Moniek Darge (°1952)
She studied the violin, music theory (Conservatory of Bruges), painting (Royal Academy of Fine Arts), art history and (moral) philosophy (Gent State University).
Prizes and distinctions:
Teaching:Moniek Darge has been teaching for institutions of higher education since 1984. Nowadays she teaches "audio art", "ethnic and non western visual arts (Oceania and the Far East)" and "art history: tradition versus innovation between 1900 and 1950" for the Hogeschool Gent, Department Academy of Fine Arts and "ethnomusicology" Department Conservatory of Music. She has also given guest lectures on Inuit, Maori and Mongolian music and visual arts for different cultural centres, institutes and universities.
She taught different topics as guest professor and presented lecture demonstrations,
performances at the following academic institutions:
Fieldwork (recordings used for research):
Moniek Darge has the habit to realise field recordings of ethnical music and materials for soundscapes on her many trips abroad. In this way, she collected recordings in Rwanda, Kenya, New-Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Thailand, Canada (Inuit), Brasil, Indonesia. She also looks out for rare artefacts related to music, ethnical musical instruments and publications (audio recordings, written sources, scientific studies etc.) that are hard to get in Europe.
Selected writings in Dutch:
Selected writings in English:
Dutch publications on Moniek Darge:
Audio publications:1. Discography
Organisation of exhibitions and intermedia concerts:
As co-director of the Logos Foundation, she helps organising around 70 contemporary music concerts each year (since 1968). Between 1970 and 1980 she was co-organiser of at least ten mixed-media festivals, on which she also took the initiative to organise "Sonomobiel"-exhibitions (e.g. at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Museum for Contemporary Art [SMAK} in Gent), displaying sound sculptures of (inter)national artists. In 1992 she organised the first Japanese Performance Festival in Gent en since 1993 she has been organising for a period of five years an annual "International Women Festival" to stimulate contacts between Flemish female composers, performers and musicians and their international colleagues and to promote their works. In 1998 vzw. 'Gynaika' invited her to a collaboration. At the end of 1999 she has organised a live concert transmission to Palmer Station in Antarctica in collaboration with the American audio artist Douglas Quin. Today she co-ordinates the Artistic Logos Productions for the various Logos Ensembles: Logos Duo, Logos Women: BasiaMo, the Logos Ensemble and the <M&M> robot orchestra.
Moniek Darge main activities are to be found in the fields of componisition, performance, violin playing and building music boxes. She has specialized herself in creating soundscapes and live art performances, in which a symbiosis of visual and musical aspects is generated. She is part of the famous Logos Duo with Godfried-Willem Raes for which she coordinates its activities in Belgium and abroad and which made her receive the title of 'Cultural Ambassador of Flanders' in 1997. Moniek Darge also focuses on interactional violin improvisations: in 1994, she founded the Logos Women ensemble for this purpose, a music ensemble bringing intermedia performances for voice, violin, Malian fiddle, flute and body expression. Finally, she is also active as creator of light and sound sculptures, installations and, especially, alternative music boxes, with which she performs.
Compositions:These consist out of intermedia performances, electroacoustic soundscape compositions, electroacoustic music. Materials (scores, tapes...) available at the Logos archives:
Music theatre & performances:In collaboration with Godfried-Willem Raes.
Technofaustus (excerpts) by Godfried-Willem Raes, performed by M&M ensemble
Happenings and events
Stefanos Vassiliadis (Greece), Anestis Logothetis (+) (Greece), Alison Knowles (USA), Charlie Morrow (USA), Godfried-Willem Raes (Flanders), Rui Calapez-Gomes (Portugal), Carlos Trindade (Portugal), Michael Juellich (Duitsland), David Moss (USA), Jane Henry (USA), John Zorn (USA), La Donna Smith (USA), Gyde Knebusch (Duitsland), Ann Vancoillie (Belgium), Annea Lockwood (Nieuw-Zeeland), Anna Homler (USA), Karin De Fleyt (B), Nicole Ledegen (B), Francesca Verbauwhede (B), Benn Deceuninck (B), Carla Bracke (B), Joachim Brackx (B), Tine Hofman (B), Freek Neirynck (B), Hermann Buehler (Switzerland), Bonnie Barnett (USA), Fredy Studer (Switzerland), Petra Dubach & Mario Van Horrick (Netherlands), Stefaan Smagghe (B), Jelle Meander (B), Kristof Lauwers (B), Emilie De Vlam (B), Joanna Dudley (Australia), Bert Vandekerckhove (B), Francoise Van Hecke (B), Barbara Buchowiec (Poland), Horst Rickels (Netherlands)
Some press excerpts (1980-1990)
Available MP3 and RealAudio fragments
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Update translation: February 2001 by Bruno Forment. Thanks Bruno!
Update with MP3: March 2001 by Ruben Luyten. Thanks Ruben!
Last update: September 2004 by moniek darge