Alexandre Dang

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Alexandre Dang (born 19 May 1973 in Strasbourg, France) is a French visual artist. He lives and works currently in Brussels, Belgium.

Biography[edit]

« The Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not » (for Child Focus) - Alexandre Dang - Royal Green House Laeken, Brussels, 2010

He comes originally from a scientific background (Engineer at the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris).

Alexandre Dang has developed his own artistic creation; he realizes works incorporating solar energy to enable them to move (« kinetic art »). He is part of an artistic movement called Solar Art or Solar Artwork, which incorporates solar energy in artworks.[1]

Alexandre Dang started his artistic work in 2004. He has been influenced by artists like Alexander Calder with his mobiles and stabiles and Jean Tinguely with his machines. He creates especially in situ installations with "Dancing Solar Flowers".

"Each solar flower is made up of a motor and a solarcell. The solar cell collects and turns sunlight into electricity. With electricity, the motor starts and the flower moves".[2]

« The Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not » - Alexandre Dang - Royal Green House Laeken, Brussels, 2010

"This is socially conscious art that prompts reflection upon respect for the environment, sustainable development, forms of renewable energy, and more generally, the sustainability of our modes of production and consumption".[1]

Beyond the aesthetic dimension, his works also trigger debate on the use of energy today and on the energy perspectives in the future. In addition, he organizes regularly workshops to raise public awareness on sustainable energy through art. Some workshops were held notably in schools (European School of Uccle(Brussels), European School of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert (Brussels)...), during the European Solar Days or during festivals such as the festival Couleur Café.

He supports Solar Solidarity International (a Non Profit International Association) which raises awareness about solar energy and contributes financially to solar electrification projects in developing countries (schools, hospitals...).

Alexandre Dang has supported the solar electrification of the hospital of Daga-Youndoum, in Senegal; the solar electrification of a school in M'Pédougou, in Mali; the electrification, heating and solar cooking of the orphanage MikumiKids in Tanzania.[3]

Exhibitions[edit]

2013[edit]

  • Biennale of Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Casa Amarela, Portugal - Dancing Solar Flowers and Butterflies
  • Alliance Française of Tianjin, China - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Espace Electra, Fondation EDF, France - Made in Light - Vous êtes la Lumière du Monde
  • Fondation Vasarely, Jas de Bouffan, Aix-en-Provence, France - Made in Light - Vous êtes la Lumière du Monde
  • Marco Polo Airport, Venice, Italy - Dancing Solar Poppies and Butterflies [4]
  • Chateau Swan, OCT Project Department of Xi’an, China - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tournai, Tournai, Belgium - Champ de Tournesols Solaires Tournants [5]
  • Le French May, Alliance Française of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China - Dancing Solar Flowers [2]
  • Alliance Française of Chongqing, Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing, China - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Bilbao Arte, French Institute, Bilbao, Spain - Dancing Solar Flowers [6]
  • Alliance Française of Dalian, China - Dancing Solar Flowers

2012[edit]

  • Wolubilis Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium - Sustainable Development Festival - Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Soho Gallery for Digital Art, New York City, USA - Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) - The Turning Sunflowers
  • 16th International Biennale of Small Paper Format, Nismes, Belgium - Dancing Solar Flower
  • Couleur Café Festival, Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium - Cool Art Café - The Field of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • European Pavilion at the Earth Summit "Rio+20", Rio, Brazil - Two pictures of Field of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - EU Sustainable Energy Week - The Field of Turning Solar Sunflowers
  • Galerie Azur, Spa, Belgium - Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium - Fête de l’Environnement - Dancing Solar Flowers and Solar Art
  • Place du Sablon, Brussels, Belgium - The Solar Flowers Dancing in "Hymne à la Vie"
  • Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore - Singapore Art Garden 2012 - The Solar Flowers Dancing on the Façade of SAM[7]
  • World Expo 2012, Belgian Pavillon, Yeosu, South Korea - Dancing Solar Waves and Flowers

2011[edit]

  • Cultural Center "Le Volume", Vern-sur-Seiche, France - Vertical Garden of Dang’cing Sunflowers
  • Pavillon Baltard, Nogent-sur-Marne, France - Balt’Art - L’Art et le Grand Paris - Field of Dancing Solar Flowers et Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Town Hall of Puteaux, Paris, France - Salon des Arts des Grandes Écoles (SAGE) - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Kruidotheek, Halle, Belgium - EU Sustainable Mobility Week - Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Centro de Urbanismo Sostenible (CUS), Zaragoza, Spain - Vertical Gardens of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Office Nationale de l'Emploi - RVA - LFA (National Employment Office), Brussels, Belgium - Field of Dancing Solar Flowers [8]
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium - Dancing Solar Flowers[9]
  • European Parliament, Luxemburg, Luxemburg - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • European Parliament, Strasbourg, France - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium - Fête de l’Environnement - Dancing Solar Flowers and Solar Game
  • Centre Culturel "Hospice d’Havré - Maison Folie", Tourcoing, France - Field of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Tallinn 2011 - European Capital of Culture, Tallinn, Estonia - Tallinn Flower Festival - Field of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Atomium, Brussels, Belgium - International Day of Missing Children in cooperation with Child Focus - Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium - International Day of Missing Children in cooperation with Missing Children Europe - Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not
  • Museum of Natural History, Mons, Belgium - Field of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Place Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal - Solar Days - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium - Field of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Labelle, The Egg, Brussels, Belgium - Installation of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • "Galerie des Présidents", the European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - EU Sutainable Energy Week - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium - Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers [10]
  • Maison des X, Paris, France - Solar Artworks
  • ONSS, Brussels, Belgium - Field of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • "Les Jardins de la Palmeraie", Marrakech, Morocco - Dancing Solar Flowers

2010[edit]

  • Cancún, Mexico - United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16) - Dang’cing Sol’Art
  • Tourism Office, Cannes, France - Dancing Sol’Art [11]
  • Bel Air Nursing Home, Brussels, Belgium - Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Plaza Cetina 3, Murcia, Spain - Solar Art Works - Dancing Sol’Art
  • Royal Palace, Brussels, Belgium - Child Focus and Missing Children Europe - Dancing Solar Flowers and Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not
  • Eurest Head Office (Compass Group), Brussels, Belgium - Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Altrimenti Cultural Center, Luxemburg, Luxemburg - Vertical Garden of Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Atrium of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium - Belgian Presidency of the EU - Dancing Solar European Flag
  • International Festival of Environmental Image, Paris, France - The Dancing Sunflowers
  • University Hospital of Queen Fabiola’s Children, Brussels, Belgium - Dancing Solar Flowers [12]
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium - Fête de l’Environnement - Solar Music Machine
  • European Commission (Charlemagne Building), Brussels, Belgium - Green Week
  • European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - NGO Missing Children Europe - Field of Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium International - Child Focus
  • TV Program Tros Vermist, the Netherlands - TV program Tros Vermist - Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not
  • Townhall of 6th district of Paris, Paris, France - Duality Artists & Engineers - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium - Covenant of the Mayors - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • World Expo Shanghai 2010 – European & Belgian Pavilion, Shanghai, China - The Dancing Solar Magnolias [13]
  • Jardin d’Aywiers, Lasne, Belgium - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium - The Dancing Solar Forget-Me-Not [14]
  • European Commission Building (DG AIDCO), Brussels, Belgium - EU Sustainable Energy Week - Dancing Solar Art
  • AXA building, Rue des Arts 56, Brussels, Belgium - EU Sustainable Energy Week - Dang’cing Sol’Art
  • Vlindervalley (Butterfly Valley), Luttelgeest, the Netherlands - Dancing Solar Butterflies
  • Mairie d’Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris), Paris, France - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Museum of the Americas, Miami, Florida, USA - Paris-America - Dang’cing Sol’Art

2009[edit]

  • Copenhagen, Denmark - United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • United Nations House, Bucharest, Romania - Messages for Copenhagen - Dancing Solar Flowers [15]
  • Espace Champerret, Paris, France - Manifestation of Contemporary Art (MAC-Paris)[16]
  • Martyr Square, Beirut, Lebanon - Solidarity Area for Sustainable Development - Solar Flowers Dancing for Peace
  • Hamburg, Germany International conference and exhibition on solar energy - Dang’cing Sunflowers and the Solar Music Box
  • Cinema Jean and Pons de Dieu, Arles, France - International Festival of Environmental Image - Dancing Solar Flowers
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium - Dang’cing Sol’Art
  • Tour Belgacom, Brussels, Belgium - Dang’cing Solar Forget-Me-Not
  • Galeries Royales Saint Hubert, Brussels, Belgium - Child Focus for the Day of missing children - Dang’cing Solar Forget-Me-Not
  • Château de Moriensart, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium - Wallonie Bienvenue - Dang’cing Sunflowers
  • Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium - Child Focus - Dang’cing Sol’Art Forget-Me-Not[17]
  • Maison de la Science, Liège, Belgium - Printemps des Sciences 2009 - Dang’cing Sol’Art Flowers
  • Madou Tower and European Commission (Charlemagne Building), Brussels, Belgium - European Sustainable Energy Week - Dang’cing Sol’Art Mobiles
  • Bozar, Brussels, Belgium - Truc Troc - Dang’cing Sol’Art Flowers [18]

2008[edit]

  • Poznan, Poland 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 14) - Dang’cing Sol’Art Flowers
  • Open Air Museum of Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium - Journées du patrimoine - Dang’cing Sol’Art Flowers
  • Feria Valencia, Spain - European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - Dang’cing Sol’Art Flowers
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain - Day of Renewable Energy - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Chambéry, France - Solar Event - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Brussels, Belgium - Fête de Quartier "Chasse Royale" - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Renewable Energy House, Brussels, Belgium - Inauguration of the Extension of the Renewable Energy House - Dang’cing Sol’Art Flowers
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium - Fête de l’Environnement - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • European School of Brussels I, Brussels, Belgium - 50th Anniversary - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium - Solar Days - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Maison Africaine, Brussels, Belgium - Matong’art - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Council of the European Union (Justus Lipsius), Brussels, Belgium - Joy for Europe: United in Diversity! - The Sol’Art Flowers Dang’cing
  • European Commission (Charlemagne Building), Brussels, Belgium - Sustainable Energy Week - Dang’cing Solar Art [19]

2007[edit]

  • European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - Schuman Trophy Ceremony
  • International Conference Center, Milan, Italy - International conference and exhibition of solar energy - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Place Royale, Brussels, Belgium Belgian - National Day - The Solar Flowers Dang’cing for Europe
  • Zollverein, Essen, Germany - Under the Auspice of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety - The Dang’cing Sunflowers
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium - The 50th Jubilee of the Treaty of Rom - The Solar Flowers Dang’cing for Europe [20]
  • Chapelle of Europe, Brussels, Belgium - The Solar Flowers Dang’cing for Europe
  • European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - European Union Sustainable Energy Week - Europe Dang’cing for Joy

2006[edit]

  • Autoworld, Brussels, Belgium - DG TREN Day - Dang’cing Sunflowers
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium - 1st General Assembly of the Technology Platform for Photovoltaics - Dang’cing Sunflowers
  • European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - Journée Porte Ouverte - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Renewable Energy House, Brussels, Belgium - Inauguration of the Renewable Energy House - Dang’cing Sunflowers
  • European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - The Field of Dang’cing Sunflowers

2005[edit]

  • Cathedrale St Michel & Ste Gudule, Brussels, Belgium - "Messe des Artistes" on 20 November - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • Conference Center, Barcelona, Spain - International conference and exhibition of solar energy - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • European Commission (Charlemagne Building), Brussels, Belgium - Green Week - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium - Dang’cing Solar Art

2004[edit]

  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium - Dang’cing Solar Art
  • European Commission (Charlemagne Building), Brussels, Belgium - Launch of the European Technology Platform for Photovoltaics - Viva Europa !

Prices[edit]

  • Prix d’Art Chrétien, Eglise de la Trinité, Brussels, Belgium Alexandre Dang is being awarded by the Prix d’Art Chrétien for "The Resurrection"
  • Selection at the "Prix de la jeune sculpture de la Communauté française de Belgique" - University of Liège - Former Abbey of Gembloux, Belgium

Workshops[edit]

  • 2013 : Ecole Robert Dubois, Hôpital des Enfants Reine Fabiola, Brussels, Belgium - Fill in your own pattern!
  • 2013 : Ecole Robert Dubois, Hôpital des Enfants Reine Fabiola, Brussels, Belgium - Fill in your own pattern!
  • 2012 : Parc Schuman school, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium - Fill in your own pattern!
  • 2009 : European School of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium - Fill in your own pattern!
  • 2008 : European School of Brussels I, Brussels, Belgium - Art and Renewable Energy
  • 2008 : European Commission (Berlaymont), Brussels, Belgium - With the pupils of the European School of Brussels I (Uccle) - Dang’cing Sol’Art Flowers

Conferences[edit]

2013[edit]

  • European Commission (Van Maerlant 2), Brussels, Belgium - Conference "How solar art becomes art?" in the frame of the EU Sustainable Energy Week
  • Bilbao Arte, Bilbao, Spain - Conference "La Ciencia y el Arte"[21]

2012[edit]

  • European Commission (Van Maerlant 2), Brussels, Belgium Conference "Artworks Powered by Solar Energy" in the frame of the EU Sustainable Energy Week

2011[edit]

  • Délégation Bretagne, Brussels, Belgium - Conference "Art and Sustainable Development"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Le French May, "Alexandre Dang, Dancing Flowers"17 April - 23 June 2013
  2. ^ a b HKET (Hong Kong), "Alexandre Dang, creator of Dancing Solar Flowers", 20 May 2013
  3. ^ China Daily, "The power of art", 9–15 July 2010
  4. ^ Arte Arti, (French) "La danse de fleurs", 1 June 2013
  5. ^ Le Soir, (French) "Le monde est beau", 26 June 2013
  6. ^ French Institut of Bilbao, Agenda de Marzo 2013, (Spanish) "Expo s ición", Institut Français Bilbao
  7. ^ I love museums guide, "What's on" vol.3, July/September 2012
  8. ^ L'Œil, (French) "Alexandre Dang, pour une écologie plasticienne", September 2013
  9. ^ The Parliament Magazine, (French) "Dancing in the moonlight", avril 2011
  10. ^ La Tribune de Bruxelles, (French) "Tour&Taxis se souvient de Sh a nghai", 5–11 April 2011
  11. ^ Nice-Matin, (French) "Exposition Arplastix jusqu'au demain à l'office de Tourisme", 4 December 2010
  12. ^ La Libre Belgique, (French) "Fleurs Solaires Dansantes" 23 June 2010
  13. ^ New Europe, « The Dancing solar Magnolias », 18–24 July 2010 / China Daily, « The Power of Arte Power of Art », 9–15 July 2010
  14. ^ La Libre Belgique, (French) "Des Fleurs pour toute l'année" 28 April 2010
  15. ^ Foaia Transilvana, (Romanian) "Artistul care face florile sa dan s eze", 8 December 2009
  16. ^ Nos’arts, (French) "Découvreur de talents, 125 artistes actuel s" November - December 2009
  17. ^ La Dernière Heure, (French) "Child Focus au 116 000", 18 April 2009
  18. ^ La Capitale, (French) "Les offres les plus déjantés de Truc Tr o c", 2 February 2009
  19. ^ New Europe, (French) "Solar flowers go dancing for Europe" 24 février - 1er mars 2008
  20. ^ Commission en Direct, (French) "The Solar Flowers dancing agai n for Europe" 23–29 March 2007
  21. ^ French Institut of Bilbao, Agenda, (Spanish) "Conferencia encuentro", March 2013

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