In 2008 I received a grand to do research on the use of video in my practice. There has always been a conceptual side to my work and I had the idea that the use of video would make my ideas clearer. I started to perform actions in front of a camera, edited short shots that I took for a videodiary into a longer whole and after doing another action I thought I might try to perform live: the things I did were easily reproduced and it seemed more natural. For the “Voorbij het Cadavre Exquis”– show by EX-MÊKH I prepared a large bowl of whipped cream and I took the essay Apunto! That I wrote for Apunto-gallery in Amsterdam where I exhibitited in 1988. During the opening of the exhibition I sat down in front of my painting “Mont Ventoux” which I made of torn and colored pieces of paper and I plunged my head in the large bowl of cream. Eyes, mouth, nose and ears were full of cream and I started to try and read the essay aloud. Everytime I thought people could distiguish words again I would plunge into the bowl anew and I continued doing this just as long as it took me to read the whole essay. Then I took a bow and disappeared.
This was the first of a number of actions I have performed during exhibitions and on the Malieveld during our project on saturdaymorning. I had to overcome something, but I like to have an audience and I think my ideas come across. I have the idea that the live-performing works better than my video’s, though some video’s do work well, mostly when I’m not in them.
For the Weekend of Performances which A-Trans in Berlin was so nice to organize right after MÊKH-web live I worked together with percussionist Yorgos Dimitriades. My idea was to write down the sounds that Yorgos made in an improvisation. Because the space in the Haus der Statistik had a large window looking out over the street ànd because the performances would take place during sunset I decided to write on the window with chalk-markers. In this way the public could see from the inside and from the outside in a natural theatrical setting.
The Diaries, September 16 – October 6, 2019
For the EX-MÊKH exhibition MÊKH-web I decided to write a diary on the wall. Each day in that period would have a remark about something that happened, that I saw or that I read on that day. I decided to do that with wool and push buddies which I used earlier. Also, during the opening hours I would write the texts with the public present.
Above one can see the development of the text during the exhibition
Donna me prega
P.S.: Don’t miss this, it is live!
Performancefestival P.S. at Hoogtij, The Hague Youth Factory, Den Haag-
March 10, 2017
P.S. at Ruimtevaart
Stichting Ruimtevaart, Den Haag – January 22, 2017
Plane to perform (for Merce Cunningham)
Malieveld April 2, 2016
Darf ich auf Ihren Gedanken mit fahren?
Augentausch (during finissage)
A-Trans Art platform, Berlin (D) – Oktober 31, 2015
During the finissage of “Augentausch” in Berlin I did a performance in which I hitchhiked among the visitors. When asked what I wanted I asked them if I could take a ride on their thoughts about the exhibition. If they agreed I would take their hand and walked through the exhibition, talking about the works. Thus I confirmed the Alliance between me and the audience, parallel to the Alliance Helmut Kohl and Francois Miterrand showed an Verdun. The hitchhiking alludes to the way I travelled through Germany a lot in the seventies and eighties. The paintings “Augsburg” and “Aquaplaning” are taken from diary-entrances handling about those travels.
Presentation Catalogue Unnoticed Art Festival
Performance in a city-bus in Dordrecht, January 1, 2015
The Unnoticed Art Festival
Final Presentation, Pictura Dordrecht – August 31, 2014
The Second Explodes
Kunsthalle Autocentre Lana , Lana (IT) – May 2nd, 2014
The Diaries, January 26th 2014 – a selfportrait
EX-MÊKH @ Buro Rotterdam, Rotterdam – January 26th 2014
The Diaries, August 19, 2010
Malieveld Den Haag, September 21th, 2013
Structural Analysis (looking for Focus)
Malieveld Den Haag, September 7th 2013
Malieveld, Den Haag – June 22nd, 2013
Zero the Hero
Malieveld @ Pier Scheveningen – April 20th 2013
The Lying Poet – 2012
EX-MÊKH: Cadavre Exquis
Quartair, Den Haag May 19th 2012 – opening
During the opening of the EX-MÊKH exhibition “Voorbij het cadavre exquis” I executed my first performance called “The Lying poet”. I started by sitting down with a bowl of whipped cream on my lap and I took a piece of tekst named “Apunto”, which I wrote for my first exhibition in Amsterdam at Apunto Gallery.
First I put my face in the cream, so that all the holes in my head would fill themselves with cream. Then I started to read the tekst to the audience which of course resulted in a lot of bubbles. Whenever the public started to understand what I read I took another dip into the cream, untill the text, about 1500 words, was finished. It handles about the difficult tension there is between an artist’s life and the bourgois life: it makes it hard to speak out as an artist sometimes.