The earth is exhausted. We humans, living in the prosperous West, need to radically rethink our way of living and acting. To do so, we must adjust the ideas and value systems that underlie this action. How do we do that? How do we install a different, more embodied thinking about ourselves in the world?
N.E.S.H.A.A.’s story is a curse poem, it seeps through the cracks and layers of concrete, earth and water and fills the air. The poem curses and urges you to wander around the created landscape and let the words resonate further. It asks to be repeated. A CURSE POEM is an immersive and performative installation in which movement, language and landscape come together.
DYING TOGETHER is a physical, interactive performance in which performers, together with participating audience, examine and interpret instances of collective dying. A reflection of contemporary events where large groups of people, species and even ecosystems collectively experience death.
Washing Hands is a ritual devised to help re-establish more physical contact in the public space. A simple installation by design, set up in a (semi) public space. Passers-by and visitors, who may or may not know each other, are invited to sit opposite one another at a central wash basin. By then proceeding to wash each other’s hands with soap the participants safely establish physical contact.
During Impossible Conversation you enter into conversation with each other based on personal experiences related to a challenging topic. The different perspectives present in the group come together during the conversation. Impossible Conversation is inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together. The […]
In Distant Thoughts you are invited to take a close look at the contacts you enter into with people you don’t know. It is a telephone conversation for two people who do not know each other. You follow a script in which some of the text is predetermined but most of the time you are […]
In Digital Silence the participants play about with their own presence and absence, in their rooms and on the web, looking for a third space, a hybrid space, that is both physical and virtual. ‘Where am I if I’m both in my room and on the screen? And where are you?’ Digital Silence connects rooms and people in one […]
A multitude of images reaches us via our glowing computer and smartphone screens, and in turn, we become an image for others. How do we relate to these images and how do we relate to each other? During Watching Pixels we talk to each other through images that we view online: paintings, photographs and films.
We are used to hearing people speak not only on behalf of themselves but also on behalf of other entities: heaven, the rain forest, animals, the city, and so forth. The Parliament of Things is a theory developed by Bruno Latour that makes a case for the rights of objects. According to Latour, modern man […]
Participants are invited to start conversing with each other around a white 3 x 3m square surface. Based on the topics discussed they must then visually represent their experience by positioning and moving objects in the square with consideration. Het Vlak was developed as part of We Have Never Been Modern and has been successfully performed […]
The Conversation without Words is inspired by various indigenous practices where people gather in silence, looking at each other without saying a word. Research has shown that 60 to 80 % of our communication happens non verbally. During this conversation we focus on exactly that part of our communication. The intensity that arises when you look at each […]
This is a conversation between opponents. It was developed in response to the philosopher Chantal Mouffe who speaks of the importance of conflict in the political arena and calls upon the arts to help develop what she calls the ‘agonistic space’, in which agonists are opponents – not to be confused with antagonists, enemies. In […]
Hoe kijken we naar een voorstelling? Tijdens het voor- en naprogramma
Watched and Seen ontmoeten de toeschouwers elkaar en delen ze de ervaring van het kijken. Komen we door ons bewust te zijn van onze eigen manier van kijken tot de ware voorstelling?
During Spraakmakers, we establish a space within which, as a group, we can look at something from different perspectives. Spraakmakers consists of two lessons in which we look at and talk about three works of art with students and teachers. This experience helps to foster connection rather than polarisation.
Thinking Together – an Experiment is based on the theory and practice of the American quantum physicist David Bohm, who maintains that there is a self-regulating mechanism within a group of people that allows large groups of people to speak without a moderator. David Bohm claims that you never think alone and that your thinking […]
In a small group, we look at stuffed animals, live animals and works of art and reflect on our observations. We discuss the way we see, examine our assumptions and together allow mean-ing to unfold. What does looking at (dead and living) animals mean in the Anthropocene age?
Passers-by engage in conversation while looking at a work of art. The work is an opportunity for strangers to meet. The works are challenging and relate to the context in which they are placed.
‘The stories we tell about our experiences, do not describe reality, but create it.’ David Cooperrider Conversation For Two draws inspiration from the theory and practice of sociologist David Cooperrider to stimulate intimate conversations in public spaces.Two people are asked to find a suitable place to talk in public (eg. the sidewalk, town square, park […]
Called Time Loop, we developed a way of conversing in which we look at current dilemmas from various perspectives in time. In the world we grew up in it seems like short-term thinking is more important than looking ahead or reflecting on the past. Can we extend our sense of time, enlarge the time-space in […]
Cinema Imaginaire is a performance made by spectators. Participating spectators are challenged to make an imaginary film that will only exist in their own mind. Cinema Imaginaire gives you a lasting, new perspective on your own presence in the city – among others.
We Have Never Been Modern is installatie, atelier en expositie ineen. Het is een onderzoeksruimte waar bezoekers hun gedachten en gevoelens over onze relatie met de natuur kunnen herdenken, vormgeven en delen. Bezoekers gaan met zichzelf, met elkaar én met het veranderende landschap in gesprek over de relatie mens-natuur.