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Disarm at TodaysArt, The Hague

26 Sep

23-25 September 2016

Disarm (mechanized) by Pedro Reyes in Pulchiri, The Hague.

Disarm (mechanized) by Pedro Reyes in Pulchiri, The Hague.

“Disarm (mechanized)” by Pedro Reys are a collection of mechanical musical instruments made in part out of firearms, including revolvers, shot-guns and machine-guns, given to him by the Mexican government in the city of Ciudad, Juarez, after they had been rendered useless by tanks and steamrollers. In hearing of his work “Palas Por Pistolas,” where he transformed 1,527 guns owned by the residents of Culiacán by melting these down into 1,527 shovels, which were then used to plant 1,527 trees around the world, he was offered 6,700 destroyed weapons from the Mexican Secretary of Defence in 2012. “Disarm (Mechanized),” his second work made from these firearms, can either be automated or played live by an operator using a laptop computer or midi keyboard. This 3.55 min video clip is a piece run from a laptop titled “Turner 2015” in the Pulchri gallery in the Hague.

“For Pedro Reyes the process of transforming weapons into objects of positive utility was more than physical. “It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place, the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for the lives lost.” Artlyst.com, 25 Sept, 2015

“Pedro Reyes’ work is a socio-political critique on contemporary society and our responsibility towards it. His projects are catalysts for communal and psychological transformation, triggering group interaction and creativity.

Disarm is a demand for towns and cities across the world to relinquish their weapons and transform them from agents of death to agents of life. It is an attempt to highlight the invisible violence that underpins the international industry of death and suffering: the commercial and government complicity that allows for weapons to be made and sold by public companies for shareholder profit; the laws banning assault rifles which go neglected; and the films and video-games which depict trigger-happy heroes. For Reyes, an idealist whose projects affect real change and are often explicit attempts to improve the society around him, a world free of guns is a human right, and a utopian ideal to which we should all aspire.” Lisson Gallery, 2013, London.

Pedro Reyes was born in Mexico City in 1972, where he lives and works. He has won international attention for his large-scale projects that associate social issues with imaginative solutions. Pedro Reyes was awarded a Medal for the Arts in January 2015, by the US State Department for his continued commitment to the State Department’s cultural diplomacy outreach.

See his website or his blog for more.

TodaysArt Festival, hosted annually since 2005 in the Hague, focusses on the presentation and development of contemporary visual and performing arts and emerging culture. About the 2016 edition.

The Big Draw Leiden

22 Sep

"One stem, one umbrella - we are all connected" drawn by Sonja van Kerkhoff

“One stem, one umbrella – we are all connected” drawn by Sonja van Kerkhoff


“The Big Draw Leiden” are diverse drawing related activities in the city of Leiden for 13-28 September 2014. One of these is “Teken Twee weken” (Draw 2 weeks). For a number of years now, Leiden artist, Christiaan van Tol has run a “daily drawing in today’s newspaper” – a kaleidoscope of current affairs through the drawn. “The Big Draw Leiden” city art gallery, The Lakenhal (the coordinators of the event) asked Christiaan to give a daily assignment for the drawing of the day which anyone could then upload on facebook using an upload + display application hosted by woobox. This weekend when I saw the assignment for ‘draw an umbrella’ and… out came what you see above.

0918_1539pawnshopOn the right is one of three drawings I made on shop windows. Roughly 20 shops in the city have drawings on the windows. This shop is a pawn shop but the “Give and Take” for me relates to the Bahai community as much as to the literal reference, which is why it is a 9 pointed star that appears above the hand.

Another activity I am involved in is the exhibition “Draw Smogasbord” of 16 prints on show above the entrance of the cafe/conference centre, “de tuin van de smid” in the rural park, Cronesteyn, Leiden.
This page has details of all the works.
If you click on a title you can view the work
.

“The Big Draw in Leiden” a life-drawing opportunity

2 Sep

Sketch of Tama (7 years), red biro, 2000, by Sonja van Kerkhoff.

Sketch of Tama (7 years), red biro, 2000.

Life-drawing with Sonja van Kerkhoff
Saturday, 13 Sept, 15.00 – 16.00
pre-registration + fee: 2 euro for the model.
Only 15 places guaranteed.
“De Tuin van de smid” meeting rooms/cafe, Cronensteyn.
Deadline for the booking: Sept 11 via sonjavank AT hotmail DOT com

As part of The Big Draw series of exhibitions and events in Leiden, Sonja will arrange for a model in traditional Dutch clothing for one hour in “de tuin van de smid” (google maps link) a cafe and meeting rooms in the middle of the Cronensteyn park.

You can come and draw as well or you can participate in the drawing lesson.

When you arrive (2.45) indicate if you wish to have a lesson from Sonja van Kerkhoff. Materials needed for the lesson: bring 1 or more sheets of a4 or a3 paper, a hardboard or cardboard for the paper, peg for holding the paper on the board, a pencil, conte or pen.
Contact Antoinette Voogd (link to come) if you wish to purchase drawing materials for the lesson from her.

Sonja van Kerkhoff (Born New Zealand, has lived in Leiden since 1999), teaches drawing by a way of looking at space. You learn how to see the spaces and to draw these rather than contours. Lines are not the focus and so you will be surprised how fluid the results are. Beginners or those accomplished in drawing are welcome. More about Sonja is here > www.sonjavank.com

Last week of “Film + Art” Leiden theatre + music in Galerie de pieter

29 Jun
Erik Olijerhoek reads post in POST theatre, all about the postmodern, with Gideon Roggeveen on the backstage at Galerie de Pieter, Leiden

Erik Olijerhoek reads post in POST theatre, all about the postmodern, with Gideon Roggeveen on the backstage at Galerie de Pieter, Leiden

openingstijden t/m 7 juli + supposten >>

Programma
Gratis entree en als je het goed vindt gooi wat in de pet daarna voor de makers

za. 29 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
19.00 Vroege muziek en hedendaagse versies van Feyen en Vermasse.
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: Dempsey speelt Dempsey
Leids band met eigen liedjes. www.dempsey.nl

zo. 30 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
17.00-19.30 Galerie is GESLOTEN
19.30: “Destination inconnu – Een postmodern reisverslag”
Jos van Broek verteld met dias
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: LUCHT van Levend Lijf, theater in beeld en beweging (www.levendlijf.nl).

dinsdag: 2 juli, 19.30 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
20.00: Post tv uitzending met vraag en antwoord over het postmodernisme van Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

za. 6 juli, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
20.00: Fields of Wonder voorstelling (www.fieldsofwonder.nl) + Bed Peace 2013 van Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff.

zo. 7 juli
13.00 – 16.00: KETEL HAEZER met fragmenten IlIASZ
Geluidstheater live ‘chloor voor de oren’
van Klaas Bolhuis
20.00: Afsluiting POST
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl) Beperkt ruimte. Een boeking is nodig voor 7 juli.

de hele avond programma voor “film + kunst” >>

“Film + Art” theater en muziek avonden in galerie de pieter

17 Jun

openingstijden t/m 7 juli + supposten >>

Programma
Gratis entree en als je het goed vindt gooi wat in de pet daarna voor de makers

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, 31 May.

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, met videos van Theolijke Smit, Coen van der Geest + de Leiden International Short Film Experience.

dinsdag: 25 juni, 19.30 galerie is open met een interactieve projectie in de foyer, en de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
20.00: The Happy Acorns spelen alternatieve bluegrass, americana en alt country.
(facebook.com)
21.00: Post tv uitzending met vraag en antwoord over het postmodernisme van Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

vr. 28 juni, 19.30 galerie is open met een interactieve projectie in de foyer, en de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
buiten het galerie in Leiden: De Lakenfeesten (lakenfeesten.nl).
21.00: De Recycling Act
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Kuiper|Berbée met muziek van “Vetschiller” (Vetschiller met Kuiper en Berbée op het Magneetfestival Amsterdam + Vetschiller’s YouTube-kanaal)
22.00: Post voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

za. 29 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
19.00 Vroege muziek en hedendaagse versies van Feyen en Vermasse.
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: Dempsey speelt Dempsey
Leids band met eigen liedjes. www.dempsey.nl

zo. 30 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
17.00-19.30 Galerie is GESLOTEN
19.30: “Destination inconnu – Een postmodern reisverslag”
Jos van Broek verteld met dias
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: LUCHT van Levend Lijf, theater in beeld en beweging (www.levendlijf.nl).

dinsdag: 2 juli, 19.30 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
20.00: Post tv uitzending met vraag en antwoord over het postmodernisme van Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

za. 6 juli, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
20.00: Fields of Wonder voorstelling (www.fieldsofwonder.nl) + Bed Peace 2013 van Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff.

zo. 7 juli
13.00 – 16.00: KETEL HAEZER met fragmenten IlIASZ
Geluidstheater live ‘chloor voor de oren’
van Klaas Bolhuis
20.00: Afsluiting POST
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl) Beperkt ruimte. Een boeking is nodig voor 7 juli.

Framing “Film + Kunst” in the old post office, Leiden

13 Jun

Site-specific installation by Robbert Pauwels.

Site-specific installation by Robbert Pauwels.

Detail in the "Film + Kunst" exhibition with work by Inge Reisberman, Adrian Faes, and Katharina Pohlmann.

Detail in the “Film + Kunst” exhibition with work by Inge Reisberman, Adrian Faes, and Katharina Pohlmann.

The exhibition “Film + Kunst” curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff plays with the idea of a frame or medium. It includes films made by artists, and art in response to a selection of films from the Leiden International Short Film Experience.

Eleven artists were invited to make site-specific installations in the old post office building. Catharina van Velden’s room of drawings, objects and video is a gesamtkunstwerk – you walk into the frame, while in the post office safe, Inge Reisbermann’s projection of a nocturnal cat patrolling its territory references the edges of the frame. In Astrid Moors’ room your touch on the interactive screen affects the framework around the protagonists inside the frame. And Klaas Bolhuis’ room changes the framework of the art gallery. His contribution is a functioning art library. You can rent the artworks he has on display, while Suzanne van Rossenberg’s series “A Room with a Lesbian view” is about the intangible. Her work is a conceptual process that unfolds along the walls.

POST theatre on May 31st by Erik Oijerhoek + Gideon Roggeveen in the garage area of the gallery.

POST theatre on May 31st by Erik Olijerhoek + Gideon Roggeveen in the garage area of the gallery.


Meanwhile in the back of the gallery, there is a constantly changing theatre and recording of the theatrical in the form of live takes, live interviews, video and installation by the duo, Roggeveen/Olijerhoek.

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, 31 May.

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, 31 May.

On entering the show you encounter an empty bed and a collection of televisions.
Some show videos, some show static, some might not be functioning, and words have been painted onto some of the screens. A notice informs you that the televisions are in a constant state of flux and on your next visit there will be differing films on show and other televisions at work. This work “Bed Peace 2013” by Carmen McGlinn sets the tone for an exhibition which is as much about what is outside of the frame as inside. The show which includes works by 25 artists also features live theatre and performances by Roggeveen/Olijerhoek , Fields of Wonder, and De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee.

Artists:
Inge Reisberman, Fields of Wonder,Yoke Ferwerda, Daniëlle Celie, Barthel Brussee, Wendy van Baar, Robbert Pauwels, Christiaan van Tol, Katharina Pöhlmann, Suzanne van Rossenberg, Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, Erik Flikkensch​ild, Gideon, Roggeveen|Olijerhoek, Erik, Catharina van Velden, Coen van der Geest, De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee, Iris Mechielsen, Christie Greeve, Loes van Dorp, Theolieke Smit, Emilie Gallier, Michel Siebes, Astrid Moors, Adrian Faes, Henk Hannemann. This page has links to their work >>

“Film + Kunst” @ Galerie de Pieter,
Breestraat 46 (Gallery website)
Open: Sundays + Saturdays (za + zo) 13 – 17.00, (vr) 21 June, 16-18.00
AND: from 7:30 p.m. till 10 p.m. with the following live events on:
25, 28, 29, 30 June, + 2, 6, 7 July.
Ook open op:
11, 25, 28, 29, 30 juni en 2, 6, 7 juli, 19:30-22.00

25 June: 19.30 Gallery is open.
20.00-20.30 concert: The Happy Acorns met acoustische meemrstemmige americana covers Concert by the Leiden acoustic folk music band, “The Happy Acorns”
21.00-22.00: meer: POST discussie, eten, workshoppen met Gideon, Erik + Sonja More “POST” discussion + workshop.

Kijk op de galerie rooster | The Gallery roster and opening times >>

Meer info over de volgende avonden in “Film+Kunst” komt binnenkort.
More details about the following evening events will be added soon.

28, 29, 30 June, 8 p.m.: Theatre by Gideon Roggeveen | Olijerhoek, Erik, De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee and yet to be announced acts + interactive installaties by Sonja van Kerkhoff

Performance by Emilie Gallier at the opening.

Performance by Emilie Gallier at the opening.

2 July, 8-10 p.m.: Meer “POST” / More “POST” events.

6 July, 8 p.m.: Fields of Wonder

7 July, 8 p.m.: Theatre by Gideon Roggeveen | Olijerhoek, Erik, De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee and yet to be announced performances + interactive installaties by Sonja van Kerkhoff

The “Film + Kunst” show – FILMS: by artists, and from the Leiden International Short Film Experience

10 Jun
Site-specific installation by Robbert Pauwels.

Site-specific installation and video by Robbert Pauwels, Leiden.

This page has details about the films shown during the exhibition “film + kunst” in Galerie de Pieter, between 31 May and 7 July 2013 (Facebook).

The show was curated so that viewers would be aware of the way things are framed, not just in terms of the location of works, but also in the juxtapositionings between the diversity of media. The films shown were often placed into a context of dialogue with works by other artists such as in the work in the main room, Bed Peace 2013. Here the changing arrangement of the monitors as well as the scattered cabling and unmade bed, evoked a sense of process or change. review: “Framing the “film + kunst” show” >>

The LISFE (Leiden International Short Film Experience) films

Detail of "Bed Peace 2013" a performance and installation by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, showing the films "9 Times" by Sansculotte to music by AMIT, "Stopwoord" by Coen van der Geest, "Ablutions" by Sonja van Kerkhoff, and "Ontpoppen" by Theolieke Smit.

Detail of “Bed Peace 2013” a performance and installation by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, showing the films “9 Times” by Sansculotte to music by AMIT, “Stopwoord” by Coen van der Geest (inspired by the poem by Sybren Polet), “Ablutions” by Sonja van Kerkhoff, and “Ontpoppen” by Theolieke Smit.

Although 42 films were chosen not all were available and so finally only 18 ended up being shown in exhibition “film + kunst.”

The following eight films were also shown during LIS-VHS-FE a LISFE (Leiden International Short Film Experience) event which was an evening of performance, installations, and film showings, hosted in the Openmakers Aalmarkt 15B Studio (These are studio spaces in vacated shops in the centre of Leiden).

A projection of the film "Dawn of the Rainbow 1939" by Katie Godwin through the work "Inland Soul at Sea" by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 7 June 2013, in the Openmaker Studios, Leiden

A projection of the film “Dawn of the Rainbow 1939” by Katie Godwin through the work “Inland Soul at Sea” by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 7 June 2013, in the Openmaker Studios, Leiden

1. 9 Times 4′ 22”
Animation: Sansculotte, a collective of artists, programmers and designers based in Berlin. Music: “9 Times” by AMIT,a UK based live Music Artist, Composer and Producer. View on vimeo.

2. Bird of Flames 5′ 33″
Director: Chel White, U.K.
Producer: David Lynch
Written by David Lynch and Dean Hurley. Performed by Chrysta Bell and David Lynch.
A song by musician/filmmaker David Lynch and his music collaborator Chrysta Bell, from the album This Train. In conceptualizing the video, director Chel White wanted to find a dream-like place between stop motion animation and live action. Driven by the music of David Lynch and Chrysta Bell, Bird of Flames is a meditation on the enigmatic nature of love. Watch on vimeo, 5’33”. Purchase the album at chrystabell.com

3. Carbon 4’55” by Dylan Ladds (watch)

4. Between Regularity and Irregularity 7’20” by Tsutani Masahiro, Japan
(synopsis + stills)

5. Dawn of the Rainbow 2’45” by Katie Godwin, U.K.
Soundtrack: Wayne Urquhart, U.K.

6. CRJYKLCW 20′
Dir: Pierrick Servais. Prod: Tapas Films, France.

A projection of the film “Threshold Economics″ by Hope Peterson (Canada), through the work “Inland Soul at Sea” by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 7 June 2013, in the Openmaker Studios, Leiden

A projection of the film “Threshold Economics″ by Hope Peterson (Canada), through the work “Inland Soul at Sea” by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 7 June 2013, in the Openmaker Studios, Leiden

7. Dankumba 12’13” Dir: Bakary Diallo, Mali
Photography: Sylvain Briend,
Music: Pacifique, Mali
Production: Le Fresnoy, France

The film looks at how superstitions bind members of a society to each other and to the past through daily life, rituals and objects; it explores imagination, feeling and freedom of individuals and their relation to the universal.

8. Threshold Economics 5’53”
by Hope Peterson, Canada, 2011. Observations from a high vantage point

One of the artists in the exhibition made sketches -like storyboard screenshots- of the film: Behind The Window 13’58” by Nagham Abboud, Iran.

Detail of the main room showing the film "Behind the Window". Other films show here are L to R: "Ablutions" by Sonja van Kerkhoff, "Ontpoppen" by Theolijke Smit, and "Pulp Fiction" (right of the pillar) by Quentin Tarantino.

Detail of the main room showing the film “Behind the Window”. Other films show here are (left of the pillar): “Ablutions” by Sonja van Kerkhoff, “Ontpoppen” by Theolieke Smit, and (right of the pillar) “Pulp Fiction” by Quentin Tarantino. “Pulp Fiction” was chosen as an iconic Hollywood art movie of the nineties which Carmen painted text from “The Hidden Words” over during the performance.

“Behind the window” is a coming of age film centered around 10 year old boy in a poorer part of the city who discovers beauty through a window and then captures this on a camera. This film was shown on a monitor facing the walls of drawings by Christiaan van Tol (Watch this film on Vimeo).

Nine LISFE Films shown on another monitor in the main space of the gallery.
1. Plural 4’22”, 2011, Dan Inglis, New Zealand.
An experimental short film exploring concepts of mythology, world-view, subjectivity, and relationships between human perception and nature (Watch).

2. Autoportrait 4’30”, 2011 by Natali Ilchuk, Ukraine.
An ode in visuals to the Zaporozhets: a series of compact cars built and designed in the Soviet Ukraine, 1958-1994.

3. Going somewhere?4′ 33″, 2012 by Shachindra Kumar Dass. Produced in Finland. Filmed in India.
Silhouettes of passing cyclists, cars and buses over a bridge.

4. Disfire 10′
Dir: Clèment Mona. Prod: Alligator Studio, France (View the 48 second trailer).

5. Dot in the line 60″ 2012 by Basir Mahmood, Pakistan
A replay of the fable, “The tortoise and the hare” where a young man competes against a tortoise (Watch on Vimeo).

6. Ecstatic Mould 6’23” 2013, by Paul Fletcher, Australia
Abstractions of rolling, surging walls of colour and densely packed imagery.

7. Elegy 10′ 10″ 2011, by Sandra Vida, Canada
Nature imagery on the theme of mortality.

8. Wojoh (Faces) 38′ 2012, by Said Najmi, Jordan
Vivid snapshots of Bedouin family life in the Jordanian Petra desert.

9. Gotland & the Infinite Whistle 42′ 2012, by Juliacks, Sweden
Sound score: a live performance with MAG, the audience and Juliacks at an event produced by GRRRNDZERO in Lyon, France (Watch on Vimeo).

Starring Josefin Alfredson Agnestig as the totem – The Infinite Whistle. The footage is from Almedalen Week -an eco-rock festival in Gotland. The actions appear to be rituals for mother earth.
The film is made with support from The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Film Centrum Stockholm, Gotland Film Productions HB, Nattlek Productions. First shown at the Kulturhuset as part of the International Stockholm Comics Festival.

Ten LISFE Films shown on another monitor in the main space of the gallery.

to be added soon