Today we discovered a post of the Hybrid Art Fair in Madrid which will start in three weeks. It is coming near and I look forward to visiting the other fairs in the Madrid Art Week: ARCO, JUST MAD-Art Fair, Drawing Room and Art Madrid. The title of EX-MÊKH’s exhibition will be Con Alma. We take the soul of the collaboration of Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers and me into the hotel room of the Petit Palace Hotel. We change it into a mirror for our public to reflect on!
This past weekend the opening of ‘Les idiolithes’ took place in Paris. After the first performances with ‘Conversation with a Stone about Freud’s Correspondence about Stones’ executed by Forbes Morlock and ‘Sounding the Stone‘ by Yorgos Dimitriades the video’s ‘Les idiolithes’ by KRAATZ, ‘Soma(2) – Moksha ‘by Sabine Bürger and ‘Stage Arousal‘ by EX MÊKH are shown for the first time on the sixteen screens on the front of the building.
On the second day the ritual return of the stone is executed: the members of Kraatz pass the stone to the members of EX-MÊKH. After a break the performance ‘Sentiers d’été‘ is executed by Kees Koomen and after another break Ex-MÊKH’s Ellen Rodenberg gives a workshop.
A-Trans in Berlin asked Ellen Rodenberg to make an installation in their Schaufenster exhibitions in Subwaystation Kleistpark. This season the theme of all A-Trans exhibitions is “A Femme City” dealing with the female gaze on urban developments. Ellen complied and decided to ask her male-EX-MÊKH companions Maarten Schepers and Kees Koomen to design a pendant of her installation focussing on the element of gender in EX-MÊKH.
The exhibition FeMaler will be visible from September 11 until Oktober 18 at Vitrine U – Kleistpark (U7) in 10783 Berlin. The opening will take place with two performances on friday September 11 at 19.00 h.
“…When do we talk of a female gaze and of a female approach? What does it look like? I decided to engage the men of the EX-MÊKH-collective in this project in order to be able to hold the development of my work against the light of a male/female concept. Two shop windows next to each other, organized with work based on the male/female concept. I had discussions with Maarten Schepers and Kees Koomen about the difference in strategies, upbringing, social behavior and networking. When do we talk about expressing oneself with personal character and where do we observe the influence of gender?…”
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
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.
The shortest connection between two points is a straight line. When there are more points, a web will connect. Some connections will be used intensively, others find themselves on the edge of the web. In the exhibition MÊKH-web, Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen and Maarten Schepers, will chart the network it has been developing in thirteen years.
MÊKH-web will take place from September 20 until October 6, 2019 The opening takes place September 20 from 19.00 until 23.00 h Opening hours: September 21 and 23: 13-17h, September 27,28 and 29: 13-17 h, October 4,5, and 6 oktober 13-17 h Venue: Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives Toussaintkade 55, Den Haag, Netherlands During Hoogtij #58 on September 27 the tracks of MÊKH-web can be followed from 19.00 until 23.00 h The members of EX-MÊKH, Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg and Kees Koomen, have invited artists that had an influence on them. These artists are Marian Wijnvoord (Berlin), Frans van Lent (Dordrecht) and Niels Post (Rotterdam)
During the last weekend, October 4,5 and 6, EX-MÊKH will organize a Live-web with a lot more artists from our network. No week will be the same, interweaving will take place by additions and shifts. The public and artists that have been following EX-MÊKH for some time now will know that it is advisable to keep an eye on social media all three weekends. Developments will be announced there.
Van 16 t/m 19 mei heeft EX-MÊKH ook dit jaar deelgenomen aan de onafhankelijke beurs voor kunstenaarsplatforms in Athene. We maakten een grote installatie met werk van de drie leden van EX-MÊKH: Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers en Kees Koomen. Bij deze een foto en een link naar de EX-MÊKH site waarop de installatie en onze activiteiten uitgebreid worden getoond Verslagen over de beurs kunt u vinden op chmkoome’s blog bij de genoemde data.