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"Batik 2003...Art in Motion"
2003-05-16 until 2003-08-17
Museum of Industrial Archaeology and Textiles (MIAT)
Ghent, , BE Belgium

"Batik 2003 . . .Art in Motion", an international exhibition and symposium on the art of batik and surface design will take place in the Museum of Industrial Archaeology and Textiles (MIAT) located in Ghent, Belgium from May 16th through August 17th 2003. The exhibition and accompanying symposium is organized by the Centre for Artistic Confrontations of Tochout, Belgium, Jacques Coenye, Director.  Rita Trefois, a batik artist from Ghent was the primary organizer.  From an open international competition of 230 artist from 33 countries,  51 artists were selected to show 4 works each.  These artists represent 22 countries.  Two and three dimensional works will be on exhibition.  In addition to the contemporary works, traditional Javanese batiks from the Rudolf Smend Collection of Cologne will be on view.

The symposium will feature 8 lectures and 6 workshops for professionals.  A lecture titled "colors, Shapes & Sounds" will be given by Ray Pierotti, who is Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com. His subject matter is directed towards the underlying scientific and philosophical relationships that colors, shapes and sound sympathetically resonate in the making of both visual and performing art.  Pierotti will also present a 3 days hands-on workshop titled "Surface Treatment for Textile Designers" a multi-medium, multi-layering technique developed by the artist.  To learn more about this and other workshops go to www.tobasign.com.

MIAT is an historic museum focusing on the period from 1750 - present.  The permanent as well as temporary exhibitions shed light on the evolution of industrial society and its impact on the Arts; the first industrial revolution, the introduction of machines, the evolution of the consumer and information society, the evolution of technology and daily life.  Specail attention is paid to the textile industry, which was the most important industry in Flanders.  

VKH (The Centre for Artistic Confrontations) is headquartered in Torhout and has been twice awarded the culture Award for the City of Torhout for its strengths in promoting all aspects of art and culture to a broad and diverse audience.  Jacque Coenye, director is an artist and has organized numerous exhibitions, concerts, lectures and has also published books and CD's on arts, artists and poetry.

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