How do you Spell Together?
'The mouth sits in the head, and the brain is inside the head. When I am scared, that happens in the eyes. And in the brain. When I am happy, in the mouth and in the brain.When I am angry, eyes and mouth and brain, but not a lot of brain.'
'I can’t separate body and mind. They have both always demanded a kind of maximum of myself. There have been situations in my life, in which I was only body. This body was pain. Or the absence of pain. Or the regaining of movement. When I have a tooth ache, I become teeth until it is fixed again. Maybe that is also fine, that when I have something, I focus so much on the pain, until it eases away. It also works, that you own everything that happens to you or your body. Without making it bigger than it should be. There is an interaction between focus and bad visions.'
Performance / spatial intervention'Open Studios', Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL Performance: Levi de Kleer, Nina Glockner Text: Levi de Kleer, Sarah Leenders, Juri, Fabian, ChristianText edit: Nina GlocknerTranslation: Levi de KleerImage: Francy Finke
Collective Voice Detector
Collective Voice Detector, commissioned by the urban planning department of the City of Maastricht, shows how the introduction of an open score can offer a possibility to 'move' a rigid system. Being confronted with a structural change of the welfare state organisation, the body politic aims to find new ways of interdisciplinary working methods, which should pro-actively deal with the participation of citizens. Based on my intense research of protocols, specific language, witnessing internal meetings and a series of one-on-one conversations with civil servants, I searched for a way to implement an 'active monument' that would keep stretching the mind of all people involved. I developed a 'serious game' that on one hand pragmatically functions as a tool for more democratic, empathic and target-oriented team conversations, and on the other hand reveals in an accessible and interactive manner how systems operate, and which role the involved agents want, can or must fulfil.
Research / ‘Serious Game’Commissioned by urban planning department of City of Maastricht, in collaboration with Van Eyck Mirror Image: Werner Mantz Lab
Portrait of a Collective Body [Sarah, Levi, Anand]
With my ongoing video work / research ‘Portrait of a Collective Body’ I question how the human body is being determined; e.g. how it relates to the space and architecture that surrounds it, how it interacts with the other, and how external power or discipline affects internal structures - and vice versa. In what respects are these influences visible or legible?When a singular body raises its voice, we become aware of its personal and public narrative, and how it constitutes a particular relationship towards external structures. Establishing intimate connections and thereafter transmitting the identity of an individual helps to tell stories of imaginable lives, where the subjective can enter the public discourse as a collectively recognizable narrative.
Video installation,'Open Studios',Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL2 projections, 1 monitor, wood, curtainsImage: Werner Mantz Lab
Portrait of a Collective Body [Anand]
In 'Portrait of a Collective Body (Anand)', a 4-year-old boy moves through an urban landscape: an architectural lost-glory of 70s-utopia in Paris but first and foremost the place where he is growing up. By physically relating to specific architectural elements based on his personal score, he directs the camera and embodies the potentiality of seemingly unchangeable public structures.
Video (part of ongoing research), 12 min. Performance: AnandSound editing & mixing: Francesco Cimino Colour grading: Guillaume Souren Production / distribution by Video Power MaastrichtSupported by Provincie Limburg
Portrait of a Collective Body [Levi]
While hearing one person reflecting on his own body parts in 'Portrait of a Collective Body (Levi)', the camera depicts a subtle intimate choreography of an unconscious body language. Being an active dancer aware of his own physicality, and in transition from woman to man, change and limitations of a body are articulated.
Video (part of ongoing research), 17.40 min, EnglishPerformance & text: Levi de KleerSound editing & mixing: Francesco Cimino Colour grading: Guillaume Souren Production / distribution by Video Power MaastrichtSupported by Provincie Limburg
Under, with, through, off
In ‘Under, with, through, off’ I capture the movements of a dancer improvising a choreography of the body in relation to a grid-like structure attached to her body. This structure impedes but at the same time provokes her movements and determines their form. The dancer’s well-trained suppleness with which she accommodates her ballast contrasts with her audible reflections, a self-scan of her body: she articulates pain, effort and a constant self-evaluation.
Video (part of ongoing research), 11 min, Dutch language, English subtitles Performance & text: Sarah LeendersTranslation & subtitles: Levi de KleerSound editing & mixing: Francesco Cimino Colour grading: Guillaume Souren Supported by Video Power Maastricht and Provincie Limburg
there where I am not
In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not […]; I am over there, […], a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent. […] From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there. Starting from this gaze that is, as it were, directed toward me, […] I come back toward myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am. (Michel Foucault, Des Espaces Autres, 1967)
Performance / installation'Stralen & Reflecteren'Concept & organisation: Morgane de Klerk With Boris de Beijer, Dovilė Bernadišuite, Liesbet Bussche, Benedikt Fischer, Jantje Fleischhut, Mio Fujimaki, Jing He, Morgane de Klerk, Lucy Sarneel, Julia Walter and Eline Willemarck.Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, NLImage: Sachi Miyachi
Record of a Space
Site-specific installation and 1.004 pages tabloid size book, printed in inkjet as 1:1 depiction of the studio space'Open Studios', Van Eyck Academy Maastricht, NLImage: Werner Mantz Lab
Hints at actions yet to come / How do you spell together?
‘A window has certain dimensions.You know the lines, your relationship to them.But if you coulored the window, copied it, loosened it from its vertical plane and laid it right beside you, you would suddenly relate completely differently. It makes the instability of the lines visible, a set of parameters we orient ourselves in the world. Continously we imagine the ground under our feet as a solid plane, so that we don’t have to realise that its stability is made out of sand.’(edit by Bernke Klein Zandvoort)
Installation / performance'Point–Loops–Blooming', curated by Bernke Klein Zandvoort and Rodrigo R. Sandoval Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht NLImage: Werner Mantz Lab
Building as Body, or: How to Defenestrate Gender by Doubling it
Artists Nina Glockner and Levi de Kleer met in August 2018 to discuss 'Building as Body, or: How to Defenestrate Gender by Doubling it'. Based on their own experiences, they draw connections between self and institution, body and building, fiction and reality–thus providing a perspective on the politics of naming and gender that synthesises the personal and the public. An intricate illustration by artist Sachi Miyachi mirrors these thoughts on a visual level.' (Hagen Verleger)
Nina Glockner with Levi de Kleer, illustration by Sachi Miyachi as a contribution to 'Margaret van Eyck – Renaming an Institution, a Case Study (Volume Two: Comments, Contexts, and Connections)' by Hagen Verleger Published by Peradam Press, New York
Talk to the ones you don't know –12 hours of conversation
Conversations with Laurent Marissal, Juan Pablo Plazas, Hélène Bernard&Dominique Lohlé, Léa Mayer, Michael Kral, Christophe Votron, Chad Keveny, Manon Cunha, Catherine Xu, Cécile Ibarra, Piero Bisello and Guillaume Clermont.
12 Conversations and 12 Drawings Curated by Guillaume Clermontn.w.w.n.n.l.n.o., Brussels, BImage: Werner Mantz Lab
Voice of Atlantis
Hello. The suicide of Atlantiswas the suicide of Buddha.Shall we become a Siamese twin?Greetings to the guitar.Because the doctor thoughtI was an ugly sheep.7 space travel uniformsfor a kassandrato throw it into the psychiatrists eyebye bye talent'
(excerpt of diary by S., patient ofpsychiatric institution Altrecht, Den Dolder)
Performance 'Manifestatie van de Waanzin', Beautiful Distress / Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, NL
Stralen & Reflecteren2017Catalogue for the exhibition
'Stralen & Reflecteren'Concept & organisation: Morgane de Klerk Graphic design: Akiko WakabayashiText: Juliette Huygen, Anna Sokha, Boris De Beijer, Dovilė Bernadišiūtė, Liesbet Bussche, Benedikt Fischer, Mio Fujimaki, Nina Glockner, Jing He, Morgane de Klerk, Lucy Sarneel, Julia Walter, Eline Willemarck, Ward Schrijver, Shailoh Phillips Proofreading: Rachel Sato-BanksPublisher: n.k.g. publications
In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not […]; I am over there, […], a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent. […] From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there. Starting from this gaze that is, as it were, directed toward me, […] I come back toward myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am. (Michel Foucault, Des Espaces Autres,1967)
Things can shine, seduce, disguise. Things evoke an impression of being nothing but servants for potential user. Yet things imply an intrinsic power: they operate human actions and – as being the opposing other – consequently reflect and unveil the self. Things– in relation to certain human actions – can in turn act themselves as mediators and confront/connect the self with another self, the other, eventually uncovering existing social formations.
Performance / installation'Stralen & Reflecteren'Concept & organisation: Morgane de Klerk With Boris de Beijer, Dovilė Bernadišuite, Liesbet Bussche, Benedikt Fischer, Jantje Fleischhut, Mio Fujimaki, Jing He, Morgane de Klerk, Lucy Sarneel, Julia Walter and Eline Willemarck.Atelier Néerlandais / Parcours Bijoux, Paris, FImage: Matthieu Gauchet
[...] Language is not. Language is not just how we speak but how we think how we feel how we see the world. This language is completely irrelevant to the situation. Doubt language. Language doubts.We need to renew language.We are left without.We are left without a strong language.We are left without a strong language to oppose. Communication is sharing hallucinations.(How to create a shared imagination?)You react by how you are programmed by memory. Putting something into language means fragmentation.You are disembodied.You don't exist.Violent fear.Violent fear of falling.While you are falling, you feel like floating.Where is the potential of this floating?Maybe we.Maybe we don't need a ground. [...]'
This work comprises text fragments and notes from the ‘Incomplete Reading Group’ recordings and a series of forms based on one of the characteristic architectural elements of Goleb’s Project Space. During the performance, forms, sound and the very presence of the audience contribute to unfolding a moment-in-transition, in which spatial and temporal coordinates become a tangible collective experience.
Performance based on the 'Inclompete Reading Group','Tales of Incompleteness', Curated / organized by Alejandro Ramirez & Lore Gablier. La Cocina@Goleb, Amsterdam, NL
Humble is not
[...] But is it a choice? Modesty is the death. Can you afford it? You are part of something;Part of time.
‘The Museum of Modesty’is a huge building. It is an obstacle on the way, for everyone. Golden doors and light switches. A marble floor, cleaned everyday. It is completely empty.
It is relational. It exists but it doesn’t help to move through the world. [...]'
Performance and interviews with participating artists Sayaka Abe, Vika Mitrichenko, Eva Soierenburg, Hans Arsman, Jay Tan and Kim van Erven. 'Humble', curated by Hanne Hagenaars en Heske ten Cate Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam NLImage: Jan de Groen
REFLECT DEFLECT ANIMATE CIRCULATE PERSIST INSPIRE INCREASE RECLINE CONSULT ASSUME HESITATE ACCESS STAY CONFRONT CONTINUE CONTRACT CONDITION CONDUCT CONSENT IMPART ATTEND PLAY BACK EXCHANGE EFFACE FORGET READ WRITE MANAGE CUT SHORT SHUFFLE PLAY STOP
(Edit list of verbs in Michael Gibbs' oeuvre. Gibbs (1949-2009) was artist, writer, poet and publicist. Starting point for this performance was his concrete poetry 'Identities 1 & 2' published in Kontexts in 1975.)
Performance based on Michael Gibbs archive 'Michael Gibbs–Let it keep secrets / de-re-construction (or fuck the alphabeth)'Performance event with Lot Meijers, Mariana Lanari, Ivan ChengWG Kunst / Studio Gibbs, Amsterdam, NLImage: Gert-Jan van Rooij
As Part of a Kind of
Performance / installation'The Black Box Theory', with Alexandre Jimenez, Hanan Klei, Frédéric Liver, Hannes Waldschütz, Piero Bisello, Jakub Vrba, Guillaume Clermont, curated by Fiona Darbon van Maercke BB15, Linz, AImage: F. D. van Maercke
Performance Performance event with Nina Wijnmaalen and Milan Hoezen Suikerfabriek, Groningen, NLImage: Tom van Huisstede
Choreographed by the Other
X: We are going to pray together and thank God for the good he wants to give us. We thank God that there is a place for us to exist. [...] Is there anything we can pray for?B: I cannot stand it anymore.X: We pray for you.B: My pain is beyond the threshold of pain.X: We pray for you that this may stop. We pray for you for strength.A: Okay.X: And we pray for you that you may feel the close presence of Jesus.A: Alright.X: Anyone else?D: That I only have fear and problems, great despair. I am so much in trouble with myself.X: Fear and despair —D: — Yes —X: — For that they finally know that they may leave you, that they shall no longer harass you. We pray for you. [...] And what do you want?F: Being happy — I want that my father and mother care for me and protect me.X: We pray that your father and mother shall care for you. And that you all are happy with it.G: Let us pray for my boy, that he shall not bleed anymore, and that his fear will be taken away.X: We pray for the blood to stop — luckily it has stopped already — and for it to stay away.F: And that I never have to go to the hospital again.X: And may you never need to go to a hospital again. And may you lose your fear. And may your trust in God become greater and greater and greater. And may the fear disappear.A: Okay.
Performance / launch publication'Another Place, My Life', Beautiful Distress at Casco / FOTODOK, Utrecht, NL Image: Maarten Nauw
Choreographed by the Other2016
Publication based on Artist-in-Residence period at Het Vijfde Seizoen, psychiatric institution Willem Arntsz Hoeve, Den Dolder, NL
Text: Nina GlocknerGraphic Design: Ayumi HiguchiProofreading: Marianna MaruyamaPublished by n.k.g. publications & Stichting Kunstenaarsverblijf Het Vijfde Seizoen
How do we relate to the other, stigmatized by and excluded of society? By positioning the other outside of our common social playground we try to banish their significant features as phenomena also from inside ourselves. Based on intense encounters with several patients during her residency period in a psychiatric institution I create a score of actions linked to a specific set of objects: A research on the communicating potential of a performative practice to establish a dialogue with the other will be captured in movement, words and images.
Performance'FLAM VI', curated by Rose Akras Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam, NLImage: Thomas Lenden
Choreographed by the Other – Session 1
These video sequences are excerpts of a performative collaboration that has taken place in Het Vijfde Seizoen, a residence for artists on the grounds of the psychiatric institution the Willem Arntsz Hoeve in Den Dolder, the Netherlands.The improvised sessions form an attempt to develop a dialogue with one patient by using performative tools and stressing the triangular relationship between word, human and object. The formal actions empower the objects and open up a common space beyond shyness, prejudices and predefined power positions.
Video performance, 5.12 min.Performance: Alver, Nina GlocknerCamera, translation & subtitles: Nina GlocknerHet Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL
Choreographed by the Other – Session 2
Video performance, 6.12 min.Performance: Alver, Nina GlocknerCamera,translation & subtitles: Nina GlocknerHet Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL
Choreographed by the Other – volcano water tree human embrace
Video performance, 1.11 minPerformance: Alver, Nina GlocknerCamera, translation & subtitles: Nina GlocknerHet Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL
PerformanceHet Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NLImage: Francis van Boxtel
The other side is more promising
Dear Enemy, The image of you seemed to get all blurry, almost disappearing. But after such long, long time of waiting (in standstill) you have grown. You have become a clear form, a structure entangled in all my fibres. You are me and I am you. Locked in myself are you and I am locked in this space. Here, we are together and cannot escape, And, if I could escape, I only could escape with you. The other side is more promising. More seems to be there than here and now. But I stay with you, here. Within this space – controlled by myself – our togetherness guarantees safety. I have installed you, my enemy, within myself, and we are waiting together. You make me to be what I am (inside here). While waiting, we have to have a conversation to analyse our relationship, and discover that we have become symbiotic. Our dialogue is a bipolar monologue. Our common prison is a shelter of security, of a sense of well-being. We cannot harm each other; we are attuned to one another.You give me strength, Identity, the right to exist. I fear the moment when I have to go out and would have to encounter emptiness; the emptiness remaining when I ‘d have to let you go.So I stay, I better stay. And you, you ought to stay with me, my enemy, as my comrade, as the only constant element I can hold on to. In liberty I ´d be forced to be alone. Sincerely, Your Enemy
Installation'Gimme Shelter-Forten en Ficties in Laagland', curated by Lucette ter Borg and Sacha BronwasserKunstfort Asperen, NLImage: Nina Glockner
Attack the Escape
PerformanceTekenvereniging Pictura, Dordrecht, NLImage: Jules van Iperen
Not[e] the other
Performance'Luna Park Project: Chapitre IV', curated by Guillaume ClermontB93, Enschede NLImage: Guillaume Clermont
Voice related, passing now
Performance / installation'Uchinokoto', CBK, Amsterdam, NLImage: Ayako Nishibori
Voice related, passing now (Uchinokoto Publication)2014
In ‘Voice related, passing now’ fragments of collective memories are revealed by focussing on the relationship between ‘the acting/the instructed’ human being and (daily) objects in the course of time. By developing and executing a certain score of actions which involves specific objects, I construct a home-like / sacred area, inscribe the borders of a territory and share it with a public who is ̶ partly ̶ forced to be involved.
Publication / research'Uchinokoto', Tokyo JP / Amsterdam NLGraphic Design: Ayumi HiguchiEdit: Ayumi Higuchi, Nina Glockner, Sachi MiyachiTranslation: Karin Kuwahara and all participating artistsProofreading: Rachel Sato-Banks, Natasha RoslingPublished by: n.k.g. publications
Performance'Seven days of happenings'Showroom Mama, Rotterdam, NLImage: Joe-ann van Deventer
Performance / installation'Network Clay', curated by Bastienne Kramer, Anningahof, Zwolle, NLImage: Steven van Welle
Later is too late
Performance'Verbo Performance Art Festival', Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, BRImage: Rafael Cañas
No One Is
Performance / installation'Uchinokoto', 3331 Arts Chiyoda Akiba Tamabi 21 Gallery, Tokyo, JP
I am too tired to be radical
Performance'PAE kort #14',curated by Ieke Trinks & Nina Boas, Wolfart Project Space, Rotterdam, NL Image: Anjes Gesink
Inappropriate Field Study II
Performance'FLAM V', curated by Rose Akras Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam, NLImage: Bart Majoor
Inappropriate Field Study
Performance / installation'SUCCES', curated by Jacqueline Overberg, circa... dit, Arnhem, NLImage: Sachi Miyachi
A study of chromatic organisation
PerformanceStudium Generale ArtEZ, Rozet, Arnhem, NLImage: Giorgi Tabatadze
Endless songs about missing birds
Installation'All is giving', Groningen, NL
I might as well want to leave
Performance'Auditions', curated by Gandt & Fleur van Muiswinkel, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NLImage: Sanne Beemsterboer
Performance'The rise and fall of the continuous cycle', curated by Arik Visser, De Service Garage, Amsterdam, NL