Working from a collective space is a inherent part of my practice. The space we can share together is the option to grow, create, find friction and continue to learn,
and sometimes this space is a living room, the couch, a gallery, the kitchen or outside on the street.
Act 1, Venice 2019
Tenderfeet is: Falkona Rexhepi, Nohely Simon, Kerem Akar, Naomi de Wit, Lili Ullrich, Anouschka Pessy, Syree Palm, Ferize Durmush, Angelika Voitenko, Is van Leest and Eady van Acker.
Tenderfeet is accompanied by Josephine Baan and Rolf Engelen.
As graduation students from the (de)Fine Arts department @ the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, we received the chance to exhibit during the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale.
'Tenderfeet', curated by Josephine Baan, as part of 'Personal Structures - Identities' at the European Cultural Center (ECC) was on show from May till November 2019.
//Text from 2019
We’re a group of 11 artists from the WdKA Fine Arts graduating year, researching what it means to live and work together and what an anti-hierarchical space can be. By transforming the exhibition space into a setting for a ‘play,’ we focus on the process of collective making as the work itself, departing from the principle of generosity. The play is used as a structure or framework to incorporate time and space as crucial points in a collaborative artistic process.
The play questions the hierarchical value system of society and art, giving space for a fluid artwork centred around knowledge production, research, and co-creation with the public.
We wish to devise an experience in which the public becomes activated as actors of the play, becoming participants in our democratic practices.
Over the coarse of 5 months Tenderfeet collective has produced 9 performative works and a constantly transforming research based space.
2018 Workshop, together with Giulia de Giovanelli and Phillipa Driest
From a collective work done earlier (The temporary autonomous bureau) we were asked to take part in the studium generale program at St. Joost university. Together with Giulia de Giovanelli and Phillipa Driest we created a workshop and lecture day about different models of self-organization. Starting with a small lecture about the history of Vereniging Poortgebouw, the place we work and live and followed by examples of other self-organized practices.
In the second part of the workshop students had to formulate their own ideas when forming a fictive imagined self-organized living/working community.
The group was divided in two with on one side a city environment and the other group had a rural context. Within these contexts we formulated a few basic parameters to get started. We also provided the students with big sheets of blueprints to start exploring the space they would inhabit.
Within the workshop we asked the students how they would deal with questions about identity of the community, sustainability and how they deal with outside agency and politics. Ultimately introducing the students with how they could imagine living and working self-organized themselves.
Still from recording 'Hackspo' 2019
A PROPOSAL FOR HYPER LOCAL RADIO
2019 (Hacking minor, Willem de Kooning academy)
Departing from the relation between the information and stories we share on the place we live and how opening these stories can form a portrait of a moment in time. I am using a pirate radio as an archive tool for these memories, local radio has always been a tool for sharing information between small communities, its a method of informing or bringing people together.
In my research I worked on the question if a (pirate)radio be a archival tool? A tool for sharing memories, fragments of the past and present. How I can make a portrait of a street and what does this represent? How could a shared hyperlocal radio station contribute to the strengths within a street.
The radio consisted of a raspberry pi that can transits in a small radio, intercepting the existing frequencies.
This project was proposed during the hacking minor live stream as a result from being present at the Almondestraat (a street that would be demolished soon) The radio was a pilot project and did not generate content but was testing and researching the possibilities to do so.
Finisage TENT 2018
Rotterdam Cultural histories #13
The Temporary Autonomous Bureau
Research project in collaboration with Angeliki Daikrousi, Alice Strete, Phillipa Driest, Giullia de Giovanelli and Thanos Kalamatis.
The Temporary Autonomous Bureau is a space where different interpretations of autonomy and self-organised spaces in Rotterdam is discussed. We are members of the Vereniging Poortgebouw (a former squat next to the Maas on the south side of Rotterdam) and students of the master Experimental Publishing from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. In TENT we created a temporary bureau to research and show some history of the Poortgebouw and by creating a fictional bureau we researched the current existing self-organised places.
During the 3 month period in TENT there was access to the fragmented archive of the Poortgebouw and from this place as starting point we mapped out different strategies for self-organization in the city. Having the bureau serve as a meeting point and the place to discover. Over the time period of three months different events took place to research the meaning of self-organisation in Rotterdam.