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 Vesten Beveren Belgium, summer 2003]. It was regularly shown in urban libraries in Belgium [2006-2018] and in 2012 a "Library of Walks" was realized in the Jadim Botanico in Brasilia Brazil. In 2018 at the Greeck island Tinos and during 'Libraries as Gardens during the Analogio Festival + exhibition at TAF [The Art Foundation] in Athens Greece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo, taken by curator Geert Vermeire [the Milena principle], is a study of a new in situ version of a 'Library of Walks' at the Greeck island of Tinos. The shape of this library is always changing. Adapted to the place and its situation, location. In Tinos there is a performantive workshop with 50 participants, [local people and the students of the School of Fine Arts at Tinos].

 

 

 

 

 

[Library of Walks]. 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, things taken from nature, 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 is showed. 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], the Greeck island Tinos and during 'Libraries as Gardens during the Analogio Festival in Athens 2018..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Museum of Walks.

 

T H E M U S E U M O F W A L K S .

Model Spaziergangwissenschaft / Wanderlust [philosophical scale model for the urban flaneur]. This model is based on observation, how people behave in a museum space.

 

Some museum visitors also want their own route, apart from the pre-chewed paths. For example, they go slowly or just look at a few works.  This human reflex is described as the tactic that the visitor develops to deviate from the imposed strategic plan. Put simply, this means that people are inclined to take a look behind corners or in side streets, deviating from a mapped out route such as offered in a city guide or a museum guide. This tactic gives the visitor back the individual experience. It stimulates them to reinforce individual experience. The "experiential viewer" moves more anonymously through the city than the classical tourist. Here he is also called 'flaneur' or 'einzelgänger'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen talking about Lucius Burckhardt & Joseph Beuys]. A talk at Documenta 14 Kassel Germany.

 


 

 

 

U T O P I A [ B O O K ] [ 2 0 1 7 ] .

 

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

 

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 22.07.2018