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 Moniek Darge

Moniek Darge is active as composer, violinist, performer and audio artist. She has built light- and soundsculptures, installations, musical instruments and for many years has been constructing a series of alternative music boxes, with which she also performs. Darge has specialised in both soundscapes and live-art performances in which visual and musical aspects are combined and in interactional improvisation on violin. Since 1970 she has performed around the world and has been active on stage, first with the Logos Ensemble, then with Logos Duo, and more recently with the M&M robot ensemble. She also founded Logos Women, a small group specialised in intermedia improvisations performingtheir own compositions for various instruments, voices and music boxes.

She's often invited by international artists to collaboration. In 1986 the Third Program of the National Belgian Radio broadcasted a series of programs about her concerts and performances in New York City and about some artists with whom she collaborated there. A similar program was made about her music experiences in Kenya and Rwanda. And later on also about Japan, China, Bresil, Australia, New Zealand etc. She herself also realised radio programs about women artists over the world.
In 1997 she received the title of Cultural Embassador of Flanders for the Logos Duo. Moniek Darge published several journalistic and literary essays, amongst which "Inter Media Myths, Auto-Author" (1986), an art edition, combining poetry, drawings, scores and pictures (Toronto, Art Metropole-catalogue no.12) and the book "Lijf tegen Lijf" (Body against Body, Kritak, Leuven, 1982). She was general editor of the 'Logos-Blad', the monthly magazine of the Logos Foundation, which appeared during more than 25 years and in which she also told her international music travel experiences. Many international magazines published her articles.
Besides her many concerts and performances all over the world and besides her activities as organiser, Moniek Darge has been an assistant professor at the "Hogeschool Gent" where she teached 20th Century Art History, Audio Art and Non Western Art Studies at the Fine Arts Department and an Introductionary course to Ethnomusicology at the Music Department. She retired in 2012, and now full-time makes soundscape and music boxes. Ever since 2016 she creates glass art objects that she integrates into her performances and music boxes.

Moniek Darge was born in Bruges, 1952 and studied music theory and violin at the Music Conservatory of Bruges, painting at the Ghent Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Arthistory, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

For a sample of works see the Scores available in Library

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