Theo Atrokpo from Benin will give a performance lecture where he will give insight into the world of Vodun with an introduction into its rituals, charms and performative objects. During this intimate evening event, Theo Atrokpo will present the objects used and worn at Vodun ceremonies like raffia, beads, sceptres, bells or the apklè. He will also present some medical magic ingredients like atakun, which has medicinal and esoteric virtues: its chewed seeds will incite the spoken words. Besides this he will introduce some incantations and Vodun chants.
(Due to limited seats available please reserve before the 20th of November)
Jean Katambayi (b. 1974, lives and works in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) has been obsessively studying the energy flows that govern our world, both physical and spiritual. His pieces and drawings are like studies that reveal the imbalanced nature of the world and the forces within it.
Opening: 10 September 2016 from 15:00 - 20:00h. Afterwards open on appointment.
For the project End To End the experimental group Performing Objects is inspired by Lean Management, a form of factory management developed by Toyota in Japan. For the continuation of the project during the exhibition 'Private Tag' some members of the group will develop an installation as an artistic interpretation of an assembly line where systems of interaction between man and things will be investigated.
Objects will be transformed and manipulated during performative acts, outlined in a score that leaves space to free interpretation, reflecting both on factory work and on the creative process of the artist. During the performance the group-members are constantly searching for a harmony between efficiency, planning, improvisation and reflection. Through the techniques of Lean Management, they try to give structure to their performance in which they have to collaborate and handle objects and vice versa.
fluent invited 'Uncertainty Scenarios' to contribute to 'Techniques to make you doubt', a two-day seminar that aims to create a collective experiment that investigates ways through which humans have tried to speculate, predict and anticipate the future, as well as its potential relationships with socio-political and ecological current issues. Collectively we will reflect on methodologies used to predict the future, strategic thinking, planning and risk management, divination and spiritual forecasts in relation to cultural management and current curatorial and artistic practices.
Contributors: Sonia Fernández Pan, Sabel Gavaldon, Hanna Laura Kaljo, João Laia, Fran Meana, Enough Room for Space, Borbala Soos, Jochen Volz and Benjamin Weil.
Elixir harvests heritage fruits and transforms this resource during public events into all sorts of products which will be used for upcoming events of Enough Room for Space. Felix De Boeck, an early modernist Belgian painter, made his living from this orchard, as a result he was working independently as an artist without the pressure to sell his works. The public orchard surrounding the Felix Art museum (5 HA) consists of many different sorts of fruit and nut trees and other edible plants. The orchard is maintained by the Province but it's resources are scarcely used; most of it becomes fallen fruit. The public orchard of Felix Art Museum located around the corner of the Enough Room for Space HQ.
During this residency period, Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE) and Alioum Moussa (CM) are building a two-part mobile structure, of which one side is the other’s opposite, yet the structures depend upon one another to stay in balance. During Performatik17, they will visit a different location in Brussels every day with their mobile house. You are invited to visit them in pairs for a discussion about what dependence and independence mean to you – at a personal, political and artistic level. The project will be translated into a growing photo exhibition at Kaaitheater. Moussa and Vanden Eynde originally created the project for SUD2010, the triennial art event in Douala (Cameroon), whose starting point was the 50th anniversary of independence being marked by 17 African countries.
A full day workshop activating 'End to End', a performance developed by the group Performing Objects and inspired by Lean Management, kicked off Bie Michels' residency and participatory project in Madagascar. The seven participating artists from Madagascar worked mostly on little transformations of the collected objects by improvisation.
The second LUNÄ Talk in Drenthe this year takes place at ASTRON. On the table lies the question of how science, philosophy and religion relate to each other, focusing on topics such as ‘deep evolution’, the (re)writing of history and speculative future developments in astronomy, anthropology, philosophy and religion. Among the guests: Professor Michael Garrett, Professor Anthropology Peter Pels, visual artist Daniela de Paulis, philosopher of religion and theologian Taede A. Smedes, artist Marjolijn Dijkman.
In Madagascar, the ancient process of making bricks is still omnipresent. The small portable brick, one of the oldest objects (+/- 5000 years old) is very interesting as a starting point for her research. It’s an object that becomes part of a building and therefore part of an environment. Exactly fitting into the human hand, it is the bearer of human scale and intimacy. Bie Michels will take on the dialogue and immerse herself in local situations and let events/actors co-determine the choices she will make, to achieve a multimedia art installation. The first workshop to develop this project will be based on the performance ‘End to End’ that she developed with ‘Performing Objects’.
July 2016: Bie Michels will travel to Madagascar to further develop this workhop on site in collaboration with CRAAM (centre de ressources des arts actuels de Madagascar).
The installation is part of Transgression/Transition: an exploration of the Senne and its surroundings, an ongoing research project by Paoletta Holst on the Belgian Senne river. The project started in April 2015 and has known several moments of exploration and presentation since. These photographs represent the Senne and its surroundings in the colors of the regional area destinations as defined by the Belgian regional spatial planning institutions.
During this session we will rework and rethink the performance score End To End developed for Assembly Line projects in Shanghai for possible continuation of the project. For the project End To End the experimental group Performing Objects is inspired by Lean Management, a form of factory management developed by Toyota in Japan. They learned about Lean Management during a workshop in the Central Recycle Plant in Antwerp.
We’re very pleased to announce that Enough Room for Space is involved as one of the advisors for the first theme of Prophecies by the Art Department: Phase 1 of Node Center in Berlin. The advisors for this project are Etzel Cardeña, Marjolijn Dijkman (Enough Room for Space) and Rasheedah Phillips. They will be meeting together to guide the general direction of Prophecies by lending their expertise to brainstorm ideas, review the open call and share recommendations for potential topics that could be covered within the theme of Prophecies. In this project Node Center will explore how artistic approaches to predictions of the future have shaped us today. Here, they’re looking at art in a broad sense, crossing science fiction, popular culture, film and music as well as, of course, visual art.
This LUNÄ Talk discusses current research topics in astronomy, geology and archaeology and the imagination of these fields in the arts. Among the guests include curator of Zone2Source Alice Smits, astronomer Roy Smits from ASTRON / Camras, curator archaeology Jaap Beuker from the Drents Museum, artist Maarten Vanden Eynde, physical geographer Enno Bregman (Province Drenthe & Utrecht University) and artist / initiator Marjolijn Dijkman.
This LUNÄ Talk discusses different approaches towards and interpretations of the theme of Inhabiting Time and is initiated in collaboration with Ecole Mondiale. All guests will be seated at a replica of the oval table which was used by the Lunar Society in Birmingham (1765-1813), a society of scholars, amateur scientists, poets, industrialists and artists. They were inspiring meetings on how science, technology and art could serve society, social change included.
Annette Schemmel provides a highly illuminating case study of the major actors, discourses and paradigm that shaped the history of visual arts in Cameroon during the second part of the 20th century. Her book meticulously reconstructs the multiple ways of artistic knowledge acquisition - from the consolidation of the "Système de Grands Frères" in the 1970s to the emergence of more discursively oriented small artists’ initiatives which responded to the growing NGO market of social practice art opportunities in the 2000s. Based on archival research, participant observation and in depth interviews with art practitioners in Douala and Yaoundé, this study is a must read for everyone who wants to better understand the vibrant artistic scenes in countries like Cameroon, which until today lack a proper state-funded infrastructure in the arts.
To continue to explore links and connections with other international research groups, 'Performing Objects' will meet with the members of 'The Disembodied Voice' from London who will come over for 4 days to Brussels. Through critical engagement, discursive processes and production 'The Disembodied Voice' set out to investigate the relationship between the disembodied voice and contemporary visual culture.
Alioum Moussa (based in Yaounde, CM) and Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE) will continue to work on their collaborative project In_Dependance for the upcoming Performatik Biennial in Brussels initiated by Kaaitheater. The project started in 2010 and took the 50th anniversary of the independence of 17 African countries as a starting point, the project’s aim is to inspire dialogues about a variety of notions of independence, be they individual, political or artistic.
Maxime Bondu his practice involves speculation based on confirmed data in the present, past or anticipated in the future. Made of reconstructions and simulacra, Bondu's work is an invitation to grasp this element of relentless uncertainty, which is part and parcel of our reality.
Artist Talk by choreographer Camilla Monga amongst others on her piece Quartetto per oggetti, a choreography using objects as choreographic tools. Monga uses common objects that removed from their daily context, become the basic tool to define a range of physical possibilities. Their functions determine patterns whose directional components are unpredictable, but serve as the basis for expansion and variation of rhythm.
Uncertainty Scenarios - Session #2 hosted an informal presentation of Maya van Leemput introducing the work of Agence Future (AF). The goal of AF is to support foresight and futures exploration in Flanders, Belgium, Europe and the world and to involve a diverse public in foresight activities. AF pursues projects, activities, research, events, communication, education, creation, production, experiment and publication on the subject of (images of the) futures.
During its two day participation in the biennial Performing Objects will organise a one - day intimate workshop and a one day public performance. For their workshop in Oslo they invite 8 artists, curators, art students and others with an interest in 'objects and their possibilities to act' to take part.
A visit to the studio of Dimitri Vangrunderbeek where he will give some insight into his relation to the studio and his way of working where normal objects - such as chairs and lamps - and spaces acquire a completely new meaning. Afterwards an artist talk by Ermias Kifleyesus who will elaborate on his use of telephone booths in Brussels and in other places in the world as part of his artistic process.
Performing Objects will participate in the exhibition Prototypes, Duplicates and Cast-offs of Assembly Line Project Studio (ALPS), a mobile art platform focusing on themes of industrial production, urbanization, globalization and migration. For the project End To End the group is inspired by Lean Management, a form of factory management developed by Toyota in Japan. Some members of the group will make and perform an installation as an artistic interpretation of an assembly line where systems of interaction between man and things will be investigated and the group-members are constantly searching for a harmony between efficiency, planning, improvisation and reflection.
Pedagogic exchanges amongst profiled visual artists and academic teachers are in the focus of this second colloquium in Yaoundé. The invited experts will critically assess pedagogic attitudes by means of lectures, film screenings and discussions and thus contribute to a skill enhancement of the participating art teachers, artists, art historians and art critics.
Detour Zenne is a walking tour through Drogenbos and adjacent communities that will try to follow the course of the Senne in search for its surrounding histories and spatial realities. Be prepared for a firm and adventurous 10 km walk along different sites and insights, stories and storytellers ending at ELIXIR the yearly harvest feast of Enough Room for Space.
Our yearly harvest feast in the public orchard of Felix Art Museum located around the corner of ERforS HQ from 15:00 - 22:00h. We'll be making apple & pear liquor and juices and bake bread & pizzas in the old bakehouse of Felix De Boeck.
> Cancelled due to bad weather, we'll meet at ERforS HQ, still welcome!
This LUNÄ Talk discusses the question of how science and fiction relate to each other, focusing on topics such as immortality, robotics, extraterrestrial life and the imagination of these themes in the arts. On this special full moon evening after a Super Blood Moon Eclipse, all the guests will be seated at LUNÄ, a replica of the oval table which was used by the Lunar Society in Birmingham in the 18th century. With: Anke Bangma, Dirk van Delft, Marjolijn Dijkman, George van Hal, Jaap van de Herik, Maarten Lamers, Peter Pels, Dorien Zandbergen.
Performing Objects experiments with objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer towards its users or audience. This exhibition is a dialogue between the artists who are regularly involved in the project Performing Objects and guest artists we have invited in relation to our interests. The exhibition will present video works, installations, sculptural works and there will be performances happening during the three days. The exhibition will take place at the head quarters of Enough Room for Space (including its project space, the guests accommodation, the studios) and expand outside in the surrounding public space.
With: Céline Butaye, Alice De Mont, Marjolijn Dijkman, gerlach en koop, Toril Johannessen, Frank Koolen, Nicolás Lamas, Bie Michels, Anouchka Oler, Odilon Pain, Anne Marie Sampaio, Bas Schevers, Alina Tenser, Nico Van Dijck, Kristof Van Gestel, Dimitri Vangrunderbeek, Herman Van Ingelgem, Lorelinde Verhees.
Transgression/Transition, an exploration of the Senne and its surroundings is a walk along the 103 km long course of the Belgian Senne river that has its source is in Soignies (Wallonia) and flows at Heffen (Flanders) into the river of the Dijle to finally reach the Schelde and the North Sea. The Senne flows through the three Belgian regions -Wallonia, Brussels Capital Region and Flanders- and passes the city of Brussels and some thirty villages. The river has no existing trail that follows its course. At certain points it flows underground or along private property.
Talk with Marjolijn Dijkman and Mark von Schlegell (writer and critic, Cologne). Followed by a music set compiled by Marjolijn Dijkman and Amelie Bouvier from the Uncertainty Scenarios Playlist. This playlist is a growing compilation of great songs from different periods of time relating to the future, ranging from deeply pessimistic to highly optimistic.
Video recording of the talk by Michiel Huijben. From the verticality of the body as resembled in Greek columns, to people eating and dating walls and other built structures, this talk proposes that buildings share more similarities with us (and vice versa) than we are usually inclined to think.
This collective working period will develop new ideas for our upcoming participation in the exhibition 'Liu Shui Xian' (Assembly Line) in Shanghai. We will use objects from the central recycling plant in Antwerp and learn more about the process of recycling and the management of the goods and employees at the plant which are inspired by Lean manufacturing.
Presentation and discussion of Jean Katambayi's work 'Trotation', a Utopian but very tangible attempt to introduce global equality by implementing a third spin to the earths rotation, which has just been bought by the Friends of the M HKA museum in Antwerp. He will also bring his enchanting sketchbook and talk about his preoccupation with the energy flows of the world and our future with in.
These LUNÄ talks are developed by Marjolijn Dijkman in collaboration with fig-2. LUNÄ is based on the Lunar Society of Birmingham, which was formed from a group of amateur experimenters, tradesmen and artisans who met and made friends in the Midlands in the 1760s. At fig-2, LUNÄ will specifically focus on the notion of the future investigating modes in which the idea of future is seeded in our society today.
With: Ramon Amaro, Rebecca Bligh, Stephen Boyd Davis, Owen Cotton-Barrat, Caroline Edwards, Mark Fisher, Jay Griffiths, Cathy Haynes, Ken Hollings, Magda Osman, Emily Penn, Mary Margaret Rinebold, Philip Sheldrake, Murray Shanahan, Maarten Speekenbrink, Jamie Ward and many others.
Introduction to 'A New Chart of History' made by Lunar Man Joseph Priestly in 1765 and 1769, who developed one of the first linear timelines of history as we now commonly know. At the LUNÄ Talks in London in fig-2, Stephen introduced some of the interpretations by Joseph Priestley in relation to the session 'Time and Progress'.
From the verticality of the body as resembled in Greek columns, to people eating and dating walls and other built structures, this talk will propose that buildings share more similarities with us (and vice versa) than we are usually inclined to think.
On the 1st of May we celebrate our 10 year anniversary!
Thanks to everybody who has been involved in our projects and events over the last ten years and all those who have supported and followed us.
For The Fair Deal, ERforS has established a partnership with Galeri NON from Istanbul and the artists Goldin + Senneby. During the fair, the work M&A is introduced, but it will only be activated when sold. If that happens, a certain percentage of the revenue is used to speculate on the stock market using a “Merger Prediction Strategy”, specially developed for this project by a New York-based investment banker to identify early signs of mergers and acquisitions. Simultaneously, and by means of the generated profit an actor is hired to rehearse a scripted speculative scene relating to the “Merger Prediction Strategy”. The rehearsals will continue as long as the trading budget lasts.
This third workshop will experiment with scores proposed by the involved artists and develop new ideas for our upcoming participation in the exhibition 'Liu Shui Xian' at Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai in the end of October 2015.
During this first public event of Uncertainty Scenarios, the involved artists will introduce existing and works in progress. The evening will contain a series of presentations by the artists alongside a temporary installation in the exhibition space.
Participants: Maxime Bondu, Amélie Bouvier, Marjolijn Dijkman, Myriam Mihindou and Maarten Vanden Eynde
Heike Langsdorf will guide the second performance workshop part of Performing Objects. The workshop will explore experimental performance relating to the assembled objects by the participating artists.
This workshop is part of a day devoted to the workings of memory and to the way artists make memory tangible and evident once again. With workshops, inspiring lectures, passionate debates, an expo and performances.
Bas Schevers will be exhibiting parts of his current research on the corner as an object. This exhibition will include a video work in process of a performance with a corner, instructions for the audience to interact with the empty corners in the exhibition space as well as a video interview with Wouter Davidts on corner solutions in architecture.
After our collective reading sessions part of Performing Objects, philosopher drs. Jan-Jasper Persijn from the University of Ghent will frame and introduce current thoughts around Object-Oriented Philosophy in relation to the philosophy of Kant.
Recorded in the central recycling plant in Antwerp, 'TRACINGS, Analogies and Dissonances', focuses on the interaction between men and objects and compiles answers to questions like: ‘Does an object have a soul?’, ‘Does it live?’ and ‘What about its concept?’
Online: The Uncertainty Scenarios Playlist, a growing compilation of songs relating to the future, part of the Uncertainty Scenarios Survey
Uncertainty Scenarios is a collective experimental research project that will explore the ways people throughout history have tried to speculate, predict and anticipate the future and different attitudes that go along with this.
Initiated by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Amélie Bouvier
Paulo Guerreiro will guide the first workhop relating to Performing Objects at PAF in France. We will experiment with performance exercises and instructions specially developed by Paolo in relation to Performing Objects.
Interview by Sam Steverlynck with Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde about Enough Room for Space and their motivations for it's founding ten years ago. (Dutch)
To explore international links and connections with other Vision Forum groups Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry came over from London to meet up with the Performing Objects group. Karin and Reuben introduced their project The Disembodied Voice and we participated in Hotel Charleroi 2014.
Pedagogic exchanges amongst profiled visual artists and academic teachers are in the focus of the colloquium in Yaoundé. The invited experts will critically assess pedagogic attitudes by means of lectures, film screenings and discussions and thus contribute to a skill enhancement of the participating art teachers, artists, art historians and art critics.
Enough Room for Space will be part of a symposium about sustainable forms of artist initiatives, organised by BAM at De Markten in Brussels.
As part of ELIXIR we're now trying to produce apple cider with fallen fruit of the public orchard surrounding the FeliXart museum (located around the corner of ERforS HQ). Elixir will harvest some of these fruits and transform this resource during public events into all sorts of products which will be used for upcoming events of Enough Room for Space.
The annual Vision Forum Autumn meeting will focus on how to formulate problematics and how this process is similar and different in the arts and sciences.
Dunja Herzog and Anouchka Oler will present recent works and respond to the notion of 'Performing Objects' within their practice. Besides they will discuss and introduce some theoretical texts that have been influencial for their practices in relation to their use and appropriation of objects.
Harvesting in the public orchard of Felixart Museum located around the corner of ERforS HQ from 13:00 - 23:00h. We'll be making apple cider, pear liquor, compote & confiture, bake bread & make pizza's in the bakehouse. Please feel free to join! Kuikenstraat 6, Drogenbos, behind the FelixArt Museum.
Sarah Vanhee's artistic practice is linked to performance, visual art and literature. It uses different formats and is often (re)created in situ. In this artist talk she will relate to the idea of 'Performing Objects' within her practice.
Anne Szefer Karlsen is in residency in Brussels to visit and meet Belgium based artists and work on her research for 'IN THE SHADOW OF OIL – What does the oil economy do to contemporary art?' Read the finalised text here.
At ERforS HQ the Cameroonian artist Salifou Lindou will present new work realized during his 3 week residency at Frans Masereel Centrum. Salifou Lindou's interest for printmaking emerged in 2011 in Den Haag, when working with Christian Hanussek on the joined project "JAMAN" for Diartgonale Special Edition #1, which was published by Enough Room for Space. Lindou plans to open a print-workshop in Cameroon upon his return.
On the 2nd of May we set out a possible future for the collaborative research project Performing Objects using the MAP-IT tool developed by Liesbeth Huybrechts.
Since our inauguration we are starting to welcome different kinds of groups to our HQ on a more regular basis. The friends of the S.M.A.K. made one of such group visits this week. So far we have hosted international art students, curators, collectors and art lovers.
Interested to visit us? Feel free to make an appointment.
Vision Forum spring meeting will focus on how creators can nurture human and inter-human qualities in the face of the (disintegrating?) welfare state. The participants will reflect on questions about how technology and human mobility has changed ideas of wealth distribution, solidarity and discuss if there are new ways deal with/counteract or resolve these questions.
Enough Room for Space proudly announces its new special edition of DiARTgonale entitled "ECHOES". To celebrate this launch, Mutant Matters at Savvy Contemporary (Berlin) will host a discussion about the accessibility of knowledge resources and public archives for contemporary artists working outside of Europe.
With contributions by: Lorenzo Sandoval, Luis Berrios-Negron, Annette Schemmel and Bathilde Maestracci.
The new headquarters of Enough Room for Space in Brussels are being inaugurated with an exhibition of artwork by Cameroonian authors. Their films, videos, photo series and installations are reflecting political issues that mark everyday life in Cameroon and artists' experiences upon leaving this country.
Works by: Jean Pierre Bekolo, LucFosther Diop, Beate Engl & Justine Gaga, Salifou Lindou, Maarten Vanden Eynde & Alioum Moussa, Patrick Wokmeni
WIELS is kindly hosting one of the launches of ECHOES_DiARTgonale Special Edition #2. By discussing a selection of art works made in Douala, Cameroon, art historian and curator Annette Schemmel will sketch out the complex networks of references used by informally taught artists in this context. Her lecture is entitled "Sharing Knowledge. A Perspective on Contemporary Art made in Cameroon.
Like the first issue, the new magazine ECHOES_DiARTgonale Special Edition #2 seeks to extend access to relevant archives, books and education in Cameroon. As part of its efforts to inform European audiences of the conditions of artistic production in African contexts, SMBA is hosting a round-table discussion with select experts.
Talks and discussion: moderated by Lucy Cotter with Annette Schemmel, Bassam El Baroni, Pauline Burmann
LUNÄ is now located at the head quarter of Enough Room for Space and will be used for upcoming projects at the ERforS HQ as a regular meeting and dinner table.
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.
Initiated by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Kristof Van Gestel
The Salon Urbain de Douala is a primordial gathering of artists and cultural producers on the African continent which takes place every three years. At this festive occasion, Annette Schemmel will introduce the brand new issue ECHOES, Enough Room for Space’s new special edition of the artist magazine DiARTgonale, besides reflecting on the larger framewort of the ongoing project Present Perfect.
The second DiARTgonale Special Edition 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.
Harvesting in the public orchard of Felixart Museum located around the corner of ERforS HQ from 13:00 - 23:00h. We'll be making apple / pear liquor, compote, bake bread & make pizza's in the bakehouse.
Please feel free to join! Kuikenstraat 6, Drogenbos, behind the FelixArt Museum.
We are editing the upcoming magazine ECHOES DiARTgonale Special Edition #2. Editors Annette Schemmel, Marjolijn Dijkman, Amélie Bouvier and Bathilde Maestracci are meeting with the translators, with the artists Vincent Meessen and Patrick Wokmeni and with the designer Indre Klimaite to finalize the upcoming magazine.
Thanks to the great additional help of Case Miller, the Case Miller Room and the Balder Room are ready to host guests. The Balder Room is named after the brand of the former owner of the building who made delicious liquors and has been an inspiration to initiate ELIXIR.
The magazine “JAMAN” (Bamum for “German”) spotlights encounters between Cameroon and the “West” during more than a hundred years. The art works, the poetic and scientific texts and the cartoons that have been specially produced for this issue challenge cherished notions of cultural authenticity. „JAMAN“ is the fist of a series of special editions published by the European art organisation Enough Room for Space in collaboration with the Cameroonian artist journal DiARTgonale.
JAMAN is the fist of a series of special editions by Enough Room for Space in collaboration with the Cameroonian artist journal DiARTgonale. In Bayreuth, Christian Hanussek and co-editor Annette Schemmel will introduce JAMAN and the other contributions to the edition, which span the years between 1905 and 2025 and deal with further incidents of exchange, appropriation and hybridisation.
JAMAN is the fist of a series of special editions by Enough Room for Space in collaboration with the Cameroonian artist journal DiARTgonale. This issue lends its title from an art project that explores encounters between Cameroon and the “West” during more than a hundred years. The art works, the poetic and scientific texts and the cartoons that have been specially produced for this issue challenge cherished notions of cultural authenticity.
The Museum of Forgotten History houses the remnants of a possible future past. The artefacts that together form the collection for this semi-fictional institution are the pieces of a puzzle being used here for providing interpretations of the period we know as late capitalism. Viewed from the perspective of civilization at an ambiguous point in the future, The Museum of Forgotten History aspires to fill the missing links that occur due to the constant evolution of history.
Compiled by Maarten Vanden Eynde (ERforS) and Nav Haq (MuHKA)
With: Joachim Bandau, Luis F. Benedit, Guillaume Bijl, Sjoerd Buisman, James Lee Byars, Leo Copers, Tony Cragg, Thierry De Cordier, Luc Deleu, Jimmie Durham, Jan Fabre, Michel François, Fortuyn/ O’Brien, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Jiří Hynek Kocman, John Körmeling, George Lilanga, Edward Lipski, Bernd Lohaus, Allan McCollum, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, David Nash, Panamarenko, Paul Perry & Jouke Kleerebezem, Hermann Pitz, Guy Rombouts, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Ludwig Vandevelde, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Franz West and objects from the Vrielynck Collection
The two conceptual sculptors Justine Gaga (Douala) and Beate Engl (Munich) have started collaborating in the context of „Present Perfect“. Together they are developing a project called „Echo“ that deals with their respective working conditions as artists, with production and reception.
Together historian Richard Sheldon, economist Ove Jakobsen and curator Charles Esche will explore the roots of the capitalist way of thinking by discussing and researching Adam Smith and the way his ideas have influenced other thinkers. These lectures will be followed by a panel discussion.
In conversation: Univ.-Prof Dr. Erwin Fiala, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hohenester
Hosted by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Fatos Ustek
Part of: An Exhibition of a Study on Knowledge
As a backdrop to the different temporary projects, the new ERforS Headquarters in Belgium will provide a constant space for production, presentation and research.
An exhibition on contemporary archeology and our future history, curated with Maarten Vanden Eynde and Wout Hoogendijk.
With: Leonid Tsvetkov, Michael Johansson, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Kristina Benjocki, Anton Ginzburg, Louis de Cordier, Pascal Rostain en Bruno Mouron, Fleur Thio, Toine Klaassen, Frank Koolen en Edhv.
LUNÄ, a remake of a table that was originally used by 'the lunar society members', a 18th century enlightenment society that was influential during the industrial revolution, will be part of the exhibition 'The Great Cloud'. The table was a meeting point where the ideas for some of the most significant technological changes were formed. This 21st century version of the table will also function as a stage for talks and the developments of ideas and on top of the table works will be positioned by artists like Pamela Rosenkranz as well as by people working outside the art world.
While travelling throughout Cameroon in 2011 in preparation of various projects related to Present Perfect, the artist Beate Engl and curator Annette Schemmel will talk to art students about their different practices and about Present Perfect.
5 December 2011, 10 h, University of Yaoundé, Yaoundé: Presentations by Beate Engl and Annette Schemmel, hosted by lecturer Paul-Henri Assako Assako
8 December 2011, 10 h, Institut du Sahel (INSAH), Maroua: Presentations by Beate Engl and Annette Schemmel, hosted by lecturer Achille K Komguen
Marjolijn Dijkman, Beate Engl, Christian Hannusek and Annette Schemmel are travelling to Douala, to Maroua, to Yaoundé and to Foumban in order to advance their projects with Ruth Afane Belinga, Nicolas & Rose Eyidi, Justine Gaga, Achille K Komguem, Salifou Lindou, and Lionel Manga, amongst others.
Artist and art historian Ruth Afane Belinga and artist Salifou Lindou from Cameroon are staying in residence in The Hague. During their stay, they will re-think the Cameroonian artist journal DiARTgonale in collaboration with the artists Marjolijn Dijkman, Christian Hanussek and Maarten Vanden Eynde, the graphic designer Indre Klimaite and the curator Annette Schemmel.
20 September 2011: artist talks by Ruth Afane-Belinga and Salifou Lindou moderated by Annette Schemmel. 8 p.m. hosted by NEST, the Hague
Five years after the exchange project Georgia Here We Come! in 2006, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Marjolijn Dijkman are invited to return to Tbilisi and explore possibilities for new project with Enough Room for Space and GeoAIR in the future.
8 July 2011: artists talks at the Center of Contemporary Art, Tbilisi
This LUNÄ Talk is hosted by members of Time Capsules and Conditions of Now, a trans-disciplinary art project bringing together artists and curators who each also operate within a second field, such as a yoga teacher, writer and a practicing GP. The group invite the audience to participate in a series of playful engagements with time and presence. The event coincides with the full moon, in homage to the original Lunar Society.
This LUNÄ Talk at Spike Island is hosted by Marjolijn Dijkman and Helen Legg with Richard Sheldon who chairs a discussion around radical protest movements and the Enlightenment, and is joined by historian Malcolm Dick.
This interview with Goddy Leye (1965-2011) is one of his last statements about his visions regarding the Cameroonian art scene. It was published in March 2011 in French in the fourth issue of the Cameroonian culture journal "Mosaïques". In Autumn 2011 it was featured in English in African Arts, a journal published by MIT press.
The series of LUNÄ Talks involves a panel of speakers addressing various issues including education, medicine and science, urban design and regeneration and heritage and the role of art in contemporary society.
With: Steve Bell, Dr. Malcolm Dick, Tom Freshwater, Prof. Paul Wells, Felicity Allen, Nancy Evans, Colin Gale, Kate Iles, Clive Dutton, Tony Harvey, Ruth Reed, David Tittle, Dr. James H Andrew, Deirdre Kelly, Chris Ramsden, Prof. Rex Harris
Curator: Marialaura Ghidini
With: Ayo & Oni Oshodi, Benedict Drew Maarten Vanden Eynde Rosa Menkman, Steve Ounanian Maria Domenica Rapicavoli Damien Roach and Amanda Wasielewski Guest bloggers Steven Ball and Morgan Quaintance
LUNÄ, by Marjolijn Dijkman, is one of the results of the residency Please Excuse Our Appearance organised by Enough Room for Space and Ikon Gallery in 2007.
LUNÄ is a facsimile of the original table around which an influential group of industrialists, poets, inventors, doctors, writers, physicists, chemists and thinkers known as the Lunar Society met each month in Birmingham between 1765 and 1813. LUNÄ is used for an ongoing series of critical discussions updating topics that occupied the Lunar Men.
Taking the 50th anniversary of the independence of 17 African countries as a starting point, this project’s aim is to inspire dialogues about a variety of notions of independence, be they individual, political or artistic. The artists will distribute fifty pairs of black and white T-shirts to fifty pairs of participants to the triennale Salon Urbain de Douala, taking place in December 2010.
Annette Schemmel’s contribution to a dossier of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin on the anniversary of the independence of many African countries in 2010 is a curatorial reflection on the project Present Perfect. For this project, Cameroonian and European artists are jointly exploring notions of history and memory. The article is published in German.
During Alter Nature: We Can, Z33 shows Zoology of Genetology, one page or quire of a large publication about Genetology.
Introduction text: Martin Lo
With: Anish Kapoor, Tomás Saraceno, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, Martijn Hendriks, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Jim Plaxco, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Pathfinder/Sojourner, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mungo Thomson, Rinus Van de Velde, Toril Johannessen, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, Cornelia Parker, Damien Hirst, Georges Lemaître, Albert Einstein, Damián Ortega, Chaos theory, Alexandra Mir, Alicia Framis, Dennis Feddersen, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter, Piero Golia, The Death Star, Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, Higgs boson particle, Large Hadron Collider, SNOLAB, Kamioka Observatory, Andreas Gursky, Katie Paterson, Chu Yun, Neil Johnson
Smooth Structures explores the unexpected intersections between a new dark matter and dark energy hypothesis and its conceptual visualization mediated through art.
With: Erick Beltrán, Marjolijn Dijkman, Martijn Hendriks, Toril Johannessen, Mungo Thomson, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Rinus Vande Velde
Stardust in a Nutshell presents a selection of art works made in Cameroon in the past years, by both Cameroonian and European artists. As contemporary artists they all address politically relevant topics and share a conceptual approach to their practice.
Involved artists: Stefaan Dheedene, Christian Hanussek / Salifou Lindou, Dunja Herzog, Boris Nzébo, Maarten Vanden Eynde / Alioum Moussa, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Patrick Wokmeni, Hervé Yamguen
As part of the project Smooth Structures, this lecture by NASA mathematician Martin Lo sheds light on a new theory about dark matter and dark energy, followed by the screening of Werner Herzog’s experimental sci-fi film The Wild Blue Yonder, partly featuring authentic astronauts and scientists (including Martin Lo!).
Launch of the publication of CURATOR CURATOR, a series of exhibition projects by up coming curators in the presentation space of HISK in Ghent in Belgium in 2009 and 2009 initated by Enough Room for Space.
Fernand Baudin Award for Best Artist Book 2010
"Birmingham played a leading role as front runner for the Industrial Revolution, changing the world beyond recognition and paving the way for the largest population explosion in human history. In 2007 most of the manufacturing companies moved out off Birmingham to other parts of the world where labour is cheaper. Together with the companies the knowledge to manufacture things is disappearing. In two generations there will be hardly anyone left who has the ability to make something."
The artists Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde and curator Annette Schemmel are exploring possibilities for future collaborations with Cameroonian artists and writers on site in Douala. After a long prelude of conversations in Europe, we are doing studio visits and are hosted by Douala’s art initiatives to screen and present artworks brought from Europe, which address the notions of memory, history and the future.
A publication edited and compiled by Lucia Babina and Zoe Gray as a result of Talking About! With amongst others: Never Swallow the Past, a contribution written by Annette Schemmel (ERforS) which meditates upon retellings of history in the light of the 50th anniversary of Cameroonian independence.
Introduction text: Alan Weisman
With: Shen Shaomin, Shen Shaomin, Joan Fontcuberta & Pere Formiguera, Brian Jungen, Mark Dion, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Theo Jansen, Damien Hirst, Savage, Charles Avery, Pascal Bernier, Hyungkoo Lee, Thomas Grunfeld, Bryan Crockett, Gyeongsang National University, Eduardo Kac, Hubert Duprat, Baby Mammoth discovered in Siberia in 2007, Cenotextricella simoni fossil spider, Jeroen Kuster, Betty Chu, Dr. Peter Witt, Ira Bartell, Alexis Rockman, Five cloned piglets (Noel, Angel, Star, Joy and Mary), Garnet Hertz, Froginator, The Peppered Moth, A bright-eyed cloned rhesus macaque female named Tetra, Martin Walde, Triops, Charles Darwin, Koen Vanmechelen, Jelte van Abbema, davidkremers, Panamarenko, Guillaume Bijl
World Wide Wonders is an exhibition that draws inspiration from the rich and fascinating museum collections of Ghent University, curated by Maarten Vanden Eynde and Guy Bovyn.
With: Stijn Cole, Koen De Decker, Tom De Smedt, Mariana Castillo Deball, Toril Johannessen, Irene Kopelman, Kianoosh Motallebi, Rinus Van de Velde, Maarten Vanden Eynde
Jens Maier-Rothe (DE) focuses on the notion of listening, which is part of his ongoing research into the various manifestations of sound within fine arts. Twelve artists will 'visualise' how sound is perceived in many different ways, on various censorial layers, and how everyone has a subjective notion of synchronicity.
As part of the program Talking About!, Enough Room for Space initiates a discussion with artists and cultural producers working at the interface of Africa/Cameroon and Europe.
Introduction text: Dieter Roelstraete
With: Edward Burtynsky, Charles Avery, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ai Weiwei, Joris Laarman, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Maya Lin, Rachel Whiteread, Leo Fabrizio, Panamarenko, Peter Fend – Ocean Earth, Amy McKenzie, Pierre Huyghe, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Rodinia, Four Framed Hardstone Panels, Jan Fabre, Wim Delvoye, Doris Salcedo, Nobuo Sekine, Walter De Maria, La Brea Tar Pits, Robert Smitson, Richard Long, Michael Heizer, Francis Alys (in collaboration with Rafael Ortega and Cuauhtémoc Medina), Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, James Turell, Olafur Eliasson, Jeroen Jongeleen, Marjolijn Dijkman, Maasvlakte II
Why fight over fossils? Afghanistan, with Iran, mostly drains inward. Therein, one can catch fast-flow water energy with waterwheels, and can produce zero-emissions fuel by fermenting the huge amounts of waterplants that absorb the inflowing nutrients. Soldiers can set up "local energy production."
Landscaping unveils a world that could represent ours in the future. It is a collection of visions on the human made landscape, an overview of different pieces of the puzzle being part of the new geological layer we are currently placing over the world. What will remain of the present? What is our heritage for the future?
Participating artists: Edward Burtynsky, Fia Cielen, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Peter Fend, Jeroen Jongeleen, Panamarenko, Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Maarten Vanden Eynde
Curated by: Enough Room for Space
The sixth Corrillos is hosted by Jonas Staal with presentations by Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum and Matthias Pauwels (BAVO).
The Spanish word Corrillos stands for an informal meeting of people who casually gather together and discuss whatever topic in a non-hierarchic way.
Adnan Yildiz (TR) was present during the Open Studio’s at the HISK and invited three residents to join the group show Time-Challenger, an exhibition about critical reconstruction. He wonders how any form of artistic reconstruction can develop a level of criticality through its production process.
The fifth Corrillos is hosted by Huib Haye van der Werf with presentations by Hans Venhuizen and Ester van de Wiel.
The Spanish word Corrillos stands for an informal meeting of people who casually gather together and discuss whatever topic in a non-hierarchic way.
a reaction to Dieter Roelstraete's The Way of the Shovel: On the Archeological Imaginary in Art /e-flux journal by Maarten Vanden Eynde
Two curators, Remco de Blaaij (NL) and Kamila Wielebska (PL), send in almost identical proposals and were invited to work together. With the river as a metaphor their exhibition will embark in a search for why things come together or why some things are separated and will never meet.
Introduction text: Hans Theys
With: Toine Klaassen, Brian Jungen, Ira Bartell, Damien Hirst, Zatorski + Zatorski, Admiral and Minister Pedro of the selfproclaimed freestate Ladonia, Ai Weiwei, Niklaus Rüegg, Vija Celmins, Piero Golia, Allan McCollum, Pompeii, Mark Dion, Savage, Shi Jinsong, Marjolijn Dijkman, Ant Farm, Jim Reinders, Pascal Rostain & Bruno Mouron, Haim Steinbach, Patrick Nagatani, Tony Cragg, Andy Warhol, Biosphere II, Rachel Whiteread, Guillaume Bijl, Michael Sailstorfer, Maarten Vanden Eynde
The fourth Corrillos is hosted by Katarina Zdjelar with presentations by Ozlem Altin and Anke Bangma.
The Spanish word Corrillos stands for an informal meeting of people who casually gather together and discuss whatever topic in a non-hierarchic way.
The third Corrillos is hosted by Christien Meindertsma with presentations by Florentijn Hofman and Reineke Otten.
Lorenzo Bruni (IT) presents an ambitious group show with 18 artists, including Rirkrit Tiravanija, James Lee Byars, Peter Coffin, Bas Jan Ader, Dan Rees, Felix Gonzalez-Torresa and Jonathan Monk. No less than 29 works will be spread around the building in order to stimulate new consciousness of perception of space.
Everything in the universe, and everything of man, would be registered at a distance as it was produced. In this way a moving image of the world will be established, a true mirror of his memory. From a distance, everyone will be able to read text, enlarged and limited to the desired subject, projected on an individual screen. In this way, everyone from his armchair will be able to contemplate creation, as a whole or in certain of its parts. - Paul Otlet (1934)
Formatting Utopia will explore the potentials and pitfalls of the internet and it's formats for knowledge organisation at the Mundaneum.
The second Corrillos is hosted by Melle Smets with presentations of Liesbeth Koot and Jan Konings.
Curator/artist Karolin Tampere (NO) worked intensively together with artist Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), dissolving the presupposed roles of artist and curator. Their long dialogue and collaboration resulted in an installation in which two walls converse about the meaning of life, the universe and several strange objects in the room.
The first Corrillos is hosted by initiators Marjolijn Dijkman and David Maroto with presentations of Lara Almarcegui and Jan Jongert (2012 Architecten).
Maarten Vanden Eynde and Marjolijn Dijkman will be travelling through China with main visits to Xiamen and Shanghai to explore a possible new project with Enough Room for Space hosted by CEAC in Xiamen.
Localisms focuses on the poetry in the street, the discovery of the (urban) landscape, unnoticed sounds, the investigative look, archives of image and sound, wanderlust and world travellers. The artists and designers participating in Localisms share a common interest in the singularities and peculiarities of specific locations. During the run of the exhibition new work is developed and new participants will add their observations.
The artists and designers participating in this workshop share a common interest in the singularities and peculiarities of specific locations. The workshop focuses on the area F-7, the only plot of land in the heart of Almere that hasn’t been rulerdrawn yet.
The core question of the event is "how is art, and cultural production more broadly, at once driving capitalist valorisation in the city and able to project forms of social relations that do not produce value for capital?"
Two days of workshops, discussions, walks, presentations, installations and screenings that articulate approaches and experiences around the contentious nexus of culture and urban regeneration in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London, Glasgow and Barcelona.
Public presentation of the results of the residency period at LACE/Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, an independent, non-profit organization that supports, exhibits and advocates innovations in art-making. We will present our first impressions to the LA-public in a slideshow, a series of posters and a presentation of new works.
During February 2008, a group of seven European artists and designers will be in residence at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) as part of the artist project Los Angeles Works.
With: Anthony Auerbach, Marjolijn Dijkman, Martijn Hendriks, Charlotte Moth, Eva Moulaert, Jens Schildt and Maarten Vanden Eynde.
Dunja Herzog’s project „Pah’Bèt“ builds on her personal contact with bronze casters in Foumban, Cameroon, the capital of the Bamum culture. Besides intergrating Pah’Bèt at the shops of local arts and crafts merchands, Dunja researched the history of bronze casting in the Bamum culture and the ways in which global trade affects this practice.
The participating artists for this meeting all work with different kinds of ongoing photographic archival processes within practice. During a one day workshop we will discuss similarities and differences in each others approaches and question how to deal with collections of photographic observations.
Please Excuse our Appearance is an experimental artists’ residency that will reflect on the changing face of Eastside, a former industrial neighborhood in Birmingham. Spilling out from its central hub at Ikon Eastside, the project will investigate the myriad public spaces around Digbeth and the Irish Quarter.
The symposium Remapping Los Angeles / Excavating the Future will investigate different attitudes towards the physical imaginary of Los Angeles. Is there a common concern or aesthetics when a group of artists, writers and researchers from divergent backgrounds produce works informed by the place and time we call Los Angeles?
Thinking About! is a two-days meeting. doual'art will present its work and discuss with the artists, architects and cultural operators, who will be involved in the cultural projects in Douala in the coming years. Artists, such as James Beckett and Blaisse Bang, will take part in the round-table and will share their experiences.
The History of Tomorrow contains a short sci-fi story staged in the near future. The story is set around the Van Abbemuseum and describes a situation in the future where the gravitation on earth is slowly disappearing. The main character is closely connected to the museum and its collection plays an important part in the story.
The ANNEX will function like an additional residence and production / research space within the existing structure of the Jan van Eyck Academie and will open up space for artists to work there for maximum three or four weeks.
Premiere of the documentary ‘Georgia Here We Come’, by David Djindjikhachvili and Krzysztof Wegiel. The multi evening will be completed with a performance by Nino P. and a special appearence by Eric Robertson (K9-Reconstruction Prototype). Don’t miss it!
Inspired by the Georgian toasting culture we'll invite our audience to come together and discuss the titles and content of international art events in the form of speeches. We ask the participants to create new cocktails in small groups, inspired by the different Biennale titles and themes. The ingredients for the cocktails will be used to express their feelings, thoughts and emotions coming up while thinking of those titles. The outcome will be translated into a toast, carried out while consuming the new cocktails. Cheers!
David Djindjikhachvili and Krzysztof Wegiel made a documentary about the present situation in Georgia and the project 'Georgia Here We Come' in specific. The documentary gives insight in the exchangeproject and David Djindjikhachvili and Krzysztof Wegiel followed the participating artists in Tbilisi Georgia and in Utrecht in The Netherlands. Besides the works of the artists the current situation in the both countries are presented and discussed.
The second residency part of Georgia Here We Come! will take place from the 21th of August till the 17th of September 2006. The following artist are invited to come and work in the Netherlands: Lado Darakhvelidze, Mamuka Samkharatze, Melano Sokhadze, Polina Rudchik, Luiza Laperadze, Bessa Kartlelishvili, Aleksandre katsitadze and Giorgi Tabatadze. They will develop new works and will visit many places in the Netherlands.
"Humans are herd animals, and mankind derives its monopoly on earth from collaboration. This survival strategy has proven to be the most successful to guarantee individual survival. In unity there is strength..."
Maarten Vanden Eynde contributed a column to the publication So Fresh! with a passionate tribute to collaboration.
On the 9th of May, the official Europe Day, 40 art institutes from all 25 EU member states will fly the new European flag. Some of them will also present a special exhibition relating to the European Union, organize a debate or host a lecture.
An improvised one minute workshop by David Djindjikhachvili, Krzysztof Wegiel and Stefaan Dheedene during Georgia Here We Come! The One Minutes is a place for artists to experiment, to produce and to present within the inexorable limit of 60 seconds, initiated by the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (NL).
Exchange project between Marika Asatiani and Maarten Vanden Eynde, who will live each others life for three weeks while residing in Tbilisi, Georgia and Los Angeles, US.
After the Rose Revolution in 2003, the new Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili called back his fellow country-men, who fled Georgia in the past decades, to come and help rebuild the once prosperous and wealthy country into a modern western democracy. We decided to respond to this call as well and see for our selves how a new democracy is being introduced or rather implanted and what the side-effects are of such an enormous political and sociological shift.
Launch of the weblog which functions as an online sketchbook where, besides individual work, other artworks, events in history, scientific discoveries, intellectual discourse and philosophical explorations are assembled in order to be able to define Genetology. The content is categorised within the different existing branches of science since they represent our best attempt to separate and encapsulate all existing knowledge.
Compiled by: Maarten Vanden Eynde
ERforS in Filiale will be the last exhibition in Filiale, an artist-initiative that is located in one of the few old not yet renovated sites in Basel. The building will be be torn down after this project and during our residency we will focus on this fragile position in the city and we'll try to open up new kind of spaces in this over regulated city.
Arend Roelink and Maarten Vanden Eynde will stay for a ten day residency in the heart of Rome during which new works will be developed. Residence Barberini invited Dobrila Denegri to organize a residency program for a year in suite 12 of the hotel. Enough Room for Space is the third resident this year.