KUUB99 5 april 2016

Posted by mariaan on April 2, 2016

The day after the opening:

It was a very intense nine days! I started with ‘The Kiss’, (the object as shown underneath) as my inspiration and start and I used it to set the mood for the exposition. I wanted it to be light, airy and to capture the transience, the instability and impermanence. I dwelled upon memories of avocado picking with my dad and siblings, who used to make devices to pick the fruit with. I remember a lot of laughter and fun catching the high ‘unreachable’ ones and the loud ‘cracks’ when we failed.

I made some ‘Telepathic Devices’ to also reach up to those things that we only dare to dream of. I set them down unknowingly against the wall and watched and listened to reactions by visitors who carried them around while they looked at the objects. They became part of the work, the spectacle. I heard a lot of comments like: ‘It feels like my partner’, ‘I have authority’, ‘I am on a journey’, ‘I am part of a ritual’, ‘I am The Saint’, ‘It’s about resistance and we are protesting!’, and many more.

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IMG_1686IMG_1688 Day 1

Ninety Nine Square meters does not sound so big, but can be quite intimidating with it’s neutral grey floor and one wall of glaring windows. When I carried my objects in there I felt that I should protect them. They looked so vulnerable and imperfect with every flaw right there in the open for inspection. I could already imagine how  the visitors will look at them, circle them, deciding their worth, their destiny. Shrinking as the bright light of the sun softens them, they are held up only by emptiness. intentions and aspirations. 2016-03-02 21.09.30 copy

Art on the Podium- Vioolconcour Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht

Posted by mariaan on February 6, 2016

Like a Shape
What if we lived in a world
Where forms could be transformed
And we could think anew
Of how we think we know…

On the 6th of February 2016 the spectators will be listening to the talented young violinists performing for a prize. The objects will stare resolutely to the judges and the audience. They will act as witnesses and resonate with the music to forever be altered, carrying with them the beautiful sadness of the strings.


De Vrije Wolf Exhibition- One day in Jail

Posted by mariaan on January 26, 2016


Constricted by Skin


Suppose we dissolve our external reality into rudimentary shapes, stripped of institutional meaning. What will we see and how would we make sense of these forms if we could see them unbiased? The works exist in such a space, manifesting in forms that are recognizable but unknowable. They strive to evoke emotions and connections in a manner that is both deeply personal, whilst also appearing intuitively familiar, resonating at the level of collective consciousness.


Following this, shape contains us, not the other way round. It separates inside and outside, creating subjectivity whilst reducing us to objects. At this intersection, we find skin, which serves as the barrier between ‘solitude and connection’ (Ricoeur 2005). On a literal level, skin, as the site for our external sensory experiences, invites exploration and intimacy. But then skin also divides when it becomes a receptor of judgment, hatred and discrimination.


By creating new shapes, one aspires to displace existing boundaries (skins), and imagine new ways of relating.


Mariaan van den Berg



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