Library of Walks - Stefaan van Biesen

 

L I B R A R Y O F W A L K S [ since 1990 ].

 

 

 

The Library of the Walks

Officially, the 'Library of Walks' was first shown during the art project 'Skin' [CC De Werft te Geel Belgium 2004]. This along with the 'Studiolo' installation, a reconstruction of 'San Girolamo nello studio', [Antonello da Messina 1430-1479]. This library already had a history with the walk performance with poet Geert Vermeire during 'Uit hetzelfde hout gesneden/Cut out the same wood', [Beeldig Hof in Saksen ', CC Ter West Beveren Belgium, summer 2003]. It was regularly shown in urban libraries and in 2012 a "Library of Walks" was realized in the Jadim Botanico in Brasilia Brazil.

 


At the start of this project [2002] Stefaan van Biesen invited each one for a walk and the memories, [something that attracted attention and took you on your journey], in a locked glass. Photos, letters, notes, audio and voice recordings, drawings: a reflection to conserve a special moment of walking. This glass of experience in a dialogue with the thousands of [other] books in a library where the artwork. These 'glass books' invite you to reflect the experience.

 

 

The art of wandering.
The size of the box is determined by the walker and by what he or she wishes to keep and in principle, it does not play a role. Every glass added to the library symbolically represents the presence of the walker within this project. With the info provided by the walker: [name, place and date of the walk], the label is uniform with everyone else.

 


This creates a 'Library of Walks' which is very diverse and grows from the participation of walker. For example, every contribution and walk is unique and every book is a silent witness of a journey and the associated experiences. By the artist's question, the walker is requested to approach the location of the walk as a focused visitor, an attentive observator. The "landscape" you move in is any urban or natural place in which you are moving. The body is experienced as an influential instrument, a subject that resonates on the environment from a sensitive thought. The body becomes an ever-moving center in an optical and emotional field from a panoramic perspective.

 

 

 

At the start of this project [2002] Stefaan van Biesen invited each one for a walk and the memories, [something that attracted attention and took you on your journey], in a locked glass. Photos, letters, notes, audio and voice recordings, drawings: a reflection to conserve a special moment of walking. This glass of experience in a dialogue with the thousands of [other] books in a library where the artwork. These 'glass books' invite you to reflect the experience.

 

The art of wandering.
The size of the glass is determined by the walker and by what he or she wishes to keep and in principle, it does not play a role. Every glass added to the library symbolically represents the presence of the walker within this project. With the info provided by the walker: [name, place and date of the walk], the label is uniform with everyone else. Participants are asked to collect what attracts attention during their walk in a glass bocal. From a more conscious way of walking, ecology and perception. Locations in Europe and Brasilia where these libraries were shown (or are still to be seen). Geert Vermeire [curating The Library of Walks, Jardim Botanico Brasilia Brazil 2012].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[New shapes of the Library of Walks] models, design installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Utopia. A book of longing. During the Urban Emptiness Network exhibition at NeMe Limassol Cyprus. Following on walks and interventions in Limassol and Nicosia February 2017. Curated by Geert Vermeire. Book by Annemie Mestdagh & Stefaan van Biesen. Project started as a pilot in Braga Portugal December 2016. Photo's (of the walks and interventions by Stefaan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh) : Marielys Lely Mendelez (Porto Rico) walking with us in the devided and occupied city of Nicosia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 07.11.2017