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Private Tag at Raversijde Oostende

18 september 2016 - 13 november 2016

Location: ATLANTIKWALL Raversyde, Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 636, 8400 Ostend (BE)

For the project End To End, the group Performing Objects created a performance score which is inspired by Lean Management. End to End is a working method which structures a collective process within which objects are constantly being transformed. The objects created are continuously being placed in a field again, waiting for a possible new transformation. This work process takes place in silence. Things are discussed in group both beforehand and afterwards. If so required the structure is adjusted.

The End to End method can repeatedly be carried out under changing circumstances, at different locations, with different objectives and by different participants. Variations of the projects have so far been on display in China (Fei Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai, 2015) and Madagascar (CRAAM, Antananarivo, 2016). This time, the method, as a work of art, forms part of Private Tag, an exhibition organised by Vrijstaat O at the provincial Raversijde domain in Ostend. The artwork takes over the entire bunker house, which had been especially transformed into a stark white studio for this purpose.

For this occasion in Raversijde, End to End is set up by Leontien Allemeersch, Lauren Grusenmeyer, Bie Michels and Kristof Van Gestel. Participants are Ann Dekeersmaecker, Anne-Marie Sampaio, Anouchka Oler, Bart Van Dijck, Danny Vercauteren, Dimitri Vangrunderbeek, Dries Segers, Elli Vassalou, Luis Ramos, Marijs Kempynck, Simon Van Schuylenbergh, Telma Lannoo and a number of other visiting participants. The work was constantly activated and transformed by four of these participants at a time for a number of hours, twelve different times throughout the exhibition.

‘End to End’ was created within the context of the collective ‘Performing Objects’ research project. It took shape during the course of 2015 after workshops about ‘score/rating’, as used in performance-art and about ‘Lean Management’ at De Kringwinkel in Antwerp (BE).

Curator Isabelle De Baets

Photos all participants