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Window of perception – Maarten van Aken

Opening: 13/09/2018 – 17:00-19:00
Period: 13/09 – 23/09/2019
Open: Fr./ Sat./ Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)

During the opening, Maarten will enter into dialogue with
architect Nick Albers about his work and process. They will
talk about maartens work and proces now, in china and in
the future.

Maarten van Aken is fascinated by the interrelationship between architecture, light and humans. People are rarely seen but their traces can be seen.

Powerful light defines space and intersections. A window is an intersection, a gateway, like a painting can be.

Such an intersection can be called a liminal space. A liminal space is the time between ‘what was’ and the ‘next’. It is a place of transition, yet time seems to stand still. In this place we can play with perception.

In October 2017 Maarten van Aken was an artist in residence in Dalian(China). The language barrier enforced to be silence, to listen, to observe. This resulted in a mindset of “living in the moment” and the focus shifted towards the light on unconventional combinations in local architecture.

The works in this exhibition are an attempt at capturing these moments and to build a bridge between inside and out, China and Netherlands and the physical and imaginary space.

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Artist in Residence Dalian (China) – Enschede artist

OPROEP: KUNSTENAAR VAN ENSCHEDE NAAR DALIAN. 

Ook dit jaar is er voor een kunstenaar uit Enschede en/of omgeving de mogelijkheid om voor 6 weken voor een artist in residence naar Dalian (China) te reizen.

Wegens omstandigheden is de oproep wat later dan anders en is de tijd om je aan te melden kort. Ben je in de mogelijkheid om in de periode september – november 6 weken op reis te kunnen en heb je interesse in de residency, meld je dan snel aan! De deadline voor het aanmelden is 19 augustus 2018.

Bekijk voor meer achtergrond informatie en het aanmeldformulier de volgende pagina: OPROEP uitwisselingsprogramma Enschede-Dalian 2018

Wil je vast een sneak preview? Lees dan over eerdere ervaringen in het blog op onze website.

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Beyond images – Weng Daosheng

《象外》
Beyond images

Opening: 31/07/2018 17:00 (Tuesday)
Period: 31/07 – 11/08/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523ZL Enschede, Netherlands

Speaking in the language of painting, Weng Daosheng represents a world beyond images. A visual language derived from the figurative and reality, where the eternal things you are deliberately looking for in reality are not found. And perhaps are elevated to an ideology.
Beyond images shows the performance in the world of the mind, although it seems like concrete images, it emerged from the abstract. Beyond images.

This exhibition is a result from the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede). Weng Daosheng has been invited by Cheng Liang, curator of Dalian Zhongshan Art museum, to participate in the exchange program between Dalian and Enschede. He has been living and working at the ARE studio at art initiative B93 for several weeks and concludes this period with an exhibition.

More information:

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China dreams – Willemijn Calis

Opening: 05/04/2018 at 17:00
Period: 05/04 – 15/04/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede

Willemijn about her work:
‘The night has always fascinated me, at night the world presents itself to us in a different way. Covered by a blanket of darkness there seems to emerge more space for things, our mind seems to get the chance to open itself more. And out of a seemingly endless reservoir, things that can’t stand the daylight such as fears, memories and obsessions float towards the surface.
I invite you all to wander around in my Chinese dreams, and maybe even see something of yourself reflected in them.

What you will see here is the result of the working period in The Dalian Zhongshan Art Museum in Dalian, China.’

The artist exchange program is a result of the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede).

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Nature of society – Marlies van Grootel

Nature of society

Differences between societies dissolve in the remnants of waste.

Opening: 22/02/2018 at 17:00
Period: 22/02 – 04/03/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00

October 2016 Marlies van Grootel has been an artist in residence in Dalian (China). During her stay the nature of societies and the awareness of plastic waste became a focus in her artwork. In her solo exhibition Marlies shows an installation with both plastic waste from her stay in China and from the Netherlands afterwards. Where the differences in societies dissolve in remnants of plastic waste.
The artist exchange program is a result of the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede).

More information at the Facebookevent.

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Alone in Beijing

(Written by Willemijn)

I don’t know if you ever had the experience of being in a country were you don’t understand the language. And I don’t mean not being able to speak it, but really having no clue of anything anybody is saying, or what is written around you. It is very interesting because in a way you feel like a child again. I felt like a toddler when I arrived, not being able to decipher the signs on the street, not understanding what all people are talking about, maybe about you? But being full of curiosity about this strange reality and learning new things every day. So when I went to Beijing to spend a couple of days there, it was as if I had ran away from home whilst not really being capable of making sense of the world around me.

Walking out of Beijing railway station was strange, it was very busy in front of the station, but walking on the broad street going from the station to the city all people seemed to have dissolved, left and right were banks, hotels and companies. On the sunny sidewalk just autumn leaves were dancing around in the wind, and being … Read More »

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Peaks

(Written by Willemijn)

And before I knew it I had entered the last week in China. If in the first two weeks of my stay I felt a bit bored or in need of some entertainment, the last weeks we had been invited to a lot of dinners, events, trips by half of the artists in the city and I had to pass on some of them. I had some works waiting that desperately needed to be finished.

The highlight of the residency, the ‘moment supreme’ that was ahead of me all this time was over in the blink of an eye. An opening event always holds an element of anti-climax for me. Weeks of mental preparation, hard work and last minute stress and within two hours it’s over. A lot of the good things in life are fleeting ones, or the other way around.

We arranged for our event to start at 15:00 on a sunday, uncommon here because most openings are held at 9:30 or 10:00. I am used to openings were the savory bite and – alcoholic  – drink is part of the deal, but on the table that they placed in the middle of the enormous exhibition hall there … Read More »

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The great blog of China

(Written by Maarten)

Not being able to speak chinese is both a curse and a blessing. It’s a curse because it’s human nature to talk and express yourself. But at the same time not being able to understand a language forces you to be silent. Forces you to listen, to look around, observe. And not talking for a while, creates a level of peace that is very difficult to acquire normally. Last year I went to an (almost) deserted island in Finland for a month and oddly enough there are some parallels. Of course in many ways it’s very different, but in both cases I’ve felt this silence.

I enjoy the silence. Walking and exploring the city while a childlike curiosity and excitement takes over not hindered by pride or shame. Maybe it’s that excitement that connects people. In the works I’ve tried to capture those moments of silence. Moments that evoke a childlike happiness in everlasting curiosity and admiration for light.

Of course for some things you don’t have to understand the language. There are many ways you can connect to a person. Because connecting to someone goes beyond language. You can speak the same language and still don’t understand each other. … Read More »

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Time and meaning

(Written by Willemijn)

Tic tock, tic tock, tic tock…there is no clock to be seen in the studio with the nice view in the Zhongshan museum. The inner clock though can’t be denied. After a month of working the deadline of the exhibition is nearing. Sunday the 29th everyone in Dalian and around can come to see the fruit of our labour from the last four weeks. The invitation is ready, I wrote a speech. Until saturday I will continue to work, because I am a deadline worker by and by. When the time ahead is getting less, and I have to make that last sprint I feel an energy that makes me feel, alive I think is the word. I can work best, not let myself be bothered by distraction and be in the moment when I feel a little bit of panic. I think I might even be a bit addicted to it, because when I don’t experience this for a while I get bored.

When I don’t have anything waiting for me in the near future, an exhibition or an exam for example, I drown in an endless sea of possibilities and potential, which make me very melancholic. ‘Whats … Read More »

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The Chinese Bubble

(Written by Willemijn)

After more than three weeks in China I start to have a longing to speak the language, I wish I could understand more. Of course I’m stupid because I didn’t install any translating apps, (lack of space) but still, they mostly help you ordering a drink, find your way or tell the taxi driver where to go. You can’t really have a good conversation, and really get to a deeper level of understanding trough an app.

Last week we visited Ruth. She writes for an art magazine and is allied to the Luxun academy of arts, she was part of the delegation that visited Enschede last summer. We got in touch when I arrived and she invited us to her and her partner Mr Cheng’s place in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, where Dalian is situated. So of we went, with the plan to spend a weekend there. Of course when we arrived Ruth had made a week long planning for us, so we decided to stay a bit longer, till Wednesday – our visas also needed to be extended after all – by then we really had to go back.

In Shenyang we were taken by her and best … Read More »

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