Onto the Exhibit Floor
Het Toreke project had its scheduled opening on April
10, 2001 in the Het Toreke Museum, of Tienen Belgium. It ran through
June 10, 2001. A comprehensive anthology of Jan Mensaert's work,
including biography and criticism, was published under the title
of Life, Page One on CD-ROM. (The three CD-ROMs, music
and one book, can be ordered from email@example.com).
To learn more about Het Toreke Museum, visit information
about the city & museum or visit the museum's
site (in Flemish).
project took five years to put together. The subject (Flanders
poet and visual artist Jan Mensaert) had an impetuously sensational
biography, as well as a profound and humanitarianly focused subjectivity—plunging
into universally archetypical focus, that included sublime heights
and suicidal plunges.
"Variations," composed by NYC School of Visual Arts
graduate chair, computer art department, Bruce Wands, are based
musically on sheet music and reel-to-reel recordings composed
and played by Jan Mensaert. Restored cinematic slides of buildings,
sometimes photographed in strange, Orson Welles-style angles,
were part of the book and exhibit, as was a multimedia sculpture
by Bruce Wands (see cover of music CD above). In the Visual Artists
category at the Storm
King Music Festival, 2000, you will find a reference to Bruce
Wands' high-tech creation, resulting from a collaboration with
the Jan Mensaert exhibit materials.
editing coordiator of the retrospective for the museum was Margaret
A. Harrell. The team included Ph.Ds in literature, science, and
psychology; licensed psychologists, Light Body teachers—as well
as a Doctor of Law, and life-taught degree holders. From the expertise
in dreams of Dr. Robert L. Van de Castle, to the expertise in
literature of Drs. Adam Sorkin and Eugene Van Itterbeek, to the
transpersonal psychological expertise of Dr. Russell Park, to
the Light Body inspiration from the Belgium/Ibiza/Surinam teacher
Roland Verschaeve, assisted by Luc Bille; to the poetical-and-translation
fame of Mircea Ivanescu in Romania, nominated for the Nobel Prize,
though he insists it should not be mentioned (as far-fetched);
to the Amsterdam original psychological program of Chris Van de
Velde, to the Hawaii-backgrounded learning of Jungian Dr. Pui
Harvey, to the Zurich multifarious training of Harsha Adler, of
the King-Adler Institute; to some unusual scientific insights
(as well as a poem of homage) from brain scientist Dr. Norman
S. Don, this retrospective was conceived with the idea of bringing
new approaches to the multi-disciplinarian experience of life.
It aimed at passing some of the wisdom—garnered in all the above
disciplines by these well-tutored spokespeople—onto the next generation,
who will do well to listen carefully to their treasure bag of
Museum Director, Staf Thomas, and co-workers (photographer Hari
Spelman, layout artist Jos Heeren, secretary Arlette Bruynickx,
and a computer expert, Mark Kempeneers ensured a lively book production
and exhibit). To view some of the images and text from
the exhibit materials, click here.
"I'm not understood because
I'm unique. But then everyone's unique . . . They just take the
first scrap that comes along."
away all preconceptions, and this is where the project starts.
It is its name. Its teaching is to think originally.