Agenda - Stefaan van Biesen

 

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P R O J E C T S :

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

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

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

 

 

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

[Letters to a Tree / Handwritings / Utopia?] De Toren School Melsele Beveren Belgium ⋈ 19.03 > 23.03.2018.

[Slow walking / Silent Walking] students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels Belgium 2018.

 

 

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 2018.

[En balade avec Rimbô] Media Walk & illustrations. 18 sound compositions ⋈ La Romieu France ⋈ 2018.

 

 

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

[Meander] performance Urban Emptiness ⋈ Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels Belgium 2018.

 

 

A R T - F A I R S :

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

 

 

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

[Urban Emptiness] Académie Royal de Beaux Arts Brussels Belgium 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 ⋈ New York, Brussels, Athens, Nicosia 2018.

 

 

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

[Made of walking (IV)] [International meeting Walking artists]  Akamas peninsula Cyprus 2018.

 

 

 

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[Urban Emptiness Network] Académie Royale de Beaux Arts Brussels Belgium 2018.

 

 

Presentation of the Urban Emptiness Network in the gallery of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Together with the works of international artists of New York and Brussels 21.12.2017.

 

 

 

[Obstacle/Passage/Obstacle]. Geboortepark Zwijndrecht Belgium 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.

 

 

A silent man who whispers the world. A gesture of tenderness, involvement, connection and also a discourse made visible. An image of a caring hand, a standing man, a projection of desire, words that are whispered in the hope that they will expand in time and space. Also the question to be a listening ear. It may seem like a noble but absurd and senseless act, something that won't lead to no results. But nothing is less true: the whisperer, the silent standing man becomes an image of a silent inner knowing. A question how our actions determine and shape our environment and socio-cultural biotope? What is the effect and what are the consequences of our 'Being'?

 

 

Whispering like a force, a deeply human gesture. Silence as a loud demand for togetherness, caring, as an ecological, socially humane instrument. Time 02:57.

 

 

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.

 

 

[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 (I & II)] Performance / attribute Dancehouse Lefkosia Nicosia Cyprus 2017. Urban Emptiness Network.

 

[Leafless (II)] Maya Dalinsky [USA/B] at Dancehouse Lefkosia. Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival 2017.

 

Leafless (I & II) Stefaan van Biesen / May Dalinsky / Anastasia McCammon at exhibition opening. Attribute made by Annemie Mestdagh.

 

Culture versus nature. In the desire for connection with nature, it seems that we place the idea of 'nature' outside us. Something we are alienated from. Often the idea 'nature' is only a projection of our own ideas, so that we reconcile ourselves with our own delusions. In an urban context Stefaan van Biesen puts question marks by this desire because we often do not fully realize that we are indeed nature ourselves. Something that we lost on our path. The hybrid thinking man, half plant, half ratio, who doubts between two polar worlds and who cannot give himself a place in it.

 

[Leafless (I)] Anastasia McCammon at Dancehouse Lefkosia. Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival 2017.

 

'Leafless (I & II)' are nomadic attributes for a performance, a silent thinking instrument with which one can attempt to express this cultural ambiguity. Stefaan van Biesen asks us to join this work. Perhaps to reflect on what is culture and nature? Or rather: refine this question by the language of art because an answer remains impossible or unspeakable.

 

 

 

[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.

 

[Meander] Performance Faneromeni Square. Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival 2017.

 

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!

 

 

 

Whiff [Whispering (I)] Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival. Performance with walking participants 06.12.2017. 

 

 

Thursday 7th of December 2017 

11:00- 12:00 / Stefaan van Biesen.

Whispering Performance at Municipal Market Nicosia (Performance / Workshop – oriental movement practices).

 

Whiff [Whispering] Paphos Gate Nicosia [Green Line] Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival 2017 with Geert Vermeire.

Camera & attribute: Annemie Mestdagh. Video, concept & soundscore: Stefaan van Biesen.

 

 

 

 

Whiff [Whispering (II)] Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival. Performance with walking participants 07.12.2017. 

 

Whiff [Whispering] [Green Line] performance Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival 2017.

 

A silent man who whispers the world. A gesture of tenderness, involvement, connection and also a discourse made visible. An image of a caring hand, a standing man, a projection of desire, words that are whispered in the hope that they will expand in time and space. Also the question to be a listening ear. It may seem like a noble but absurd and senseless act, something that won't lead to no results. But nothing is less true: the whisperer, the silent standing man becomes an image of a silent inner knowing. A question how our actions determine and shape our environment and socio-cultural biotope? What is the effect and what are the consequences of our 'Being'?

 

Whispering like a force, a deeply human gesture. Silence as a loud demand for togetherness, caring, as an ecological, socially humane instrument.

 

 

 

[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.

 

 

 

 

©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 19.01.2018