Stefaan van Biesen is member of the Indie electro-rock band China Blue: http://www.chinablue.be
Field recordings made in Europe by Geert Vermeire (curator of sound festivals and workshops new media) and Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle. Sound compositions, mixing and production by Stefaan van Biesen (member of the electro Indie rock band China Blue: http://www.chinablue.be).
[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
[Philocthetes] sound compositions for theater play, Athens Greece 2016.
P H I L O C T E T E S
Directed by Sissy Papathanassiou, Athens Greece 2016. Electro acoustic sound composition with field recordings. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 2016.
[Breathe, Inhale the City] Neme Arts Centre Limassol Cyprus 2017.
B R E A T H E : I N H A L E . T H E . C I T Y
A score for Marielys Lely Burgos. Performance at NeMe Arts Centre Limassol Cyprus 04.02.2017. Electro acoustic sound composition 'Breathe, inhale the city' 12' remix by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 2017.
[Breathe:Inhale the City] Electronic score for Marielys Lely Burgos [New York/Costa Rica/Athens] at NeMe Limassol 2017.
[Fly Ways] ISSC 2016 International Conference : The Logics of Image Santorini 2016.
D R A G O N F L Y - M O V E M E N T S
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.
CD 'Dragonfly Movements' available on Band Camp: https://b-hive.bandcamp.com/album/dragonfly-movements
[Fly Ways] ISSC 2016 - International Conference : The Logics of Image 2016. Santorini Arts Factory Greece 2016. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 2016.
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[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/the Milena principle - Technical realisation by Geert Vermeire/the Milena principle - Voice by Annick Boucher - Texts by Christian Porré - Practical support by Belinda Porré. Realisation the first week of April 2017.
[Philocthetes] travelling theater play in Europe 2016.
Sound compositions for theater play, directed by Sissy Papathanassiou, Athens Greece 2016. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 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.
Director Sissy Papathanassiou is Ph.D., Theatrologist. She was born in Agrinion, Greece. Studies in Greece: 1987: Degree in Law, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki 1983 - 1987: Theatre Studies, Theatre School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece Postgraduate studies in France: 1992-1995: - Masters Degree in Social Anthropology - History and Civilisations, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris - Masters Degree in Theatre - Arts du Spectacle, Institut d'Etudes Theatrales, Paris - Sorbonne III, under the supervision of Pierre-Vidal Naquet and Monique Borie-Banu respectively - Ph. D. Arts du Spectacle, Institut d'Etudes Theatrales, Paris -Sorbonne III-NANTERRE, under the supervision of Robert Abirached.
[Fly Ways] ISSC 2016 - International Conference : The Logics of Image 2016. Santorini Arts Factory Greece. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 2016.
D R A G O N F L Y . M O V E M E N T S
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.
[Becoming Invisible] TAF [The Art Foundation] Metasitu Athens Greece 6 April 2016.
As part of the AKOO-O/ With Your Consent Exhibition we invite all people to walk with us and "become invisible/following"
Becoming invisible / "following?" : walking - hearing-sensing Spaces/Others is a participatory invitation to engage/inhabit public spaces and their dynamics. It is encompassed within 'Reading the Moment', an ongoing performative dialogue of sensing urban landscapes in Athens through attention, movement & memory. Participants will have the opportunity to record parts of the walking/observing.
Date: Wednesday April 6th, 2016.
First walk at 10 am - 12 am.
Second walk at 4pm - 6 pm.
Meeting Point: The Art Foundation (TAF). Normanou 5, Athina 105 55.
8pm Open Conversation & (Moving) Talk:
Stefaan van Biesen, Geert Vermeire and Marielys Burgos.
[Hythlodaeus 2015 - Utopia Sound Map] Cities and Memory ⋈ Oxford UK 2015.
Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 2015.
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.
On 22 May 2015, more than 50 sound artists and musicians from across the world will reimagine one of the greatest works of English literature, using sound. The Cities and Memory: Utopia 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. Using a woodcut map from the second edition of Utopia from 1518, sound artists each took a small section of More’s imagined country of Utopia, and created a new soundscape imagining how that place (and the society living in it) might sound.
A free album of highlights from the project, entitled Utopia, will be released via
The project is one part of a global field recording & sound art work called Cities and Memory, which aims to present and remix the sounds of the world through a global sound map in which every location has two sounds: a documentary field recording and a reimagining of that sound. The project, which has had 220,000 listens in the past 18 months, records both the current reality of a place, and also present its imagined, alternative counterpart – in effect remixing the world, one sound at at time. Every faithful field recording is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. The listener can choose to explore locations through their actual sounds, or explore interpretations of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure.
There are currently almost 900 sounds featured on the sound map at www.citiesandmemory.com, spread over 40 countries. Cities and Memory has grown rapidly over the past year, with features on The Atlantic, Vice, Slate.com, CBC national radio in Canada, Resonance FM in the UK and specialist sound sites such as Creative Field Recording and the London Sound Survey.
The project is completely open to submissions from field recorders, musicians or anyone with an interest in exploring sound worldwide. The field recording and sound art communities have embraced the concept: more than 170 field recordists and sound artists from as far afield as Calcutta, Los Angeles and Cape Town have taken part, providing field recordings and radical reimaginings of global sounds. More’s Utopia explores the society, behaviour, law, customs and culture of the inhabitants of Utopia – a coinage that can be seen to mean both ‘good/ideal place’ and ‘nowhere’.
However, despite the space given over to the topography of the country and the appearance of its cities and people, there are only a scattered handful of references to sound. The most notable reference to sound is simple: ““[The Utopians] entertain themselves with the delights let in at their eyes, their ears, and their nostrils as the pleasant relishes and seasoning of life, which Nature seems to have marked out peculiarly for man, since no other sort of animals contemplates the figure and beauty of the universe… nor do they apprehend the concords or discords of sound.”
What were those concords and discords of sound that so delighted or repulsed the Utopians?
[B_Tour Festival] ⋈ Leipzig Germany 2015.
[Ludwig Karl Koch Variations] Sound Research and Workshop.
Urban Sounds and Imaginary Spaces / Schauspiel Leipzig - B_Tour_Festival.
The artistic use of sound in urban interventions, creates imaginary spaces and conjures heterotopias. Sound has the potential to challenge our everyday perception and inspire new kinds of social choreographies. What is the political potential of sonic practices? How do they change our experience of the city? How can audio-tours facilitate different ways of relating to the urban space? Starting from these questions, current developments of sound art in urban contexts will be discussed.
Torsten Michaelsen (LIGNA) ligna.blogspot.de
Doris Uhlich (Tänzerin und Choreographin) www.dorisuhlich.at
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Klotz (Musikwissenschaftler) www.gko.uni-leipzig.de/musikwissenschaft
Geert Vermeire (Kurator und Klangkünstler) www.geertvermeire.be
Stefaan van Biesen (Spaziergangswissenschaftler) www.stefaanvanbiesen.com
Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi (Institut für Theaterwissenschaft / Tanzarchiv Leipzig e.V.) www.uni-leipzig.de
Interventionen in der urbanen Öffentlichkeit erzeugen durch den künstlerischen Einsatz von Klängen und Geräuschen imaginäre Räume und Heterotopien. Sie können unsere alltägliche Wahrnehmung erweitern und zu neuen Formen sozialer Choreographien anregen. Worin liegt das politische Potential dieser Praxis? Wie verändern sie die Erfahrung der städtischen Umgebung? Wie können Audiotouren ermöglichen, den Stadtraum anders zu erleben? Ausgehend von diesen Fragen werden aktuelle Entwicklungen von sound art im urbanen Kontext diskutiert.
Saturday 4th July_17:00-19:00
Schauspiel Leipzig, Baustelle, Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig
#heterotopia #political practice #soundscape #audio tour #urban transformation
[Urban Rituals / Resounding Cities] Lisbon - Brussels - Athens 2015.
Urban rituals / Resounding cities Brussels - Lisbon - Athens
Workshops and walks in Lisbon from March 3d to March 5th. Presentation and exhibition at the Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon on March 6th.
Workshop in Athens on 7th of March at metamatic:taf, walks with noTours and installation during exhibition "Welcome to Ecumenopolis" by METASITU and metamatic:taf.
During the Athens Festival of Science - an installation updated the results of the three cities, next to walks with noTours during the exhibition "Arts and Science" 17 - 22 March (curator Christiana Kazakou), concluded with a presentation about noTours and of the process in Brussels, Lisbon and Athens on 22nd of March. Coordination by Geert Vermeire and the Athens workshop team.
The project started with the first workshop and sound walk connecting the Katelijne Square in Brussels, the Largo do Carmo in Lisbon and the Monasteraki Square in Athens. A joint project with the Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Lisbon, metasitu:taf in Athens and RITS School of Arts Radio Department in Brussels. In Brussels and Lisbon with Stefaan van Biesen, Geert Vermeire (the Milena principle) and Guy de Bièvre together with Amélie Van Campen, Karen Coppens, Sarah Mylle and Laurens Luyten, next to students of Rogerio Taveira. In Athens with Zoi Arvaniti, Sofia Grigoriadou, Maria Methimaki, Dāna Papachristou, Mariza Parasyri en George Samantas.
First workshop and sound walk connecting the Katelijne Square in Brussels, the Largo do Carmo in Lisbon and the Monasteraki Square in Athens. A joint project with the Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Lisbon, metasitu / metamatic:taf in Athens and RITS School of Arts Radio Department in Brussels. A project by the Milena principle (Stefaan van Biesen and Geert Vermeire} together with Zoi Arvaniti, Sofia Grigoriadou, Maria Methimaki, Dāna Papachristou,, Parasyri Mariza, George Samantas in Athens. — met Laurens Luyten, Karen Coppens, Mylle Sarah en Amélie Van Campen bij Sint-Katelijneplein.
06.03.2015. Resounding Cities / Urban Rituals. Presentation of artistic walking projects and sound walking projects in Lisbon. Artwork & wall graphic 'Spaziergangwissenschaft' by Stefaan van Biesen at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon (curated by Vermeire Geert) and students of RITS School of Arts Brussels -FBAUL Lisbon in the framework of the project Resounding Cities (Lisbon, Brussels, Athens). Building a network of artistic interventions with remote users from other cities we attempt to investigate the effect towards the cities involved. 3 Squares: Largo do Carmo Lisbon, Katelijne Square Brussels, Monasteraki Square Athens.
Extracts sound recordings Largo do Carmo by Amélie Van Campen, Sarah Mylle, Karen Coppens and Laurens Luyten.
[Resounding Cities] METAMATICTAF Art and Sience Festival Athens 2015.
Resounding Cities at Athens Science Festival – Sound Art
Athens, March 17th – March 22nd
The collaborative project Resounding Cities uses sound and the sound walking platform noTours as an instrument of transforming experience of urban space, as well as walking, to create urban interventions with locative media connecting various cities in Europe via sound.
During the Festival the project is respresented in the Art and Science / Sound Art exhibition (curated by Christiana Kazakou) with an installation – sound map, with noTours sound walks around Gazi and with a public talk.
Sofia Grigoriadou (artist), George Samantas (anthropologist), Maria Methimaki (artist – architect), Zoe Arvaniti (theatre studies – artist), Dana Papachristou (musicologist – artist), Mariza Parasiri (engineer – writer), Geert Vermeire (artist - curator), Stefaan Van Biesen (visual artist) / the Milena principle and students of RITS School of Arts Brussels and Faculty of Fine Arts - University Lisbon, next to sound artists and sound designers in various European cities.
Tags: sound maps - sound walks, locative media, augmented reality - art work map: Annemie Mestdagh.
[A Knocking Bird] Sint-Niklaas Belgium.
A Knocking Bird is an urban and e-culture project with an ecological engagement, organized by Cultuurcentrum Sint-Niklaas Belgium, WIT Urban Team (www.wit-urban.team) and noTours (www.notours.org) in collaboration with the Colour U, several international sound artists and environmental and ecological organizations. Curator: Geert Vermeire.
The pilot of this project happens between March and September and invites the residents and visitors of the city to a new urban experience with participation and with locative media.
Points of departure are a series of creative meetings with residents and artistic urban interventions by WIT Urban Team, next to an European event with fifteen residents from different European cities to explore nature in the city of Sint-Niklaas during a residency of a week. Their visit will be transformed in artistic results and in personal contributions about nature and city.
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[Stefaan van Biesen/Fading Photographs]. Compositions of field recordings in Europe, composed,mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen. Electro and field and radio recordings. CD 'Mountains' available on Band Camp:
E T U D E S . F O R . E L E C T R I C . G U I T A R S
étude I [babel] - the colour u 2008 - chambremusic for two players and a voice.
Fire Lizard] - the colour u 2008.
étude IV [Syd] - the colour u 2008 - spheres - a passage of sound.
étude II [citylight] - the colour u 2008 - metropolitan atmospheric description.
The Listening City - [Peter Maes & Stefaan van Biesen]- Live at STeM Sint-Niklaas Belgium 2013.
the Milena principle, Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen collaborated with soundartist Enrique Tomás [Escoitar.org] on various projects that connect literature, visual arts and new media. Including geolocalization, movement technology, applications for portable screens [smartphone, gps] for among others SMAK City Museum of Contemporary Art Ghent in Belgium, and a travelling project for various cultural venues in five countries [City Museum of Belgrado, Museum Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Museum Deichtorhallen in Hamburg in 2012, and in the Historical Museum of Trieste in 2013].