Friours EARTH charter

This is the 7th issue of FRIOUR NETWORK MAGAZINE, a blog publication because of the many contributions of 204 artists worldwide in reaction on the 4 principles of the EARTH CHARTER: respect and care for the community of life / ecological integrity / social and economical justice / democracy, nonviolence and peace.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
























Geert De Decker, one of the main organizers of the festival, between the Earth Charter installation. This installation was the work of Guido Vermeulen assisted by Pete Spence, who traveled to St Niklaas on Friday. Later Pete wrote this funny text as comment on the day before the opening of the festival weekend:


BELGIUM 2006

in St Niklaas
I'm helping Guido
hang his exhibition
I put a few things
of mine up!!
Geert is in a panic
Guido and I finish
and find a bar
try a few
of the beers!!
Karl-Friedrich
turns up
we try
a few more!!

Pete Spence


(the creations of Pete you'll find at the end of this blog, in the visual poetry chapter, who Karl-Friedrich is, will follow;
other memorable moment was the poetry reading at Archipel, an event that happened also in St Niklaas. We did the night reading with participating festival poets: Luc Fierens, Dobrica Kamperelic, Pete and I reading a selection of the Earth Charter poems you'll discover also on the blog. We ended the morning in a cellar bar where Dobrica, Karl-Friedrich, Pete and I discussed the meanings of the philosophy of Heidegger. And I can assure you we were not exactly sober... (GV)
June, 2006. Pete emails me another poem "on the festival", so yes, I can say without hesitation that the festival impact has been huge on all who attended it and interrelated with joy and without any hidden agendas...
The ending of the text refers to further traveling from Belgium to Italy, where some who attended the festival met again in Venice for a meeting of the artist's republics (project hosted by Tiziana Baracchi and Giancarlo de Lio)

St Niklaas 2006

spare me a wing
i want to fly
to Brussels
for a summit
with Guido and Bernd
and suddenly
i find my hand
wrapped around
a Belgian beer
in late afternoon
sunshine in spring!
and Reid continues
to look
a figment of enigma
mask or no mask
though isn't that
someone else
behind his mask
as the shadows deepen?
Dobrica may
be enigmatic enough
but does he need
a mask? does he
have one? or would
he borrow Reid's?
as we know he could
while evening thickens!
Peter is again
clowning around
so we all put
on our red noses
until he finally
loses his identity
in the glowing darkness!
the best thing
about Karl-Friedrich
is his ability
to look like himself
and still do so
around three
in the morning
sketching at a bar
when the darkness
is angular
and more precise!
Dawn your dress
sense is not
so cryptic
in the strands
of chaotic air...
so Geert
that apprehension
ruptering your fabryk
was energy
better spent!
yes! the festival
was great!
as i catch a train
out of St Niklaas
to Milan

(c) Pete Spence