The work was presented during the Interval°5. “With the performance festival Interval °5 on 15th November 2014 in Essen the action laboratory PAErsche showed solo performances by artists from Poland, Croatia and Belgium. In the temporary exhibition space ERDgeschoss visitors were offered an insight into the various trends of performance art from Europe.” Interval is founded and organized by Marita Bullmann on behalf of PAErsche – action laboratory.
Art in Context is a new extra curricular program of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The program offers to students a chance to place their work within particular social contexts and to generate knowledge and experience in addressing specific social issues.
The Unwritten Rites was developed as a part of this program and presented during the exposition ‘PUBLIC RELATIONS’ at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen, The Netherlands (29 May – 9 June, 2014).
The second part of this project is a space created with Cleo Florine, my colleague, inside the Museum, which we named ‘It is just our living situation’. That was our space to recharge while not working on our own piece.
‘They work within the frame, set the frame and are being framed.
— Hans Haacke
I work within the rules, set the rules and am being ruled.
We all erect walls. The one I will be interacting with, against, through, within, is heavy and can hardly be moved.
For ten days I will be questioning and testing myself in relation to the institutional rules, from the opening till the closing of the museum. How can we change the rules and are they needed? What is the relation between the ruled and the ruler – how do they mirror each other?’
The original texts are found on the website of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. I used them to come closer to the image that the academy publishes toward outside. It is important to say that those are written by different department representatives.
This project has started as an exploration of the privacy in the public space, for an example in the art academy. My colleague and friend Nicolina Eklund and I tried to experience several different spaces-places only listening with closed eyes, after that writing down what we heard, felt, thought during those minutes. One of the questions we asked – is the toilet only place of privacy?
Text by Nicolina Eklund. Photo by Claire Van Der Mee.
While traveling and assisting to Croatian photographer Sime Strikoman in 2006, I made a few photo series documenting his actions in different cities. The one that follows happened in Biograd, Croatia, and was named ‘Ship to Ship’.