Dates: 14 October - 14 December 2022
Location: Studio S Cc Strombeek
Opening: Friday 14 October from 18:00 - 21:00
Participating Artists: Alice De Mont; Marjolijn Dijkman with Toril Johannessen, Henry Vega, Jan Willem Troost; Sarah van Lamsweerde with Dada Stella Kitoga, Esther Mugambi; Pauline Hafsia M'barek; Bie Michels with Liantsoa Rakotonaivo; Rune Peitersen; Kristof Van Gestel; Dimitri Vangrunderbeek with Wouter Krokaert; and Guy Woueté.
This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of: the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgium, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Die Biennale für Aktuelle Fotografie and the Mondriaan Fund.
The Performing Objects project was started in 2014 by a group of artists who each experiment with objects in their own way. In recent years, in a changing line-up, they have worked around the performativity of "things," the materiality of the world around us and meanings of objects in social and artistic processes. To this end, the members created various experimental situations testing our human relationship to objects. Among other things, they have organised group sessions, constructive feedback moments, workshops, lectures, site visits, meetings with invited guests, exhibitions, and publications.
The exhibition at Cc Strombeek, which also marks the final stage of this project, brings together for the first time the results of this years-long research in Studio S. Rather than a final exhibition, the artists have chosen to use Studio S as a performative space. The exhibition is constantly in transformation: some artworks will disappear or change, whilst others will be added. Cc Strombeek will present work by Alice De Mont; Marjolijn Dijkman with Toril Johannessen, Henry Vega, Jan Willem Troost; Sarah van Lamsweerde with Dada Stella Kitoga, Esther Mugambi; Pauline Hafsia M'barek; Bie Michels with Liantsoa Rakotonaivo; Rune Peitersen; Kristof Van Gestel; Dimitri Vangrunderbeek with Wouter Krokaert; and Guy Woueté.
In line with their methodology based on exchange, connection and feedback, a public programme is organised concurrently. One Saturday a month, members activate their work through performances, talks, lectures or workshops. Each evening, the programme is ritually concluded with a "Soup Conversation": a public conversation moment with the artists where visitors are invited to participate with a bowl of homemade soup. Marjolijn Dijkman's work LUNÄ (since 2011), a copy of the original table used by the eighteenth-century Lunar Society, is the central meeting place for these moments.
Participants in the exhibition program: Alice De Mont; Marjolijn Dijkman with Toril Johannessen, Henry Vega, Jan Willem Troost; Sarah van Lamsweerde with Dada Stella Kitoga, Esther Mugambi; Pauline Hafsia M'barek; Bie Michels with Liantsoa Rakotonaivo; Rune Peitersen; Kristof Van Gestel; Dimitri Vangrunderbeek with Wouter Krokaert; and Guy Woueté.
Opening Friday 14 October 18:00 - 21:00
Program 15th October 2022:
14:00 - 17:00 Bie Michels en Liantsoa Rakotonaivo, Piles of Bricks
The work 'Piles of Bricks' by Bie Michels, is at the center of this performance. During an improvisation session in collaboration with Malagasy artist Liantsoa Rakotonaivo and the members of Performing Objects, the bricks are being moved around. Simple gestures, based on scores, reflect on how they impact and change reality. ticket
18:00 - 20:00 Soup Conversation #1 Performing Object: Collective Research and Experiment
Moderator: Rune Peitersen
Performing Objects invites the audience to share a bowl of home-made soup and to take part in a collective conversation together with the members on the topic of Collective Research and Experiment.
Program 12 November 2022:
13:30 - 16:30 Sarah van Lamsweerde, Esther Mugambi and Dada Stella Kitoga, Paper is a leaf that will destroy us in its fall
A performative workshop inspired by the oral traditions of the Lega - a group of people from the Democratic Republic of Congo - with members of Performing Objects and guest participants. During this 3-hour workshop led by Lega-member Dada Stella Kitoga, the group will share memories and stories about an object each participant brings in. Outcomes will contribute to a contemporary ‘proverb string’.
This workshop takes place in English, French and Dutch. ticket
17:00 - 17:30 Dimitri Vangrunderbeek and Wouter Krokaert, From Chaos to Order and Back Again
A performative moment in which fragments and the material residues of past sculptures and installations by the artist together with objects belonging to the Cultural Center of Strombeek are examined by relating them to the fragility of a geometric patterned sand carpet presented throughout the exhibition space. ticket
18:00 - 20:00 Soup Conversation #2 Empowered Object: The object as Mediator
Moderator: Caroline Dumalin
Performing Objects invites the audience to share a bowl of home-made soup and to take part in a collective conversation together with the members on the topic of The Object as Mediator. ticket
20.30 - 21.00 Marjolijn Dijkman en Toril Johannessen - Reclaiming Vision
Film screening and live performance by composer Henry Vega and cellist Jan Willem Troost
Captured through a light microscope, Reclaiming Vision features a diverse cast of microorganisms, sampled from the brackish waters of the inner Oslo Fjord, alongside algae, cultivated at the University of Oslo. The film reveals various processes in the water that are hidden to the naked human eye. By investigating the brackish water, its inhabitants, its properties, and the traces left by human activities, the film is a reflection upon the relationship we humans have with our surroundings, especially through what we cannot see. The music for the film is a composition for electronics, cello and voice, created by Henry Vega. The film was commissioned by The Munch Museum for Munchmuseet on the Move, 2018.
At CC Strombeek Vega accompanies the images of Reclaiming Vision with a live performance of the score, together with cellist Jan Willem Troost.
Location: Schouwburg Cc Strombeek Duration: 27 minutes Price: 5 euro ticket
Program 10 December 2022
9:30 - 12:00 Kristof Van Gestel, The Collective Collection
KAAp-workshop in collaboration with Gerda Debuck
workshop for children
This workshop takes place in Dutch.
Kristof Van Gestel has been working on the participatory art project The Collective Collection since 2019. For this he develops - together with countless participants who choose, donate, organise, value, assemble and (re)use everyday objects - ongoing strategies, techniques and metaphors for producing meaning. On the occasion of this exhibition, the artist organises a KAAp-workshop for children aged 6-12 years.
14:00 - 16:00 Rune Peitersen, RAABJERG
A presentation of the project RAABJERG (2022) and the accompanying book of Rune Peitersen. This will be followed by an open talk between Rune Peitersen (artist) and Edwin van Gelder (designer) on the book as an object and how the translation of RAABJERG from film to book came about. ticket
16:00 - 17:00 Pauline Hafsia M'barek, Leaky Things
Artist’s talk in which artist Pauline M’barek discusses Leaky Things, 2022, a new installation created for this exhibition which focuses on the permeable nature of the body, being both subject and object of the inquiry. ticket
17:15 - 17:45 Alice De Mont, Transformations
For this exhibition, De Mont asked the members of Performing Objects for a description of an object and translated it into a clayed form. During this event, the artist will introduce these 9 objects to the audience.
18:00 - 20:00 Soup Conversation #3 Engaging Object: Impact of Collective Practice
Moderator: Charlotte Crevits
Performing Objects invites the audience to share a bowl of home-made soup and to take part in a collective conversation together with the members. The topic will be the impact of being part of the collective Performing Objects on the personal practices/lives of the members, the impact of collective art projects in general, and looking back on the project in Cc Strombeek. ticket