16 - 22 March 2017. The exhibition shows live multimedia art performances that expand the field of animation, focusing on flow and movement in public space and environment, connecting the digital world with the body via contemporary multimedia art performances. 


Program: http://athensanimfest.eu/2017/en/multimation/

 

Venues of the exhibition are the public space of Athens and the indoor venues Vryssaki Art Gallery, Romantso Arts Center, Zeon Cultural Center, the garden of the Numismatic Museum and Vrilissia Municipal Center, with artists from UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Canada, Cyprus and Greece.

Curator: Geert Vermeire.

 

See event on Facebook [click here] > >

 

 

 

[Utopia, just around the corner?] Limassol & Nicosia Cyprus February 2017.

 

 

Utopia. A book of longing. During the Urban Emptiness Network exhibition at NeMe Limassol Cyprus. Following on walks and interventions in Limassol and Nicosia February 2017. Curated by Geert Vermeire. Book by Annemie Mestdagh & Stefaan van Biesen. Project started as a pilot in Braga Portugal December 2016. Photo's (of the walks and interventions by Stefaan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh) : Marielys Lely Mendelez (Porto Rico) walking with us in the devided and occupied city of Nicosia.

 

 

 

[Urban Emptiness Network] NeMe Arts Centre Limassol Cyprus February 2017.

 

 

Urban Emptiness is an exhibition about emptiness and silence in Limassol and about related walking actions in various cities such as Athens, Edinburgh, Brussels and New York which all form part of the international network Urban Emptiness. Walking is the key element in the creative processes and outcomes of this network and of the actions in Limassol.


The exhibited works were created within walking exchange projects between students of Cyprus University of Technology Limassol, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (led by Dr Angeliki Gazi & Dr Yiannís Christidis), the University of the Aegean, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication (led by Dr Nikos Bubaris), the Parsons New School of Design, New York (led by Dr Lydia Matthews), Drama School of the Athens Conservatoire (led by Adonis Volanakis), RITCS School of Arts – Radio Dept Brussels (led by Dr Guy Debievre), National Technical University of Athens – School of Architecture (led by Dr Georgios Parmenidis, Dr Nelly Marda and Olga Ioannou), Edinburgh College of Arts – ESALA (led by Dr Christos Kakalis, Stella Mygdali) and Marielys Lely Burgos - Marielys Burgos Melendez, Stefaan van Biesen, Vermeire Geert, Ismini Gatou, Andromachi Vrakatseli B


The exhibition includes as well walking performances and media walks that have been created by the Cyprus based artists: Elena Pillakouri, Evdokia Georgiou, Maria O Rousse - Maria Andreou and the Mind the Gap collective and by Geert Vermeire. Organized by NeMe and by Urban Emptiness Network.

 

 

Installation Urban Emptiness Network by Stefaan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh.

The project Urban Emptiness suggests an interdisciplinary investigation of emptiness and silence in three contemporary cities: Athens, Edinburgh and Brussels. The aim is to highlight the importance of real and imaginary/hidden landscapes in the urban environment and explore different conditions of intimacy in their understanding. Through three main actions that involve different methodological strategies (workshops, performative projects, open discussions and exhibitions), the project intends to contribute to the discourse about the social, educational, financial, ecological and cultural value of an experiential/performative understanding of silence and emptiness in urban life. Acknowledging the significance of the contribution of diverse groups of people in its results, this pilot study invites university students and local citizens in its actions. NeMe Arts Centre.

 

 

The exhibited works were created within walking exchange projects between students of Cyprus University of Technology Limassol, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (led by Dr. Angeliki Gazi & Dr. Yiannis Christidis), the University of the Aegean, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication (led by Dr. Nikos Bubaris), the Parsons New School of Design, New York (led by Dr Lydia Matthews), Drama School of the Athens Conservatoire (led by Adonis Volanakis), RITCS School of Arts – Radio Dept Brussels (led by Dr Guy Debievre), National Technical University of Athens – School of Architecture (led by Dr Georgios Parmenidis, Dr. Nelly Marda and Olga Ioannou), Edinburgh College of Arts – ESALA (led by Dr. Christos Kakalis, Stella Mygdali) and Marielys Burgos Melendez, Stefaan van Biesen, Geert Vermeire, Ismini Gatou, andromachi Vrakatseli. Documentation of the media walks created by the participating artists mentioned above will also be part of the exhibition. Further works have been created by the Cyprus based artists: Elena Pillakouri, Evdokia Georgiou, Maria Andreou and the Mind The Gap Coollective.

 

Exhibition Opening: 04/02/2017, 20:30 pm
Venue: NeMe Arts Centre
Duration: 04/02/2017 – 04/03/2017
Opening Days/Times: Tuesday-Friday: 17:30pm-20:30pm, Saturday: 10:00-13:00

 

 

 

[Urban Emptiness Network] lecture University of Technology Limassol Cyprus February 2017.

 

 

Seminar speakers: Dr. Nikos Bubaris (Aegean University), Haris Pellapaisiotis (University of Nicosia), Dr. Yiannis Christidis (Cyprus University of Technology), Stefaan van Biesen (sound artist/ walking artist, Belgium), Marielys Burgos Melendez (dance artist/researcher, Puerto Rico) Via Skype: Dr. Christos Kakalis (Urban Emptiness Network organizer, University of Newcastle) and Stella Mygdali (Urban Emptiness Network organizer, University of Edinburgh).

Seminar: 04/02/2017, 17:00-20:00 
Seminar language: English
Venue: Pefkios Georgiades Auditorium, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol

 

 

[Utopia * just around the corner?] NeMe Limassol Cyprus February 2017.

 

The Utopia Book. Helene Black (NeMe) in Limassol, Cyprus, reading a book of longing during the Urban Emptiness Network exhibition at NeMe. Following on walks and interventions in Limassol and Nicosia February 2017. Curated by Geert Vermeire. Book and walks by Annemie Mesrdagh, Stefaan van Biesen and Geert Vermeire. Video and camera by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle.

 

 

 

 

[Sensing Silence] NeMe Arts Center Limassol and Dancehouse Nicosia Cyprus February 2017.

 

 

Sensing silence the Diogenes variations a video about the performance by Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen [the Milena principle] with a complementary workshop about silence and the body in the empty EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens by Geert Vermeire (performance artist), Stefaan Van Biesen (visual artist), Christos Kakalis (architect) and Andromachi Vrakatseli (sound artist). Departing from the interconnection of sound and walking as a research method and artistic practice we explore the relation between movement, body and sound in the silent spaces of the empty museum, using recording technology, drawing and writing as tools to capture trajectories through silent space.In the frame of the Urban Emptiness Network - Edinburgh-Brussels-Athens 2016. The workshop was organized in collaboration with EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art and curator Ms. Anina Valkana as part of the Museum's educational programs continuing on the educational program "Young Sound Explorers» Co-organizer: EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Partners: DEREE-The American College of Greece / Theatre Arts & Dance Department Athens School of Fine Arts National Technical University Athens / School of Architecture Urban Emptiness Network - Edinburgh-Brussels-Athens 2016 / the Milena principle 2016. Camera & © video by Annemie Mestdagh and Stefaan van Biesen.

 

For the first time this video was shown at the NeMe Arts Centre in Limassol during the exhibition Urban Emptines Network and in the Nicosia Dancehouse in Nicosia Cyprus.

 

INTERSPACE
URBAN EMPTINESS
SILENCE AND THE INTIMACY OF THE CITY
SATURDAY, 11TH OF FEBRUARY 2017, 18:30
DANCEHOUSE LEFKOSIA


The presentation acts as an invitation for artistic participation by young dancers, young performers and young artists, designers and creatives of all discipline to engage in interactions with the city and public spaces. Attendance is advised for all artists interested to contribute to this international project. For this reason an open call will be launched shortly and will be introduced during the presentation.

 

 

 

More info about the upcoming projects in 2017:

 

 

 

 

2016-2017

 

[Philocthetes] sound compositions for theater play, directed by Sissy Papathanassiou, Athens Greece 2016.

 

5 new sound compositions for the travelling teather play 'Philocthetes' by Stefaan van Biesen. 1. Ouverture - 2. Dog Island - 3. Bird Island - Wind & Sea - 4. Crowded City - 5. The Battle.

 

 

In poem "Philoctetes" by Yannis Ritsos the hero Philoktetes does not speak. Speaks only the young man Neoptolemus. And he talks about betrayal, abandonment, exploitation, political responsibility, childhood, memory and the trauma. Subject of the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos' long poem "Philoctetes" (1963–1965), a monologue in which the youth Neoptolemus convinces Philoctetes to follow him back to the war that will be won by the ruse of the Trojan Horse.

 

 

 

 

©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 20.11.2017