A-Trans in Berlin invited EX-MÊKH for a weekend of performances. This would take place December 6, 7 and 8, 2019 in the Haus der Statistik in Berlin, near Alexanderplatz. For the occasion Yorgos Dimitriades and me decided to join forces: Yorgos played an improvisation on percussion and electronics and I would write the sounds he made. Here you can see a brief impression, shot by Marian Wijnvoord:
As a result of the research I did in the years 2014 – 2015 – 2016 about the influences I underwent when I studied at CCAC in Oakland Ca. in the years 1981-1982 I wrote an article about Black Mountain College and my visit to Ashville NC. The Dutch art-magazine Metropolis M was so kind to publish it on their site. You can read it here !
In the middle of August I was asked by Robert Broekhuis to open his exhibition at the Haagse Kunstkring. It is a very nice exhibition of someone with whom I have coorporated with great pleasure, he used to be chief-editor of De nieuwe for which I wrote a number of articles. On November 30 I spoke to the public in this artists society in Den Haag. You can see a small post of the exhibition here together with the text I used to open the exhibition (in Dutch).
A trans featuring EX-MÊKH: PROBE
Haus der Statistik, Berlin (D), December 8 until December 31, 2019
The exhibition and weekend of performances are featured by A TRANS at the Haus Statistik as part of the ‚Pioneer Uses‘ program organized by The Network of the independent Berlin Project Spaces and Initiatives in collaboration with Haus der Statistik.
In this exhibition EX-MÊKH will show their inspiration and working method, the themes that have always been important to the collective. The preceding acts together with the collective of KRAATZ during the performance weekend will be used as fertilizer for the process that will eventually result in an exhibition about the creating of an exhibition.
A Weekend of Performance
Saturday December 6
16.00 h- KRAATZ (Marian Wijnvoord and Forbes Morlock): Writing on Art
17.00 h – Kees Koomen: Tssssss K-BAM
In the context of writing The Diaries and writing down what enters my senses I will now try to visualize the sounds that I hear. Working together with improvising musician Yorgos Dimitriades who will improvise on percussion I will try to translate this sound into images.
17:30 Ellen Rodenberg and Yorgos Dimitriadis: Feed
In this “In between time”- space of the Haus der Statistiek I want to do a performance in which I will show a working attitude. It originates from a barrel full of experiences in my studio, daily life and education which I feel to be socially and constructively useful in my functioning as a human being.
18.00 h – Saturday December 6 – Maarten Schepers: Stelle
Can we live in any place on Earth and call it Home? What is home? Is it the stuff that keeps us warm? Is it our past we recognize in our surroundings? Is it in the place we act to keep on living? Schepers will try to elaborate on this question in the performance he proposes.
18:30 Yorgos Dimitriadis DUO: Das Sahnehäubchen
Sunday December 7 – EX-MÊKH: The Act
EX-MÊKH was invited to make an exhibition in the space on the invitation of A-Trans which will be shown during the month of December. We came together as a collective that wants to think about the nature and process of making exhibitions. For this occasion the opening of the exhibition will be a theatrical performance about our practice. We will start a process in front of the public culminating in an exhibition.
In this exhibition EX-MÊKH will show their inspiration and working method, the themes that have always been important to the collective. The preceding acts during the performance weekend will be used as fertilizer for the process that will eventually result in an exhibition about the creating of an exhibition.
Enige tijd geleden plaatste ik hier een post over een Kauwgompje dat ik voor Ieke Trinks heb benoemd en waarvoor ik een bedrag heb genoemd waarvoor het gekocht kon worden. Kort geleden stuurde ze me een mail met het bericht dat het in Stockholm verkocht werd met de volgende tekst van de enthousiaste koper:
“My son studied at KABK and I gave the Kauwgompje to him and he screamed and said its found at the same adress we have our workshop this spring!!! So it might have been some of his buddies who spit it out the 27th of january. Suddenly the walue was was all time high!
I now have it exposed side by side to a filterpostkart made of Joseph Beuys
Een erg mooi toeval voor iemand die Joseph Beuys les heeft zien geven, zelf aan de KABK gestudeerd heeft, en daar recent nog gastlessen gaf!
I am proud of the installation I did with my diary-texts over the period EX-MÊKH had the MÊKH-web exhibition at Quartair. Every day I would write the appropriate text on the wall with a high or low of the day with wool and push buddies. During opening days I would do this live for the public. Here you can see the final result, and here you can see the phases it went through.
In the mean while this week Art The Hague, the art fair in my hometown, takes place. I was asked to contribute to the presentation of the Bcademie, a post academic course led by Alex Jacobs and Daan den Houter for which I was guest lecturer. Here you can see my contribution.
Foto’s van de opening van de EX-MÊKH tentoonstelling MÊKH-web. Ik heb wat leentjebuur gespeeld met permissie…
We are busy arranging the exhibition which works out fine until now!