On July 24, Galeria Vermelho presented program #2 of the VERBO 2012–2013 performance art show, featuring actions by Dutch artists Dirk Jan Jager & Paul Glazier, Edward Janssen and Ieke Trinks, the artist duo Vincent Riebeek & Michele Rizzo, and the Brazilian residing in Amsterdam Rose Akras. On the same day, issue #3 of Revista Tijuana was released, featuring works by the Fratura group, Lot Meijers, Keila Alaver, Cesar Trinca and Guilherme Peters.
Created by Dirk Jan Jager, who participated in the 2010 edition of VERBO, in partnership with musician Paul Glazier, Leviatã [Leviathan] is an action composed of apparently simple gestures: tied to a rope, Jager repeats movements of ascent and descent ad infinitum, while Glazier transforms the performer’s heartbeat and plays it over a sound system in real time. Jager and Glazier’s Leviatã aims to involve the public, creating a ritualistic atmosphere that approximates the performer’s figure to that of the mythological beast.
In The Visual Evidence of Hours of Common Labor, Edward Janssen suggests a breaking away from bidimensional space by ceaselessly repeating circular movements with a piece of sandpaper on a wooden table. Sound is an important element in this work. It lends the work a minimalist and transcendental tone: the hole created by Janssen in the action suggests an opening to an imaginary and unknown space.
For her part, Ieke Trinks creates artworks based on daily routines, separating things and actions into basic and distinct components as a way of understanding the causal chain of everyday events. Her actions blend sound, movement, objects and text in such a way as to create doubts and, in consequence, impasses between the action and the observer, which prevents the meaning of a proposition from being wholly determined. The artist, who is a member of the artists’ collective TRICKSTER, in Rotterdam, Holland, is participating at VERBO with the action Multiple (Un)Related Causes #6.
For the artist duo Vincent Riebeek & Michele Rizzo, death is one of the most powerful spectacles that nature has to offer. Dust, an action proposed by the duo for VERBO, intends to question the ways of comprehending life, love, art and sex. The action presents a compilation of movements related with the notion of universal impermanence and the constant comprehension of the mutation and transformation of our surroundings. Both of the artists were trained at the School of New Dance of Amsterdam, and in Dust they establish distinct paths that arise in the work in dreamlike and sometimes absurd situations.
This Text Will Be Performed was the title chosen by Lot Meijers for the action and also for the publication that is included in issue #3 of Revista Tijuana, which was released on the day of the event. A project created by the artist during the period of her residence in São Paulo, This Text Will Be Performed deals with the eminence of the future and the ephemeral quality of the present moment.
Rose Akras, an artist who has already participated in previous editions of VERBO, presents Movement with a Rest ProductI: Space (3). The action is the result of Akras’s research concerning space based on concepts taken from Euclidean geometry
Three members of the Dutch Youth Food Movement will be visiting their Brazilian colleagues. Less than a year ago the Youth Food Movement Netherlands hosted three young Brazilian chefs with a special interest in eco-gastronomy and food heritage, in close cooperation of Frankendael.
Together with the Dutch Youth Food Movement the chefs travelled to different places in the Netherlands. They visited producers and attended different meetings and debates on the future of food production. The Dutch and Brazilian chefs discovered that although Brazilian gastronomy is very different to European gastronomy there are also similar interests. In both countries young people are striving to save traditional food culture and using food as an instrument to save biodiversity.
This summer three members of the Youth Food Movement will be visiting Brazil. They will visit different projects; meet many different producers, environmentalists and chefs. The aim of the exchange is to look into future cooperation between the Brazilian and the Dutch Food Movement and to teach the Dutch chefs more about the Brazilian traditions.
The Dutch Youth Food Movement members participating in the project will be Samuel Levie, Joris Bijdendijk and Ard Muntjewerff. They will be flying to Brazil on the seventh of July and they will be returning on the July 27. They will write stories for Jamie Magazine and Bouillon magazine.
Central de Cultura through the Mondriaan Foundation are supporting this special exchange of Brazilian and Dutch chefs.