Monique Besten

Monique Besten

Marŝarto23 shortlisted
Monique Besten is a visual artist, writer and educator who focuses on slow ways of being, likes to work site-specific and researches walking as an artistic medium. She is based in the Netherlands and Spain but is mainly at home where her feet are. She is a long-term collaborator of The Dark Mountain Project, teaches Performance Art at the University of the Arts Utrecht (NL) and is a keen Natural Farmer. Walking has been an important part of her work & working process in many different ways. Since 2012 she made 8 long distance performative walks in a business suit, some over 1000 kilometres long. In 2021 her first book ”The Wanderer. A traveller born out of words” was published.

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  • walk · listen · café

    Walking Arts and Local Communities

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    · 2024-02-27 19:00
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    Why walk? A slow journey in a three-piece business suit.

    Monique Besten
    · 18 Jan, 2024
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    Walking the questions

    Monique Besten
    · Since 2023
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    Walking a Grand Tour

    An 18 day virtual solo walk from Queralbs to the Montserrat mountains (Spain), to be repeated in August/September in the company of many people. Commissioned by Nau Côclea. The same route twice, i...
    An 18 day virtual solo walk from Queralbs to the Montserrat mountains (Spain), to be repeated in August/September in the company of many people. Commissioned by Nau Côclea. The same route twice, in two different ways, two different stories (or not?).
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    walking (sideways)

    Together with a group of international artists, I walked as a Walking Librarian through Belgium. While walking, I embroidered my thoughts, other peoples' stories and random events and images in the...
    Together with a group of international artists, I walked as a Walking Librarian through Belgium. While walking, I embroidered my thoughts, other peoples' stories and random events and images in the inside of my 3 piece walking suit. This weblog gives a sm
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    exercises in being here

    This is a safe haven for thoughts, ideas, images, try-outs, all the things that don't fit in my other blogs, the ones that are about specific projects.
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    a soft armour

    I've been wearing the same 3 piece suit every day since December 15 last year and will continue to wear it in 2013. Every day I'm sewing a new image or text on the inside, slowly creating a growing...
    I've been wearing the same 3 piece suit every day since December 15 last year and will continue to wear it in 2013. Every day I'm sewing a new image or text on the inside, slowly creating a growing mind map, reflecting how I experience the world around me
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    a soft armour

    I threw a simple idea in the air. To walk from my house in Amsterdam to the Nomadic Village 2013 in the south of France and invite people to support me in any way they like and symbolically walk wi...
    I threw a simple idea in the air. To walk from my house in Amsterdam to the Nomadic Village 2013 in the south of France and invite people to support me in any way they like and symbolically walk with me. Choose a day, give me something to walk with and in
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    a soft armour

    I've been wearing a 3 piece walking suit since January, first exploring the city of Barcelona on foot, then travelling through Europe slowly like a travelling saleswoman, carrying an old suitcase w...
    I've been wearing a 3 piece walking suit since January, first exploring the city of Barcelona on foot, then travelling through Europe slowly like a travelling saleswoman, carrying an old suitcase with memories embroidered in the pockets of found clothing
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    Today’s thoughts

    Monique Besten
    · 9 Oct, 2023
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    Polaroid dreams

    Monique Besten
    · 8 Oct, 2023
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    How to decide where to go

    Monique Besten
    · 2 Oct, 2023
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    Perceiving

    Monique Besten
    · 1 Oct, 2023
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    Weaving thoughts

    Monique Besten
    · 15 Oct, 2022
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  • Walking Event SWS22

    Walking Sideways – 10 years from, 10 years on

    Andrew Stuck
    Clara Gari
    Geert Vermeire
    Fiona Hesse
    Misha Myers
    · 2022-09-18 18:00
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    A random day

    Monique Besten
    · 14 Apr, 2022
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    Here now

    Monique Besten
    · 12 Feb, 2022