Augentausch

A-trans Berlin (D) - September 12 until October 31 2015

The program A Recipro-City of A trans will examine the relationship of exhibiting artists and their work to the city in all its aspects. It seeks the influence of urban surroundings have on artistic practice. The work of Dutch artist group EX-MÊKH is based on creating space and fostering interaction; interaction of the collaborators, of the artists and the exhibition spaces with each their own social and cultural character, of the interaction with invited artists, their public and with new visitors. Ex-MÊKH creates space in two ways: in a very literal sense by research into exhibition spaces and in a mental sense creating space by developing new ideas or by treading unknown paths.

EX-MÊKH is the name for the collaboration of visual artists Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen and Maarten Schepers. The experiences of the public space interventions from Malieveld Project (since April 2012) have great influence on the artists‘ collaboration. On the Malieveld in Den Hague a number of artists gathers each week to make, present, discuss and document art in public space ( https://sites.google.com/site/malievelddenhaag4  ) From the beginning of 2007 onwards EX-MÊKH organized exhibitions in a number of spaces, varying from small intimate rooms to large, more intimidating halls. The context in which the artworks were presented has been determined each time again.

To Berlin EX-MÊKH is presenting a new layered exhibition in and around the gallery-space in which they will relate to the actual urban surroundings in Berlin. They will also engage in the local socio-cultural situation and will try to activate the public. Next to the exhibition they will perform actions in the public spaces of Berlin and during the Happy Talk in the gallery space. Ellen Rodenberg is interested in the human mindset toward space, time and situation when entering her world of art. She wants to combine her new research about how to imagine the process of creation with parts of older installations and presentations to engage the public in this world.
Kees Koomen will relate to the reciprocity of art in his own art. He processes his own experiences with German culture from his diaries into multi- disciplinary work in the gallery’s interior and engages the public by asking for commentary.
Maarten Schepers will create a seemingly paradoxical space in the gallery which will make outside space of the inside of the gallery. The sculpture might be the last hide out for the artist in Berlin.

 

The opening of the exhibition was performed by artcritic/curator Matthias Reichelt who spoke out this text .

 


Front of the gallery


Front: Maarten Schepers, in front of the gallery: Maarten Schepers


Maarten Schepers


Maarten Schepers


Front: Maarten Schepers, back: Kees Koomen


Maarten Schepers (detail)


Left: Ellen Rodenberg, front: Maarten Schepers, right: Kees Koomen


Left: Kees Koomen - Racine, right: Ellen Rodenberg - Tools (out of order)


Ellen Rodenberg: Tools (Out of order)


Ellen Rodenberg: Tools (Out of order)


Ellen Rodenberg: Tools (Out of order) (detail)


Ellen Rodenberg: Tools (Out of order), right: Ellen Rodenberg - Tools


Maarten Schepers: Trophäen


Maarten Schepers: Trophäen


Oversight back-space gallery


Front: Ellen Rodenberg - Tools (out of order), above: Kees Koomen - Transmission, left: Kees Koomen - Fruits (Augsburg), Right: Kees Koomen: Racine II


Kees Koomen: Fruits (Augsburg)


Kees Koomen: Racine II


Kees Koomen: Celan


Ellen Rodenberg


Ellen Rodenberg: Tools


Ellen Rodenberg: Tools


Kees Koomen: Fruits, Dillenburg


Kees Koomen: Racine I


Kees Koomen: A Secret Alliance


Kees Koomen: Alliance


Left: Ellen Rodenberg - Tools, right: Kees Koomen - Alliance


Ellen Rodenberg's opening performance


Engaging the public in the creative process


The results of which were shared


 


Oversight front space gallery


Left: Kees Koomen - Fruits, Middle Ellen rodenberg, Right: Kees Koomen - Putin


Left: Ellen Rodenberg Z.T., Tools (out of order), right: Kees Koomen - Putin


Kees Koomen: left - Aquaplaning, Dillenburg, Front - Fruits, in mirror - A Secret Alliance


Kees Koomen: Aquaplaning, Dillenburg

TheFinissage took place October 31, 2015 in the gallery. The program was one performance by Kees Koomen, one performance by Ellen rodenberg and a musical improvisation by Yorgos Dimitriadis. Ellen Rodenberg and Yorgos Dimitiriadis collaborated on Ellen's request after which Yorgos did a solo too.


Kees Koomen: "Darf ich af Ihre Gedanken mit fahren?"


Kees Koomen: "Darf ich af Ihre Gedanken mit fahren?"


Ja, gewiss!


sicher


durch die Ausstellung


nog mal versuchen


Kees Koomen: "Darf ich af Ihre Gedanken mit fahren?"


Kees Koomen: "Darf ich af Ihre Gedanken mit fahren?"


Kees Koomen: "Darf ich af Ihre Gedanken mit fahren?"


Ellen Rodenberg: Performance


Ellen Rodenberg: Performance


Ellen Rodenberg: Performance


Ellen Rodenberg: Performance


Ellen Rodenberg: Performance


Ellen Rodenberg's  Performance was accompanied by music of Yorgos Dimitriades


Which  was a fruitful interaction


And after Ellen's perfomance Yorgos Dimitriades played a wonderful solo-piece


After clearing out, the remains of the day....

 

http://atrans.org/program/a-trans-feat-ex-mekh/