Agenda - Stefaan van Biesen

 

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P U B L I C - S P A C E :

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

 

 

P R O J E C T S :

[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] joint project with Annelies Slabbynck & Geert Vermeire 2018.

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

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

 

 

E X H I B I T S :

[Art Science Exhibits] (1) Humboldt-Universität & Campus Nord Branch Library Berlin 02.05.2018.

[Library of Walks] TAF [The Art Foundation] Analogio Festival Athens Greece October 2018.

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

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

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

 

 

E D U C A T I O N A L - P R O J E C T S :

[Letters to a Tree / Library of Walks] De Toren School Melsele Beveren Belgium ⋈ 19.03 > 11.06.2018.

[The Walking Body] performative workshop ⋈ Minho University Guimaraes Portugal 15.10 > 21.10.2018.

 

 

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

[Ghost Conference] Bunkier Sztuki Museum gallery in Krakow Poland, on Saturday 16.06.2018.

[Liquid Dances] [Suite of 3 compositions] for Lina Efstathiou [Liquid Dance Studio] Athens Greece 2018.

[En balade avec Rimbô] Media Walk & illustrations. Sound compositions ⋈ La Romieu France ⋈ 2017/2018.

 

 

A R T - F A I R S :

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

 

 

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

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

[Libraries of Gardens] Analogio Festival. Athens Greece 21.09 > 27.09.2018.

 

 

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

[Leafless (IV)] Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Eftstathiou Platform Projects Athens Greece 2018.

[Leafless (IV)] Duo performance Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Eftstathiou ⋈ Analogio Festival Athens Greece 2018.

 

 

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

[Urban Emptiness] an ongoing travelling 'Utopia' book project. In several cities in Europe & NY 2017/2018.

[Platform Projects] presentation at the Independed Art Fair Athens Greece 17.05 > 20.05.2018.

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

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

 

 

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

[Wander Weed] [4th International meeting] Neon Chorio Akamas Peninsula Cyprus 29.06 > 08.07.2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More info about the projects in 2018:

 

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Landscape/Mindsape] ArtScie Exhibits Berlin Germany 01.11. > 30.12.2018.

Remake portable version panorama/installation 1998-2018.

 

 

[Landscape/Mindsape] Humboldt University Library. Rudower Chaussee 26, Berlin Germany 2018.

 

 

Eco-Connectivity: Public ArtSci Exhibition Series.

Ecosystems, climate change, environmental reclamation.

Opening/Vernissage Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 16:00 - 19:00.

Thaer-Institut, Invalidenstr. 42, 10115 Berlin Germany.

 

Curated by mp Warming [USA].

 

Featuring Artists: Katrina Abbatuan [Philippines/UK], Suzanne Anker [USA], Theo A. Artz [USA],  Megumi Baba [Japan], Denise Batchelor [New Zealand], Ying Kit Chan [Hong Kong/USA], Adam Crosson [USA], Pedro Cruz [Portugal], Jose Esquivel [USA], Adam Fine of Dropcopter [USA], Liliana Folta [Argentina], Matthias Gorenflos of Gorenflos Architekten [Germany], Virginia Hanusik [USA], Sasinun Kladpetch [Thailand], Dieter Korn [Germany], Saskia Krafft [Germany], Christina La Sala [USA], Guillaume Le Moine [France], John D. Liu [USA], Emma Löfstrom [Sweden], Mara and Tyler Marxt-Lewis [Austria/USA], Tapan Moharana [India], Gerardo Nolasco [Mexico], Silvia Noronha [Brazil], Meadhbh O’Connor [Ireland], Ashley Peevor [UK], Bonnie Peterson [USA], Nathalie Rainer [USA], Jana Schumacher [Germany], Bernhard Schurian [Germany] and Stefaan van Biesen [Belgium].

 

With special Guest Artists from the School for Visual Arts New York Bio Lab.

See the complete program at > > www.artscienceexhibits.com

Location: library Humboldt-Universität & Berlin's Thaer-Institut & Campus Nord Branch Library.

 

 

Exhibition opening Nov. 2018 for Berlin Science Week ​ International artists working within a wide range of ecosystem thematics: biomimicry, climate change, water systems, agriculture, manipulation, modification, pollution solutions - are welcome to enter! Main gallery at Thaer-Institut is in the very heart of Berlin, next door to the Museum für Naturkunde. The complete program includes a 2D Annex Gallery, Video Screenings, Scientific Lectures, Artists Talks, and more. Chosen participants will be partnered with scientists for virtual, one on one meetings. Results and process work from these partnerships will be presented at the exhibitions.

 

https://www.artscienceexhibits.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walking Body. School of Architecture [Minho University] Guimaraes Portugal 15.10. > 19.10.2018.

 

 

The walking body A week of conferences, workshops and performances about walking and arts, open to the students and the public are planned in Guimarães and prepare an internation gathering Made of Walking in the Minho landscape of North Portugal later in 2019. The project is hosted by Lab2PT and EAUM Licenciatura em Artes Visuais (School of Architecture - Visual Arts) of the University of Minho and in partnership with the art collective The Space Transcribers and the Museum Nogueira da Silva.

 

It prepares collaborations between University of Western Macedonia - School of Fine Arts, the University of Wales - Arts and Performance Dept and the School of Architecture - Visual Arts of the University of Minho in a contemporary translation of the rural and natural landscapes throught the body and site specific arts, within the emotions and nomadic movements that define our actual anthropocene world, through questions that artists may rise and answers that they may have.

 

[Meander III] performance/walk with the students, Minho University.

Concept by Stefaan van Biesen & Annemie Mestdagh.

 

The meeting in Guimaraes anticipates the fifth international gathering Made of Walking which will have as a topic "The walking body" and will be held in Prespes National Park and in the village of Prespes, West Macedonia - Greece, on the border of Greece, Macedonia and Albania, beginning July 2019, as part of an international conference on arts and walking organized by the University of Western Macedonia - School of Fine Arts.

 

The event will be related to the interaction of the Body to Landscape (and vice versa); the artist or the cultural nomad interprets the Landscape as an open field where he/she obtains experiences and, through them, develops ideas, concepts and his/her artwork. A particular set of emotions is created during the experience of walking in the landscape and that shapes a characteristic venue of art expression.

 

Lectures / conferences in Guimaraes

 

Silent walking / augmented walking. Geert Vermeire talks about his practice in silent walks and sound walks, which he created in the last decade. Specifically, it elaborates on new approaches and new technologies, relating to the movement of the body, in particular with sound devices and mobile phones. Since last years, also extended to mobile video and augmented reality. In Portuguese.

 

Made of Walking / The Art of Walking in the Landscape. Geert Vermeire reviews the previous editions, which took place in Greece, Cyprus and France, defined by a participative approach by participants and inhabitants, collaboratively curated in a dialogue between h the coordinator / curator Geert Vermeire and invited international artists and conceptually framed by Dr. Simona Vermeire and referring to a recent scientific and aesthetic discipline, Spaziergangwissenschaft or Promenadology (Science of Walking), created in the 90s by the urbanist Lucius Burckhardt (Germany). In Portuguese.

 

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

 

Workshops / performances in Guimaraes

 

Augmented walking (Geert Vermeire). Participants are introduced into methods of sound walking, recording and editing sound, with free software. Each participant creates a personal sound walk that can be immediately downloaded to their smartphone with the Locosonic application. The workshop includes recording environmental sounds during an introductory walk and incorporating sounds through the built-in editor interface, allowing you to search, navigate and use more than 100,000 existing sounds / recordings. The workshop will also include the design of a custom interface for the application, with text, a map and photographs and the immediate creation of a page witha description, a map, photographs and an online audio sample of the walk. https://www.locosonic.com/

 

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

 

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

http://www.mns.uminho.pt/thewalkingbody/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Fly Ways] installation Queens Museum Park [Flushing Meadows] New York USA 06.09 > 28.09.2018.

 

S.T.E.P.... [Saunter, TREK, ESCORT, PARADE....]. Flux Factory September 6-28  2018 and Queens Museum November to December 2018. Opening + Curators' Tour: Sep 6, 6-9pm. Closing Reception + Walk: Sep 29, 6-9pm.

 

Curators: Christina Freeman, Moira Williams & Emireth Herera. 

 

Saunter Trek Escort Parade...S.T.E.P. Sep 06-Sep 30 S.T.E.P... seeks to be an overlapping convergence and entanglement of walking, walk-based works and programming, mobilizing throughout New York. S.T.E.P... embraces the many ways and bodies we walk while asking how walking as a creative act can challenge notions and open conversations around visibility, gender, labor, exploration, counter-mapping, colonialism, feminism, motherhood, contesting borders, community building, calling out gentrification, street harassment, 'dis'ability, carbon debt, who sets the pace and measurement of the world, the power of dreams, and our entanglements between all of these and one another.

 

 

Artists + Collaborators: Ariel Abrahams + Tal Gluck, Francheska Alcantara, Artcodex - Mike Estabrook + Vandana Jain, Annie Berman, Tom Bogaert, Becky Brown + Annette Cords, Compassionate Action Enterprises - Joan Giroux + Lisa Marie Kaftori, Xenia Diente, Magali Duzant, Katie Etheridge + Simon Persighetti, Brendan Fernandes, Ray Ferreira, Gudrun Filipska + Carly Butler, Alexander Freeman, Frontview, Angeline Gragasin, David Helbich, Claire Hind + Gary Winters, Lisa Hirmer, Maya Kaminishi Jeffereis, Walis Johnson + Paul Sue-Pat, Kyla Kegler, Kubra Khademi, illesha Khandelwal, Dominika Ksel, gil lopez + Mitch Waxman, Mary Magsamen + Stephan Hillerbrand, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, Lisa Myers, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Sara Morawetz, Clare Qualmann, Morag Rose + The Loiterers Resistance Movement, Julie Poitras Santos, Marcos Serafim + Jefferson Kielwagen + Steevens Simeon, SleepWalks - Lee Pembleton + Andrea Williams, Camille Turner, Geert Vermeire + Stefaan van Biesen + Simona Vermeire, Jevijoe Vitug plus Walking Discourse - Astrid Kaemmerling + Minoosh Zomorodinia.

 

https://queensmuseum.org/2018/09/saunter-trek-escort-parade-s-t-e-p

 

Fly Ways soundscape/walk in New York November 2018. Inspired by the most complex eyes from all the living beings (80% of cerebral activity of the dragonfly is dedicated to the sight), the metaphor of the total vision gives the sense of a plenary human existence: the wisdom of the fullest phenomenology throughout the body.

 

Fly Ways, in an artistic interpretation by Stefaan van Biesen, intends to polarize esthetical and scientifical meanings about patterns created by dragonflies between water, earth and sky. In fact, the iridescence and ethereal motion reflected on the wings of the dragonfly becomes, in a synesthetic approach, a polyvalent art installation including site specific interventions, video, soundscapes, drawings and prints, integrating biogeometry, cymatics and promenadology. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

A group of walkers move in a flow along the now invisible Ilissos river banks in Athens, with no other intention then to get lost, with a book, inspired by Thomas More's, but containing only one word, Utopia, and in a format that challenges the very idea of a book. It is a book that resembles a walk, it is not linear, it opens from different angles, it has pages folded in pages, you can open and browse through it in different directions, actually

 

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

 

The walks go along with a walking score with drawings and text, retracing the walks. A silent walking performance by Geert Vermeire, conceived on the "Utopia" book by Stefaan van Biesen, together forming an artistic walking duo since 2001 developing in a collaborative practice called the Milena principle. As a duo of walkers, they invite guest artists and the public to perform with them in a continuous series of walking performances in contemporary cities around the world. (https://youtu.be/fEHXmCPh-a8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[the Milena principle: 2000>2018]. TAF [The Art Foundation]. Athens Greece 2018.

Libraries as Gardens: Libraries of Walks: 21 >29.09.2018

 

 

[The Utopia Variations] Nicosia > New York > Brussels. Print on paper 400 cm x 40 cm.

 

 

TAF / the art foundation in collaboration with Analogio Festival 2018 present the group show Libraries of Walks which opens on Friday September 21st at 21.00 and runs until September 29th. Parallel to the exhibition, performances, workshops and talks will be hosted as part of the program Libraries as Gardens taking place in various venues and public spaces of Athens during the Festival.

Buildings are for human being the same way as gardens are for trees. Gardens are places to walk and look, but not to live. How could a garden and its trees become a library? How humans and trees can interact in a garden? How can a garden become productive for the mind?

 

[Fly Ways] registrations since 1990. Print on paper 400 cm x 40 cm.

 

‘Walking is becoming plants’. According to curator Geert Vermeire, in an etymological path it can be followed back to the planta - the sole of one's foot. Henry David Thoreau, in his essay, "Walking," says that half of one's walk is but a retracing of earlier steps, so that even if we do not know where we are (ultimately) going, at least we might know where we have been.

But we are also "carried away" in two other corporeally-conscious ways: first, by the sights, sounds and smells which we encounter and which walk us toward and through them. The elements in the atmosphere, for example, or the mood (as in the weather or song) frequently bears and guides us. Secondly, we are carried by the places we walk and which hold us. And "place" relates to plat, meaning broad or flat.

 

[The Diogenes Variations] Urban Emptiness Edinburgh > EMST Athens. Print on paper 400 cm x 40 cm.

 

To carry this point a final step further, it should be (foot) noted that Thoreau, too, conjectured that there exists in nature a "subtle magnetism" which carries us, often unconsciously, in the "right" direction, and his speculations may relate in a sense to the recent discovery of magnetic zones in areas of wilderness, attracting us.

Philosophy, in this sense, begins not simply in wondering but also - quite literally - in wandering. Walking facilitates meditation, in part, because it provides mediation between us and the earth; it initiates conversation between the feet and the ground; it introduces our bodies to and into the world, the surrounding medium. Ideas and images start to flow; they form their own form of kinesthesia.

 

[The Hemera Suite] Print on paper 400 cm x 40 cm.

 

The exhibition features photographs of the ongoing international project ‘A Library of Walks’ as well as documentation and related art works of artistic actions during Libraries as Gardens at the Analogio Festival.

Artists/participants: Kleopatra Chatzigiosi (Greece), Olga Doulkeridou (Greece), Eleftheria Rapti (Greece), Lina Efstathiou (Greece), Nora Lefa (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Jelena Marković (Serbia), Lezli Rubin-Kunda (Canada/Israel), Stefaan van Biesen (Belgium), Geert Vermeire (Belgium).

Curated by: Geert Vermeire

 

[The Library Of Walks] since 2001. Print on paper 400 cm x 40 cm.

 

See pdf TAF [The Art Foundation] Athens Greece.

On Facebook:Libraries as Gardens / Libraries of Walks 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Libraries of Gardens] Analogio Festival. Athens Greece 21.09 > 27.09.2018.

 

 

Open Call for public art and performances, workshops and talks/presentations for the exhibition-gathering "Libraries as gardens", relating public space, body, digital arts and new media, during Analogio Festival Athens 21-27 September 2018 / Athens World Book Capital 2018.

 

The exhibition “Libraries as gardens” invites you to collaborate with visual, digital, performing artists, writers and cultural workers. It is part of the forthcoming edition of Analogio Festival, September 21-27, 2018, with performing arts from around the world. Analogio Festival has been annually organized since 2005 and in 2018 its focusing on Asia /Far East, including a tribute to South Africa, with workshops from international artists and in collaboration with the Unesco's International Playwright's Forum (IPF/ITI).

 

The exhibition "Libraries as gardens" will be conducted in collaboration with the Milena principle, Unesco's International Playwright's Forum (IPF/ITI), Drama School of the Greek Art Theater - Athens, Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, as well as the Department of Education and Media of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

 

We are open to proposals for public art and performances, focusing on the creative potential of movement practices in the city. We applaude disciplinary diversity: performances and walking performances outdoors, and outdoors/indoors related performative visual/ installation, time-based media, virtual work, online-IRL hybrids, and others.

 

Creating and sharing imaginary libraries as gardens

We invite groups and individuals, to create and share performances, walks and installations that suggest innovative, experimental approaches to the city and its natural environment. The works should encompass engaging ways of intervening public spaces and relate to Athens' social/cultural/geographical fabric.

 

Topic Libraries as gardens

Buildings are for human being the same way as gardens are for trees. Gardens are places to walk and look, but not to live. How could a garden and its trees become a library? How humans and trees can interact in a garden? How can a garden be a more attractive place that can be used as it was a library. How can a garden become productive for the mind? This concept is the theme of a project of co-creation with writers, artists, performers, creatives of all disciplines and cultural workers with a focus on works involving sharing, intimacies, participation and collaboration.

 

 

 

 

 

[Leafless Variations] Duo performance Analogio Festival Athens Greece 21.09 > 27.09.2018.

 

 

Leafless Variations [the Unity of Polarities] is a duo performance by two female dancers: Lina Efstathiou [Liquid Dance Studio Athens] and eleftheria Rapti. The performance is based on on two props made by Annemie Mestdagh and Stefaan van Biesen. Both dancers participated during the Platform Project in May 2018 in Athens.

 

Stefaan van Biesen [concept] appeals to the experiences of a person to explore a public space. The fundamental fact of moving in time and space. Scanning the environment in relation to others. It is a combination of letting go and remembering. He assumes that the divine wisdom of the body knows what to do. All information is present in the body. Saved impressions and experiences are an emotional archive that can immediately be tapped or addressed to. For Stefaan van Biesen the essence of a performance is a meaningful ritual, a sacral event. No banal action without any meaning. He does not see it as a form of improvisation, rather as a state of being. In our archetypal gestures, the human legacy of our culture and civilization is shown to the viewer as an appealing memory bank. The attribute is a nomadic object that the participant can use to get started. It is an invitation to a feeling thinking.

 

The duo performance is a part of the forthcoming edition of Analogio Festival, September 21-27, 2018, with performing arts from around the world. Analogio Festival has been annually organized since 2005 and in 2018 its focusing on Asia /Far East, including a tribute to South Africa, with workshops from international artists and in collaboration with the Unesco's International Playwright's Forum (IPF/ITI).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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


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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Library of Walks] In situ version. Tinos island Greece 2018.

 

 

All about walking. Kinono Art Gathering in Tinos. Library of Walks: an installation by Stefaan van Biesen, walks with Vermeire Geert. Plantescape with Simona Vermeire. 


 

Music of biofauna with Anastasia Georgaki. Music improvisations by students of Department of Musical Studies (University of Athens). July 25th, Katapoliani Monastery.

 

Nomad Gardens: sound/-landscapes of Tinos. Between Agapi - Volax, a narrative walk, interpreting the dry stone landscape with storytelling and site specific interventions on the trail by Ecomuseum. The narration will be accompanied with in situ music performances on the go, by students of the Department of Musical Studies (University of Athens), followed by a concert of Sound Poetry in Volax village. 
July 27th, Agapi - Volax.

 

Garden of fig trees, an improvisation concert based on walks throughout the landscapes of Tinos with ten students of the Department of Musical Studies (University of Athens), presenting compositions of soundscapes and sound poetry, Coordinator: Anastasia Georgaki Composer: Orestes Karamanlis. Students:Μποσινάκη Ειρήνη – Αφένδρα, Γιάννης Σταματογιάννης, Ερωφίλη Παναγιωταρέα, Βασίλης Μπίλας, Χρήστος Νταούλας, Αναστασία Καπετανάκη, Γιώργος Μιζήθρας, Λιάνα Γκιόζου, Γιώργος Κόκκινος
July 28th, Volax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wander Weed Variations [Letters]. Made of Walking (IV) Neo Chorio Akamas Cyprus 2018. Letters kept in a copper colored fabric prop. Copper as the origin of the name 'Cyprus': one theory suggests that the large quantity of copper deposits on the island gave the name 'Cyprus', as copper has the Latin name of 'cuprum'. Copper [the Latin symbol: Cu] as a conductor, the Alchemic symbol of the goddess Aphrodithe [mythology: it proposes that the name 'Cyprus' was given by the goddess Aphrodite (also known as Kyprida) who was born on the island].

 

Wander Weed is a performative exercise about 'the language of plants' and 'Letters to a tree' [1996-1997]. You can only feel and touch 'the letters', not read them. The video is taken in an abandoned house in Neo Chorio Akamas, a precious and still untouched nature reserve, gradually threatened by real estate companies. The echos of the past linger on between the stones, inside the ruins of the place. Voices are whispering the old songs.


Camera and prop performance by Annemie Mestdagh. Concept, video and sound composition by Stefaan van Biesen. Made of Walking is an international meeting of walking artists and scientists. Organised by Geert Vermeire / the Milena principle 2018. Time 05:52.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on a registration of dragonfly movements on the surface of a local water supply pool at the village of Neo Chorio, Akamas Cyprus during Made of Walking (IV) 2018. [the Milena principle]. Camera, video and sound composition by Stefaan van Biesen. Time 04:07.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made of Walking is organized by the Milena principle with a series of screenings, workshops and conferences relating to walking, focussing on dialogues between performance, arts, literature and new media, inviting students, 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.

 

 

Selected and key note artists: Tracey M Berntsen (Australia), Ienke Kastelein (Holland), Lezli Rubin-Kunda (Canada/Israel), Rosie Montford (UK), Haris Pellapaisiotis (Cyprus), Panagiotis Lezes (Greece), Arianna Economou (Cyprus), Stefaan van Biesen (B), Annemie Mestdagh B), and Vermeire Geert (B).

 

Read more about Made of Walking (IV) > > >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Conference is a multi-channel sound installation consisting of a music/auditive compositional layer, a vocal and soundscape storytelling layer [stories told by physical or metaphorical refugees and migrants from all over the world], a textual layer [spoken live or recorded by narrators], a techno-philosophical layer [told by humans or robots]. The basic assumption of the work is a radical rejection of any hypostatic and monumental definition of identity [national, religious, traditional]. Ghost Conference materialises in a virtual venue, where internet and telephone infrastructures provide the new sensorial organism to manifest its phenomena and co-extension in one and multiple places.

 

In practice, the idea is to have all the participants connecting with us through various means of electronic communications ways [Skype, telephone, Jitsi, Whatsapp etc.] and speak to us and to our audience about given set of topics. The topics for the first event would circulate around the theme of migration [in a very broad sense], space availability, co-existence and/or disappearance of materiality. The event will take place in Bunkier Sztuki gallery in Krakow, on Saturday June 16th, between 3pm and 7pm.

 

Ghost Conference. Together with Marcin Barski (sound-artist/music curator), Lorenzo Brusci (composer, inventor) and with a support of Bunkier Sztuki Art Gallery. Afour-hour-long live-processed global sound-text composition based on materials provided by contributors from all around the world.

We are grateful for their wonderful contributions and we'd like to thank each of them. Thank you so much Andreja Andric, Michel Banabila, Ess Beck, Michael Begg, Burkhard Beins, Stefaan van Biesen, Alessandro Bosetti, Yury Bulka, Luca Canciello, Francesco Capann, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Patryk Daszkiewicz, Sandra Fruehbing, Charles III Goff, Paweł Górecki, Oriana Hadad, Thomas Harzem, Bogna Juchnowicz, Aleksandra Klimczak, Monika Konrad, Matthias Kranebitter, Joseph Kudirka, Michał Libera, Artur Lis, Aleksandra Łukaszewicz Alcaraz, Svetlana Maras, Claudia Mel, Antoni Michnik, Chrysti Mouratidou, Olia Olina, Dominika Peszko, Antonella Radicchi, Kamil Radomski, Sara Rodowicz-Slusarczyk, Paul Roth, Adam Rzepecki, Jacek Smolicki, Kat Steih, Jarek Tochowicz, Ada Valeria, Geert Vermeire, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Yoshi Yubai, Rafilid Zacharoula, Kacper Ziemianin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An educational art project in school. A workshop for youngsters [the age of 10] at De Toren school Melsele Beveren Belgium. The artistic theme's of: 'Letters to a tree', 'the Library of Walks' and 'Our Little Museums' are an inspiration for a project where nature, ecology, introspection, books, reading, writing, drawing, walking, is used as an instrument of knowledge and reflection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Leafless (IV)] performance Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Efstathiou.

Independed Art Fair. School of Fine Arts Athens Greece 17.05>20.05. 2018.

 

 

Leafless IV is a: 'nomadic prop for silent gestures'. Starting from the idea of: 'a prop looking for a performer'. Stefaan van Biesen invites body or movement artists, dancers to use the prop as an instrument of introspection.

 

Special thanks to the performers: Eleftheria Rapti & Lina Efstathiou.

 

Stefaan van Biesen appeals to the experiences of a person to explore a public space. The fundamental fact of moving in time and space. Scanning the environment in relation to others. It is a combination of letting go and remembering. He assumes that the divine wisdom of the body knows what to do. All information is present in the body. Saved impressions and experiences are an emotional archive that can immediately be tapped or addressed to. For Stefaan van Biesen the essence of a performance is a meaningful ritual, a sacral event. No banal action without any meaning. He does not see it as a form of improvisation, rather as a state of being. In our archetypal gestures, the human legacy of our culture and civilization is shown to the viewer as an appealing memory bank. The attribute is a nomadic object that the participant can use to get started. It is an invitation to a feeling thinking.

 

Realisation prop: Annemie Mestdagh.

 

Leafless [IV] by Eleftheria Rapti 17.05.2018.

 

 

Leafless [IV] by Lina Efstathiou 20.05.2018.

 

Read pdf file of the Leafless duo/solo project > > >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Hand-shook Memories] A Nomad's Tale.

Presentation at the Independed Art Fair. the Milena principle booth 29. School of Fine Arts Athens Greece. 17.05>20.05. 2018.

 

 


Letters written by several people who came here to Europe as refugees since the 1990s. Their handwritten letter in their own original language contains an anecdote or a story about their flight to Europe. The hope of a safe life with better living conditions. The contents of the letter remain with the artist and the writer. What remains is the image of a handwriting letter in the shape of a hand. A silent witness of suffering or joy. Realisation sleeves: Annemie Mestdagh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of the Utopia Book at Platform Projects [the Independed Art Fair] School of Fine Arts Athens 2018. Booth 29 the Milena principle. Curated by Artemis Potamianou (Moma NY & Tate London).

 

'Utopia (just around the corner). A silent group walk, moving in a flow through Nicosia, Brussels, NY City, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Art Science Exhibits]

Humboldt-Universität & Berlin's Thaer-Institut & Campus Nord Branch Library May 2018.

 

 

May 2nd, 18:00 - 21:00  at GlogauAIR ​glogauair.net

Glogauer Str. 16, 10999 Berlin Germany

ArtSci Panel: Dr Dieter Korn & Lukas Kirschey from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. 

Moderated by Dr Helena Kauppila with artists & curator mp Warming. 

Videos by Dave Biddle, Vancouver, Canada & Elizabeth Demaray, Rutgers University, USA.

A project by Art Science Exhibits: www.artscienceexhibits.com

Off campus Vernissage for artists in our current exhibit at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Campus Nord Branch Library's Reading Room Galleries. Library solo exhibits by Adam Crosson and Guillaume Le Moine.

Featuring Artists: Theo Artz, Jenny Balisle, Isabel Beavers, Dave Biddle, Susan Marie Brundage  Brent Dedas, Sybille Neumeyer, Stefaan van Biesen, Sadie Weis, Charys Wilson.

Curated by Mary Patricia Warming [USA].

 

About: Set in motion by international artist mp Warming, Art Science Exhibits is an independent venture created, and consistently recreated, by artists and scientists. The exhibitions and public programs we present work to greater the sphere of ArtSci conversation. Our mission for the future of nature-kind is to bring artists together with scientists as true conceptual partners. ​

 

Actions: We create exhibitions and networks for art and nature science experiences.

 

Projects: Previous exhibits include Bird Architecture at the Institute Library in collaboration with scientists at Yale University and the Peabody Museum of Natural History and Appealing to the Populous in partnership with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Thaer-Institut of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Campus Nord Branch (Biology) Library, and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Our first Berlin project opened for Berlin Science Week 2017. Participating artists attended from Belgium, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, the UK and the USA.

 

Future: Building on the framework of exhibitions, we envision ArtSci laboratories that increase contact between artists and scientists, and lead to cutting-edge creations. For the 2018 Berlin Science Week we are continuing to partner with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Faculty of Life Sciences, while adding more artist-scientist collaboration. In the next steps we are also planning an Art/NaturSci Pavilion to open for the 2019 Venice Biennale.

 

https://www.artscienceexhibits.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] joint project with artist Annelies Slabbynck 2018.

 

 

During the years in the work of Annelies Slabbynck and Stefaan van Biesen, 'hands' have always played an important role. This is what binds them philosophically and artistically. They also share a nomadic vision in which their work travels through the world. This conclusion was the start of a joint project where new works are created and maybe earlier works are being redefined. Work that originated through various perspectives such as work used during or for performances, video and exhibitions. The whole project is a joint process where interaction can arise on each other's work or an artistic response to a specific work of both.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Made of Walking summer school in Delphi July 2017, there were several talks and meetings with dancers. Lina Efstathiou of The Liquid Dance Theater in Athens is now working on a dance play. 3 music compositions by Stefaan van Biesen will become the musical layer of a dance performance and choreography by Lina Efstathiou. The soundtrack of 'Liquid Trees' is used for an upcoming dance solo at a dance festival in Athens.

 

 

 

 

 

©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 18.11.2018