It took a while for me to update this blog again, so here are some photos of my work at De Aanschouw, Rotterdam, NL!
(photos are made by Jeroen Arians, http://www.jeroenarians.com)
It took a while for me to update this blog again, so here are some photos of my work at De Aanschouw, Rotterdam, NL!
(photos are made by Jeroen Arians, http://www.jeroenarians.com)
During the Beyond Festival in Liempde I’ll host an artist talk about my Rogier project! Hope to see you there.
Photo by Petra Laaper
I made a new performance piece for the Unnoticed Art Festival 2016, titled The Gaze. More info soon on my website!
Click >here< for the FB event.
I’m happy to announce I’ll be making a new work for the Unnoticed Art Festival.
Unfortunately for you my dear, this will remain secret until the festival has taken place.
Here’s some more info about the festival:
The Unnoticed Art Festival returns for a second edition this summer, following the first Unnoticed Art Festival in 2014 and the subsequent publication of the book Unnoticed Art.
On June 24/25 the Unnoticed Art Festival will take place in an undisclosed city in the Netherlands.
Hundreds of artists worldwide have responded to an Open Call for performance concepts. From these submissions, a performance program has been compiled by a committee of five artists. The Unnoticed Art performances are to be realized in the public space, on the street, with no explanation and with no fore-warning. The objective is to go by unnoticed. Taking place in everyday settings, these performances involve hiding the unusual within the usual. Passersby may perceive these actions, but will not recognize them as performance art.
A group of thirty participants will perform the Festival’s program. These participants need not be artists. No performance experience is required. All that matters is an interest in the nature of the festival, and a willingness to experiment. These participants have a double role: they will perform the selected works whilst simultaneously acting as the only audience to the event. Since the festival is not announced, these participants are the only ones ‘in the know’ – hence, they are the only audience that is aware of being an audience.
A book will be compiled following the second edition of the Festival. This book will include all the concepts from the program, in addition to presenting the personal experiences of all the participants, as both actors and audience.
The program of this year will include works of:
Alice Vogler (US)
Andrew McNiven (GB)
Bucky Miller (US)
Chris Wildrick (US)
Connor Frew (US)
Edwin Stolk (NL)
Elia Torrecilla (ES)
Florence Jung (FR)
Frans van Lent (NL)
Heath Schultz (US)
Heinrich Obst (BE/DE)
Ieke Trinks (NL)
Ienke kastelein (NL)
Irina Danilova & Hiram Levy (US)
Isaac Chong (DE/HK)
Jeanette Joy Harris (US)
Jonathon Keats (US/IT)
Josh Schwebel (CAN)
Joyce Overheul (NL)
Julia Dahee Hong (CAN)
Lee Nutbean (GB)
Liam Herne (GB)
Marika & Leopard (RU/DE)
Mark F Beasley (US)
Mathias Will (DE)
Maureen Bachaus (NL)
Mikio Saito (JP)
naakita feldman-kiss & Roby provost Blanchard (CAN)
Nanne Muskens (BR)
Nico Parlevliet (NL)
Paul Money (GB)
Paul Shortt (US)
Peter Christenson (US)
Raluca Croitoru (RO)
Roekoe M (NL)
Royce Allen Hobbs (US)
Simon Farid (GB)
Tamar Banai (IL)
Thomas Geiger (AT)
Thomas Tajo (IN)
Vladimir Ivanov (BG)
Yvo van der Vat (NL)
Ohh, finally an update from my side!
Things have been rather hectic the last couple months: I moved to a new place, moved my studio (again…), and I started working on 2 new projects. Hence the silence on this blog.
Also my website needs a major update, but hey, I’m working on it! (;
One of the other things that have been going on behind the scenes is that the Design My Privacy exhibition (featuring my project Rogier) is travelling to Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium! Yay!
The show opens next Saturday at 19:30hr. Insert lazy copy-paste from the Z33 website:
27.03.2016 – 29.05.2016
Design my Privacy
Nowadays, we continually share data: a message via WhatsApp, a picture on Instagram, an update on Facebook or an e-mail through Gmail. With whom do we really share this data? And how can we make sure that our personal data stay strictly personal?
This exhibition addresses issues of online privacy and digital surveillance. Next to several historical examples of encrypting, ‘Design my Privacy’ also shows some surprising contemporary strategies by more than 35 young designers and artists to maintain control over our data.
PROGRAM OPENING NIGHT
7:30 p.m. Welcome
– Welcome speech by Igor Philtjens (Deputy of Culture of the Province of Limburg)
– Introduction by Jan Boelen (Artistic director Z33)
– Presentation publication ‘Design my Privacy’ by Mieke Gerritzen (Director MOTI)
20:00 – 22:00 Visit of the new exhibitions
also Toegepast 20
20:00 – 24:00 Reception
LOCATION: Z33 – house for contemporary art, Vleugel ’58, Zuivelmarkt 33, 3500 Hasselt.
My video DPRK will be shown at This Art Fair from 30th of December until the 3rd of January!
I’m looking forward to see you over there, I also created some very fancy postcards with stills from the video as gifts for visitors.
More info about the fair can be found >here<.
My participation in this fair is supported by the >Mondriaan Fund<.
Things have been awfully quiet over here. But don’t worry! I’m very busy working on new things, improving the old, etc, etc….
More info soon!
Yes, good news this week! The exhibition Design My Privacy at MOTI Museum of the Image (Breda, The Netherlands) has been extended until the 13th of March!
>Here’s< a blog post by Geen woord Chinees bij about my project Rogier.
BYOB Utrecht 2015 was fun! I showed two videos that evening, the first performance video of 1000 CRANES and Untitled (for ☐topia).
Click >here< for more pictures!
Some photos of the opening day of Project Rogier at Galerie ‘t Atrium in Zutphen (NL)!
The exhibition wil run until the 30th of October.
I made the local newspapers 3 times, wow!
Click on the read more tag for some more pictures!
Yep, that bright number is my work for this exhibition! ON AIR is a wifi tracking device that shows how many people in the space are traceable by the devices they’re carrying with them. It traced the visitors of both parts of the exhibition, both at De Punt and Studio Kepler. IT’S SUPER EFFECTIVE!
Click >here< to see more photos of this exhibition.
I was a participant of this year’s The Big Draw edition in Nijmegen, and I made drawings on the windows of Mood Conceptstore and Prikkels! Click on the read more tag to see some more photos.
You might have noticed that I recently received a Stipendium for Emerging Artists by the Mondriaan Fund. You have no idea how thankful I am for this. This grant is going to make so many things so much easier for the next couple years. Since it’s public money, I thought I might as well share with you how I spend your tax money.
You might wonder how I make money as an artist. I don’t really do so, actually, or at least not a lot. I already saw that one coming when I was in art school so I started to design and sell digital crochet patterns on multiple selling venues online, and through my personal website. This pays most of the bills. Next to that I make some money on hosting presentations about my work, or exhibition fees.
This income is enough to pay the bills and my studio rent, but if I have to save extra money to buy new equipment (hardware, software, you name it) next to developing new projects (which are also expensive, most of the time), it’s going to take a LOT of time before I can buy some hard needed things. These things, like for instance the new camera on top of this page, will last for years, and in the meantime it’s my goal to grow my company (art + crochet patterns) enough so I won’t have to rely on other sources of income anymore. That’s why I decided to apply for a grant.
Not all things I’m spending my grant on are very visible to the public. One of the first things I did was hiring two translators in order to translate the best selling crochet patterns into Spanish and German. This way I hope to expand my audience in the crochet pattern world and increase this passive income.
Next to that, I bought a beamer. A very nice Full-HD 4000 ansi lumen beamer. Since video projections have become a serious part of my portfolio, I didn’t want to rely on other people’s beamers with crap resolutions or crap contrasts.
Also, and this might sound kinda stupid, but I bought a folding bike. This actually wasn’t that expensive (160 euros), but it gives me the opportunity to skip using busses and other annoying public transport things in other places (everything but the train is annoying imho) and just bike from place to place right after I get out of the train.
Today I made my most expensive purchase so far: I bought a new camera, a decent microphone for filming and a new wide angle lens. I kinda fucked up my old camera when it comes down to shooting video when I made the 24H video project (24 hours real time film), and it started to show more and more signs of its approaching death. Also I didn’t have a decent microphone for filming yet, and I wanted to expand my lens gear: I already had a 18-200mm lens, the new one is 10-20mm. Which will be amazing when I have to shoot buildings. When filming in North Korea I found out right away that my current lens (18-200) wasn’t suitable enough for some monuments/buildings (and I immediately started thinking I already screwed up the entire project), so I want to save myself from any more stress like this in the future.
I bought my photography gear at Foto Grijpink, Nijmegen; thanks so much for your support! They have been supporting me for various projects already, it’s amazing!
Here we go!
Special thanks goes to the Noorderlicht crew for making this exhibition look amazing, and the Mondriaan Fund for supporting my work!
There is Absolutely No Cause for Alarm is a visual collection of thoughts on the suppression of human freedoms expressed by emerging international artists Jan Adriaans, Ella de Burca, Aljaž Celarc, Ehsan Ul Haq, Phelim Hoey, Marge Monko, Joyce Overheul, Irina Popova, Dorian de Rijk, and Victoria Ushkanova. The exhibition offers a basis for further reflection on the subject of slavery, and the forms it took in the twentieth century and in modern day life.
“This is the historical reality of the soul, which, unlike the soul represented by Christian theology, is not born in sin and subject to punishment, but is born rather out of methods of punishment, supervision, and constraint.” wrote Foucault in Discipline and Punish: The birth of the Prison.
Within the current show artists are questioning these methods and the ways they have formally altered during the last hundred years starting from Roger Casement’s discoveries on human right abuses in Peru in 1911, and ending in our time when, to paraphrase Yanis Varoufakis, banks have the same threatful potential as tanks.
Venue: The exhibition will inhabit two spaces: De Punt and the neighboring newly opened Studio Kepler Amsterdam (Frans de Wollantstraat 82 and 84, Amsterdam)
Artists: Jan Adriaans, Ella de Burca, Aljaž Celarc, Ehsan Ul Haq, Phelim Hoey, Marge Monko, Joyce Overheul, Irina Popova, Dorian de Rijk, Victoria Ushkanova.
Vernissage: 18 September 2015, 17.00 – 22.00
Opening hours: 19 – 27 September 2015, Tuesday – Sunday, 12.00-18.00
Curator: Katia Krupennikova
This exhibition is part of Unseen Festival, a 10-day celebration of photography in Amsterdam.
The Rogier project will be exhibited at the When Art Meets Science #1: Data Rush exhibition, as part of Noorderlicht Fotofestival in Groningen!
When Art Meets Science (WAMS) is organising a set of side events as part of the international fotofestival Noorderlicht. The theme of this year’s edition of the festival is “Data Rush”, exploring the tension between freedom and control, privacy and surveillance in the virtual world.
WAMS is organising an exhibition of objects and installations reflecting on the theme, a debate between scientists and artists on the theme and the relation between art and science in general, as well as a series of lectures exploring the theme from different perspectives.
The aim of the project ‘WAMS #1: Data Rush’ is to further increase the social awareness about these developments, and to boost both scientific and artistic developments in this domain.
WAMS has selected nine artists to exhibit their object and installations as part of the larger fotofestival Noorderlicht. The venue is the Old Sugar Factory, Energieweg 10, Groningen.
The following artists are part of this exhibition.
Just a teaser, nothing more. Just wanted to let you know that I’m going to use my Mondriaan Fund stipend for this one.
So, the Diep Gaan exhibition ended well, with an artist talk (including me) on the 5th of July. It was incredibly hot at the gallery, at least half of the people (including me) looked like a sweaty mess, lol!
I finished the last of my 1000 cranes on Thursday the 2nd. For all photos of all (yes, all) cranes, please view my instagram account @joyce1000cranes.
Also, the exhibition at Artspace Flipside ended on the 12th of July. Decent photos of the satin Kalashnikov I made will be online on my portfolio website soon!
Tomorrow I’ll be having an artist talk at MOTI (Museum of the Image), Breda about the Rogier project.
There will be lots of other interesting guests as well, so feel free to drop by if you happen to be around Breda tomorrow evening.
The event starts at 19:30hr, entrance is free of charge.
This Sunday there’s another edition of Cultural Sundays in Utrecht!
This edition’s theme is The Battle, and I’ll be taking part in a talkshow at Galerie Sanaa (Jansdam 2, Utrecht). Other participants are philosopher Rob van Gerwen and sports psychologist Jan Huijbers. The talkshow starts at 15hr, hope to see you there!
Here‘s a link to the event on Facebook.
So I’m currently working on a performance where I’ll fold 1000 cranes according to the Japanese tradition, and I just wanted to share some pictures with you. Things are going steady, and with 4 days of folding/working I already made the railing system to keep all birds up, and folded 172 birds. This might not seem like an awful lot, but the first birds went reeealllly slow, haha.
Keep track of my progress online via Instagram: @joyce1000cranes
Or drop by at Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht on Wednesdays ’til Sundays from 12 until 18hr!
Interview with LUCY’s Veronique Hoedenmakers about my work in general and also about my new project for the ‘Diep Gaan’ exhibition. Yay!
Click >here< to read the full interview.
I’m currently working on a new performance piece for the ‘Diep Gaan’ exhibition, organized by LUCY in de lucht (click here to go to their website). I was wondering, since the theme of the exhibition is ‘going deep’, how it would feel to commit myself to something quite enduring, and probably also very boring from time to time. I’ve never done something like that before. (No, knitting a sweater doesn’t count.)
So that’s why I decided I’m going to fold 1000 origami cranes during the Diep Gaan exhibition at Galerie Sanaa (Utrecht, NL), which will be opening on Sunday the 7th of July!
Above you can see a photo of an unfolded crane, one of the first cranes I ever made, and below’s the logo of the exhibition project:
The exhibtion project is quite huge: there will be lectures, talk shows, live performances and film screenings next to the exhibition at Galerie Sanaa! Hope to see you there!
Go to the website of LUCY to find more info on this subject.
Here I will show you the satin rifle I made, of which you could see a work-in-progress photo a couple blog posts earlier.
Some text from the press release:
The Kalashnikov is an iconic weapon. The silhouette is very recognizable, particularly due to the curved
magazine at the bottom. The efficiency and the ability to use it in almost all circumstances, makes the AK 47
a global symbol. Images abound from child soldiers to freedom fighters parading and posing for photos with
this machine gun. It has found its way onto flags and tattoos. Through its recognition, the image also serves
as a symbol against the established order. Time for reflection and discussion. How does an artist deal this
Stef Fridael, Anthony Kleinepier, GTVR, Victor Sonna, Joshua Rutgers, Lody van Dulken, Daniel Wechsler,
Nick J. Swarth, Sjoerd van Lankveld, Goof Salimans, Rient van Tiggelaar, Freek M. Willems, Lucia
Sotnikova, Imke Brunzema, Fieke van Berkom, Jordy Koevoets, Yosvany Malagon, Jan Willem Campmans,
Daniel Djamo, David Marszewski, Joseph Huot, Erik Vermeulen, Paul Verwilligen, Munne, Luk Sponselee,
Dennis Voorkennis, Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert, Art van Triest, Joyce Overheul, Sierk van Meeuwen,
Tom Velthuis, Toos Nijssen, Grafische Ongehoorzaamheid and Klaus Pinter
Official Opening: Friday 29th of May 2015, starting at 20hr.
Exhibition: 30th of May-12th of July 2015
Opening hours: Sat/Sun/Wed 13-17hr, or schedule an appointment via email@example.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/384973805038440/
Over the last couple weeks my crochet designs got published in two magazines, Let’s Knit Magazine and Homespun Australia!
Also, I finally received a copy of Freedom in Action, a doctoral thesis by a friend of mine, Niels van Miltenburg. He asked me to design a cover based on the poem “The Road not Taken” by Robert Frost:
(just to be clear: that black bar wasn’t my idea… it’s the standard layout for all theses over there…. it’s horrific.)
And…. last but not least, my work kinda got featured in Dutch newspaper Trouw! Julie van der Hove wrote a small article about the Utrecht Down Under exhibition at the Wolvenplein prison, and mentioned the DPRK project. It’s a paid-for article so I won’t copy everything here, just the part where you can read about my work:
My work is currently supported
by the Mondriaan Fund:
…headaches, backaches, any possible aches… long days, short nights…. (and ugly photoshop, as you can see above.)
But the new sculptural piece for the AK47 exhibition is ALMOST finished! Whoohoo!
It’s going to be an extended, kinda over the top version of the Walther Plush5 I made in 2013 for Festival de Basis in Soesterberg (NL). The Kalashnikov-themed exhibiition will be held at Artspace Flipside, Eindhoven (NL), opening on the 29th of May.
Yesterday I almost tore the entire thing apart when I started to stuff it, which brought me on the verge of a mental breakdown, but luckily it didn’t come this far… The pink satin is a real bitch to work with, but it’s going to look very pretty in the end! The rifle is stuffed with roasted sesame seeds (don’t ask..).
Sad, depressed rifle.
Two days ago I heard I have received a Stipendium Program for Emerging Artists, granted by the Mondriaan Fund!! I’m so happy it almost hurts!
Something about the Mondriaan Fund:
“The Mondriaan Fund is a publicly financed fund for visual art and cultural heritage. It supports innovative projects and activities by visual artists, intermediaries (curators and critics), museums and other heritage organizations, art institutions, archives, galleries and commissioning parties. All grants are awarded with a view to promoting the production and presentation of relevant Dutch visual art and heritage in the Netherlands and abroad, where a commercial market is (yet) undeveloped.”
This will make so many things so much easier in the near future. I was saving money to buy a professional video camera and decent projector but it was taking way too long and it really started to hold me down when exhibiting new projects with non-decent equipment…. So this will be really, really helpful! Also I want to use a part of the stipend to hire translators for my web shops, so my self-generated income will expand in the near future as well.
I’ll keep you posted on which projects will be realized during the year I receive this stipend through my personal website and this blog.
Click >here< to go to the Mondriaan Fund’s website.
My work has been selected to be part of the upcoming UtrechtDownUnder exhibition in the city centre of Utrecht (NL). Two years ago the exhibition was held in the cellars of the Oudegracht (canals) in Utrecht, this year the exhibition will be held in the freshly deserted Wolvenplein prison.
Yesterday I went there to have a look at the location and it was very very awesome!
After the break you can see some more photos.
UtrechtDownUnder: Onder Controle (Under Control)
1st-31st of May 2015
Wolvenplein 1, Utrecht (NL)
Click >here< to go to UtrechtDownUnder’s website.
Last weekend was the presentation of the SWOOF x DPRK lamp by Yudo Design!
Yudo Design has created an interactive led table lamp which you can operate with hand movements. They often collaborate with artists and designers to create new skins, the replaceable outer part of the lamp, so lamp owners can easily change the appearance of their lamps themselves. This weekend the lamp will also be on display (and for sale) at NEST at the Hoog Catharijne shopping mall, at the Seats2Meet venue.
Here’s a video on how the SWOOF design works:
As you might know, I also design crochet patterns next to making art, and sell them online to raise funds for my art projects.
Today I received two copies Hummeln im Herzen in the mail, a novel by Petra Hülsmann. The book features my photo of my bumblebee crochet pattern on the cover! The publisher gave the black part of the bee a fuzzy layer, which makes it even more cute to look at. They even used the photo inside the book at the start of every chapter, so cute!
It’s beeeees, beeeees all over the place!
I’m actually following a German language course at this moment, so hopefully I’ll be able to read the book myself somewhere in the near future.
Yesterday I received a copy of the book Unnoticed Art, featuring an essay by Frans van Lent, and many descriptions of the performances performed at the festival itself.
The IT series of performances where part of the festival as well. In the book you can read a brief description on how to perform the work, and the written down experiences of two performers.
I really like the way the title is printed onto the cover of the book, as you can see in the pictures above.
Go to the >Unnoticed Art Festival website< to order a copy of the book.
Opening tomorrow: TKW#5 (temporary art store) at In De Ruimte, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
All upbringings from this temporary art store will go to livebuild.org, a charity organization. Grab your chance to get a copy of the project Rogier book at a 30% discount, and feel good about it because you’re supporting a water project in Lobagne.
Click here to read more about the temporary art store (in Dutch only): http://www.tijdelijkekunstwinkel.nl/
Opening on the 7th of February: the anniversary edition of De Belofte (“the promise”) exhibition series at Kunstliefde. This year the De Belofte-programme exists for 10 years and this exhibition shows you previous participants of the last 10 years, including meeee! Yoohoo!
There’s an opening party on the 8th of February starting at 16:00hr at Kunstliefde. The exhibition will be opened by Frank Koolen, artist and tutor at the Utrecht School of the Arts, who lectured many of the participating artists (again, including meeee).
At this exhibition the video I made while I was in the DPRK will be shown, together with some souvenirs, an essay/travel journal-thingy I wrote for this exhibition and a podcast describing all the things I was not allowed to capture on video.
Hope to see you there!! It’s going to be a great exhibition.
Click >here< to go to Kunstliefde’s website.
This Sunday I’ll be giving another short artist talk about the DPRK project, again at PechaKucha Night Utrecht, but this time the event is also part of Cultural Sundays (Culturele Zondagen).
Hope to see you there at the Winkel van Sinkel in Utrecht (NL), 16:15hr sharp!
Click >here< to read the article (in Dutch). (link opens in a new window)
I still need to update my web page about though, the video I made in North Korea will be online very very soon!
Opening tonight: World Amigurumi Exhibition at RESOBOX Gallery, New York City (USA). 76 of my crochet designs will be on display during this exhibition. Click >here< to go to the Facebook event. Click >here< to go to the RESOBOX Gallery website. All items will be on display until the 28th of February 2015.
If you have no clue what I’m talking about, I raise funds for my art projects by designing and selling digital crochet patterns and crochet items. 🙂 >Here< is a link to one of my crochet pattern web shops.
Upcoming Thursday I’ll be having a chat about the DPRK project at Pecha Kucha Night at Het Huis, Utrecht!
The idea of a Pecha Kucha presentation is that you have 20 images and only talk for 20sec about each of them, so I tweaked the idea a bit and I’m going to show you 20 short clips of 20sec each of the video I made when I was in North Korea!
Above you can see a film still of one of the shots that will be included in the presentation. 🙂
Check out the Pecha Kucha website over >here<, there’s also a Facebook event. In preparation to this presentation, the DPRK project page on my portfolio website will be updated tomorrow, so I’ll also drop a link over here once I’ve finished working on that.
Hope to see you on Thursday!!
Coming up! Another Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) at MOTI (Museum of the Image) in Breda, The Netherlands!! –> Friday the 29th of November, starting at eight o’ clock.
Two projects of mine will be on view that night, DPRK and Untitled (for utopia). Above you can see a film still of Untitled (for utopia), video no.3, “Ger”. Click >here< to watch the entire video.