Les Idiolithes – II

4 augustus 2021

Op deze tweede avond werden eerst workshops ‘Idioliths’ door KRAATZ georganiseerd. Om 19.30u vond daarna de rituele teruggave van de steen plaats. De steen ging door ieders handen en werd door EX-MÊKH in een daarvoor bestemde tas gedaan waarmee de verantwoordelijkheid voor verdere activiteiten met de steen weer bij EX-MÊKH ligt. Alvorens de steen in de tas ging herhaalde ondergetekende een actie die hij eerder op het Malieveld uitvoerde: ‘The Weight’ . Hiermee illustreerde hij in dit geval de verantwoordelijkheid die hij voelt voor de steen en mogelijke verdere acties.

De steen gaat van hand tot hand
en wordt aan ondergetekende gegeven
‘The weight’
EX-MÊKH verzekert de steen.

Vervolgens werd na een korte pauze een performance uitgevoerd door uw correspondent onder de titel ‘ Sentiers d’été ‘. Hierin werd direct gebruik gemaakt van de geretourneerde steen. In een cirkel werden vijf vellen papier neergelegd met daarop materialen. Vier vellen waren wit en de vijfde was zwart. Terzijde lag de steen. De performer begon de steen rond te rollen waarbij de houten vloer een stevig geluid gaf. Na een ronde begon de performer bij het eerste vel met een kleinere steen een stuk gedroogd stokbrood kapot te stampen op de steen. Daarna besmeerde hij het papier met lijm en strooide daar de stukjes stokbrood op. Vervolgens schreef hij een tekst in het vel.
Bij het tweede steen aangekomen te zijn begon hij een nieuwe tekening te maken met de materialen die hij daar vond en zo voort. Bij het vierde vel lag een vrouw op een badhanddoek, daar rolde hij de steen overheen en maakte een tekening in oliepastel. Daarna rolde hij de steen de hele cirkel nog eens door en rolde hij nog een keer over de vrouw. Daarna tekende hij een liggende vrouw in houtskool als donkere schaduw over de al aanwezige tekening. Bij het laatste vel deed de performer een zonnebril op en tekende sterren in het zwart, waarna hij ‘sharing darkness’ in donker blauw in de tekening schreef en in oranje ‘instead of fear we party’. Daarna ging hij zitten en was de performance ten einde.

De eerste ronde
het bewerken van de Baguette
De tweede keer dat de steen richting vrouw rolt
er op en er over
naar het eerder betekende papier
om daar nog een schaduw over te tekenen
stilleven met tekening van de eerste ‘statie’

Na weer een pauze nam Ellen Rodenberg het woord om het publiek tot participatie te bewegen in de EX-MÊKH workshop: zij had beschilderde vierkante vellen papier op de vloer neergelegd en nodigde het publiek uit de markers die ze had meegebracht te pakken en de abstracte afbeeldingen die op het papier stonden te verbeteren. Hieraan werd met enthousiasme mee gedaan. Vervolgens werd het weekeinde officieel afgesloten, het werd laat voor we het bed in doken!

Ellen presenteert
het materiaal
het kijken
en aan de slag
met stevige halen
en subtiele accenten
of een voetafdruk
concentratie
en tekst
tot slot het bijeen brengen op verantwoorde wijze

KRAATZ

EX-MÊKH

Les Idiolithes

3 september 2021

Einde juni werd EX-MÊKH plotseling uitgenodigd door KRAATZ, een internationaal kunstenaars collectief waarmee we eerder werkten in Berlijn, om deel te nemen aan een tentoonstelling in Parijs. Ook een Duitse kunstenaar zou zich hier nog bij voegen, Sabine Bürger uit Essen. Het ging om het vertonen van video op het gebouw van EP7, een multifunctioneel gebouw aan de hypermoderne Avenue de France. Op de gevel zijn zestien monitoren gemonteerd waarop de video’s te zien zijn. KRAATZ zou haar video ‘Les Idiolithes’ tonen die ze gemaakt hebben op uitnodiging van EX-MÊKH om tijdens Platforms Project NET 2021 te vertonen. In deze video werken zij met een zware steen uit de Provence die ik zelf in Berlijn achter liet nadat ik hem gebruikt heb in de EX-MÊKH tentoonstelling ‘Femaler’ die we daar voor A-Trans maakten. Tijdens een openingsweekeinde zouden performances kunnen worden uitgevoerd en zou de steen ritueel aan de rechtmatige eigenaar worden terug gegeven.
EX-MÊKH besloot haar gezamenlijke video ‘Stage Arousal’ te tonen en in het weekeinde performances uit te voeren en bereidde een en ander voor tijdens de vakantie. Vandaag was de eerste avond: KRAATZ’ Forbes Morlock voerde een fantastisch absurd interview met de steen over zijn mening over Freud’s reizen naar de Dolomieten, het Harz gebergte, Rome en Athene en zijn ervaringen met steen.

De ster van het weekeinde!
Interview door Forbes Morlock met de steen

Na een korte pauze nam KRAATZ’s Yorgos Dimitriades, een improviserend musicus die met slagwerk en electronica werkt, het stokje over om in een muzikale dialoog te gaan met de steen:

Om 20.00 u begon de vertoning van de video’s op de schermen op de gevel van EP7. Er was inmiddels een behoorlijk publiek en het was spectaculair om het werk waaraan we in de winter intensief gewerkt hebben zo op een avenue in Parijs vertoond te zien worden:

Publiek tegenover EP7
Sabine Bürger: Soma(2) – Moksha – 2021
Sabine Bürger: Soma(2) – Moksha – 2021
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
EX-MÊKH: Stage Arousal
Gezicht op het publiek vanuit de projectruimte
En de steen blijft wat verweesd achter tot morgen…

KRAATZ

EX-MÊKH

Sabine Bürger

The Reason Why

22 mei 2021

Ik ben jarig, dus ik vind dat ik wat van mezelf mag laten zien:

This year also EX-MÊKH participates in the on-line Platforms Project again , it’s the art-fair in Athens for independent art-platforms all over the world. This time we decided to collaborate with the international Artist Collective KRAATZ and with the Berlin based independent art platform A TRANS, both of which we have worked with before.
KRAATZ shows the video Idioliths which I interpret as an inspired contemplation on elements in our exhibition FEMALER in Berlin last fall. We also collaborate with the independent Berlin based art-platform A-TRANS that compiled its activities in video. EX-MÊKH produced a video in which their working method is shown: Stage Arousal ! It shows how we have a place to exhibit and build up a show. We decided to include performance, because video is time-based, as is performance. Please click under the picture underneath to visit the EX-MÊKH page. Video’s can be seen from May 27!

EX-MÊKH

Performance weekend

7 december 2019

Naar aanleiding van de EX-MÊKH tentoonstelling MÊKH-web werd EX-MÊKH spontaan uitgenodigd in Berlijn voor een pop-up tentoonstelling voorafgegaan door een performance-weekend. Deze uitnodiging kwam van A-Trans, het tentoonstellingsplatform waar EX-MÊKH in 2015 de tentoonstelling Augentausch maakte. Dit maal vindt het hele gebeuren plaats in het Haus der Statistik, een oud DDR-archief achter de Alexanderplatz.
Vandaag opende het performancefestival met Kraatz, een internationaal collectief in dit geval vertegenwoordigd door Marian Wijnvoord uit Berlijn en Forbes Morlock uit Londen. In de performance “Writing on Art” werden tekeningen van Marian Wijnvoord beschreven en bewerkt door Forbes Morlock waarna de werken tot boekjes werden gevouwen.

Marian Wijnvoord geeft het werk aan Forbes Morlock
Hij bekijkt het werk nauwgezet
En schrijft dan over wat hij ziet

De volgende performance, Tssssss K-BAM werd uitgevoerd door uw correspondent en slagwerker/electronisch musicus Yorgos Dimitriadis. Hierin probeerde ik de geluiden van de Improvisatie van Yorgos op te schrijven op de ruit van de galerie die van binnen en van buiten door het publiek bekeken werd.

De poster voor deze performance
camera: Marian Wijnvoord
performance in full swing
waarbij ik me aardig door de muziek liet mee voeren
En het resultaat van de buitenkant gezien

Daarna volgde “Feed”van Ellen Rodenberg samen met Yorgos Dimitriadis die heel andere geluiden ten gehore bracht. In een gezamenlijke interactieve happening werd een veelvormige installatie gecreëerd waarin Rodenberg wat van haar belangrijke bronnen opschreef en zo haar creatief proces probeerde te tonen.

Zaken worden uitgepakt
opgeplakt
ingetaped
en opgehangen

Dan was het de beurt aan Maarten Schepers samen met Yorgos Dimitriadis. In de performance werkte Schepers vooruit naar de tentoonstelling “PROBE” die morgen middels de performance “The Act” in de ruimte zal worden ingericht. Snel en effectief zette hij een schoorsteenmantel in elkaar en zette daar wat foto’s uit de krant van vandaag op nadat hij ze ingelijst had. Door begeleiding van Dimitriadis kregen de geluiden van het proces een heel andere waarde waardoor een totaal geluidsbeeld ontstond dat een heel eigen kwaliteit kreeg.

Een begin wordt gemaakt
Het werk krijgt vorm
De foto’s uitgeknipt
e presto!

EX-MÊKH

#7: Athens – Platforms Project 2017 – Beton 7 Radio

May 26, 2017

Today is the last day of the Platforms Project. I had an option on my drawing which I sold definitely today. After 15.00 h we cleared out. We decided to visit the Acropolis and to have dinner in the Plaka, it seems obligatory for the ones who came in yesterday. After dinner we are invited at an opening at Beton 7 Radio, together with a Jazz concert by the Blue Note Trio: Jazz Archeology that is! It got to be a nice and relaxed day with another unexpected number of visitors at the fair.

The walk to the venue of Platforms Project is great, with a fantastic view from the hill behind it.

On the way you see a lot of Grafitti that I like

This is a great piece!

On the Spot Stéphan Guéneau and Louise Crawford are working on yet another piece

Which turned out really fine!

and a great poster on the side!

Marian Wijnvoord added a beautiful series of little landscapes

This is the drawing that I sold

Another walk took me upstairs to IFAC arts with this original appropriation

ALISN from Brasil with great music videos

and posters

Geeta Rooparine at Lubimirov/Angus Hughes

and a great teacher from England, St. Martin’s,  whose name I couldn’t find back, the drawings are wiped right after he fisnishes and he goes on forever!

Tiny Domingos is getting sentimental about clearing the booth

But EX-MÊKH is it’s usual self about it

KRAATZ is just continuïng to experiment, wonder when they left?

On the Acropolis the light was magnificent

The sun set behind the Parthenon, or the Erechteïon really

A beautiful evening

View on the Acropolis and the tower of the winds at night

Off to Beton 7 Art Radio which appeared to be a rather fashionable place

At Beton 7 Art Radio the show was worth while with work by Mathieu Valade who put well known art manifestos in a Star Wars context

 

Julie René de Cotret sew hats together, it looks technical all of a sudden, well, soft technics!

Artemis Potamianou is also an artist and this is her work

The stuff you gather,,,

The crowd was all over the place, like in the bar

Or in the concert by the Blue note Trio

Platforms Project

Beton 7 Art Radio

#6: Athens – Documenta 14@Benaki Museum Pireos street

May 24, 2017

Today EX-MÊKH’s fans from Holland arrived at the fair. We took the opportunity in the morning to visit another Documenta site and after the fair Artemis had arranged for everybody in the fair to have drinks and a meal together in Petralona, a busy neighbourhood with lots of bars and restaurants.
So in the morning we went to the Benaki annexe in Pireos street, another beautiful new building that normally houses modern Greek art. Now, Documenta occupies the ground floor with, to my opinion, the best part of Documenta in Athens.

The Benaki Museum Pireos Street Annexe

Hiwa K: One Room Appartment – 2017

Roee Rosen: Live and Die as Eva Braun – 1995-1997

A series of beautiful graphic art, drowned in German culture

The banners in the room show a monologue of Eva Braun and her love for Adolf Hitler

and how they commit suicide together

A great work of art, from collections in Israél

Nilima Sheikh has a number of painted canvases hanging from the ceiling under the title: “Each night put Kashmir in your dreams” – 2003-2014

On the back classical Hindu texts are printed

In the space it looks impressive

Aarin Rungjan: And then there were none, (Tomorrow we will become Thailand) – 2016 In this video a classical singer elegantly sings of horrible things, accompanied by a beautiful istrument of bamboe sticks

In the video and the accompanying paintings the artist juxtaposes two events: the Thammasat university Uprising in 1973 and the Polytechnic university uprising in Athens in 1973 Oral history in the video’s witness the happenings of the time.

Return to Khodurciur, Armenian Diary – 1974 Again Oral history about the happenings in Armenia: the father reads his diary from that time.

Congolese history by Tshimumba Kanda Matulu

It is a room filled with Congolese history, from the beginning until now

El Hadji Sy: la nouvelle Muséologie

André Pierre: Grand Bois

Myriam Cahn: ertasted (e.-arb)(touched – may 16, 1992)

R.H. Quaitman: Parthian Shot

R.H. Quaitman: Parthian Shot

Myriam Cahn

Myriam Kahn

Back on the fair we had a quick look at our work

and Geeta Rooparine came by with presents. She liked my textile texts, I got some beautiful silk threads from her and she showed me what she made of them!

KRAATZ changed their booth again, and this time their collaborators Stéphan Guéneau and Louise Crawford had arrived and immediately they added new work: a textwork

and these pictures (with the & from Isolde Nagel)

The pictures close up

And today again we couldn’t complain about the visitors

I took another round in the cellars, here with the VSVSVS

and the 24 hours project, completely different again!

At night we had a great dinner, because the next day would be the last day of the fair

Constantinos is very sure about something!

The Extra Muros crew rocks!

Shooting back at Artemis

Der Deutsch-Holländischer Tisch

And once more shooting back at Guillaume

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#4: Athens – Platforms Project 2017

May 22, 2017

Today was my birthday, so we decided to go and have a swim in the Mediterranian and to have lunch on the beach. At the fair there appeared to be much more public then the day before and in between we celebrated with cake, beer and wine. It was a joyful day for everyone!

Our German neighbours from Berlin bought me a delicious Citronentorte

which was thouroughly enjoyed by everyone, including Petri from Kallio Kunsthalle

Meanwhile the conference had started about the situation of the cultural sector in Greece, lots of local heavy’s present

It was opened by Artemis Potamianou, who miraculously organised Platforms Project 2017 within two months after beïng kicked out of Art Athina for dubious reasons.

KRAATZ in the meanwhile changed their booth again

with a nice intimate wall on the side

Which combines beautifully with Ellen Rodenberg’s work at the EX-MÊKH booth

My own installation also has its merits in the details

and Greeks are particularly enthousiastic about Malieveld, probably because the atmosphere is exotic to them

Ellen Rodenberg, our “communications manager” had a lot of work today

And this poster of the guerilla girls that I missed at the entrance shows engagement on a different level!

Platforms Project 2017

#3: Athens – Platforms Project 2017

May 21, 2017

This sunday was to be the longest day of the Fair: from 12.00 untill 23.00 h. Unfortunately it was also a day that some religious nameday was celebrated and that  important sportsevents took place. It was very quiet at the fair and it felt desencouraging to have so little people coming by, but everybody made the best of it. I visited some booths that I didn’t see yet as you can see here:

On the way to the Platforms we run into a Documenta project: Rasheed Araeen: Food for Thought: Thought for change – 2017 In this location refugees can have free meals every day. There’s a kitchen in the middle and  there are terraces all around.

The design is very efficiënt: recognisable from afar

Arriving at the Platforms the KRAATZ-artists appear to have liven up to their promise: the booth changes, here with added posters by Stéphan Guénau

Marian Wijnvoord and Isolde Nagel are stil in doubt about one wall

But this A-Trans wall is well done

Alexander Peev at Dadada Academy

Klitsa Antoniou: But at the End the Light was Shed on us and it got us to the shore – 2016.  A horrible video with a girl that tells about loving her father and how she likes to help him put shrapnel in bombs and how they flee to the west where she gets to know other children of her age

En Flo: Project Xouthou Street – a door from a house in the centre of Athens you can go through

after which you can write down what it brings about in you. Left under is my comment.

Extra Muros from Nantes was good again: they had subtle ceramic works by Cat Fenwick

It’s all about equilibrium

Guillaume Krick showed a very non-commercial installation with an old French flag

And Romain Rambaud was his usual elegant self with these sculptures

That I rather like

Diensgebäude is also present with work from Andreas Martí

and Chloe Cheuk

Elisabeth Wheeler

This work at Harrington Mills Studios was nice

I like the materiality of it

A sneak peak at the new unnoticed art exhibit featuring a small work by yours truly

Haïtian art at Kallio Kunsthalle, cut from car tires

Petri Saariko, the curator did well himself too

In the mean while our publicity was great: Ellen Rodenberg’s picture of her Malieveld piece was in a large national newspaper in an article about Platforms project

And I was interviewed by George Oreopoulos for Beton7 Art Radio (my favourite radiostation)

Our Dutch Globalist Willem Jan Smit made a round through the neighbourhood, created a sculpture

And projected it’s shadow on the wall by means of the dust he took off it

And of course some materials he used

One more view at Lo and Behold in the cellar

With work by Linda Weiss

Ed’s Video from Canada had surprisingly analogue art with him this time

End we ended up nearby in a restaurant during a blazing thunderstorm

Nico Parlevliet from Unnoticed Art joined us from Holland and everybody sang for me after midnight because of my birthday!

Platforms Project 2017

#2: Athens – Documenta 14 @ Athens Conservatoire – Platforms Project 2017

20 mei 2017

Today the Platforms Project opened for the public. Before I had some time to visit a venue of Documenta 14, The Athens Conservatoire or Odeion as Greeks call it. In the next reports I will show the works I thought worth while, in the end I shall try to eveluate Documenta as a whole.

At the entrance – David Lamelas: Time as Activity – a three channel live feed from resp. the German parliament, the Acropolis and the Greek Parliament.

Susan Hiller made a beautiful work, a sound-booth with recordings of vanished or endangered languages

Of course, in a conservatory, music can not be omitted. The Contemporary Music Research Centre, founded by Iannis Xenakis, Giannis Papaioannou and Stephanos Vassiliadis conducted research and engaged in educational projects as well as festivals and collaborations.

For instance Mycenae Polypoton, a site specific performance set in the ruins of Mycenae in 1978. It involved musicians, singers, sheperds and lit sheep as well as other recitals of movement and light.

On the occasion of Documenta 14 an old synthisizer was restored, the EMS Synthi 100, a rare analogue synthesizer built in London in 1971. Four compositions have been written for it to be played during Documenta 14.

Akinbode Akinbiyi: Passageways, Involuntary and the Sound of Crowded Spaces – 2015-2017

Pélagie Gbaguidi: The Missing Link, Decolonisation Education by mrs. Smiling Stone – 2017

Pélagie Gbaguidi: The Missing Link, Decolonisation Education by mrs. Smiling Stone – 2017

Guilermo Galindo: Score for Boca de la noche – 2016 (from the series “Border Canto’s”)

Guilermo Galindo: Score for Border Planetarium – 2016 (from the series “Border Canto’s”)

Kettly Noël: Strange Fruit

André du Colombier: Untitled

Peter Friedl: Report – 2016

Ganesh Haloi: Untitled – 2016

Ganesh Haloi: Untitled – 2016

Hiwa K: Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) – 2017 A video of a man escaping his country with a stick on his head with mirrors attached to it. He sees his surroundings and himself in the mirrors while we see him walking to his destiny. A voice-over relates his feelings in all this.

Hiwa K: Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue)-2017

After the Conservatory I walked to the venue where Platforms project was beïng held,. On the way I stopped at some of the places where small presentations in Documenta could be seen. The Nikos Hadjikyriakos- Ghika Museum, one of the four locations of the Benaki Museum is a beautiful house in the centre of the city. It shows biographies of well known writers, actors, poets, composers and painters and sculptors. The building used to be the house of Ghika, one of the famous Greek modernist painters, the two top floors show his living quarters and his studio. In between all this Documenta had placed work of forgotten painters. The paintings were not very interesting, apparently they were chosen because of their subjects: immigrants and other non Greek persons.

Beautiful sketches of renovation of The Niche, the 8th gymnasium school chapel of Athens

And this is the chapel, a nice modernist buiding

A picture of Greek poet Seferis together with Ezra Pound

This is the official document which was given to Giorgos Seferis when he won the Nobel Prize for litterature

36 Black and white pictures by Nikos Hadjikyriakos- Ghikawere added by Documenta

They show Greek living in the thirties

but you can recognise the painter in the structures and the compositions

The Numismatic Museum showed one work: that of Dan Peterman, who also shows at the EMST

It’s a bar of metal, the form suggests gold, from under the sea maybe?

Back in Platforms an impression of what is beïng shown by different artists initiatives:

Oversight EX-MÊKH booth

EX-MÊKH: Maarten Schepers

Maarten Schepers close up with his night-pictures of stars

Ellen Rodenberg: detail

Kees Koomen: oversight

KRAATZ is an interesting collaboration from Berlin with A-Trans’ Isolde Nagel, painter Marian Wijnvoord, musician Yorgos Dimitriadis, Stéphan Gueneau, Louise Crawford and philosopher Forbes Morlock. This installation was to change every day, though I found it interesting as it was

A-Trans showed photographs by Ekkehard Keintzel and pantings by Marian Wijnvoord

The combination of which worked out well

Moving landscapes by Marian Wijnvoord

Rosa Lux collaborated with other galleries again, this is Tiny Domingos at Beaston Projects

With slightly surrealistic pictures too

And this is Linda Weiss at Paper from UK

She had a beautiful presentation by the way, for instance with these Trump Tower grids!

National TV was present at the opening, interviewing Dutch globally based artist Willem-Jan Smit

The cellar was the real underground with nice work at ID:I

At Future Scenarios pictures were taken of the public

I don’t have the name of this collective, but it was a lively lot

At 24 hours project a daily change would take place also, I liked this as it was though!

With great graphic art up in the corner

and a protagonist on the side

Unnoticed Art presents an unnoticed exhibition, but it also executes performances of these artists regularly!

Unnoticed Art makes one curious for its intentions

but it appears to be a very intimate exhibition, featuring the works of EX-MÊKH-members

This is the wall in the cellar where the Lo and Behold shows their project, EX-MÊKH is presented in a nice context

After the opening of Platforms drinks in a local bar. On the way there we passed the Panathinaikos stadium, covered with grafitti!

Platforms Project 2017

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