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W O R K S H O P S :

[Urban Emptiness] Silence, Narrative and the Intimacy of the City ⋈ Edinburgh UK March 2017. 

[Urban Emptiness] Silence, Narrative and the Intimacy of the City ⋈ New York & Brussels Belgium2017.

[Urban Emptiness] Silence, Narrative and the Intimacy of the City ⋈ Nicosia Cyprus 2017.

 

 

E X H I B I T I O N S :

[Urban Emptiness Network] Neme Arts Centre Limassol Cyprus February 04.02.2017.

[Multimation - Metamorfosis#1] Athens Animfest 2017 ⋈ Athens Greece 16 > 22.03.2017.

[Elles ont des Ailes] Curating Organisation: Le bouc qui zouke La Romieu France 12.08 > 10.09.2017.

[Urban Emptiness] Silence, Narrative and the Intimacy of the City ⋈ Nicosia Cyprus 2017.

 

 

S U M M E R - S C H O O L :

[Made of Walking] Animart Experiential Arts School ⋈ Delphi Greece 15 > 23.07.2017.

[Made of Walking / Table of Walks] La Romieu France ⋈ August 2017.

 

 

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

[Letters to a Tree / Handwritings / Utopia] OLVG School Melsele Beveren Belgium ⋈ 19.03 > 23.03.2017.

[Slow walking / silent walking] exercises with students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels 2017.

 

 

S E M I N A R - L E C T U R E S:

[Urban Emptiness Network] [media, silence, walking/moving in the urban space] University of Limassol February 2017.

 

 

F E S T I V A L :

[No body Festival] the Dance House ⋈ Nicosia Cyprus 2017.

[A walk with Kazantzakis] the Analogio Festival 2017 Athens Greece 16.09 > 24.09.2017.

[Urban Emptiness Network] [media, silence, walking in the urban space] Nicosia Cyprus December February 2017.

 

 

I N T E R V E N T I O N S - P E R F O R M A N C E S :

[Utopia, just around the corner?] Limassol and Nicosia Cyprus 05.02 > 06.02.2017.

[Unfolding Memories] Venice Italy 09.10.2017.

[A Conversation Piece] Venice Italy 10.10.2017.

 

 

P R E S E N T A T I O N :

[Interspace] Urban Emptiness at Dancehouse Lefkosia ⋈ Nicosia Cyprus 11.02.2017.

 

 

S O U N D S C A P E :

[En balade avec Rimbô] media walk & sound compositions La Romieu France April 2017.

 

 

M E E T I N G S :

[Table Of Meetings] the Milena principle meeting (I) MSK & S.M.A.K. Ghent Belgium 14.01.2017.

 

 

I N T E R V I E W :

[Lucius Burckhardt & Joseph Beuys] Dr Rhea Tönges & Martin Schmitz Documenta 14 Kassel Germany 10.09.2017.

 

 

 

 

More info about the projects in 2017:

 

 

 

 

 

[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…/

 

 

 

[A Conversation Piece] Venice Italy 09.10.2017.

 

 

'A Conversation Piece', originated during walks in Venice, is a worldless dialogue between the performers, in an act of a pause, a break and a shift towards listening to eachother, a silent flow. For the two performers walking is a drift, and just as their silent conversation, an act of letting happen, symbolized by the water of canal that comes and goes over their feet; Credits: performance Stefaan van Biesen & Geert Vermeire. Camera Annemie Mestdagh. the Milena principle Venice 2017.

 

 

 

[Unfolding Memories] Venice Italy 10.10.2017.

 

 

'Unfolding Memories' unfolds a square in a shared gesture, coming towards eachother in silent conversation through and meeting via the blank surface of a sheet, laid over a place of encounter and departure. The city as a surface of hope, expectations, wishes, dreams of past and present, revealed through the people that live the space. Credits: performance Stefaan van Biesen & Geert Vermeire. Camera Annemie Mestdagh. the Milena principle , Venice 2017.

 

 

 

 

[A walk with Kazantzakis] the Analogio Festival 2017 Athens Greece 16.09 > 24.09.2017.

 

 

A sound walk with Kazantzakis, inspired by imaginary and real travels as described in one of his last novels “Report to Greco”.

Disarmingly personal and intensely philosophical, Report to Greco is a fictionalized account Nikos Kazantzakis’s own life, a sort of intellectual autobiography that leads readers through his wide-ranging observations on everything from the Hegelian dialectic to the nature of human existence, all framed as a report to the Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco. The assuredness of Kazantzakis’s prose and the nimbleness of his thinking as he grapples with life’s essential questions—who are we, and how should we be in the world?—will inspire awe and more than a little reflection from readers seeking to answer these questions for themselves. The opening walk on September 18th will be accompanied by four actors performing texts of Report to Greco at the points of interest of this sound walk complementing the soundscape.

 

Soundwalk design and musical scenario: Geert Vermeire.

Soundscapes/compositions: Stefaan van Biesen.

Performative walk directed by: Sissy Papathanissiou.

Production assistant: Aliki Arnaouti.

Actors: Larissa Vergou, Panagiotis Lezes, Christina Hilla Fameli, Charis Symeonidou.

Commissioned by the Analogio Festival 2017 – Athens.

Production by the Milena principle / Analogio Festival.

 

 

 

[About Lucius Burckhardt & Joseph Beuys] a talk at Documenta 14 Kassel Germany.

 

 

12.09.2017. A talk at Peppermint Kassel Germany. During Documenta 14, the office library of Lucius and Annemarie Burckhardt (1925–2003 and 1930–2012) resides at Peppermint. The practice of these two unconventional thinkers affiliated with the University of Kassel has substantially influenced the development of aneducation’s approach to “walking the city” as a way of learning. Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen are talking about the importance of this library and Spaziergangwissenschaft. Camera by Annemie Mestdagh. the Milena principle.

 

 

 

[Lucius Burckhardt & Joseph Beuys] Dr Rhea Thönges & Martin Schmitz Kassel Germany.

 

 

Interview at Documenta 14 Kassel Germany 10.09.2017. [Photo: Gertrude, Rhea and Martin]

 

the Milena principle made an interview about the relation between Joseph Beuys and Lucius Burckhardt. We had the chance to have a long talk with two icons: Dr Rhea Thönges (a dear friend of Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) and working partner) and Martin Schmitz (*1956, student of Lucius Burckhardt [1925-2003]). They both are publishing books about Spaziergangwissenschaft and joseph Beuys. Photo's by Annemie Mestdagh. Video and photo's by Stefaan van Biesen / the Milena principle.

 

Dr. Rhea Thönges-Stringaris [*1934] studied art history and archeology in Bonn and Munich. Until 1974, museum activities in the State Art Collections in Kassel. Since 1972, friendship and cooperation with Joseph Beuys. 1977 Establishment of the FIU - Branch office in Kassel. 1979 Founding Member of the 'Green'. 1980-1987 Member of the Documenta's Supervisory Board. 1982 Participation in Action: '7000 Oaks'. 1989 Establishment of the FIU-research firm. Lives in Kassel Germany and Athens Greece. Numerous lectures and publications on Joseph Beuys.

 

 

Martin Schmitz [*1956] was born in Hamm, Westphalia. After graduation in 1976 to study at the Department followed architecture, urban planning and landscape planning at the University of Kassel with Lucius Burckhardt, from which he graduated with a thesis on the outpatient food in town and in 1983 as a book (with Birgit Knop) Currywurst with chips - About Culture of the snack bar. In the 1980s, he was a correspondent for the magazine 'Werk, Bauen + Wohnen' and wrote beside numerous articles in various magazines for the German Bauzeitung a special issue about the Swiss architect Christian Hunziker. In parallel, he followed in Berlin the work of Wolfgang Müller and The Deadly Doris from among the 'Genialen Dillettanten' and in 1987 was curator of the film program at Documenta 8 d Super-8, which was based on the artistic work with the amateur film format.

 

 

In 1989 he founded the Martin Schmitz Verlag in Kassel together with a gallery. With the move to Berlin, the exhibition was discontinued in 1999. There were projects 'mit Kunst am/im Bau', an invitation as curator of the conference 'Dilettantismus', which was held in Görlitz in 1995, teaching in Saarbruecken, Weimar, Kassel and Dresden. With the exhibition 'Die Tödliche Doris - Kunst', the work began in 1999 in Berlin, which followed the project 'Die Tödliche Doris - Kino' in 2003 and was shown internationally. After the death of Lucius Burckhardt in 2003, he began by compiling his entire bibliography [2006-2007]. He started to teach walk science at the university in Kassel. Curator of the third symposium documenta urbana Art plans to planning in 2007 in Kassel, the meeting 'Die Spaziergangswissenschaft: Sehen, erkennen und planen 2008' in Frankfurt am Main and the first Lucius Burckhardt Convention 2014 in Kassel 2008.

 

 

 

[Made of Walking 2017] - La Romieu France 27.08 > 01.09.2017.

 

 

MADE OF WALKING 2017 - LA ROMIEU (FRANCE) - 27.08 > 01.09.2017

Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à l’inauguration d'un Point d'ouïe, suivie d'une Table Ronde "Du bon usage de la marche" et du Salon de randonnée parlant, le 30 août à 18h30 dans la salle de fêtes de la Mairie à La Romieu.

Avec la participation de Gilles Malatray (Desartsonnants), Jules Desgouttes et Fred Ortuno (Artfactories/autresparts), Nawal Guendouz (Université de Lyon), Andrew Stuck (Museum of Walking) et des artistes internationaux.

 

 

 

[Invitation Made of Walking 2017] La Romieu France 27.08 > 01.09.2017.

 

 

MADE OF WALKING 2017 - LA ROMIEU (FRANCE) - 27.08 > 01.09.2017
INVITATION / OUVERTURE - RECEPTION

Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à l’ouverture du Festival Made of Walking et Sound Walk Sunday en présence des 35 artistes internationaux le 27 août à 18h30 dans la dans la salle de fêtes de la Mairie à La Romieu.

SOUND WALK SUNDAY est un événement mondial qui sera inauguré à Made of Walking - La Romieu et sera fêté par la suite chaque année à la même date.

MADE OF WALKING est à l’origine tout à la fois une forme d’école, un lieu itinérant de pédagogie et un festival international et nomade qui met l'accent sur une interdisciplinarité construite autour de différentes pratiques de marche. Ces actions sont menées par et avec des artistes marcheurs invités et des spécialistes menant des actions et réflexions sur un mode déambulatoire (aménageurs, philosophes, chercheurs…)

 

 

 

[Made of Walking / Table of Walks] walking artists La Romieu France:

27.08.2017 > 01.09 2017. See our webpage Made of Walking > > >

Read the full programme of Made of Walking La Romieu France - English version [see pdf file].

Read the full programme of Made of Walking La Romieu 2017 - version Français: [see pdf file]

 

Read the schedule workshops during Made of Walking La Romieu France - English version [see pdf file].

Read the schedule workshops during Made of Walking La Romieu 2017 - version Français: [see pdf file]

 

Table of walks 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.

 

List of the participants Made of Walking La Romieu France 2017 pdf > > >

 

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.

 

 

 

 

[Elles ont des Ailes] Exhibition 3 female artists La Romieu France: 12.08.2017 > 10.09 2017.

 

 

'Elles ont des Ailes' La Romieu France 12.08 > 10.09.2017: Mieke TeirlinckAnnelies SlabbynckEdith Ronse. Curated by the Milena principle. Organisation: Le bouc qui zouke.

 

Sur le thème ''Elles ont des Ailes'', trois artistes originaires de la Flandre belge marqueront d'une empreinte pleine d'humanité les joyaux du patrimoine de La Romieu. 
Mieke Teirlinck, peintures - Edith Ronse, sculptures - Annelies Slabbynck, objets textiles - Du 12 août au 10 septembre 2017 


Œuvres à la Collégiale Saint-Pierre, au cloître, à la Tour du Cardinal, au lavoir de la Fontaine et sur la place du village. 
Mieke Teirlinck www.mieketeirlinck.be 
''Ecce homo'', voici l'homme. Cette volonté de dévoiler imprègne l'œuvre de Mieke Teirlinck. Portée par une parfaite maîtrise picturale, la représentation du monde qu'elle propose interpelle par sa force d'évocation teintée de mélancolie... où sourdre l'appel à la miséricorde. 


Edith Ronse www.edithronse.be 
Le corps fragmenté comme en recherche d'une nécessaire renaissance, en signal urgent d'une indispensable résurrection. Les sculptures d'Edith Ronse, rêveries anatomiques d'une blancheur utopique, invitent à la découverte d'une nouvelle vitalité. 


Annelies Slabbynck www.annelies-slabbynck.com 
La matière textile sublimée par une artiste aux doigts de fée. Annelies Slabbynck fait surgir de l'entremêlement des fils de la vie une expression poétique ''cousue main'' de notre destin. 


lLe bouc qui zouke – www.leboucquizouke.fr – info@leboucquizouke.fr/

Tél. +33 (0)5 62 68 71 45 - M. +33 (0)6 32 56 36 56

 

 

 

[Made of Walking (I)] the Milena principle summerschool Delphi Greece 16.07 > 24.07.2017.

 

16th of July to 24th of July, Delphi Greece 2017.
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.

 

Read the full program of the Delphi Made of Walking summer school 2017. >> download pdf.


10th ANIMART – Experiential Arts School and Forum for Contemporary Artists will be held in Delphi, on July 16 - 24, 2017, in collaboration with Athens School of Fine Arts (Greece) and Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem (Israel) and the Milena principle (Belgium) bringing together academics, students, experts and renowned artists from Greece and abroad.


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.

 

Animart Greece: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/news/7/

 

The Milena principle:

Annemie Mestdagh: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/mestdagh/

Stefaan van Biesen: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/biesen/

Geert Vermeire: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/vermeire/

Simona Vermeire: https://animartgreece.eu/2017/en/tutors/simona/

 

 

 

[Enter the Triangle] Made of Walking (I)] summerschool Delphi Greece 20.07 > 21.07.2017.

 

[Enter the Triangle] performance Made of Walking Delphi Animart Summer School 2017.

 

Enter the Triangle. Performance for 3 walkers and dancers during Made of Walking Delphi 2017. Concept and video: Stefaan van Biesen/ the Milena principle. Attribute made by Annemie Mestdagh / the Milena principle. Performers: Lina EfstathiouEleni NakouJulia RedeiPenny FiniriLeand KalajaPanagiotis Lezes, Aliki Arnaouti, Ioanna Thanou - Mikro SkordopsomoChara TzokaMarianna MakriVermeire Geert and Haris Pellapaisiotis.

 

 

 

[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].

 

Full CD available on Band Camp: https://b-hive.bandcamp.com/album/en-balade-avec-rimb

 

 

The team of 'Rimbô': Graphic support by Annemie Mestdagh ⋈ Sound Compositions and visuals by Stefaan van Biesen ⋈ Technical realisation by Geert Vermeire ⋈ Voices by: Anne Jouan, Maryse Strzelecki, Bernadette Chabbert, Michèle Litzler, Martine Ferradou and Marie-Hélène Vigneron [Lectourne à voix Haute] ⋈ Texts by Panko [Christian Porré] ⋈ Practical support by Belinda Porré. Realisation the first week of April 2017.

 

http://www.enbaladeavecrimbo.fr/

 

 

[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] by Stefaan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh 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
Hour:

 


'Sea Born', video with sound
'Hythlodaeus', soundscape
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
www.themilena.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD1cIKUoEzQ
Video: 3 minutes
Soundscape: 20 minutes

 


"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,
Installation and augmented reality audio scenes.

 

http://athensanimfest.eu/2017/en/multimation/43/

 

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. 


Program: http://athensanimfest.eu/2017/en/multimation/

 

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.

 

 

 

After an amazing trajectory through three seasons with young artists, students, researchers, residents in media labs, workshops, seminars, performances, public talks, exhibition and above all many shared walks and surprising inspiring meetings with people and places... Thank you all for your fine engagement and continuous dedication for this not always easy and complex project aiming for the fragile and subtle. Especially thank you, Helene Black and Yiannis Colakides and NeMe for your generous involvement!

 

 

 

[Utopia, just around the corner?] Limassol & Nicosia Cyprus February 2017.

 

 

"Utopia [just around the corner?]. A drift for three walkers or more" consists out of a first series of walks in Braga (Portugal) and in Limassol and Nicosia (Cyprus), with Stefaan van Biesen, Annemie Mestdagh and Geert Vermeire, and during the Urban Emptiness exhibition in Cyprus, February 2017, with Marielys Burgos Melendez. The walks go along with a walking score with drawings and text, retracing the walks, created for the Urban Emptiness exhibition. 

 

Three or more walkers move in a flow through a city, 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. 

 

A talk between Stefaan van Biesen and Vermeire Geert in the house of Pandora Limassol 2017 about the work Utopia [Just Around The Corner?]. A drift for three walkers (or more), walks in Limassol-Nicosia and the related walking score, as part of the Urban Emptiness exhibition at NeMe, Limassol.

 

Walks in Limassol and Nicosia with Stefaan van Biesen, Annemie Mestdagh, Vermeire Geert and Marielys Lely Burgos. A video-talk about Utopia and walking, dialogues between a book and a place, about the word Utopia as a gesture, how books open, walking as being together and transformation of a space, being the place, about flow, exchange, drift as a method of letting people and the environment come to you, about playing the city, about change of perspective, about inner knowledge, words and nature, words as giving attention and carrying around the word Utopia, as a gift.

 

 

 

[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 collective.

 

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 Mestdagh, 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.

 

INTERSPACE
URBAN EMPTINESS
SILENCE AND THE INTIMACY OF THE CITY
SATURDAY, 11TH OF FEBRUARY 2017, 18:30
DANCEHOUSE LEFKOSIA


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.

 

 

 

[Table Of Meetings] M S K and S.M.A.K. Ghent Belgium > 14.01.2017.

 

 

The first Table Of Meetings of the year 2017. The start of a series of talks about the upcoming events and projects of the Milena principle. Together with the painting 'Hospitality for Strangers' by the painter Gustave van de Woestijne. MSK Ghent. [Stefaan van Biesen, Filip Van de Velde, his daughter Ciska Van de Velde, Geert Vermeire and Annemie Mestdagh.

 

Several upcoming European projects (indeed a very promising and full agenda for 2017-2019) were discussed (Limmasol, Delphi, Edinburgh, La Romieu, Athens, Nicosia, New York…). This table conversation is a dear and old tradition of the core group of the Milena principle and also a gathering of old friends. A talk about upcoming projects, education, art, social aspects, evaluating of past projects and planning the new. For a moment everyone was in Belgium. So this was another very intense and interesting conversation where the lines were plotted for the future.

 

 

'Hospitality for strangers' Gustave van de Woestijne 1920 [66,5 x 74,5 cm] © Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ghent België.

 

 

 

 

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P R O J E C T S :

[Made of Walking] Convent of Tibeas & Museum Nogueira Da Silva - Minho University Braga Portugal 2018.

 

 

 

[ Mapping our working space ]

 

 

Amsterdam - Antwerp - Athens -Barcelona - Belgrado - Berlin - Beveren - Braga - Brasilia - Bruges - Chania - Chemnitz - Chios - Compostella - Delphi - Dimitsana - Dresden - Edinburgh - Essen - Florence - Ghent - Guimaraes - Jahnishausen - Kassel - La Romieu - Leipzig - Limassol - Lisbon - Lodz - Ljubljana - Naumburg - Nicosia - Nieuwolda - Paris - Patras - Porto - Prague - Prishtina - Santiago de Compostela - Sint-Niklaas - Skopje - Soufi - Thessaloniki - Tirana - Tirgu Mures - Tongeren - Venice - Vigo - Weimar

 

 

© private foundation van biesen-mestdagh 16.10.2017