Sound travels through the air.
A form of energy, a sequence of waves of pressure,
vibrations through all forms of matter: gases, liquids, solids and plasma’s.
Still, nobody hears it.
Sound entering the external auditory canal, striking the tympanic membrane.
Listen, listen!! Can you hear it?
This is the cochlea, right, is it working?
The sea, the roaring of the sea … this endless roaring.
'There will be signs in sun and moon and stars,
and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,
men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world;
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.'
My blood, it’s only my blood. The Roaring of A life.
During World War I many soldiers fell victim to bizarre, anxious and disturbed behaviour, which was referred to as ‘shellshock’. The army commanders faced a dilemma: were they really traumatised or were they simply cowards who were trying to stay away from the extremely terrifying front? Should they be evacuated or sent back? And what was the best way to treat shellshock? The exhibitionSoldiers and psychiatrists 1914-2014 explores the focus on and dealings with mental suffering during the Great War, but also focuses on more recent conflicts of the past century. How do psychiatrists currently deal with soldiers with posttraumatic stress syndrome? Is there more understanding? And how do reporters and war photographers view acts of war and mental suffering?
Soldiers and psychiatrists portrays the mental consequences of warfare: from the first photos of shellshock and contemporary war photography to drawings of killed psychiatric patients during WWII. But war is sometimes very close: victims of rape and abuse suffer the same symptoms of PTSS. Soldiers and psychiatrists shows the evolution of the concept of trauma: from shellshock to posttraumatic stress syndrome, from 1914 to 2014. (from the site museum dr. Guislain)
In this exhibition there is one work you can see from me: 'Nursing Corps', with 5 backs of women and girls lying on the floor. This 'army' will grow stronger, as more backs will be made soon. My goal is to have a real 'corps' of at least more then 20 backs.
On monday 9th of september, a scientific team of the veterinary department of the University of Ghent was digging out an 18 meter long spermwhale, stranded on the beach some 24 years before. He was buried in clay-ground, and scientists were curious about the condition of the whale, more specifically about his bones. i witnessed the digging-up and again, the fragility of life and death was incredibly close: the smell, but also a kind of refusal to go, to decay and disappear. Liters and liters of blood came pooring out the wholes that scientists made to try and collect some bone-samples : muscle-tissue, skin, veins... everything still intact! on the photos you can clearly see the eye-socket from the animal, laying on its side. The last photo shows you a rib.
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Today a beautiful glass sphere arrived. Inside a lasered micro-electronescope photo of a chicken embryo. Five days old. With many thanks to the embryology department of Veterinary studies at the University of Ghent who took the time to listen to my strange requests and answered my questions, and many thanks to 'Net Meer Crystal' who never saw me but nevertheless took their time to make this very nice thing. Now up to the assembly of the different materials to make my work 'Quasar'. Can be seen on the next exhibition in April 2013.
A new Dissection Drawing Session is organised on Friday 8 March (Ghent = NEW!) and Saturday 9 March 2013 (Antwerp) as part of the international ART RESEARCHES SCIENCE Program.
The exhibition is in the beautiful castle 'Le Paige' in Herentals. Nice place for this type of exhibition with every artist having its own room with his own atmosphere...
Collaborating artists: Dolores Bouckaert/Benny Vandendriessche (B), Eleanor Crook (Eng), Sarah L;Engelhard (NL), James Ensor (B), Caroline Hübner (B), Margriet Luyten (NL), Xandra Paijmans Bremers (NL), Chantal Pollier (B), Pascale Pollier (B), Remco Roes (NL), Xavier Tricot (B), Jan Van Oost (B)
New works for the exhibition in Antwerp.
'nepenthe/quells all sorrows with forgetfulness. 24 days.'
the word 'nepenthe' first appears in the fourth book of Homerus 'Odyssey'. It means 'that which chases away sorrow, grief or mourning.' It was a magical potion given to Helena by the Egyptian queen Polidamma.
many think that Nepenthe might have been an opium preparation, perhaps similar to laudanum. The effects are similar to those of opiates.
The work consists of a small table with on the upper part four small glass plates. On the plates you find 24 pills, filled with words. Together they form the lyrics from one of Elbows great songs 'The River'.
I walked with the river in kind of a dream
Hand in hand, the all-knowing river and me
To the glamour of rushes and deeply bowing trees
And drunk making blossom that blushed to be seen
I told him my sorrows and broken-down dreams
Confessed every lie, replayed every scene
He openly wept as he listened to me
And then, with the sun in the west, he showed me the sea
Next to the pills a glass of water and also the guidelines of how to take the pills... On the bottom shelve a small glass jar with blue stones - pure pigment! The 24th pill is also filled with that!
The second work is 'The golden L-pill'. A man is isolated in his glass jar, desperately seeking for relief... none is given. More photos of the works soon on the site.
Earlier this week, I had the possibility to visit the Museum of Morphology in Merelbeke near Ghent (Belgium). A nice small museum on faculty of veterinary Medicine. A beautiful collection of morphological museum specimen of animals, preserved and presented in a very respectful way. The main purpose of the museum is to give students the opportunity to study the morphology of animals. to go have a closer look inside the animal...( heart, vessels, bone structures, intestines...) or for comparative reasons. There are three types of specimen: skeletons, moulds and plastinates.
I was there for one of my artworks - a small series of animal embryo's I just started working on and for which I need as much three-dimensional material as possible... and a nice talk with a biologist/morphologist/art lover.
Some photographic impressions of the museum, and a thank you to the conservator!