Destabilising Critique: Personae in between self and enactment

This research master dissertation discusses the use of personae in performance as critique. My three case studies, Christoph Schlingensief’s Bitte liebt Österreich (2000), Renzo Martens’ Episode III: Enjoy Poverty (2008), and Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), all feature one or more personae: ambiguous figures in between naturalness and modes of performing. They are … Continue reading

Inescapable participation in a normalized industry. Wesley Meuris at Casino Luxembourg

Originally published for on August 13.   A shiny white reception desk in a well-lit spacious room, flat-screen displays, tasteful plants: who has never been to Casino Luxembourg before, won’t notice anything remarkable at the entrance hall during Wesley Meuris’ exhibition R-05.Q-IP.0001. Only the glossy posters on the walls advertising different exhibitions seem slightly … Continue reading

Roni Horn: Photographien

Roni Horn Photographien Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg 15 April – 14 August 2011 Jesse van Winden, August 2011 Identity as a function of time ‘The mutable version of identity is not an aberration…the fixed version is the aberration’, New York-based Roni Horn (1955) stated in a 2009 exhibition catalogue. This summer, Hamburger Kunsthalle showed Photographien, a … Continue reading

Alexandre Singh: La Critique de l’Ecole des Objets

For I wrote a review of Alexandre Singh’s ‘installation-play’ La Critique de l’Ecole des Objets. Read it there. Voor heb ik een recensie geschreven van Alexandre Singh’s ‘installatietoneelstuk’ La Critique de l’Ecole des Objets. Lees hem daar (tekst  het Engels). In La Critique de l’Ecole des Objets at Palais de Tokyo Alexandre Singh … Continue reading

A view of the general operational problems within which the VU finds itself

This text is the result of a research I started in 2010 for a course lectured by Koos Bosma. I finalized it during a masterclass led by Wouter Davidts, Alan Smart and Femke Herregraven. The masterclass was called ‘After planning’, organised by VU University, Sandberg Institute and Virtueel Museum Zuidas. The present article was previously … Continue reading

Mutant Architecture. The complexity of utopia, makeability and continuity

Together with Rana Ghavami, I wrote an essay on the way the inherent utopian character of architecture was unmasked and turned inside out some time ago. The utopic makeability of functional design, still firmly anchored in architecture as a necessary inherent condition, was critically questioned by various ‘paper architects’ such as Superstudio during the late … Continue reading

The key role of the Dutch conceptual artists: The development of the Dutch Conceptual Art network within Europe and the relations with America

This is a research I carried out together with Francesca Lacroce last Winter. I copied the introduction below. The full article, including biographies of Jan Dibbets, Ger van Elk, Bas Jan Ader and Stanley Brouwn can be downloaded here: The key role of the Dutch conceptual artists Introduction To be a part of a network … Continue reading