Disobedient Children (excerpt), HD Video, 17'00'', 2016, by Dorine van Meel; Music and sounds produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Olle Holmberg
Southern Summer School and Northern Winter Workshops
Collective project, BAK, Utrecht, October 2016 - February 2017
The Southern Summer School is a collective project that brings together art practitioners and cultural workers based in South Africa, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
With this project we want to interrogate what it means for us as art practitioners to actively challenge eurocentric paradigms in the art world, how we can form relationships of solidarity and exchange across national boundaries, and work towards creating non-normative spaces open to a multiplicity of stories, histories, languages, cultures, voices, and sounds.
In the four months leading up to the summer school, a program of preparatory workshops titled The Northern Winter Workshops will be organized in various art venues across South Africa, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. These workshops are open to the public and organized by a range of artists, theorists, and activists who address questions of decolonization and social justice within their respective practices.
Initiated with artist Nelmarie du Preez
Organised i.c.w. cultural critic and writer Egbert Alejandro Martina, curator Khwezi Gule,
artist Simangaliso Sibiya, curator Rachael Harlow
and artist Abri de Swardt
The project includes contributions by Egbert Alejandro Martina, Imara Limon, Yvette Mutumba, Bibi Fadlalla, Simone Zeefuik, Teresa Diaz Nerio, Wayne Modest, Gloria Holwerda-Williams, Marjan Boelsma, Miguel Peres dos Santos, Mbali Khoza, Khwesi Gule, Thato Mogotsi, Maria Fidel Regueros, Phoebe Davies and Cedric Fauq
Collective project, August – December 2016
And so, gently the dust will fall, upon the carelessly wrapped paintings. And gently the colours on the canvas, they will fade away. Images of soup cans, guns and flowers, they will fade away. And gentle dust will fall upon the seamless glass vitrines, scattered pedestals, high security cameras. Gentle dust, upon the long forgotten sculptures, abandoned in the corners of the wide quiet cubes.
Gentle Dust imagines and stages the desertion of the "museum of modern art" through performative readings and live music. The museum of modern art is understood here as a symbol, historically and presently linked to the colonial matrix of power. The live performances respond to the question of how we can disengage from the narratives that are told and taught by these museums. The project is understood as the beginning of a dialogue in which we, as a multiplicity of young art practitioners, foreground the stories, perspectives and questions that have a special urgency to us in this time of crisis.
First instalment organised i.c.w. Rianna Jade Parker at Jupiter Woods, London, 25 August, 2016
This instalment includes spoken contributions by Rianna Jade Parker, Isaac Kariuki, Imani Robinson and Caspar Jade Heinemann
Second instalment organised i.c.w. Mbali Khoza at ROOM Gallery & Projects, Johannesburg, 29 October, 2016
Solo exhibition, Kunstraum, London, October - December 2015
And the images of sweating gladiators, their glistening muscles against a darkened sky, heavily breathing, dramatic music, the brave looking soldiers with their hands on their guns, the feet sinking in the swamps of the unknown lands, they mix with the television-channeled sword fighting knights, ancient temples on the news, it resonates so uncomfortably
Disobedient Children sets out to unravel the relationship between our own desires, and desires as they are formulated by others for us. The script investigates how identities could be produced differently and how one can be political within an increasingly neoliberal society. The visual language of the piece – the atmospheres which the work produces, the 3D generated landscapes, the use of digital glitches and technologically produced moire patterns – can be understood as a stand in for an unknown future, something which cannot be seen but the shape of which can already be discerned. – Thomas Cuckle
Event night with the participation of Maria Gorodeckaya, Megan Nolan, Rianna Jade Parker (The Lonely Londoners), Naomi Pearce and Nina Power
The video is available via Left Gallery
Between the Dog and the Wolf
Solo exhibition, South London Gallery, London, April - June 2015
In love at eight with Othello’s Desdemona. On our strawberry iMac I draw her massive soprano body tightly folded in a blue silk dress. No images of the play to be found anywhere, this was before the internet. And at bedtime I tell him dragons don’t exist, fear the real world instead.
Between the Dog and the Wolf is a multi-channel installation exploring female subjectivity, through a soundtrack of two female narrators combined with alternating projections of digital imagery. The work introduces two disembodied voices which resonate around the gallery as they deliver fragments of scripts. Memories of falling in love, reflections on female friendships, apprehensions of giving birth, visions of a mother and grandmother, and thoughts on feminist writings, are framed by the narrators’ observations of their surroundings and daily routines.
Some Place of Avoiding an Animal
Publication, South London Gallery, London, May 2015
Woke up from a dream about melting snow. The traffic has become louder already, it is 5.35am.
The constant street lights withhold the room its natural darkness, birds are, forever singing.
Some Place of Avoiding an Animal is a writing project by artists and writers Emma Bennett, Jesse Darling, Susanna Davis Crook, John Archibald Harrington, Kati Kärki, Claire Potter, Erica Scourti and Dorine van Meel. The resulting publication was designed by Rogier Delfos.
The project was initiated by Dorine van Meel, as part of her 2014/15 Nina Stewart Artist Residency with the South London Gallery. The texts that form this publication were developed through a series of writing workshops led by guest artists including Pil and Galia, Melissa Gordon and Michael Dean. Aiming to voice their own (multiple) subjectivities against the backdrop of a society that is defined by the crisis and sadness of capitalism, the writers set out to address what could be meant by ‘writing’ as a mode in which these concerns are demonstrated.
Does Not Equal
Self initiated collective project, W139, Amsterdam, March - April 2015
Does Not Equal is a collaborative project that questions the creative potential, historical legacy and ongoing concerns of feminism. Featuring more than 35 international artists, writers and curators the project presents various and conflicting responses that interrogate issues of gender equality and female subjectivity.
With the participation of Nana Adusei-Poku, Eva Barto, Gabrielle Le Bayon, Hannah Black, Jenna Bliss, Basje Boer, Ninna Bohn Pedersen, Adam Christensen, Susan Conte, E.C. Feiss, Rose-Anne Gush, Morag Keil, Kapwani Kiwanga, Fanny Kuitenbrouwer, Anne-Marie van Meel, Sands Murray-Wassink, Naomi Pearce, Diana Policarpo, Elina Suoyrjö, Karoline Swiezynski, Amalia Ulman, Deniz Unal, Lena Tutunjian, Shen Xin, e.a.
...instead to meet strangers who might change our minds
Solo exhibition, curated by Adrienne Groen, The Swiss Church, London, February - March, 2014
We play our own plays, get drunk without no drinks. In bed we read, straining our eyes, unknown dimensions opening up, a blue glimmer lighting the pages. We are in love, we are disappointed. And we are disappointed, because our noses turn red from the cold and the bags under our eyes frighten us in the cold toilet lights. But even that, if you like, is poetry - a prolonged hesitation between sound and meaning. And the word happiness involves the word hap which refers to chance. And if we take a shower to be warm, we smell sweet, and quietly we move, because the parents have gone to bed. And we listen so carefully we listen, and we will notice the sounds that are usually ignored.
…instead, to meet strangers who might change our minds uses the architectural setting of the exhibition space to create a site specific video installation. The base of the script draws upon an email written by the artists’ younger self at the age of sixteen, in which she discusses the multiple possibilities and aspirations of an undecided future. This commitment to text allows her to grasp at independence, setting out a romanticised proposal for individuality, that escapes the constraints of the existing systems and patterns of behaviour.
– Adrienne Groen
Self initiated exhibition and symposium, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, February - March 2014
Cinema was expanding. And as with the universe, I was looking at the light. Luminous flux. Its perceived power. Its exchange value. Relative to the human eye. And I ignored its main component. Which was darkness.
But this time will be different. – J.A.Harrington
Luminous Flux features seven London-based artists, working in and between the media of moving image, sculpture and installation. The exhibition is conceived as a continuous installation, inviting the viewer to navigate through its multiple rhythms, its immersive environments, its accelerating sounds and decelerating shadows, its colourful and non-linear narratives. In conjunction with the exhibition a symposium will take place where moving image practices’ are placed within a wider social and political context. A central question will be how these digital art works participate in the constitution of social processes and how these processes can be understood.
With the participation of Ninna Bohn Pedersen, Laura Buckley, Olivier Castel, David Ferrando Giraut, Matthias Tharang, Thomas Yeomans, Lisa Åkervall and Mike Sperlinger
CURRENT / UPCOMING
The Value of Visibility,
Talk and panel discussion organised by Kunstvlaai, W139, Amsterdam, 24 September, 2016
Exeter Contemporary Open,
Group exhibition, Exeter Phoenix, 15 September – 5 November, 2016
Exeter Contemporary Open, Film screening,
Exeter Phoenix, 20 September and 15 October, 2016
Gentle Dust, Self initiated collective project, ROOM Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg, 29 October, 2016
15th Annual Two Short Nights, Film screening, Exeter Phoenix, 1 and 2 December, 2016
Southern Summer School, Self initiated collective project, BAK, Utrecht, 15 October 2016 – 26 February, 2017
Prospects & Concepts,
Group exhibition, Art Rotterdam, 8 – 12 February 2017
Solo exhibition, Galerie Conradi, Hamburg, 2017
Gentle Dust, Self initiated collective project, Jupiter Woods, London, 25 August, 2016
Left Gallery Summer Selection, Event, Neimeister Bar-Am, Berlin, 20 July, 2016
Disobedient Children, Launch of the video as part of Left Gallery, Spike, Berlin, 13 May, 2016
Artist talk, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, 3 februari, 2016
Night shift and The View, Permanent video installations, Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis, Den Bosch, 2015
Disobedient Children, Performative reading, Kunstraum, London, 5pm 29 November, 2015
In Case of Doubt, Performative reading, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, 3pm 15 November, 2015
Disobedient Children, Solo exhibition, Kunstraum, London, 23 October - 19 December, 2015
Video screening on the monitors of the underground system of Mexico City, Offsite Project of Chalton Gallery, London, 21 October - 12 December, 2015
Index 15 & Berenberg Preis für junge Kunst,
Group exhibition, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, 12 - 15 November, 2015
The Things We Talked About,
Group exhibition, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, 11 June - 17 July, 2015
Dorine van Meel in Conversation with Lucy Reynolds, South London Gallery, London, 3 June, 2015
Passage voor de Zon, Film screening, Art Cinema OFFoff, Gent, 29 May, 2015
Some Place of Avoiding an Animal, Performance event, South London Gallery, London, 27 May, 2015
+1, In conversation with Thomas Cuckle at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 25 April, 2015
Wilderness, Group exhibition, New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen, 17 April - 23 May, 2015
Between the Dog and the Wolf,
Solo exhibition, South London Gallery, London, 14 April - 14 June, 2015
Does Not Equal, Self initiated collective project, W139, Amsterdam, 13 March - 12 April, 2015
My Vocabulary did this to me, Group exhibition, South London Gallery, London, 23 November, 2014
A Space of No Exception, Group exhibition, Sokol Space, Moscow, 7 October - 4 November, 2014
Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Film screening, Muzeon Summertime Movie Theatre, Moscow, 2 - 4 August, 2014
Here, the other side. Collective project, APT Gallery, London, 31 May - 15 June, 2014
...instead to meet strangers who might change our minds, Solo exhibition, curated by Adrienne Groen, The Swiss Church, London, 27 February - 15 March, 2014
Luminous Flux, Self initiated group exhibition and symposium, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, 14 February - 23 March, 2014
Supported by Mondriaan Fonds 2015 / 2016