Performing Objects

Performing Objects consists of a group of artists (of which I am member, home based in Enough Room for Space, Brussels, BE) that work together in a research project to explore objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer.

End to End
For the project End To End in the exhibition Assembly Line Project_2, the group Performing Objects created a score wich is inspired by Lean Management, a form of factory management developed by Toyota in Japan. They have been learning about Lean Management during a workshop in the Central Recycle Plant in Antwerp, BE. For the group this management method emphasizes the importance of the individual in the production line. Lean Management facilitates a possible interaction between man and thing – in contradiction to capitalistic production lines where only (the mass production of) the object counts.

Some members of the group made and performed an installation as an artistic interpretation of an assembly line where systems of interaction between man and things are investigated. Objects are transformed and manipulated during performative acts, outlined in a score that leaves space to free interpretation, reflecting both on factory work and on the creative process of the artist. During the performance the group-members were constantly searching for a harmony between efficiency, planning, improvisation and reflection.

End to End can be executed again and again, in varying conditions, on different locations and by changing participants. Variations of the project were performed in China (Fei Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, 2015), Madagascar (CRAAM (Centre de Ressources des Arts Actuels de Madagascar), Antananarivo, 2016), Raversyde, Ostend (Private Tag, 2016) and Ghent (MSK, 2017)

‘End to End’ in MSK, Ghent (B)

On the 14th of May Performing Objects held a session of End to End at MSK, Ghent as part of the finissage of ‘Objections’. Objects from the museum’s backstage was the medium of this performance. With Stien Bekaert, BiBi-lal Kamilla Arnout, Bie Michels, Koning Stekkie, Ann de Keersmaecker.

‘End to End’ in Private Tag, Raversyde (B)

End to End’ is performed – during 10 weeks– by the group Performing Objects in the group exhibition ‘Private Tag’ in Raversyde, from 18/9 to 13/11. ‘Private Tag’ was organised by Vrijstaat O, the curator of Private Tag is Isabelle de Baets

Each saturday you could see us working. On the other days the traces of the performance were visible. End to End was here developed by Kristof Van Gestel, Bie Michels, Lauren Grusenmeyer en Leontien Allemeersch.
Ann Dekeersmaecker, Anne-Marie Sampaio, Anouchka Oler, Bart Van Dijck, Danny Vercauteren, Dimitri Vangrunderbeek, Dries Segers, Elli Vassalou and Simon Van Schuylenbergh contributed to the art work during this exhibition.

‘End to End’ in Antananarivo, Madagascar

‘End to End’ workshop in CRAAM, Centre de Ressources des Arts Actuels de Madagascar, in the university of Antananarivo, July 2016.

‘End to End’ in Shanghai, China

Performing Objects was invited to participate in the exhibition
‘Prototypes, Duplicates and Cast-offs – Assembly Line Project_2’
in Shanghai Systence Electronics Factory in Jiading District
and at M50 in Shanghai, CN
15 November – 5 December 2015

In Shanghai each of the group members collected specific objects. Together they performed the End to End score on november 11 in the Shanghai Systence Electronics factory and on november 13 in M50 Gallery. Traces of both these actions were present during the rest of the exhibition.

The performance:

The Exhibition:

Assembly Line Project
A mobile art platform which curates events and exhibitions across multiple venues focusing on themes of industrial production, urbanization, globalization and migration.

Exhibition at Jiading Venue, Bldg 4, No 1288 Boxue Lu, Jiading District, Shanghai
and M50 Venue, Room 210, Bldg 3, No. 50 Moganshan Lu, Putuo, Shanghai

Chen Hangfeng, Grass Stage: Wu Meng, Yu Kai, Wu Jiamin, Liu Nian, Bruce Bo Ding, Jia Ying (Chinese theatre collective), Per Hüttner, Li Xiaofei, Liu Heping, Liao Wenfeng, Liu Guangyun,
Mao Chenyu, Performing Objects: Céline Butaye, Alice De Mont, Kristof Van Gestel, Bie Michels (Enough Room for Space / Belgium), Egill Sæbjörnsson, Xiang Liqing, Xiao Kaiyu, Lise Yuen

In 2015 Li Xiaofei established the Assembly Line Project Studio (ALPS), with the aim of making a creative platform, possessing a flexibility and a certain open-minded approach to engage in communication with people with different professions. At the same time with each phase of discussion and research, he invites different artists and scholars to participate and cooperate with in an ongoing series of curated thematic events.
With the “Assembly Line Project_2” ALPS hopes to see the workers interact with the artworks and tries to create the conditions necessary to facilitate a dialogue. Factory, workshop, workers, artists and viewers will, through this specially created environment, form a unique scenario.


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