A-Trans: A weekend of performances
Featuring KRAATZ - Writing on Art
EX-MÊKH + Yorgos Dimitriades: Kees Koomen - Tssssss K-BAM, Ellen Rodenberg - Feed, Maarten Schepers - Stelle
December 6 - 7 - 8, 2019 - A-Trans@Haus der Statistik, Berlin
As a result of the MÊKH-web exhibition at Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, for which we asked Marian Wijnvoord from Berlin to participate, we were all invited to do a pop-up performance-weekend by A-Trans, the art-platform in Berlin we all exhibitied with before. A space in the Haus der Statistik, a former DDR-archive, would be available. A-Trans asked EX-MÊKH to make an exhibition after which would remain in the space for the month of December. Everybody reacted with enthousiasm, so off to Berlinlittle over a month after we cleared Quartair!
Saturday December 7 – KRAATZ (Marian Wijnvoord and Forbes Morlock): Writing on Art
Marian prepared drawings of which she made art-books. She handed them to Forbes Morlock
Who studied them carefully
Then Forbes started to write over them
From the outside it looked like a strange ritual
I couldn't help having associations with the archiving of information on DDR citizens
After an hour of writing, erasing, sandpapering and such the performance stopped. Beautiful booklets with drawings and
small precise handwriting remains.
Saturday December 7– Kees Koomen: Tssssss K-BAM
In the context of writing The Diaries and writing down what enters my senses I will now try to visualize the sounds that I hear. Working together with improvising musician Yorgos Dimitriades who will improvise on percussion I will try to translate this sound into images.
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Saturday December 7 - Ellen Rodenberg: Feed
In this “In between time”- space of the Haus der Statistiek I want to do a performance in which I will show a working attitude. It originates from a barrel full of experiences in my studio, daily life and education which I feel to be socially and constructively useful in my functioning as a human being.
Saturday December 7 – Maarten Schepers: Stelle
Can we live in any place on Earth and call it Home? What is home? Is it the stuff that keeps us warm? Is it our past we recognize in our surroundings? Is it in the way we act to keep on living? Schepers will try to elaborate on this question in the performance he proposes.
EX MÊKH: Probe
A-Trans@Haus der Statistik, 6
December 2019 - A-Trans@Haus der Statistik, Berlin
Sunday December 8 – EX-MÊKH: The Act
EX-MÊKH was invited to make an exhibition in the space on the invitation of A-Trans which will be shown during the month of December. We came together as a collective that wants to think about the nature and process of making exhibitions. For this occasion the opening of the exhibition will be a theatrical performance about our practice. We will start a process in front of the public culminating in an exhibition.
December 2019 – EX-MÊKH - Exhibition: PROBE
In this exhibition EX-MÊKH will show their inspiration and working method, the themes that have always been important to the collective. The preceding acts during the performance weekend will be used as fertilizer for the process that will eventually result in an exhibition about the creating of an exhibition.
Trial by yours truly
Ellen seeks and tries
And the reflections in the window add to it
Hanging the pendants
Maarten added a coat rack
Ellen wrote a lot of notions she works with
And the game went on for three hours
Eventually satisfaction grew
My Sensitory Selfportrait with pendants was a nice context for all the colours
And my litttle canvasses/pendants were unemphatically present:
A collection of sentiments to avoid: haste - anger - unfocused - inertia - negligence
A collection of attitudes to dose: ambition - recognition - awareness - perfection - fear - greed
A view from the outside
Forms evolve as a matter of course
and colours combine naturally
Reflections show another outside than the Berlin city
From the outside a new world can be seen inside
And EX-MÊKH is happy with it!