More info about the projects 2017:
Open Call for walking artists:
[Made of Walking / Table of Walking] walking artists La Romieu France:
27.08.2017 > 01.09 2017.
Table of walking is project initiated by the Milena principle (B). Within this pilot year there was as well a Summer School of Walking in Delphi (GR) in the format of 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. The event was attended by 100 participants with 25 walking artists and experts from the US, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, India/France/UK, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, Cyprus and Greece.
The forum in La Romieu is co-curated by Isabelle Clermont, Gilles Malatray (Desartssonnants, Lyon) and Geert Vermeire (coordinator the Milena principle / Urban Emptiness Network) in dialogue with Robin Decourcy (TrekDance) and Andrew Stuck (Museum of Walking / Walking Artist Network UK). The forum is hosted by the artistic organisation Le Bouc qui Zouke the municipality of La Romieu. It intends to stimulate a meeting between researchers and artists related to walking. CRESSON Grenoble is approached as an academical partner.
Proposed theme: 'Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?' Pauline Oliveros, October 22, 2016.
Open Call Made of Walking La Romieu 2017:
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[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].
[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].
The team of 'Rimbô': Graphic support by Annemie Mestdagh - Sound Compositions and visuals by Stefaan van Biesen - Technical realisation by Geert Vermeire - Voice by Annick Boucher - Texts by Christian Porré - Practical support by Belinda Porré. Realisation the first week of April 2017.
[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
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
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
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.
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.
[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.
SILENCE AND THE INTIMACY OF THE CITY
SATURDAY, 11TH OF FEBRUARY 2017, 18:30
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.
[95@] 95 jaar KWKK ⋈ Vierkante Zaal ⋈ Sint Niklaas Belgium 11.12.2016 > 08.01.2017.
[Oratio de Hominis Dignitate]: a collection of water colours, pencil and ink on paper (A4). A contemporary social comment on the writings of Pico Della Mirandola [1463-1494].
Group exhibition celebrating the 95 years old founding of the Royal Art Circle Waasland (KWKK).
[Hythlodaeus] soundscape & video ⋈ Opdonder Mercatormuseum Sint-Niklaas Belgium 25.05.2017.
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.
[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
CD 'Hythlodaeus' available on Band Camp: https://b-hive.bandcamp.com/album/hythlodaeus
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.
[Made Of Walking] Delphi Greece (15.07.2017 > 23.07.2017) and La Romieu France (August 2017).
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.
[Walking The Angel] Elles Ont Des Ailes ⋈ La Romieu France 2017.
During the exhibition 'Elles Ont Des Ailes' La Romieu France with 3 female flemish artists: Mieke Teirlinck, Annelies Slabbynck and Edith Ronse, a video by Stefaan van Biesen and Lies Van Lierde [performance made in 2000] will be shown.
Walking The Angel is a tribute to nature and to Dante Gabriel Rossetti [1828–1882), an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Rossetti was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement.
Video & sound composition: Stefaan van Biesen. Performing the Angel: Lies Van Lierde [Belgium]. Lenght: 12:40
[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.
Sensitive Islands [Spaziergangwissenschaft] [Walking as an absolute science].
Sensitive Islands [Spaziergangwissenschaft]
[Walking as an absolute science]. Philosophical scale models: writings, reflections, drawings, models, performances about society, ecology versus economy. It is seen as a forum for discussion about sociological and ecological visions. In this project there are links to Alfred Dürer [1471-1528], Caspar David Friedrich [1774-1840], Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900], Fernando Pessoa [1888-1935], Joseph Beuys [1921-1986], Luis Baragan [1902-1988], Willem Schinkel , ...