BRING ME BACK



The discussion about safety is growing. We should prevent ourselves against EVERYTHING. So what should be the position of a festival in that? During six days we challenged the Totaalfestival to make this the #safest festival of the area.

We started checking shoelaces at the entrance of the festival and dismantled various locations. Dangerous Γ‘nd harmless. We gave a workshop for children to protect themselves against the burning sun and difficult parents. We littered a toilet cubicle with sometimes confusing commandments, prohibitions and warning signs. On Saturday evening we distributed condoms. On the last day everything started to take on a life of its own.

PICS PICS PICS





We noticed the Black Friday madness growing each year. In relation to the existing holidays this seemed to get more and more importance, where Christian holidays like Easter and Pentecost are losing their meaning. Why not celebrate Capitalism? We made four different postcards and sent them to acquaintances.

πŸ’Έ πŸ’³ Happy Black Friday everyone! πŸ’³ πŸ’Έ

NOW WITH 50% DISCOUNT ON LIFE







We take part in the Queer Constituency of the Van Abbemuseum. As a group of artists, designers and academic thinkers we aim to make the museum more queer. In ways of reaching public and participants, but also in terms of organisation. In this proces we started organizing monthly Drag Up's and Book Clubs. In the new season we'll research how to change the organisation on a more structual level.

(Picture by Niek Tijsse Klasen) ☘️ 🌿 🌳 🌡 🌴 🌲 πŸ€







(Pictures by Van Abbemuseum | design by Clodagh Read)



WE WANT YOU

How can you use the semi-public space of stores without being a consumer? During Kaapstad we invited the shopping audience to join us for a short workout in Primark. We did exercises like stretching, running, jumping over shoes, climbing under clothing racks, avoiding customers and have a cooldown with a product.

πŸ’Ž See the Aftermovie (from 00.38 till 00.44)

YEAH BABE





BUYERS THE SECRET ART WORK

After the first sale we always had the wish to spread Het Geheime Kunstwerk even further. So the second time we organized an event where co-owners had the possibility to meet eachother and people who where interested in buying, you see some of these owners on the picture above.

This meeting (WTF is het geheime kunstwerk?!) resulted in three new co-owners of Het Geheime Kunstwerk.

DATES OF CURRENT SALES

πŸ•’ 18 april 2018 | 14:53
πŸ• 10 april 2018 | 14:25
πŸ•Ÿ 9 april 2018 | 16:25
πŸ•š 16 mei 2017 | 11:00
πŸ•ž 5 mei 2017 | 15.30
πŸ•‘ 4 mei 2017 | 13:47
πŸ• 1 mei 2017 | 12:57
πŸ•€ 24 april 2017 | 21:43
πŸ•” 24 april 2017 | 16:56
πŸ•¦ 19 april 2017 | 11:36
πŸ•˜ 10 april 2017 | 21:00
πŸ•˜ 27 maart 2017 | 21:07





πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† WE HAVE A WINNER BABY!!!! πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†

Congrats Paul for being the best guest of the YOUNG ART NIGHT! You deserve it! It was a great competition, everybody judged everybody... And next to that, we saw some flirts going on, we traded stickers with chewing gum and it got awkward regularly and we love that.

Thank you Young Art Crowd and Van Abbemuseum for this opportunity and thank ya'll for joining!!!

(Pictures by Gijs Velsink)

More details about the evening!


All the visitors got a badge with a number at the entrance! They were explained it was for the BEST GUEST CHALLENGE and that they could nominate another visitor by putting a green sticker on their clothing. The winner would go home with this crazy trophy! During the whole evening we saw people judging eachother. And when the badges were all handed out, we went on to sabotage the game, by giving more stickers to people.

At midnight the award ceremony took place. During this talk we let the other visitors give their vote to one of the four last nominees. The EXTRA SPECIAL GUEST JUDGES counted the stickers (allthough we don't know how honest this went) and Paul turned out the be the best guest of the evening!




During the Playful Arts Meetup #3 at Theaterfestival Boulevard we did a try-out of the BEST GUEST CHALLENGE.

With a small group of visitors we experimented with the concept and they gave us some feedback. Finally, Duende (5,5 years old) won the challenge!

Congratulations girl!

(Pictures by Tessa Peters)

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MEREL WON THE THIIRD PRIZE






In February 2016 we screened a pageloader in a bridge house at a crossing near the canal in Den Bosch. When the Zuid Willemsvaart was still in professional use, the bridge stood open regularly and forced people to wait a moment. Now the bridge is always closed and the traffic wants to cross as quick as possible. Not always possible due to the traffic lights, but still, it doesn't force waiting in the same way a missing piece of street does... We collaborated with group the Running Junkies to recreate this situation once again, in the form of a live page loader.

(Video by Veerdonk Visuals)

πŸ’Ž An article by one of the runners, Mari Durieux (Dutch)




The same intersection was used for a series of weekly interventions. Since this place is meant to cross the street in the most convenient way as possible, we wanted to challenge this way of crossing. We dared pedestrians to do this in an alternative way. As you can see on the pictures, we people could battle the time to be the quickest, but also the slowest. The record during this project is on the name of DJ NO CASH with a time of 16 minutes and 02.38 seconds!

(Pictures by Peer Reede)



PARTYYYYY

Dancing in Tate Britain as part of the Parallel Show #4

EXPLAINATION

As a reaction to the rigid structure of the building, the subdued watching habits of the public and the tendency to expand my empire I decided to dance! We talked about the possibility to dance on the present sound, but in that way it rather seemed a performance than an intervention. For me the most interesting aspect was to create a parallel way of looking to the artworks.

I listened to music of the following artists: Andrew Bird, Madonna, The Gossip and LMFAO.

By wearing earplugs, I isolated myself from others and created a different space. I noticed this especially in the connection to the paintings. The figures were stripped from their importance, no kings, queens, counts and godesses no more. They became people to flirt with, to give comments on their (lack of) clothing, and to small talk with. They’d probably liked this different approach, at least I did.

The more contemporary pieces on the other hand gave me more space to dance. Their abstract features made it less narrative, so I started dancing exuberantly. PARTY!

Also the presence or lack of people had their share in my way of dancing. I noticed some people laughing at me or even filming my dancemoves. It felt a bit uncomfortable, but I decided to neglect them. It felt good nΓ³t to be unnoticed, but I decided that this shouldn’t influence my concentration. At one point, two young people started to kiss, at that moment I really felt the presence of a parallel party.

So I danced and danced and danced and danced.

SORRY FOR PARTYROCKING!!!!!

πŸ’Ž Link to the movie

πŸ’Ž All the reports about the Parallel Show #4





In the context of the Artist Ambassador Convention, we organised in collaboration with Gijs Velsink a skypemeeting in which participants will meet each other, using the free WIFI of shops. Not the coffeebars, but the clothing stores, garden centre and bookshops.

"We are investigating how to use the semi-public spaces of stores without being a consumer. A lot of stores have the possibility to sit down, on couches or chairs, so we are using those to have meetings, eating our lunch and read. But next to that, we are also using the music to dance, the shopkeepers as counselors and the stairs to work out...The internet is not a floating space, but depending on servers and routers and is an important part of the 'mobile autonomy' of the artist."

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"I went to the police station but they didn't allow me. And the other option was the tram-station, but no connection. The last options are morrocan coffeebars without wifi. I'm at home again now."



We skyped from places like HEMA and Bever Sport, some one tested out some kitchen supplies and more people joined, or went offline. The free WIFI connections didn't seem that stable all the time...







We announced our collaboration with KOP during the Engaged Art Fair in De Balie, Amsterdam. We promoted the secret artwork and auctioned the first opportunity to sell the secret art work (start at 01H 48M).

πŸ’Ž More pictures here





Scan of the publication of the Unnoticed Art Festival. We made a performance for this edition.

πŸ’Ž Read about the final presentation





We organised a marketingcampain to collect shells with the promise to bring them back to the sea. We hanged posters in public space and created three collectingpoints. One at the graduationshow of AKV St. Joost Den Bosch 2015, one in the local hospital (Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis) and one in an exhibition in Willem II Fabriek. During this period we collected 2556 shells!



AT BRASSERIE BRICKLANE

Giving away replica's of the Dutch heritage sign as part of the Parallel Show #4 in London.

(Picture by Frans van Lent)

EXPLAINATION

The official definition of Dutch heritage is: β€œAll man made objects which are of common interest because of their aesthetics, their scientific significance or their historical value.” Most of the time buildings or townscapes are selected, but this can also mean something else.
(...)
The main reason for this intervention was a painting in the show 'Artist & Empire' in Tate Britain, Londen. It showed a scene where queen Elisabeth gave the Holy Bible to a black man. This figure, pictured in a humble pose, received this gift very grateful. I saw a parallel with the Dutch heritage replicas. This innocent sign is always given as a friendly gesture, while it’s actually a process of distribution and appropriation. By doing this in England, it would mean the Dutch empire was expanding.

πŸ’Ž Read the whole story here

πŸ’Ž All the reports about the Parallel Show #4





The Parallel Show #2 was held in Naturalis, Leiden. We did research and could not NOT notice all the children running around. So we devised a lost child. It was a 5-year old girl. β€˜Malina wears blue jeans and a yellow t-shirt, applicated with a white elephant. She has long brown hair’. We reported the missing girl to the staff of the museum, and by doing that we created an official search for this unknown living creature in the museum. This activity related to the adventurous searches organised to entertain the visiting children.

(Picture by Peter Baren)

πŸ’Ž Read the full report here





The court is a place where everything is fixed in rules and structures. When we were asked to contribute to the exhibition, we did some research in the lobby. We noticed these rigid way of behaving of people, but also noticed the magazines. The only objects which allowed some playfullness, some subjectivity. And on the other hand, we suspected some subjectivity from the security guards, who had to remain professional in their role. So we swapped places. The magazines were put in official 'magazine folders' we made, and we wrote some instructions for the guards who gave some space to have an opinion and to be bored. It was a pitty that these works were removed from the lobby. So an official complaint followed and more correspondence.

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For Charlois Speciaal, an art festival in Rotterdam, we we asked by Performance Art Event (PAE) to take 'dogs' as a starting point to create a work for the Zuidplein shopping mall area. But what? We didn't saw that many dogs walking around in the mall. But, there are lots of bags walking aroud... Likewise, these bags provide plenty of exercise and social contact at times. The question is: "How faithful is your bag?" Jane Domaliç walked around with several bags, offering to exchange them on the spot. That meant negotiation and negotiation...

You can see Jane at work from 02.22 till 03.48! That was so much fun! :)

(Pictures by Hidde van der Lijn and video by Wilbert Eerland)

πŸ’Ž Read about all the performances here





The three year research project Reinventing Happiness in Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch came to it's end, and we were asked to gave a 'conclusion'. But okay, how can you overview such a project? We invited visitors to take an examination of becoming a 'gelukker'. In Dutch this is a non-existing word, suggesting someone inbetween who is happier Γ³r more succesful than others. If the participant succeeded the test, they received a special brooch as a reward.

πŸ’Ž THE ANNOUNCEMENT (Dutch)





If you have some time off to focus on art, but don’t feel like visiting a museum or gallery, visit the Conceptbank. You don't have to look at the work of somebody else, but you can perform some! We really like this concept and Roekoe M and Nanne Muskens made some contributions for this on line database. Check it out youself!

OUR CONTRIBUTIONS

πŸ’Ž Requisites
(a conceptual concept)

πŸ’Ž BROKEN STREETLIGHT PARTY
(how to use an error!)

πŸ’Ž Letterroulette
(for the Russians under us)

πŸ’Ž Gibberish
(a very appealing concept for daily life)

πŸ’Ž A concept for sighted people only
(which explains all)





THE HIDDEN NORMAL

After some attempts we finally realised our work 'NPO Radio 1' in a 'white cube'. In the exhibition Reinventing Happiness in Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch we did an intervention with real time newsradio (sneaky placed in the corner of an installation by Social Label).

How does your happiness relates to events outside of these museum walls?

πŸ’Ž About Reinventing Happiness (Dutch)


MOURNING THE MEMORIAL
This is an impression of the memorial we organised for a chopped down Plantanus Hispanica.

πŸ’Ž Text about the "facts" (Dutch)

πŸ’Ž Personal remembrance of the tree (Dutch)

πŸ’Ž Poem of M. Vasalis (Dutch)

(pictures by Joke Blom)

MORE PICTURES

READING NICE WORDS PUTTING ROSES THE CHOPPED DOWN TREE THE INVITATION



YOU LOSER

Meme in collaboration with Iris van Wijk.



BEER AND PUZZLES
THE LATER THE LESS CONCENTRATION

We made a 1000 piece puzzle from the poster of the event. The party people could construct this image during the event.



PLAQUE

TRANSLATION:
"This plaque is applied in honor of the existence of this place"





During the Willem X Mas selling show, we displayed a selection of found gloves. Each of them costs €5,00. We sold none of them.



DON'T YOU DARE!




WTF?!?!?!?!?!


We wrote out a competition to ask people what they think iwbdjdyatmvezdmnekzawvb means. This is a selection of 10 contributions. No winner has been announced yet.





On the question to design an art route for Harmonie in de Linie in a neighbourhood of Breda we decided to question multiple problematic aspects of this:

1. Art in public space doesn't reach the residents, but mainly artlovers
2. Art talks are only in Dutch or English, which excludes people who speak different languages
3. Visitors only come to consume the 'different' of the location and don't give something in return

To encourage the visitors to behave differently we designed three routes.

a. A route in four languages (Somali, Greek, Arabic, Dutch)
b. A route where the participants leave a 'clean trace'
c. A route to get lost

IMPRESSION










(pictures by Lise Sore)

πŸ’Ž Article about Harmonie in de Linie (Dutch)





In collaboration with Richard Hu







The Grande Finale of The Parallel Show consisted of an exchange between two groups of artists who only communicated with a live video connection. They were placed in artspaces in Bruxelles and Groningen and switched the next day.

We also joined this weekend. There was no program, no fixed rules, just us artists in a room. On the images above you see some of the attempts to collaborate and communicate with the other artists and public.

Read here a blog by Gruzemayer
A text by Sjoerd Westbroek and Michiel Huijben will follow.





Together with students from KASK we asked ourselves how we could report the Uncanny Valley festival in a playful, critical and unconventional way. But also how to change the routines of the festival. We had the opportunity to take over the Instagram of Vooruit and acted as Bovengronds - BRINGING THE UNDERGROUND UP since 3 mei 2018. We improvised and learned from eachother. Some interventions we did during the festival was a fan club for the undervalued playing-in-between-acts-and-teacher-on-KASK-DJ, Gerard Herman, and a visualisation of an ongoing and very long-winded discussion about decibels during the main act.

BUT WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO???







πŸ†The staff of the Van Abbemuseum likes our trophy!πŸ†

The BEST GUEST CHALLENGE is turning the world of the critical visitor upside down. Instead of judging the cultural activity they are visiting, the visitor themselves becomes object of critical inspection in a playful way. Who will be the BEST GUEST?





HOUSTON, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH 6 CUBIC METERS OF TEMPEX?

We got a generous gift from Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, but when the time was there, it turned out to be a problem...

We never make sculptures, but what can you do with this amount of tempex? We experimented during a two-week residency in the Drie Mollen. We played with the material, got loads of people thinking along, borrowed tools, but we noticed we created more waste than sculptures... That was the point we decided to make an artwork for the local waste service.

THANKS TO...
(chronological)

Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch
Mark Beusen
Stichting STeC
Drie Mollen
Merel Stolker
Myrthe Rootsaert
Lisetteh
Laiyan Cheng
Jitske Blom
Randy of the Prisiri Brassband
Nimrod Pieters
Tim Vermeulen
Anton Schrauwen
Lisanne van Brakel
GAMMA 's-Hertogenbosch
The English talking guy
The man with muscles
Academie voor Beeldvorming
Inus Kamstra
Ivo van Dijk
Rwanda (?)
The city archaeologist
Bart van Velzen
Ernst, Bobbie and the rest

And, at last but not least, 'Art Problem solver' Martijn Linssen, who didn't help us, but gave of the insight of the material as a 'problem', so thanks.
(you will receive an official complaint later).

THANK YOU ALL!!!!






In the context of Platform Projects, we accompanied Unnoticed Art to Athens. We showed three groupshows inside our jackets. Ours included the work 'AXE black' from Jane Domaliç. Everytime we opened the jacket, we sprayed some AXE black on our armpits.

We still have some good memories of the smell, haha!

πŸ’Ž More about the shows





How do you experience time in a nursing home? After a research of one month, we did a intervention and founded two associations. The Association For People With Time and the Association For People Without Time. During this event people could become a member, take pictures and receive a brooch with their time indication. Both the elderly and the staff could be a member of this associations. This resulted in a more equal relationship between the two groups.

πŸ’Ž Article about our experiences (Dutch)

(Pictures by Superformosa)





How do you promote something which is secret? We collaborated with KOP to answer this question. We decided to buy some bear suits, go to Art Rotterdam and hug everybody who was enthusiastic. During this hug we told people about the secret art work, with the hope to encourage their curiousity.

This artwork was for sale during a period of 88 days. Anybody could buy this and decide what they wanted to pay for it, but it has to remain secret. We had conversations with potential buyers, and in the end sold this work to ten different people. They all signed a confidentiality agreement. We hope this artwork will be for sale again in the future!

πŸ’Ž MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION (Dutch)

πŸ’Ž Article on Omroep Brabant (Dutch)

(Pictures by Eline Baggen)





Wbre shak rmo vreakje mosch vretwu mokiy. Yerr mkeh zzla gropp srev colzttat mrekkeh 't Hijgend Hert Breda. Stq vraaj dts Gibberish.





We made a publication of 170 centimeters about the shell project. It includes the inventory of all the 2557 shells, including their species, characteristics, origin, packaging and contributor. And yes, that took a while...




We brought the collected shells back to the sea on June 2016. We filmed this event, which turned out to be quite a clumsy happening... We have some proof for you in the form of a short movie.

ENJOY!





When are you a 'professional' artist? Getting a degree certainly helps, but who is truely responsible for this appreciation? The teachers involved are awesome, but didn't had a substansive connection with our own work. So we didn't took the procedure of graduating as granted and made a new one...

πŸ’Ž CHECK IT ALL OUT!!!

πŸ’Ž Short publication on Mister Motley







A wallpaper, for show in Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam. This could be printed out during the exhibition. Nobody did.

πŸ’Ž BUT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE WALLPAPER!!!





The Academie Voor Beeldvorming asked us do to a residency in the exhibition Reinventing Happiness in Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch. We researched the phenomenon of poverty in relation with happiness and couldn't forget the museum, where the financial struggles seem to be absent. The white walls, the art, the whole context is made to display wealth. So as a reaction to this, we wrote an instruction for a conversation between museumvisitor and (fake) attendants about their personal financial situation.

(Pictures by Ben Nienhuis)

πŸ’Ž Article about the paradox between hospitality and rules

πŸ’Ž Interview

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NEAR THE FIRE PANEL





The vacancy for a 'representative for everybody and nobody' we developed during our graduation proces.

πŸ’Ž Full text



FUCKING SHIT MUSIC

THE ONE AND ONLY CARNAVALSAFKRAKER!!!

The title of this song is something like 'fucked up music' which is totally true. Maybe Boozegeoisie, in collaboration with 'De Valse Mannen', MRKS and 'De Vreemdeling' made this horrible song. We want to share it, because it's too drunken to be true. And the song has managed to get a fan, so we don't want to retrain you the possibility to become the second fan!

πŸ’Ž Listen here to the karaoke version 😳





We hand-cutted confetti and putted those on line for sale for €1,00 each, excluding shipping costs. We did got some orders, but didn't sold any confetti via Marktplaats.

WE STILL HAVE SOME HOPE LEFT, READ IT HERE!


We were happy that Thomas gave us a giant order of 5 million pieces! Allthough it didn't seemed that serious, we answered with full conviction. Too bad he didn't replied to our latest answer, since we were willing to put up a production line!

But who knows, maybe this work will be continued and realised in the year 2065...



THE BAR THE PEOPLE

WHY CAN'T I ORDER A NORMAL BEER?!?!?!?!

A barintervention in the exhibitionspace.

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The menu looked like this:

- MINI
- POOH
- 1/3 NL
- 1/3 NL2
- 1/3 NL3
- 'DOE MAAR WA' ('WHATEVAH')
- 'IK MOET NOG RIJDEN' ('I HAVE TO DRIVE')
- A-ARRANGEMENT
- B-ARRANGEMENT
- DUO
- EXCLUSIVE
- NO PROFIT

Visitors could only order arrangements. Each arrangement had a different price, different glass and different beverage. "Beer" for example, could be ordered under the title A-arrangement, B-arrangement, Mini, Duo, Exclusive and No Profit. The Exclusive arrangement was the most expensive, since they got different kind of beverages, food and the possibility to drink something in the company of an artwork (the exlusive arrangement)!

(pictures by Peter Lambregts)



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A NEW BORN! HURAY!

Garlands for the tree which replaced the felled Plantanus Hispanica (see other work).



MANIFEST





A letter from 'the artist' to 'the art'. It is a frankly thinking about the disappointment of the artist towards the art.

"Now you're sitting on a couch, watching television, while everybody's on the internet..." (Dutch only)



TWO CLEANED ELECTRICITY BOXES

Two cleaned electricity boxes.





Together with Monika Murawska we organised the facebookevent 'The christmas tree after christmas'. We saw the trees being dumped on the streets, after a short moment of esthetical en symbolic use. It was an open call for 'quick 'n dirty' artistic interventions with those trees.

πŸ’Ž See all contributions here