December 2013: ECHOES – DiARTgonale Special Edition #2
photo: Vincent Meessen
First Launch: 5 December 2013, 15:00: SUD2013, Douala, Cameroon
Soon: Information about the launches in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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. Annette Schemmel curates the project in dialogue with artist Marjolijn Dijkman.
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.
2012 - 2013: Under Construction: Enough Room for Space HQ, BE
As a continuous support behind the different temporary projects, ERforS Head Quarters 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 artists, curators and writers in two guest accommodations and a work / presentation space. This site will not conform to the logic of an institutional space, but we aim to create a fluid space where life and work intertwine. In public and non public moments we will establish an intimate and sometimes vulnerable atmosphere that can stimulate new experiments and in depth critical reflection with audiences and peers. The entire building can be used for experiments with temporary collective living and working, incorporating privacy.
made possible with Triodos Bank
November 2012: JAMAN – DiARTgonale Special Edition #1
JAMAN – DiARTgonale Special Edition #1
Release in November 2012, as printed version and free digital reader
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.
Digital edition see: JAMAN – DiARTgonale Special Edition #1
Download: JAMAN - DiARTgonale Special Edition #1
Paper Edition: Distribution points in Europe and Africa
Order: 2,50 Euro + postal costs, contact email@example.com
French / English, 72 p., 26 x 20 cm
23 November 2012: Presentation of Christian Hanussek and Annette Schemmel, Iwalewa Haus / Bayreuth University, Bayreuth, DE
17 December 2012: Presentation of Annette Schemmel, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, DE
Editors: Marjolijn Dijkman and Annette Schemmel
Production: Annette Schemmel, Marjolijn Dijkman, Amélie Bouvier
Designer: Indre Klimaite
Support: Arts Collaboratory (NL), Stroom (NL), IFA (DE)
Contributors: Christian Hanussek (DE), Salifou Lindou (CM), Nyemb Popoli (CM), Michaela Oberhofer (DE), Achille K Komguem (CM), Andrew Gilbert (UK), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (DE, 1880 - 1938), Paul Hendrikse (NL), Louis-Marie Pouka-M’Bague (CM, 1910 – 1992), Anschaire Aveved (CM), Hervé Yamguen (CM), Dunja Herzog (CH), Garba Tanko (CM), Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE), Pascale Marthine Tayou (CM), Matthias de Groof (BE), Marjolijn Dijkman (NL), Nav Haq (UK), Annette Schemmel (DE), Jean Pierre Bekolo (CM)
16 and 17 April 2012: The Invisible Hand, Workshop, B-open, Bergen, NO
Location: HKS / Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen, NO
Initiated by: Toril Johannessen (B-open) and Marjolijn Dijkman (ERforS)
Supported by: Bergen kommune, Stiftelsen Fritt Ord, Norsk kulturrĺd, Hordland fylkeskommune, NKVN and BKFH
Speakers: Richard Sheldon, Ove Jakobsen and Charles Esche
Public debate: 16 April 2012, Hordaland Art Centre at 19:00h.
Major contemporary thinkers keep repeating that it is easier to imagine the end of the world then the end of capitalism. Simultaneously, protest movements all over the world are exploring and evaluating the core principles of capitalism, believing there are alternatives. These movements make visible a dismay that has been almost invisible for a long time in the western world. In front of banks and financial institutes people express their discomfort with the way the financial world has control over daily life and politics.
In the workshop The Invisible Hand, we will explore the way Adam Smith (the first major theorist of what we commonly call Capitalism) has influenced contemporary rhetoric's around Capitalism. His term 'The Invisible Hand' has been used and appropriated by many speakers, with contradicting points of views, and it became an important metaphor in the discussions on the influence of the free market. Together with a historian and an economist, a group of artists 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. The group will be challenged to take a stand in the discussion and develop a response towards these rapidly emerging global issues.
Norway has a very special position in Europe at the moment. Due to its wealth there is not the same urgency to rethink the value system like there is in other European countries or the United States at the moment. Its wealth if not its welfare system seems to be secured for another few generations to come. How does this particular situation affect the way Norwegians think about Norway´s role in the global economy, not to say the global environment, as the Norwegian economy is heavily dependent on oil as a commodity?
The workshop will be in the form of a seminar group limited to 15 registered participants, plus a panel discussion with historian Richard Sheldon, economist Ove Jakobsen and curator Charles Esche in the afternoon. The panel discussion will be open for the public.