Art Athina 2015-VII – Talks: Dutch Initiatives @ Platform Projects

6 juni 2015

Today, saturday, was a very busy day: there was an unending stream of visitors goïng past our booth and in the afternoon we were part of Talks, a part of Art Athena in which discussions and lectures were pesented to an interested audience. Together with three other initiatives from Holland we tried to give an idea of our artistic practice. The space was not crowded but the talks were received well. As for EX-MÊKH: Greek artists wondered about how we financed all our activities. The city of Den Haag and especially STROOM, the bureau that executes cultural politics of the city, is very active in facilitating artistic endeavour. In spite of the national budget cuts artists in Den Haag have serious advantages because of the policy of this institution. On the other hand a project like the Malieveld does not cost a cent, it just takes energy to go to the Malieveld every week, to create something there and to discuss it. George Oreopoulos, the mediator of the talks wanted to know how high the tension would get between the three participators in EX-MÊKH during our projects, but I could reassure him: though discussions can get fierce we are and will stay good friends which helps a lot to get results. The other initiatives: IS-Projects from Leiden, the Tupajumi-Foundation from Rotterdam and kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders from Den Haag also showed their activities of which the first two are not only national. Elders from Den Haag is still young, but they do strive for more international exposure trying to get attention to the quality of perception of art. here you wil find some pictures:


Before the Dutch Initiatives Finnish Initiatives took the table. Here MUU from Helsinki with their exhibiting artist explained their way of working


George Oreopoulos, the mediator and the guy who is responsible for Beton Radio, an art show on Greek radio.


Berenice Staiger talked about the activities of the Tupajumi Foundation and explained the TFHMF award


The succesful FITAX-happenings were also explained


EX-MÊKH had prepared a brief history of our activities which your humble correspondent talked about

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With an interesting backdrop we felt very professional


Questions were answered accordingly


IS-Projects was represented by Iemke van Dijk and curating artist John Talmann. First Iemke told about how IS Projects started in their own home in Leiden and how they developed in an initiative that is not very well known in Holland, but shows mainly international activities. Then Tallman explained about how their presentation @ Platforms Project came to life. ( Sorry for the bad picture, something went wrong at that time)


A picture of the living room of IS-Projects in Leiden


Finally Liesbeth van Woerden and Liesbeth Bos of kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders explained their preconditions and showed mood pictures of their activities which worked wonderful in combination with the graphic mind-maps.

Art Athina 2015-Talks

Art Athina 2015 V

4 juni 2015

Today the fair would open: after some fine-tuning of the booth the insurance people came by and at 15.00 h the press-opening would start. Then, at 17.00 h, the VIP-opening started. Later that evening it would really get crowded, but less than last year, when the VIP-opening and the general opening were combined. Participants in Platform Projects can not sell because here the idealistic initiatives present themselves at an idealistic rate,  lower than the commercial galleries. Reactions and interest were encouraging for EX-MÊKH of whom you can see the works here:


The posters Ben Faydherbe makes for us are better each year as you can see. He is really a secret member of EX-MÊKH!


We had a good view from the other side of the ring on which Platforms Projects was situated


This is an oversight of the booth from one angle


And this is one from another angle


These are details from my work, the Jihadi and the signature (Kees Koomen, KK with one K mirrorred to also refer to the video breathing in-breathin out) were both first shown at the Malieveld-project in Den Haag.


These are also mine with an experimental text-work from my diaries


This morning Maarten Schepers added the flags of which any visitor that wanted one could take it with him. The Palette and other work on the background are done by Ellen Rodenberg and the Photographs are by Maarten Schepers


Another birds view


Ellen Rodenberg’s work


Flags: Maarten Schepers


Boat: Maarten Schepers


General overview of the booth of EX-MÊKH

Platforms Project @ Art Athina 2015


Art Athina 2015-IV

3 juni 2015

Our fourth day in Athens would be the day of truth: would our plans work and would we be able to show a coherent image? Everyone of us had been working seperately on his or her part of the EX-MÊKH-presentation, keeping the others informed of what was happening in the studio. Ellen Rodenberg was not present but she gave us precise information on how her contribution should be installed. We decided on a working order and off we were!


The empty booth and our work in suitcases


First the centre of it all: a rubber boat, put up as if it were a ceiling. Maarten Schepers main contribution.


Some very meticulous positioning was needed.


Our lovely assistent was a bit hesitant at first, but she helped us out quite a bit eventually.


And this was the result at the end of the first day.


The flags are Ellen Rodenbergs, so are the drawings on it and the painting behind it. The photographs are done by Maarten Schepers


This work is done by your correspondent


Another view at the beautiful drawings of Ellen Rodenberg


Which were put back to back in one frame

Platforms Project @ Art Athina 2015