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Soup Session: Marie-Sophie Beinke

Soup Session by Marie-Sophie Beinke
invited by research group ArchiVolt

Tuesday 14 November 2023, 12:30-14:00
at the Research Room, Academy

Marie-Sophie Beinke (1990, Munich, Germany) is a visual artist, author and publisher for M-S B Verlag. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Beinke is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, where she graduated in fashion and painting. She is currently a member of the ArchiVolt research group at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. 
In her artistic practice, Beinke explores the field of interactions between the artist, the environment and the audience. For this reason, she explores the strategies of walking, sharing, collaboration and publication. Therefore, her work moves between performance, installation, painting and sculpture, but the artist also focuses on artists’ publications (book, ephemera, multiple, mail and post art) as a tool to reveal and archive her practice.

As a researcher at the Academy,  Beinke conducted ‘Belgium to Japan by foot’, a practice-based artistic research project (2022-2023) starting from the romantic idea that it should be possible to walk on foot from Belgium to Japan. This idea sprang from Marie-Sophie Beinke’s desire to conceive an artistic practice that takes place outside of the current organization of the art world, with its gallery shows, art centres, residencies etc. It coincides with the wish to slow down and to bring her artistic practice closer to her personal needs and beliefs, knowing that these will change throughout the practice. Throughout this project themes as ‘chance and control', ‘failure and succes’, ‘solitude and companionship’, ‘home and homelessness’, ‘migration and immigration’, ‘standstill and moving-on’ are fundamental clues and keys for the creation of new work as well as for understanding it. The outcome consisted of postal and other editions, photographs, films, exhibitions and publications.