Fly Ways - Stefaan van Biesen

 

Fly Ways [the perfect imperfection]

 

registrations of insect flights since 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flyways “Does the dragonfly leave its skin? And its face can only see the face of the sun?” (Poem of Gilgamesh).

 

 

 

 

The flight as a higher definition of the self, a replacement of the illusions´ system of the being, is a continuous flow of human dreaming. The vision on flyways, in an artistic interpretation of Stefaan van Biesen, intends to polarize esthetical and scientifically meanings about the patterns created by dragonflies between water, earth and sky. In fact, this iridescence about ethereal motion reflected on the wings of the dragonfly is also a magical synesthetic approach of the topic: a polyvalent installation including in situ works, video art, sound art, drawings and prints. Inspired by the concept of intermedia, Stefaan van Biesen uses his art as a possibility to expand the awareness through the metaphor of the flight as an incarnated principle that existence is connection. Thus, flyways focuses on the visual and sound imagery of traces of the dragonfly, one of the oldest insects on earth (more than 325 million years ago). Besides, his visual art imbricates philosophical thinking with a biogeometric dimension through which the nature itself creates fractal patterns. In biogeometry, the design of motion and sound design are a spontaneous adjustment of the vibrations of the biotope, or, in other words, a finetuning 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. Elevating forces are occurrences of the purity and equanimity, embracing the existence with a subtle wisdom of the nature. Talking of the dragonfly, it are its cycles of life that question the existence as a continuous flow of metamorphosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the initial evolution under the water, as a nymph, till the short lifestage in the ethereal space, this old creature of our planet could be considered as a messenger of the human consciousness. Emerged as an island from the pure waters, this amphibious becomes an elegant flying insect, symbolizing a deep and evaluate understanding of the noble purposes of life. Eternal renewing of the existence configures an eutropic flight leading to the lightness, contemplation and unfolded state of the mind. Looking beyond the surface of the water, in a deeper level of the mind and emerging out in a plenary e-motion configures an inner path of the being: making a way is a design of not knowing where to fly. Patterns as the traces of the intuition are the best experiences of catharsis, but also a ‘zoom’ in the dimension of awareness. In other words, we are responsible about what we see in our flyways and almost, about how we feel our physical surroundings.

 

Fly Ways installation with soundscape 'Passages' La Romieu France 2016 [600 cm x 180 cm].

 

 

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. Connecting this idea with the poetical bed where the dragonfly rests its dreaming wings, the flowers of the waters, we remember the transcendental potential of the nature translated in the Buddhist image of the Lotus.

 

 

 

 

Moreover, the cultural odonatology references represent a large archive of the symbolism for almost each country of the world (we remember that dragonfly is omnipresent on all the continents, excepting the poles). Creature of the wind, the dragonfly is a poetical reflection in haiku, a philosophical dimension in martial arts and an esthetical object for visual art within the cultural traditions from China and Japan. The occidental resurrection of this reach symbolism of the dragonfly was occurred with Art Nouveau movement. In particular, the artistic perception of Stefaan van Biesen gives priority to the ‘morphology’ of the flight, as a totem of change and transformation, a shift paradigm of the existence patterns. Therefore, his approach emphasizes three new epistemological dimensions: the biogeometry, the cymatics and the promenadology (Spaziergangwissenschaft). All this emergent sciences focus on the patterns of the energy on the biological level, sound vibration and traces of human walking. For all these modal perspectives about motion, the kinetics of the dragonfly becomes the link between energy and shape, vibration, sound and consistence of the world and design of the human movement.

 

https://b-hive.bandcamp.com/album/dragonfly-movements

 

 

 

Flyways are in fact a conquest of the real balance in the energetic field of living in a symbiotic society. Giving shape of the flight is to design a vibrational dimension throughout the sound. Music becomes a cymatic experience which configures the patterns of the flight, as a cosmic antenna of the buzzing and wheezing sound in the air and the water ripple of the touch of soft wings. The soundscape of Stefaan van Biesen intends to refine the vibration in a visual experience of the flypatterns, ‘committed’ in performance dimension with the public. Thus, resonance makes visible the paths of the human flight in an emotional field. And this subtle dynamic is captured in different patterns of the frequencies flying emerged in drawings of the ‘visual waves’.

 

Text: Dr. Simona Vermeire, Braga Portugal 2015

 

 

Score Fly Ways - travelling through Europe since Goethe Institute Athens Greece.

 

 

 

 

 

'A dragonfly does not fly but is flown'.
It is for insects like the dragonfly self-evident that they operate in this vacuum that literally is 'carrying them'. It's their true biotope. A dragonfly is therefore related with the element 'air'. It's a part of their identity and great is our amazement about the playful ease of how they move in space.
Dragonflies are nomads that move thousands of kilometers. Being massive migrations that stretch across the continents and in the layers of air over the earth.

 

'Making a trail Visible' - reconstruction of fly ways.

The recording of flight paths of dragonflies on paper makes you an attentive observer who knows he is bound to fail to make a precise registration due the speed and apparent lack of trace of the route of the animal. At first sight, the registration seems to be a whimsical line-up until you recognize a structure in their flight.
The dragonfly embodies the idea of ​​transformation. During the unfolding, they transform into another being: flying jewels moving in their own territory, having an inseparable relationship with water: animals live according to an inner wisdom, humans search for wisdom.

In situ drawing Fly Ways De Leegte Nieuwolda NL 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

D R A G O N F L Y - M O V E M E N T S . 2 0 1 6 .

ISSC 2016 International Conference : The Logics of Image Santorini 2016. Stefaan van Biesen. Sound Composition for art installation 'Fly Ways' 2012-2016 ['Wanderlust' Art borgloon, 'Passages' La Romieu France 2016, 'Fly Ways' Santorini Art Factory Greece 2016. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen.

 

Flyways, an artistic research by Stefaan van Biesen
Curated / New media by Geert Vermeire
Literary research: Simona Vermeire
SonicPlanet / Geocomposer & Geoplayer : Sinan Bokesoy 


Flyways, 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. 

Flyways at ISSC 2016 / the Santorini Arts Factory is represented through the art works of the Belgian artist Stefaan Van Biesen and in a creation of augmented reality audio scenes with SonicPlanet, integrating virtual 3D sound sources combining outdoor space, movement and sound, via a site specific sound installation for locative media by Stefaan van Biesen (soundscapes), Geert Vermeire (field recordings) and Sinan Bokesoy. 

The project focuses on the visual and sound imagery of traces of the dragonfly, one of the oldest insects on earth (more than 325 million years ago). 

Besides, the visual art imbricates philosophical thinking with a biogeometric dimension through which the nature itself creates fractal patterns. In biogeometry, the design of motion and sound design are a spontaneous adjustment of the vibrations of the biotope, or, in other words, a finetuning 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. 

Biogeometry departs from a perspective about the natural paths of the all living beings, but also about the matrix of all life matter is an epistemological new turn to make us understand the constant universal transformation originated by vibration. The sound and its translation in visual patterns, a fractal graphic of the life or the primordial text of the bio-symmetry is the fundamental act of reluctance against the chaos, dispersion and annihilation. 

New technologies, as as well means of creation in this project, are today the resultant of a bio-translation in digital and mechanical fields of the symmetry of these living patterns. Epistemologically, within Environmental Humanities, evolves a deep understanding of the living landscape, trying to find valid solution to preserve the original bio-vibration of the nature against the deep alteration that the Human configured in this new era of the Anthropos. Our project focuses on a very poetical and philosophical part of this complex landscape of the biosymmetry: the dragonfly, a passenger between the dinosaur’s era and our human vibration dominating the biodiversity. Making a relation between ethereal paths of the dragonfly and the human paths, printing the landscape with poetical steps onto walking (and the principles of promenadology) is our artistic and ecological proposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"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/

 

 

 

 

 

Origine: early works

 

Fly Ways (Beehives) [since 1990].