February 2014: ECHOES in Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin
> 12 February: SMBA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
>> 13 February: Wiels & Enough Room for Space HQ, Brussels, Belgium
>>> 21 February: SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, Germany
Hosted by the Cameroonian artist magazine DiARTgonale, the two special editions JAMAN (2012) and ECHOES (2013) present the outcome of a long-term curatorial endeavour, initiated in 2009, for which Cameroonian and European artists collaboratively produce new, research-based artworks. The upcoming launches continue a series started last December in Cameroon during the triennale Salon Urbain de Douala 2013.
> 12 Feb. 2014, 19:30: Launch and Talks, SMBA, Amsterdam, NL
Speakers: Pauline Burmann, Bassam El Baroni (made possible by Dai) and Annette Schemmel
Moderated by: Lucy Cotter
Location: SMBA, Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam, NL
In a context like Cameroon, access to relevant archives, books and education is not a given. On the basis of her phd project at Freie Universität Berlin, Annette Schemmel will lead her talk to the following questions: how to engage in projects of artistic research together that touch, for instance, upon our shared history? Should we extend the notion of archive to bodies of knowledge that lay far beyond the reach of traditional archival premises? Are we ready to relate to this peculiar knowledge from the universalist point of view of Contemporary Art? The Alexandria-based curator Bassam El Baroni will contribute a brief sketch of his theory of Contemporary Art to this reflection, while art historian Pauline Burmann will share her expertise as chair of the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam that offers artist-in-residence programmes for African artists. A discussion with the audience is to follow.
>> 13 Feb. 2014, 19:00: Launch and Lecture, Wiels, Brussels, BE
Location: Wiels, Avenue Volxem 354 Volxemlaan, Brussels, BE
Sharing Knowledge, a Perspective on Contemporary Art made in Cameroon‚ By means of selected art works Annette Schemmel will sketch out the complex network of references on which the informally taught artists in Cameroon rely.
(Entree of ERforS HQ)
>> 13 Feb. 2014, 20:30 - 24:00: Exhibition, ERforS HQ, Drogenbos, BE
Works by: Jean Pierre Bekolo, LucFosther Diop, Beate Engl & Justine Gaga, Salifou Lindou, Maarten Vanden Eynde & Alioum Moussa, Patrick Wokmeni
Curated by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Annette Schemmel
Location: Enough Room for Space HQ, Sterstraat 10 Rue de l'Etoile, Drogenbos
Partly produced by Enough Room for Space, some of the works on display feature in the two special editions of DiARTgonale. They reflect political issues that mark everyday life in Cameroon and artists experiences upon leaving this country. Although explicitness calls for trouble back home, these artworks deal with urgent concerns.
>>> 21 Feb. 2014, 19:00: Launch, Presentations, SAVVY, Berlin, DE
Speakers: Lorenzo Sandoval, Luis Berrios-Negron, Annette Schemmel and Bathilde Maestracci
Location: Mutant Matters at Savvy Contemporary, Richardstraße 20, Berlin, DE
Set amidst the particular archive device designed by Lorenzo Sandoval and S.T.I.F.F. as second part of their project Mutant Matters at Savvy Contemporary, this evening will raise questions with regard to the accessibility of knowledge resources and public archives for contemporary artists working outside of Europe.
image on top: Jean Pierre Bekolo
Start February 2014: Performing Objects, research project, ERforS HQ, BE
Zetobject, Kristof Van Gestel
Participants: Céline Butaye, Marjolijn Dijkman, Laura Herman, Hedwig Houben, Bas Schevers, Adrien Tirtiaux, Kristof Van Gestel, Herman Van Ingelgem
The research project Performing Objects will explore objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer towards its users or audience. Performing Objects will research different ways artists can anticipate this process during the conceptualisation and the conception of their work. The artworks made for this project will possibly manifest themselves in different locations outside the regular arts contexts. The home base for the meetings and talks is the ERforS HQ, a space that can function as a temporary studio, meeting- / events-room and presentation space. Besides this location we will create temporary set ups and incorporate work in various sites that will act as a sort of test cases.
December 2013: ECHOES – DiARTgonale Special Edition #2
Launch at SUD, December 2013, Douala, CM
5 December 2013, 15:00: Launch at the SUD2013, Douala, Cameroon
12 & 13 February 2014: Launches at SMBA (NL) and WIELS & ERforS HQ (BE)
Digital Edition and Download: ECHOES – DiARTgonale Special Edition #2
Paper Edition: Distribution points in Europe and Africa coming up soon!
Order: 2,50 Euro + postal costs (contact email@example.com)
French / English, 88 p., 26 x 20 cm.
Editors: Marjolijn Dijkman and Annette Schemmel
Assistant Editors: Amélie Bouvier and Bathilde Maestracci
Contributors: Achilleka Komguen, Justine Gaga, Beate Engl, Vincent Meessen, Lionel Manga, Patrick Wokmeni, Nicolas & Rose Eyidi, Meschac Gaba, Didier Schaub, Bisi Silva, Koyo Kouoh, Em'kal Eyongakpa, Joachim Oelsner-Adam, Stefaan Dheedene, Annette Schemmel, Marjolijn Dijkman, Amélie Bouvier and Bathilde Maestracci
Support: ArtsCollaboratory, ifa
Design: Indre Klimaite
Hosted by the Cameroonian artist magazine DiARTgonale, the series of special editions presents the outcome of a long-term curatorial endeavour initiated in 2010 for which Cameroonian and European artists collaboratively produce new, research-based artworks.
The second issue deals with ECHOES: a famous novel, an idiosyncratic image bank, a sound archive and historical statements reverberate in the contributions. Artists, writers and passionate amateurs of both continents have engaged with each other in the production of intriguing artworks, interviews, surveys and stories. The sculptors Justine Gaga and Beate Engl for example have thought through the artistic references that inform their individual practice in Cameroon and Germany. The resulting objects, drafts for performances and text collages are entitled “Echo”. They exhibit and question canonised artistic knowledge. Additionally to this project, Annette Schemmel promotes the panoply of art libraries in Western and Central Africa that were recently initiated.
Together, film-maker and artist Vincent Meessen and writer Lionel Manga appropriate the correspondence of French novelist Céline, sent from Cameroon in 1916: “Post-Script” is a fictive correspondence echoing reflecting on Céline’s dual identity as hygienist doctor and author. Under the title “Hard to Catch” Marjolijn Dijkman engages in a triangulation of photographic representations of Cameroon, ranging from the late-colonial Prunet archive to the image bank of Rose and Nicolas Eyidi to the contemporary photography by exiled Patrick Wokmeni. Additionally, Joachim Oelsner-Adam shares his passion for the decaying audiotape boxes gathered in radio stations across the country. Finally, the political resonates in the critical contributions by artists Em'kal Eyongakpa and Stefaan Dheedene.
October 2013: ELIXIR, Public orchard, FeliXart Museum, Drogenbos, BE
This autumn we initiated our first harvest feast, a modest but succesful try out with a dozen of participants. We made pear liquor, apple compote and baked pizza's in the old outdoor oven of Felix de Boeck.
Felix De Boeck, an early modernist Belgian painter, made his living from his orchard. As a result he was working independently as an artist without the pressure to sell his works. The public orchard surrounding the FeliXart museum (5 HA) consists of many different sorts of fruit and nut trees and other edible plants. The orchard is maintained by the Museum and the Province but it's resources are scarcely used; most of it becomes fallen fruit. Elixir will harvest some of these fruits and transform this resource during public events into all sorts of products which will be used both for and during upcoming events of Enough Room for Space.
Old baking oven of Felix de Boeck
2012 - 2013: Construction of the new Enough Room for Space HQ, BE
As a backdrop to the different temporary projects, the ERforS Headquarters in Belgium provides a constant space for production, presentation and research.
Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde established the artists organisation Enough Room for Space in 2005 to create situations where artists will spend time together for reflection and production of new works in response to common interests and / or a specific context. In 2012 we acquired a building in the south of Brussels that besides our own permanent residence and studios will host guests in two accommodations and a work / presentation space.
This site will not conform to the logic of an institutional space, but will allow for life and work to intertwine. Besides its guest accommodation and work / presentation space, the entire building can be used for temporary collective living and working, incorporating privacy. We believe that this intimate atmosphere can stimulate new experiments and facilitate critical reflection, together with audiences and peers.
made possible with the Triodos Bank