10/01/15 – 28/02/15 Performance Programme in collaboration with Kunstverein Amsterdam

Performance programme

10 January – 28 February 2015

In collaboration with Kunstverein Amsterdam Ellen de Bruijne Projects will present different performances every week, by the following artists:

Kerstin Cmelka | Jeremiah Day | Uta Eisenreich & Eva Meyer-Keller | Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet | I’m with her records | Sarah van Lamsweerde | Erkka Nissinen | Janneke van Raaphorst | Geo Wyeth

Curator for the performance programme: Dorothé Orczyk

Performance programme: Erkka Nissinen
24 – 28 February 2015

Erkka Nissinen Video without ideasErkka Nissinen – Flat Residency, July & August 2014
Video without Ideas, US/NL 2014, HD video

What does a man have in his plastic bag? Nothing.

Slapstick comedy and philosophical wanderings repeatedly cross paths in an absurdist swirl that is the work Erkka Nissinen. This video is the result of a creative working period in Amsterdam Southeast, as a resident artist at FLAT. Like often in his videos, Erkka himself takes on the role of different characters that converge with several fictional storylines – here, revolving around actual locals. The environment of the Bijlmer is the concrete backdrop while the imaginary at the same time functions as a more abstract setting in which the stories unfold. Video Without Ideas follows real human obsessions and the oddities of communication. The tracks do not lead to any solution, but rather to the process of elegantly thickening confusion.
The music in Video Without Ideas is by Blodfet & DJ Lonely (Flat artist Jonas Ohlsson). For the video, Erkka worked with the help of local filmmakers and actors.


17 – 21 February 2015: Geo Wyeth

Performance: 21 February 2015 at 5pm

Wyeth Poetry readingsGeo Wyeth – Poetry Readings

w/ HW Clobba

HW Clobba is the artist’s dead godmother, in Amsterdam for the first time from New York City. Feb 17-20, she will be present in the gallery during daytime hours, working on her latest poems.

Please stop by and say hello! She will be here on Tuesday 17 February  until Friday 20 February between 2-5pm

Saturday February 21st at 5pm there will be a performance of work created during the three days prior.

BYU: I’m With Her Records/Nancy Acid
19 February 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS


Nancy AcidPlease join us Thursday 19 February for a gig by Nancy Acid*, currently signed to I’m With Her Records.

Doors open at 20.00.
Gig starts at 20.30.

* Nancy Acid is a two-person experimental punk group based in Amsterdam. Nancy Acid was raised in Playa, Aruba. As childhood friends they connected over a similar interest in skateboarding and punk music. They started out as The Sasters in which Ef plays guitar and Kev looks over the percussion section. In Nancy Acid they have switched roles.

10 – 14 February 2015: Uta Eisenreich & Eva Meyer-Keller
Performance: 14 February 2015 at 5pm

Photo: Marc Domage

Photo: Marc Domage

‘Things on a Table’ is based on a live recital of Gertrude Stein’s mesmerizing modernist text ‘Objects Lie on a Table – A Play’ (1922.) This abundant cacophony of rhythmically repeated and recombined fragments raises questions about the nature of representation, the bourgeois fixation on objects and their depiction, issues of gender, race and environment.

Simultaneously, ordinary everyday objects are continuously rearranged on a tabletop. These objects appear transformed into protean characters in the play and bring to mind a range of fleeting associations. The emerging still lifes are framed by a camera and projected live onto a screen — juxtaposing two perspectives and modes of practice: performance and photography. The friction with Stein’s text initiates a playful dynamic process of constructing and deconstructing visual meanings.

Performance: Uta Eisenreich and Eva Meyer-Keller
Narrator: Rebecca Sakoun

10 – 17 January 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Jeremiah Day

20 – 24 January 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

22 January 2015 at 8 pm | Kunstverein Amsterdam
BYU 23: Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

24 January 2015 at 5pm | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Performance Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet – Spring Water and Sea Monsters

27 – 31 January 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Sarah van Lamsweerde
Janneke Raaphorst

31 January 2015 5 pm | Ellen de BRuijne PROJECTS
Performance Janneke Raaphorst

5 February 2015 at 8pm | Kunstverein Amsterdam
BYU: Kerstin Cmelka

10 – 14 February 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Uta Eisenreich & Eva Meyer-Keller

14 February 2015 5pm | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Performance Uta Eisenreich & Eva Meyer-Keller – Things on a table

14 February 2015 | Kunstverein Amsterdam
BYU: Uta Eisenreich & Eva Meyer-Keller – Things on a table

18 February 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
I’m with her records

17 – 21 February 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Geo Wyeth

24 – 28 February 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Erkka Nissinen

Please visit our website and Facebook as well as Kunstverein’s website to stay updated on the programme.
The performance programme is curated by Dorothé Orczyk.


27 – 31 January 2015: Janneke Raaphorst / Sarah van Lamsweerde

anneke Raaphorst, QR Quilt, 2013, Recycled Silk Clothes, 120 cm x 120 cm

Janneke Raaphorst, QR Quilt, 2013, Recycled Silk Clothes, 120 cm x 120 cm

Janneke Raaphorst – Cover/Story
On her journey in India Janneke Raaphorst introduced herself to Swami G. as Janika. He explained her name means flying carpet in Sanskrit.
What is a flying carpet if not a vehicle for fantasy, storytelling or travelling?
It is an airplane blanket Janneke Raaphorst sewed from textiles she collected on the Silk Road.
In her performance Janneke Raaphorst weaves text, textile and context.

Janneke Raaphorst (NL) is a performance artist from Amsterdam. In the past period her work, love and live brought her all over the world. When asked to tell something about her work, she answered: “In my work and during my travels I tend to find connections where there aren’t seem to be any”.

The performance by Janneke Raaphorst will be on Saturday January 31th, 5 pm at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS


Sarah van Lamsweerde – Blue Language drafts
In response to ubiquitous censorship issues and in preparation for an upcoming trip to Russia, Sarah van Lamsweerde will be showing some prototypes for multi-purpose, elliptical* inserts.

*of, relating to, or marked by extreme economy of speech or writing (2) : of or relating to deliberate obscurity (as of literary or conversational style)

In her work Sarah van Lamsweerde (Brussels, 1971) tries to extricate new sense from basic binaries such as language / image or performer / spectator. In 2008, she completed her Masters in artistic research and performance at Dasarts, Amsterdam. Her projects have been shown internationally in both visual arts and performance contexts. Since 2011, she is an associate artist at Het Veem Theater in Amsterdam. Besides her own work, she participates in projects by other artists, such as Zhana Ivanova and Ivana Müller.




20 – 24 January 2015: Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

20 – 24 January 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Screening Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, The Waterway, 2014, 23 min

Thursday 22 January 2015 at 8 pm | Kunstverein Amsterdam
BYU #23: Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

Saturday 24 January 2015 at 5pm | Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Performance Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Spring Water and Sea Monsters

With special thanks to Marcelle Alix, Paris

Herve Maillet passagedeaumassé1_bd

20 – 24 January 2015 | Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Screening Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Un passage d’eau / The Waterway, 2014, 23 min

As often in French artists Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet’s projects, the origin of the film Un passage d’eau is based on scientific grounds. Employing a methodology that reflects their doctoral education in the humanities and literature, Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet’s scenarios establish consistency between speculation around mythologies, proposed solutions to impasses of science, and surveys around a field to study, making their films rather stages of exploration than a plausible answer.

Indeed, science is discussed in their work as a knowledge which forever renews the realities as well as fantasies. Their films are so, somehow, research laboratories, made ​​of different layers and stages of proof of computation more or less likely, also echoing to the history of cinema. Playing with genres, from science fiction to epic, from TV reconstitution to anthropological documentary. Using experimental filming methods, as seen in Werner Herzog’s movies, or forms and frames, reminding particular Eric Rohmer’s visual language, the filmmakers offer a quite contemporary vision on the history of myths.

Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet’s first entirely written scenario, Un passage d’eau unfolds his story at the crossroads of history and knowledge. By staging their cinematic and philosophical potential, the film offers a contemporary and poetic vue on a history of aquatic fantasy. It is built around three narratives, in different places and times, in which actions are alternately held. This triptych aims to uncover and document the imagination of the water as objects and bodies’ conservation source.

Some marine creatures, such as lobster, may be immortal. In the future, Man would he be able to mutate instead of getting old?

Assumptions: off a beach resort, amateur archaeologists dive on old shipwrecks sites and try to preserve their underwater discoveries of the ravages of time. In a coastal town, a spa institute offers guests to use sea resources to rejuvenate. In the meanwhile in a former bathhouse, a mysterious group of retirees formed a club whose main purpose is to access to eternal life.

Between archaeological documentary and fantastic tale, between myth and incongruous encounters, from the depths of the sea to the thalassotherapy pools, Un passage d’eau is a fiction blending ​​documentary and fully staged sequences, actual participants and actors. A fantastic end brings together scientific discoveries and fantasized speculations. The film is playing on ellipses and dichotomies guided by these characters. They provide meaning to the story thanks to their characterizations, their encounters, and their recurrences in different narrative frames. In the manner of symbolic figures from ancient mythology (such as nymphs, cyclops or sirens…), they justify the tracks taken from the theoretical and iconographic collection of the authors as well as the assumed fantasy they establish within the synopsis of the film.

Thursday 22 January 2015 at 8 pm | Kunstverein Amsterdam
BYU #23: Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

Join us this Thursday at Bob’s Your Uncle for a screening* and Bärenjäger.

Doors open at 7 p.m.
Screening starts at 8 p.m.

A Recess and a Reconstruction
Written and directed by Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, 2011, 22 min.
With: Rachel Spicer as Hippolyta, Benjamin Seror as Manfred, and Francis Grew.

Somewhat at a loose end, two museum guides in a basement storeroom are marveling at the great resourcefulness of archeological museography. Elsewhere, on an excavation site, an archeologist standing by trenches and mechanical diggers is describing artefacts. Much further along, a young woman imprisoned in the underground recess of a castle lets her terror fantasies run wild. A Recess and a Reconstruction is a Gothic story where the line between what is past and what lies in the future is in the process of disintegrating.

Saturday 24 January 2015 at 5pm | Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Performance Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Spring Water and Sea Monsters

Saturday 10 January | Talk by Jeremiah Day at 5 pm

“There was a necessity, a need – which was very exciting for us – to describe the world.  The Communist world had described how it should be and not how it really was.  We – there were a lot of us – tried to describe this world and it was fascinating to describe something which hadn’t been described yet.
It’s a feeling of bringing something to life, because it’s a bit like that.  If something hasn’t been described than it doesn’t officially exist.  So that if we start describing it, we bring it to life.”  – Krzysztof Kieślowski
This public event is one of a series marking the conclusion of Day’s Doctorate of the Arts project: A Kind of Imagination that has Nothing To Do with Fiction? Allan Kaprow and Hannah Arendt and a Practice for a New Publicness of Art.In this talk Jeremiah Day will explore his research into the ways narrative and image-making are used in politics, and the implications this has for art-making and it’s role in the public realm.The talk will be accompanied by a presentation of Day’s project The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness. 

Part epitaph, part ode, part investigation, this installation draws together years of research and studio performance into a contemporary memorial form, chronicling the example of US Senator Frank Church.Church is a widely forgotten figure but whose name has resurfaced to public attention in the wake of the revelations of Edward Snowden. In the 1970’s Church led a series of investigations into the political practices of the United States, including the harassment of Martin Luther King Jr, assassination plots of foreign political leaders, and the development of mass surveillance.The title of this work is taken from the name of a wilderness park in Idaho, named in honour of United States Senator Frank Church, who had ironically used those exact words to warn of crossing over a “bridge of no return,” and this word play becomes the point of departure and hinge for Day’s evocation of Church, his investigation and his subsequent failed Presidential run.The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness was originally commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

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