Internationally renowned performance
poet and ARIA PhD researcher Philip Meersman is the first Belgian to publish a second, originally
English-language, collection of poetry, 'There Is Blue Somewhere', at Cyberwit.net publishers in Allahabad, India.
Meersman turns his poems into plastic, site-specific works of art, and dates them, just like visual artists do. He also provides them with the location of creation and defines writing techniques and materials. There Is Blue Somewhere is thus not only a collection of poems, but also a travel chronicle and an exhibition catalogue.
There Is Blue Somewhere takes the reader on a journey through humanity and all its side effects. Meersman holds up a mirror to us and points out the mess we have created. From discarded food surpluses, through a Mediterranean Sea filled with hopeless life rafts, through war zones with swarms of drones, past beggars walking by and among social media influencers, no human weakness escapes Meersman's biting, socially conscious gaze.
There Is Blue Somewhere opens on an
ocean teeming with humanity and its various waste products. This surreal vista
that Philip Meersman paints is 'Mare Nostrum': a mirror image of the mess we
have created. Over fat mountains, across a Mediterranean filled with hopeless
life-rafts, and through drone-filled war-zones, crowds of beggars, and swarms
of social media influencers, no human foible escapes Meersman's caustic,
socially conscious gaze.
(T)he lines in There Is Blue Somewhere are perfect companions for helping to realize that the way we go somewhere may be more important than wherever we think we’re trying to get.
Mark Wallace, Professor in the Literature department at California State University San Marcos
This impassioned, witty, elegiac book captures the performative power of Meersman's work on the page, (...) These are unflinching poems that defy the reader to ignore the message they carry: that we must change our lives.
Jessica Traynor, writer, dramaturg and creative writing teacher based in Dublin
This is the endeavor that is rooted deep in the cultural heritage of Europe but free and solo in the vast ocean of our post-singularity future. There got to be Blue Somewhere.
Yasuhiro Yotsumoto, poet based in Japan
Philip Meersman is blue. So is his newest book. (...) Like the water of life, reflecting heaven. Blue like eternity. (...) that’s what this beautiful poetry collection is about: possibility.
Sharon Mesmer, multi-genre writer and creative writing prof / techno-marm at NYU and the New School.
These poems are to be read by all of us, quietly, in the mind and feel in the soul.
Rati Saxena, poet, writer, translator, editor and festival director of kritya International poetry festival, India.
Meersman’s poems are as real as they are surreal, as rooted to the ground as they are ethereal. This collection is a quirky and unforgettable masterpiece.
Nkateko Masinga, South-African author of Psalm for Chrysanthemums currently living in Kenya
There Is Blue Somewhere, Cyberwit.net, 118p, Allahabad, India, ISBN: 9789390202966
Cover Image : “Memorias”, acryl on pannel (pressed wood), Rodolfo Espejo (Argentina), 2016
Author’s picture backcover: Georgi Vachev (Bulgaria) (http://georgivachev.com)
Graphical design inside: Ilse Mertens (Belgium) (Monoeil.be)
‘La Jeune Peinture Belge – De Jonge Belgische Schilderkunst’ is delighted to announce the awarding of the BelgianArtPrize 2021 to Els Dietvorst.
The Jury is particularly impressed by the radical way in which Els Dietvorst has developed and built her practice since the 1990s. The coherence between the oeuvre and the person is also impressive.
Dietvorst’s work often situates itself defiantly outside of the traditional commercial and institutional art circuits, and proves that an independent oeuvre is not only possible, but that it can also be extremely valuable.
Els Dietvorst will exhibit new work in Bozar in autumn 2021 (13.10.’21 – 02.01.’22)
Interview with Vivi Touloumidi - PhD at ARIA
'I care about understanding the human condition better. Finding ways of application. Articulate better questions and throw new questions to the already existing cultural production to distill new readings.' – Vivi Touloumidi
Vivi Touloumidi was born and studied in Athens before continuing her jewelry education in Germany and Canada. She holds an MFA from Konstfack University, in Stockholm. Since 2010, her work has been exhibited internationally in several curated gallery and museum shows. She is interested in exploring jewelry as a multifaceted cultural phenomenon and in its manifestations of the human condition, while taking into consideration today’s social challenges. Understanding the cosmos of jewelry is her way of negotiating and commenting on society and history. Touloumidi is currently a PhD fellow at the University of Antwerp and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp where she is also a lecturer.