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[Table Of Meetings] Beveren Belgium > 26.11.2016.

 

 

On Saturday 26.11.2016 we had a ‘Table of Meeting’ (in a fine ‘English hotellounge’ setting at Armonea Beveren). Several upcoming European projects (indeed a very promising and full agenda for 2017-2019) were discussed (Limmasol, Delphi, Edinburgh, La Romieu, Athens, Limassol, 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.


Photo (Annemie Mestdagh): Geert Vermeire, Filip Van de Velde, Bregt Smeets and Stefaan van Biesen.

 

 

Tres (3) [ Spain ] † october 2016 .

'Silence is a necessary angel'. 3 (TRES).

 

The unfortunate news came that 3 (TRES), esteemed Spanish artist and performer dedicating his long career to silence, has passed away after a heavy disease. His 60th birthday was last 3d of September 2016.

Silence is a long lasting guide in my personal creative voyage and lies at the deep core of the artistic actions of the Milena principle what brought us together in Greece, Belgium and in Spain, only three times -at the same time almost symbolically, but our paths crossed continuously in our mutual quest for the inaudible, stillness and their human qualities.

We loose more then a companion in "silent activism", but a soulmate, who against all odds, without any compromise, believed strongly in the loudness of silence and the force of minimal gestures, away from the manipulative, on a way that his life and his art merged completely, sometimes loud, sometimes sensual, sometimes dramatic, but as well often tender and disarmingly simple, in his never ending dream of silence.

 

Unique artist and dear colleague in an artistic quest to (no) silence in our contemporary society. One of the rare Don Quiijotes of our time. Tres died in october 2016 from an aggressive disease, just some months after his last silence performance, Blackout, silencing the Bilbao Municipal Art Center.

 

 

Tres is an interdisciplinary artist known for his work on silence; a practice of enquiry and experimentation which has been his sole focus for over two decades. His investigation began in 1986 by collecting information about this extensive phenomenon. In 1998 he organized MUTED – a factory of silences – at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, an installation that evolved into a bi-edition festival on Silence. From then onwards, Tres has relentlessly produced many different events that he has called Silent Actions: Silent Cocktails, Silent Concerts, Blackouts or public “turn-offs” of noisy spots and lights, performances, video pieces, exhibitions and various kinds of ceremonies. These all have a common denominator; experimenting with alternative ways in which the individual usually relates to himself and to others. His silent actions and performances have been presented in many of the main cultural institutions of Spain as well as in other countries like Finland, Germany, France, UK, Italy, China or the USA. Often mistaken for an apologist of silence and conscious of the creative limitations he has undertaken in order to produce his work with the coherence and rigour that a concept such as ‘Silence’ demands, in 2008 he presented a radically new piece. The performance, which took place at Galeria Antonio de Barnola in Barcelona, involved shooting at close range a blank gun against a white wall forty-seven times. Damned Silence, as the action was titled, intended to point at and metaphorically destroy the negative aspects of silence with the power of the most deafening, yet unamplified, sound he could find. This new action meant a change of direction in his work which has since become more concept-driven. No More Silence, his current work in progress project has two main purposes: to free his creativity from all self-limitation and to point at and denounce silence as a prime strategy for domination.

www.elsilencio.com

 

 

[Made of Walking] the Milena principle summerschool Delphi Greece 2016.

 

16th of July to 24th of July, Delphi Greece 2016.
As a pilot within the Animart Experiential Arts School and Forum of Contemporary Artists, the Milena principle organizes a forum with a series of walks and walking workshops,  focussing on dialogues between performance, arts, literature and new media, inviting artists, writers, walkers, performers, musicians and composers, sound designers, new media artist, developers, teachers, researchers, experts and scientists of different fields, to share their experiences and to explore together topics related to walking practices.
With contributors from the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, India/France/UK, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, Cyprus and Greece.

 

Read the full program of the summer school. >> download pdf.


10th ANIMART – Experiential Arts School and Forum for Contemporary Artists will be held in Delphi, on July 16 - 24, 2016, 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.

 

 

 

the Milena principle at ART-ATHINA 2014 - 2015- 2016. Patforms Project Athens Greece.

 

 

Art-Athina 2016. Faliro Pavilion (TaeKwonDo Stadium) Athens.

 

Curator Artemis Potamianou and the selection committee of Art Athina Platforms project [2014-2015 & 2016] selected the Milena principle as one of the 40 representative art platforms worldwide to showcase their work and collaborations in Lisbon and Athens.

the Milena principle presents together with befriended collectives and organisations in Lisbon and Athens a collaborative sound-and visual installation, demonstrating the effect towards other cities, through a network of artistic interventions with remote users from other cities. The juxtaposition of artistic interventions and experiences of different urban environments suggesting the acknowledgement of coherence emphasized in the practices of everyday life-urban rituals, rather than the contrast implied by the geographical and cultural differences.

 

 

Platforms project. 49 of the most important independent art platforms from all over the world, distinguishing themselves by working on unconventional ways and by establishing unexpected and influential debates on art, were selected by the Athens Art Fair. Based on the “unity is strength” principle, the platforms have secured their own place on the international art arena without antagonizing the environment they are called upon to serve.

 

At Platform Project @ Art-Athina 2016 by Artemis Potamianou (curator MOMA NY & Tate London).

 

 

the Milena principle focuses on the ongoing travelling project "the Dürer connection" [2003 -], developing itself as an European nomadic network , initiating collaborative encounters between public, experts and artists, referring to the Flemish renaissance, when artists, philosophers and scientists traveled unceasingly, connecting with people and places. Exchange of ideas and continuous journeys created a network of solidarity and affinity. The projects refer to this utopian and human dimension, with traveling as an artistic instrument, with events and exhibitions realized in Germany, Holland, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece, Crete, parallel events in Latin America, as well bringing artists and people from many European countries to Belgium.

 

 

 

Workshop / Sensing Silence EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens Greece.

 

 

Workshop - Sensing silence A workshop about silence and the body in the empty EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens by Andromachi Vrakatseli (sound) and Geert Vermeire (performance) together with Stefaan van Biesen (visual artist) and Chistos Kakalis (architect).

Departing from sound and walking. as research method and artistic practice we explore the relation between movement, the body and sound in the silent spaces of an empty museum, using recording technology, drawing and writing as tools to capture trajectories through silent spaces. A sketchbook is designed for this purpose and will be distributed to participants to use it as a kind of a diary of their experience.

 

The workshop will be divided in following parts.

1) Introduction about Urban Emptiness and Silence.

2) Sensing spaces. Performance "the Diogenes variations" by Stefaan van Biesen en Geert Vermeire as catalyst for a silent walk through the empty museum.

3) Approaching silence. Division in smaller groups, going out to make recordings, to draw and to write the body and its movement in the emptiness, accompanied by workshop leaders.

24th of May, 11.00 h EMST, Kallirois Ave.& Amvr. Franzti Street, Athens Duration: 3 hours.

 

Recordings of this workshop will be source materials for a second (separate) workshop Placing sounds, exploring the composition of 3D soundscapes by movement of the body in space and by walking, using the SonicPlanet Geocomposer en Geoplayer, on Saturday 28th of May 2016 in Elaionas.

An action within the Urban Emptiness Network - http://urbanemptiness.org/ Real and imaginary embodied landscapes, Athens - Brussels [24-28 May - 7-9 June 2016]. A network of workshop-symposiums about Urban Emptiness and Silence, in Edinburgh, in Athens and in Brussels with an interdisciplinary approach, exploring the contribution of performative and immersive techniques and technologies and new media to the experiential understanding of the spaces/places and its documentation/mapping.

 

 

 

 

[Ritualizing Friendship] the Milena principle Table of meetings ⋈ Ghent Belgium 29.02.2016.

Drawing by Stefaan van Biesen: registration of a bike performance 'Curator><artist><curator><artist>

 

Ritualizing Friendship. An ongoing project (2001 - never ending) of the Milena principle. Geert Vermeire, Filip Van de Velde, Stefaan van Biesen [drawing on writing paper], Annemie Mestdagh. Table of Meetings: Ghent, 29th of February 2016.

 

the Milena principle focuses on the ongoing travelling project "the Dürer connection" [2001 - ], developing itself as an European nomadic network , initiating collaborative encounters between public, experts and artists, referring to the Flemish renaissance, when artists, philosophers and scientists traveled unceasingly, connecting with people and places. Exchange of ideas and continuous journeys created a network of solidarity and affinity. The projects refer to this utopian and human dimension, with traveling as an artistic instrument, with events and exhibitions realized in Germany, Holland, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece, Crete, parallel events in Latin America, as well bringing artists and people from many European countries to Belgium.

 

 

Invisible places Viseu, Portugal 2014.

 


Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place. 18–20 July 2014, Viseu, Portugal
Presentation project Passeio Branco 

 

A research of the walk in the works of Saramago and Stefaan van Biesen in Lisbon: in a theoretical approach, a research emphasizing on representations of the city in a promenadological discovery and in a practical approach, where this urban discovery is concretized in a space of artistic and social transformation. As an urban intervention project it investigates, documents and enhances the aural heritage of the city through participation of residents, materialized in the composition of a soundwalk, building a locative  media instrument  based on the noTours platform, referring to the Spaziergangwissenschaft (the science of walking) implying the community, in a kinetic esthetics, in the planification of their own city through minimal interventions and by going on foot, in this project elaborated as a public artistic laboratory in the space of Lisbon as a reconstruction of the urban space harmonizing its own sensoriality out of literary texts and artistic works.

 

http://invisibleplaces.org/ 

Invisible Places [text lecture by Simona Vermeire & Geert Vermeire Viseu Portugal 20.07.2014 [see pdf file]

 

 

 

A scientific study about the Milena principle Lynn Louise Pauwels Belgium.

 

 

The Flemish Lynn Pauwels, student master of Arts in Art Science and Archaeology at the VUB in Brussels. Some people may call her a dreamer, others a philosopher, but she is actually a scientist, who does not only researches phenomena’s around her, but also never forgets to marvel in the first place. She says that to wonder means to be in the moment. And that is why, she claims, to be interested in the Milena principle, because to wonder is a rare talent, but the Milena principle creates moments and time and space to really be in these moment and so to wonder. At the same time the Milena principle seems to work like the effect of a mirror. The initiatives from the Milena principle reflect, confront and interact with the spectators. Are you ready to take a look in that mirror with Lynn? She is writing a thesis as a student for the VUB, where she will guide you through the Milena principle as through a living museum.

 

 

Meeting Gilberto Zorio at Serralves Porto Portugal 2010.

The members of the Milena principle, (Bregt Smeets, Shaomin Mhin, Stefaan van Biesen and Filip Van de Velde), are having a conversation with Gilberto Zorio, (the great Italian Arte Povera artist), at the Serralves Foundation during the lunch.

 

 

the Milena principle & the Parson School in New York.

 

 

Parsons, The New School for Design (known colloquially as Parsons or Parsons School of Design) is a private art and design college of The New School university, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. With more than 25 undergraduate and graduate programs, Parsons is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious art and design universities in the world. The Milena principle is proposed to do a project with the art students. More news will follow.

 

 

Passeio Branco Simona Vermeire University Braga Portugal.

 

Dr. Simona Vermeire has a conversation about 'Passeio Branco' with Pilar del Rio, director of the Foundation José Saramago in Lisbon and wife of the late writer and Nobel Price winner Saramago. Photo: Rómulu Duque.

 

Ricardo Reis is the departing point of an urban and academical research to Spaziergangwissenschaft (the science of walking) in relation to the literary works of José Saramago and Fernando Pessoa. A research project by Dr. Simona Vermeire and a creative process by Stefaan Van Biesen will go aside and interact, leading to an exhibition in the Pessoa Museum in Lisbon, urban interventions and geolocated sound walk in Lisbon connecting the Pessoa Museum with the Casa dos Bicos - Foundation José Saramago. The project Passeio Branco will be part of a post-doctoral study by Dr. Simona Vermeire in collaboration with curator Geert Vermeire and noTours. The project is supported by the Foundation José Saramago. 

 

 

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