Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Emilie and me talking about the
Pony collection. 
Unpacking all 212 items.
VPRO de avonden 21 feb 2012
Listen to the radio interview about the Pony Performance by Emilie Kollau for VPRO's De Avonden (click on the orange link above) remember its in Dutch. 

Palais Paradiso 2012 'the talent show'

Main stage Palais Paradiso with video-cube 2012

While the rush of my Pony Performance at Palais Paradiso is still in my veins, the ponies seem to make a continues sound in the back of my head. One hundred and twelve little voices demanding We Want More! So I've decided to make a catalog about the performance and the items that have been participating. Another drive is Stockholm's performance art festival STOFF where I applied for one week of Pony Performances and two lectures about taxonomy-classification and order; why and how we use them. I will incorporate my thesis discoveries for children within the age range of 13 to15 years old. At the same time I'm working on a pitch for a program that funds art- and artists. My goal is to expand my pony collection to over 300 unique items. People will be able to donate all sorts of amounts, I'm still in need for items that cost 20 euros up to items with a price range from 120 euros and more! I want the pitch to be energetic, fun and dynamic for the viewer. So it's easy to understand and fun to be part of this project. Imagine boarding a plane to Stockholm with 312 of my darlings in the overhead compartments! Instead of the belly of the plane where all luggage should be stored. 

Pony Performance Palais Paradiso 2012

Dutch newspapers PAROOL and Volkskrant wrote about the event and radio program VPRO's 'de avonden' interviewed me for about 10 minutes. This edition of the Pony Performance was elaborated with its own soundtrack and light-plan. From within the round stage came a subtile musical score from composers Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman, John Brion and Mychael Danna. The performance started with dimmed lights that took about 20 minutes to reach full capacity. And another 20 minutes to return to a dim lit room. These 'transitions' allowed more investigation space for the audience, in the dim lights they felt free to move around and came closer to the stage. The music enabled a steady stream of thoughts and feelings for me. This enhanced my concentration to a peek and created a new high in the experience. I look back at a great experience that, on multiple levels gave me so much more. I found it a pity that I hadn't time to see the other acts,  to build up and take down your own stage does take some time. But friends and family filled me up with those stories after the event. 

Overview of The Talent Show edition of Palais Paradiso 2012

Dennis Verbeke - Nederlands Dans Theater 2 - Renee van Trier
Uta Eisenreich - The Game - Ieke Trinks - Emile Zile

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Each sold separately

Paradiso is mostly famous for its great concerts and parties. Today however, something different is going down in this legendary place. Every year a range of different artists are invited to show fine arts and performance live for Palais Paradiso. This years theme is 'The Talent Show', a satirical reference to the enormous amount of talent shows we're bombarded with nowadays. The contestants will show off their best tricks, especially for you!

Palais Paradiso is a combination of performance, film, installations and music art. And the upcoming fourth edition will even have a spectacle show! The stage is set to hold the following complete series of G1 My Little Pony items:
Screencap 80's commercial
-Earth Ponies -Schooltime Ponies -Princess Brush N Grow -Rainbow Curl Ponies -Twinkle Eyed Ponies -Sundae Best Ponies -Collector Ponies -Sunshine Ponies -Flower Ponies -Unicorns & Pegasus Ponies -Loving Family Ponies -Cookery Ponies -Brush N Grow Ponies -Perfume Puff Ponies -Dance N Prance Ponies -Sweet Kisses Ponies -Merry Go Round Ponies -Sparkle Ponies -Twice As Fancy Ponies (both series) -Romance Ponies -Rock N Beat Ponies -Princess Ponies (both series) -Tropical Ponies.
There are also series that are not completed yet, they are: -Seven Character Ponies -Rainbow Ponies -Big Brother Ponies -Happy Tales Ponies and the Birthflower Ponies. They are ready to take on the stage, they blend together and make one big colorful landscape of a boy's dream...

Screencap 80's commercial

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Green Light at Rietveld

Expect the best, be prepared for the worst, 
fuck what others think and do your own thing!

Entrance of my installation
It has been two weeks since the Green Light assessment. I received the Thumbs Up for the upcoming months! The entire group of 5th year; teachers and students went out to dinner. The vibe was electric. Many happy faces with the expression of relief from the hard work that got us all tied to a knot. We had a change to enjoy great food and nice wine, to chit-chat with each other and to celebrate the fact that the final stage had begun. I decided to read the comments from the eight headed dragon committee when I was at home. The evening was all about having fun, sharing stories and to unwind.

Now that the dust has settled, it's time to pick up  and integrate their comments and advise. One thing that stands out is a more refined grip on my talent, the ability to step back from the work and to look at it again from another point of view. It is their belief that it will be very beneficial to gain a certain distance. Point taken. But most of all and most importantly I realized how conditions form  the outcome of my work. A certain field of energy is projected into the subject of attention. To master th├ít field is where a lot of knowledge can be gained. I want to use these last months to get a grip on this process, not to be directed to a certain position where I do not want to be but to mold and experiment and create ONE THING that really is a great piece of art. Strong, tangible and solid!
One part of the Green Light installation