La Biennale de Momon
La Biennale de Momon originated from the village of Maumont in the southwest of France. Maumont, similar to many old villages, has changed significantly over the past few decades. While the site has retained the same physical structure, very little has remained of the original atmosphere: Residents disappeared and strangers took over the vacancies. Agriculture became gardening, physical labor became relaxation.
The original plan was for the artists to each reside and work in Maumont for a time, absorbing the atmosphere, history, and stories. We agreed that after our residencies we would leave the village without a trace and that the project would be presented online only.
The pandemic has radically changed the project. Most participants only know the village from photos and video. The physical reality that had triggered the project, now plays a different role. The pandemic also changed the project conceptually, as it pushed us even more from the physical towards the virtual. Not so much experiencing this as a limitation, we accepted this as a natural event which inevitably influences our choices. Looking at what was still there, we imagined how this could lead us to something beautiful. We created a new colony in the virtual world, not based on the village of Maumont, but based on an imaginary Momon.
The domain momon.fr has became our new location, a new base, the new original.
La Biennale de Momon, initiated by Frans van Lent, was composed by nine artists: Sarah Boulton, Marc Buchy, Joan Heemskerk, Frans van Lent, Susana Mendes Silva, Josh Schwebel, Lisa Skuret, Elia Torrecilla and Martine Viale.
What these artists have in common is a focus on the processes of change rather than on its material deposits. DesignerMaya Rettelbach has gathered the artists’ work together on neutral terrain, in a place outside the village, in a virtual garden.
The website Momon.fr is created by Maya Rettelbach.
Open Call: The 2nd Nieuwstraat Festival
The 2nd Nieuwstraat Festival will take place, between sunrise and sunset on an undisclosed day in May, 2021.
The performances will be carried out by volunteers, unannounced and without explanation.
The performances take place in the everyday environment and hide the unusual within the usual. Passers-by will observe the actions, but may not recognise them as performance art.
Please describe your concept in a clear and accessible language, more or less as a manual. The performances will be carried out by (often unexperienced) volunteers.
Don’t forget to mention the preferred time of the day (in relation to the opening and closing of shops, outdoor cafes, the fruit/vegetable-market).
We can only accept your submission if you include links to a website or page with some information about your practice.
Deadline: Monday, 1 February 2021, 23:59 (CET).
All works in the program of the first Nieuwstraat Festival (June 2020):
The Festival of the Smallest
21 October 2020 ~
A month before we published this Open Call:
We are looking for the smallest, the quietest, the least, the narrowest, the slowest, the lightest, the shortest and the thinnest. If your work is barely perceptible by eye, by ear, by mind, yet unmistakably present, then we want to show it somehow.
We don’t want to predefine a format. It can be part of an exhibition, an evening or a magazine. It depends what you come up with …
Due to the revival of the pandemic, we present this festival online only.
Trevor Byrne, Clare Charnly, Maud Faassen, Tamara Jungnickel, Ienke Kastelein, Joshua Legallienne, Frans van Lent, Manuela Macco, MishMash, Nico Parlevliet, Patrick Quinn, ronnie s, Patrick Stefanak, Society of Smallness, Adriana Valls, Frans Verschoor, Wilma Vissers, Christine Wassermann, Ed Woodham.
3311 KV Dordrecht
The photo in this post is a cropped and edited still from the film
Powers of Ten (1977) by the office of Charles and Ray Eames for IBM.
La Biennale de Momon
January - June 2021
Cooperative project with: Sarah Boulton (GB), Marc Buchy (FR/BE), Joan Heemskerk (NL), Frans van Lent (NL), Susana Mendes Silva (PT), Josh Schwebel (DE/CA), Lisa Skuret (US/GB), Elia Torrecilla (ES), Martine Viale (CA/FR).
Maumont is a small village in the Perigord in France. It consists of 15 houses, around 30 inhabitants and there is no church, shop, café or other public facility. Only a few original residents are still living in the village; most of them died over the years, others left to live elsewhere. Today many inhabitants are pensioners coming from other (Western European) countries. Twenty years ago you could still smell the farms everywhere. Herds of cows and sheep were led through the village every day. Nowadays you mainly see quads, mountain bikes and parents, leading their children on donkeys.
The village has changed from a place where everything was related to soil, work, growth and the seasons, to a place where the inhabitants mainly stroll, relax and dream.
A new blog:
free zone for real people
I invite artists to show one work that was not shown before.
So far the blog shows works of Martine Viale and Annie Abrahams.
The Nieuwstraat is an average street in the city center of Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
The Nieuwstraat Festival took place on an undisclosed day in 2020 (June 20), between sunrise and midnight. The performances were carried out by volunteers, unannounced and with no explanation.
Taking place in everyday settings, the performances involve hiding the unusual within the usual. Passersby perceived the actions, but might not have recognised them as performance art.
The program consisted of works by:
Jessica van Deursen
Guillaume Dufour Morin
Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Frans van Lent
Maria Martens Serrano
Albert van der Weide
The Second Night of Experimental Boredom
222lodge, Singel 222, 3311 KV Dordrecht (NL)
January 17, 2020, 20:00 PM
The Second Night of Experimental Boredom is not about boring art.
It is about boredom as a subject for art, boredom as a first step in the creative process.
The Second Night of Experimental Boredom is an initiative of Unnoticed Art and 222lodge.
The First Night of Experimental Boredom
Singel 222, 3311 KV Dordrecht (NL)
The First Night of Experimental Boredom took place on January 12, 2019, at Singel 222, Dordrecht, Netherlands. In the studio, throughout the building and in the city. The program started on in the studio and ended at a shop-window at By Branderhorst, Voorstraat 199 Dordrecht.
The program contained works of Andrew McNiven, David Sherry, Deirdre Macleod & William Mackaness, Duncan Poulton, Emilia Grzeczka, Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum, Frans van Lent, Greig Burgoyne, Guillaume Dufour Morin, Heinrich Obst, Ienke Kastelein, Jackson Moore, Jolanda Jansen, Joyce Overheul, Kayleigh Smetsers, Kristel Rigaud, Laura Gillmore, Manuela Porceddu, Marie Claire Gellings, Natalie Fyfe, Nico Parlevliet, Sandra Araújo, Topp & Dubio and Vonk.
The First Night of Experimental Boredom is an initiative of Unnoticed Art and 222lodge.Read more
30 June - 1 July, 10.00 - 17.00:
NP3, Hofstraat 21, Groningen (NL),
Greylight Projects, Rue de Brialmont 11, Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, Brussels (BE),
1 july, 20.00: public diner at Pictura, Voorstraat 190, Dordrecht (NL).
TheParallelShow GrandeFinale is a project for improvised performance. It will take place on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July at two different locations: bur0 Gr0ningen, the white cube of NP3 in Groningen (NL) and the chapel of Greylight Projects in Brussels (BE).
The weekend will finally end with a performative public dinner at Pictura, Dordrecht (NL).
On Saturday 30 June at 10.00 two groups of performers will start working simultaneously in Groningen and in Brussels. The doors will be opened for visitors from 10.00 till 17.00.
While the performers are working a video will be recorded and streamed in real-time to the other location where it is projected on a wall. These projected video images ensure that there is a mixing of physically and virtually present performers and visitors.
After the doors closed, the two groups of performers will travel to the other locations to work there the second day during the same hours.
On Sunday at 17.00 all performers will leave for Dordrecht (about half way between Groningen and Brussels), where they are invited to a public dinner in Pictura at 20.00. Visitors are welcome to join the meal. During the dinner a performative conversation might take place.
Participating artists: Alexia Karavela (GR), Steef van Lent (DE), Mr & Mrs Gray (NL), ieke Trinks (NL), Emma Waltraud Howes (CA / DE), Andrew McNiven (UK), Marnik Neven (BE), Jolanda Jansen (NL), Elia Torrecilla (SP), Malou van Doormaal (NL) and Frans van Lent (NL).
The entire project will be documented in descriptive and / or contemplative texts by Sjoerd Westbroek (NL) and Michiel Huijben (NL). The dinner will be composed, prepared and presented by Marielle Verdijk (NL).
The project is kindly supported by the Municipality of Dordrecht and by the participating organisations.
All parts of the project are accessible free of charge.
TheParallelShow GrandeFinale is part of Unnoticed Art.Read more
October 6 2017, 20.00
Denial as the Leading Principle
June 24 - June 25, 2016
Unnoticed Art Festival #2
Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Performance 'Attitude' by Kees Koomen (2014) photo: Nico Parlevliet
The Unnoticed Art Festival is a festival for unnoticed live art and took place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The Unnoticed Art Festival balances on the line between public and private. It shows artworks hiding in normality. The language, used to express the works, fits in the average social behaviour in public space and, because of that, remains unnoticed to bystanders.
Creating the concepts and executing the works are split. The artists sent their concepts more or less as manuals. In the festival the chosen works will be carried out by a group of volunteers.
The Parallel Show is a series of impromptu performances, of occasional collaborations of performance art practitioners.
The Parallel Show takes place unexpectedly at and around public exhibitions at art venues.
The Parallel Show will not be announced, no invitations will be sent.
The Parallel Show is an initiative of the Unnoticed Art Festival
The Conceptbank Festival Package
In the spring and summer of 2015 TheConceptBank will be present at various festivals. Sometimes it will show up as officially invited participant, but most of the time it will be unnoticed as every other paying guest. At strategic spots on the terrain we will create a mobile office to share our performance concepts freely with the interested public. We have the aspiration to get as many works performed as possible.
June 6, 2014
Some time after the successful Unnoticed Art Festival we started up the preparations of a new initiative called TheConceptBank.org.
TheConceptBank.org is a platform to present new works of contemporary live-art in an original and innovative manner.
The bank is filled with concepts of many artists; these concepts are written as simple manuals. Visitors of the site are able to choose a concept and print it to carry out the work on a time and place of their choice.
After performing the work, the user is asked to send his/her written experiences which will then be forwarded to the artists.
Theconceptbank.org is a non-profit initiative, the use of the databank will be free for everybody. The concepts are licensed under Creative Commons.
November 21 2014,
Singel 222, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
We asked artists all over the world to submit a video work, àny video work.
We did not intend to make a choice on the basis of our personal preferences or a premeditated subject, we simply accepted the main stream of submissions. That main stream led us through the project of selection.
We follow the drift and we will see where it brings us.
By the sweat of your brow..
House of the verger, Museumstraat 65, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
June 7, 2014
© The Unstitute
Together with God also the verger disappeared, but his house still breathes the traces of a subservient existence.
With performances and video 14 artists show what binds man to the earth.
By the sweat of your brow.. is a presentation within the framework of the Urban Explorers Festival 2014
May 17 - May 18, 2014
Unnoticed Art Festival
© Theun Okkerse
The Unnoticed Art Festival is a festival for unnoticed live art and took place in an undisclosed Dutch city. The Unnoticed Art Festival balanced on the line between public and private. It showed artworks hiding in normality. The language, used to express the works, fit in the average social behaviour in public space and, because of that, remained unnoticed to bystanders.Read more
Private home, Dordrecht, the Netherlands,
During "Urban Explorers Festival 2013” Inside Stories was set within the walls of a private home, behind closed curtains, hidden from prying eyes of the street. The occupant was absent but her personality was perceptible in all objects. In the rooms six artists showed works about worlds behind the frontdoor.
© Reynold Reynolds/Patrick Jolley (USA) : Burn (2002)
222lodge Extern: The Eye of the Beholder
May 18, 2013
A one night festival of 10-minute presentations of time-based art
© Nico Parlevliet: Performance Hiroomi Horiuchi
The basements of Het Hof, Dordrecht, the Netherlands,
Within the framework of the "Urban Explorers Festival 2012” Street Level showed five very different video works that have one thing in common: they are about human movement on the streets. Each from a very different approach.
Photo © Frans van Lent, video Dirk Hendrikx: Who is afraid of a work of Aard (2012)
222lodge Extern: The Inevitable
January 27, 2012
A one night festival of 10-minute presentations of time-based art
© Nico Parlevliet: Performance Patricia Pinheiro de Sousa
38CC, 13 Hooikade, Delft, the Netherlands
Visual art producing sound, discussing sound, or even being sound itself. Breakers, an exhibition project looking for similiarities: a project in which the image speaks of sound, and sound feels like an image.Breakers presents several artists balancing this field, who prefer to think outside the boundaries of a medium. The participating artists approach these borders of sound and image each in their own and differentiating way, from formal and analytic, to expressive and narrative.Read more
November 2008 - ongoing:
Together with Nico Parlevliet I organise a series of two-monthly video/audio nights in the studio building Singel 222, Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia
© Guillaume Bijl, James Ensor in Oostende ca. 1920 (2004)
In FACTS.FIGURES an integrated exhibition concept has been formulated in which the (pseudo)
documentary character of art is an important issue.
The ‘FACTS’ stand for concrete reality, which is the starting point for all artists, whereas the ‘FIGURES’ capture the final shape of their works.