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The Wardship of Others 2021

The Wardship of Others 2021

The concept entitled 'The Wardship of Others' was developed for the open call 'Tegenbeeld' of Kunstenlab in Deventer. All over the world people are looking for how to deal with loaded statues. The image of President Steyn in Deventer was also discredited. Kunstenlab invited artists to make an idea sketch - a counter-image to this statue of President Steyn. A selection committee then chose three proposals from 60 entries. My proposal was one of three plans that could be further developed into a fully-fledged concept. When the selection committee subsequently deviated from the agreed procedure to select one proposal for realisation, the context changed.

'The Wardship of Others' as a process-oriented work of art wanted to open the door to new forms of (temporary) veneration and/or public signification. My proposal was deliberately not about President Steyn, but the idea was related to the monument. My proposal thus differed substantially from the other two proposals. The temporary placement of the three different works in a 'Counterimage' series (in the public space) as Kunstenlab ultimately proposed is, in my opinion, not without consequences for the perception of the individual works. That is why I unfortunately had to decide in good consultation with Kunstenlab to withdraw from this procedure.

Status: Not realized

Where: Deventer, Netherlands

In collaboration with Kunstenlab

Point of No Return 2020

Point of No Return 2020

The idea for 'Point of No Return' was developed in cooperation with Project Space Public and cancled due to a lack of support from among others the minucipality Zaltbommel - a city located along the river Waal. 'Point of No Return' proposed a collaborative artwork for seven days (30 January until 5 February 2020) referring to the evacuation of the Bommelerwaard 25 years ago. Together we would point at the level and moment when the water flows over the dyke. A strategic representation of a point visualized by people for days at which there is no return. Inspired by the (static) aluminium sculpture of Marcel Smink called 'High water' or 'boy in bathing suit'. The concept for 'Point of No Return' comments on these fixed art objects and is developed in response to human actions and the way in which responsibility is divided in the event of a threat, such as in the long struggle against water in the Netherlands. While global warming faces unprecedented climate challenges, we continue to point at each other when it comes to solutions. In January 2020 it was exactly 25 years ago that things almost threatened to go wrong in the Bommelerwaard.

Status: Not realized

Where: Zaltbommel, Netherlands

In collaboration with Project Space Public

Mother Molenwijk 2019

Mother Molenwijk 2019

'Mother Molenwijk' was a proposal for a research period at Werkplaats Molenwijk. The idea was to start a dialogue based process and look for different ways in which the people, parks and high-rise architecture could influence the wellbeing in this neighbourhood.

Status: Not realised

Where: Werkplaats Molenwijk, Amsterdam, NL

In collaboration withFramer Framed

The Poem 2019

The Poem 2019

'The Poem' was a proposal for Somerset Art Weeks in the UK and described a ceremonial scene in four stages. This proposal was inspired by the poem 'Four Quartets' by T.S Eliot [In my beginning is my end… in my end is my beginning]. 'The Poem' was the title of a participatory mechanism, using art as a vehicle to visualize the County of Contrasts, in an attempt to transform the fragmented 'reality' during Brexit, towards ambiguous wholeness. As T.S. Eliot wrote: In my beginning is my end.

Status: Not realised

Where: Somerset, UK

In collaboration with Somerset Art Weeks

The Collective Roof 2019

The Collective Roof 2019

'The Collective Roof' (that only belongs to you) was a proposal for a monument in four cities during Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019. Inspired by Kazimir Malevich’s four black square paintings and the leaking rooftop of the socialist block of my mother in law. Bringing the supremist ideas of Malevich in relation with the reality of people living under a leaking roof, without the financial help of the other inhabitants of that block. 'The Collective Roof' proposal consisted of the realization of four new bitumen rooftops on socialist blocks in monumental black squares and rectangles in the cities Plovdiv, Sofia, Varna and Burgas.

Status: Not realized

Where: Plovdiv, Sofia, Varna and Burgas, Bulgaria

In collaboration with Plovdiv European Capital of Culture

Residence Park Belfeld a/d Maas 2018

Residence Park Belfeld a/d Maas 2018

The idea for 'Residence Park Belfeld a/d Maas' was developed during 'Reflector', a commission by Circular Art Lab Limburg. A close research on the theme of housing in Belfeld resulted in this village imagination plan. Circular Art Lab Limburg decided not to continue with this proposal. My collaborative art practise is centred around social topics in alternative partnerships. The issues around housing and the quality of living in this area ask for our urgent attention, therefore I am looking for alternative possibilities to further develop 'Residence Park Belfeld a/d Maas' in the upcoming year(s).

Status: Not realised

Where: Belfeld a/d Maas, Netherlands

In colaboration with Circular Art Lab Limburg

Einhorn Pool Parties 2017

Einhorn Pool Parties 2019

'Einhorn Pool Parties' was a proposal for Festival of Regions in Perg with the theme 'social warmth'. A unicorn is presented on the city's coat of arms. Inspired by a text in the “Gemeinde zeitung” from March 2018 written by the Mayer of Perg Toni Froschauer, he described a situation where, if people would start a dialogue with each other, they could solve a lot of their complaints. With 'Einhorn Pool Parties' I proposed to organize informal gatherings on a daily basis by opening up private swimming pools (in the Perg region) for the duration of the Festival.

Status: Not realized

Where: Perg, Austria

In collaboration with Festival of Regions

Pomphuis 2019

Pomphuis 2019

'Pomphuis' was a proposal for a working period at 'Pompgemaal' a Mondriaan Fund Residency in Den Helder. In 2015 when the Mondriaan Fund thought of leaving this location behind for their residency program, catering entrepreneur Fred van Tol started a political lobby to open a restaurant on this spot. Mondriaan Fund stayed eventually in this property. 'Pomphuis' proposed a research to look at the opportunities for art and its relation with an audience when this imagined restaurant 'Pomphuis' could be realized on this attractive location.

Status: Not realised

Where: Pomphuis, Den Helder, NL

In collaboration with Mondriaan Fund

ING project 2015

ING project 2015

'ING project' responded to the negative image surrounding banks and ING in particular. Even today, the human scale in the business operations of banks seems to be lost and its public function has become far from sight. Just take the visual language of the architecture of this former ING headquarters, which refers to a ship from the VOC era. These doubtful relationships I wanted to visualize by the confrontation of gathering people and the architecture of this building. With this action I was looking for a visual language that could form a counterforce and influence the power with which this bank manifested itself in the urban environment.

Status: Not realized

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

In collaboration with clients of the ING bank

Kingdom of Ends 2013

Kingdom of Ends 2013

The title 'Kingdom of Ends' refers to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and proposes a world in which all human beings are treated as ends not as mere means to an end for other people. 'Kingdom of Ends' was a proposal for an exhibition between two houses on the historic canals of Amsterdam. 'Kingdom of Ends' focussed on the temporary object adored and collected by individual home owners and these historic houses that have to be preserved by them for generations to come. By collecting and exhibiting these objects in between these houses, 'Kingdom of Ends' wanted to question heritage lists and institutionalized collections.

Status: Not realised

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

In collaboration with TAAK, Castrum Peregrini, Office Jarrik Ouburg and Non-fiction

Achieve by Unity | Dawn of Justice 2016

Achieve by Unity | Dawn of Justice 2016

The idea for 'Achieve by Unity | Dawn of Justice' was developed during a research residency at Yeovil Project Space in 2016. 'Achieve by Unity | Dawn of Justice' was developed as a triptych that will be embedded in Yeovil's landscape and refers to a wide range of my findings. The triptych form arises from early Christian art and was a popular standard format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. The title 'Achieve by Unity' refers to the text on the emblem of the Yeovil Town Football club. In an individualized society we can speak of a great achievement when collaboration leads to a collective effort; as we witnessed in Yeovil at the Wyndham Hill protests. My proposal is a ceremonial journey that leads us from cocreating a glass version of the lead Angel of The Angel Inn, towards a blue Batman with a bad knee on the spot of a fatal accident in Glovers Walk, towards an annual welcoming ceremony for newcomers seen from Wyndham Hill in collaboration with the Magnificent Flying Machines.

Status: Not realised

Where: Yeovil, UK

In collaboration with Eastville Project Space

United 93 2013

United 93 2013

'United 93' consisted of the desire to investigate the language used of rejected and approved applications of the Mondriaan Fund. With this research I wanted to investigate the described 'space' for experimentation in society. I also wanted to use this research to gain an idea of ​​the conditions that govern the creation of this 'space' that eventually leads to 'reality'.

Status: Not realized

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

In collaboration with Mondriaan Fund

The organisation conference 2012

The organisation conference 2012

The idea for 'The organisation conference' was developed together with MOTI | Museum of the Image. 'The organisation conference' with the theme 'swarm potential' was based on the phenomenon of the Bilderberg conferences. This is a yearly meeting of politicians, CEO's, scientists and other influential people. The outcome of these meetings is always surrounded by secrecy and the selection procedure of guests far from democratic. During 'The organisation conference' the museum would be turned in a three day conference location. Inside a formal as well as informal program would connect the potential of the swarm.

Status: Not realized

Where: Breda, Netherlands

In collaboration with MOTI | Museum van het beeld

The organisation store 2012

The organisation store 2012

'The organisation store' was developed for an empty store in Hoog Catharijne - a shopping mall in Utrecht. This shopping mall experienced difficult economic times and with art I wanted to offer alternative perspectives. 'The organisation store' was meant to be an open laboratory, providing the infrastructure for a cooperative research after the commercial language that was used by the surrounding shops. Together with customers 'The organisation store' wanted to analyse if the commercial language still matched with their target audience.

Status: Not realized

Where: Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht, Netherlands

In collaboration with Foundation Art in the Station Area

Live Happily 2012

Live Happily 2012

'Live Happily' was a proposal especially made for the 'open source expo' during Incubate 2012. Incubate intended to attract at least 200 artists who would deliver without any payment their diverse artworks for the exhibition. The curator invited me to make a proposal for this context. Because I imagined the atmosphere of an art fair I decided to use the corporate language of these fairs. My proposal was to intervene and embed 'Live Happily' inside the general exhibition. 'Live Happily' was a booth like the famous coffee brand builds on these art fairs and functioned as a stage for a layered critique towards art exhibited under these poor circumstances.  

Status: Not realized

Where: Tilburg, Netherlands

In collaboration with Incubate Festival