International Projects

Expodium has gained knowledge and experience through projects in several cities abroad.
In 2010 we kick-started our own residency program in Detroit (US). Since then we were invited to give a ten-day bootcamp in Incheon (South Korea), participated in the 53rd Octobersalon in Belgrade (Serbia) and in the Communitas exhibition in the Bildmuseet in Umea (Sweden), we created educational workshops for Kuvataideakatemia (Helsinki), designed a research trajectory/module for UNIDEE (Italy) and lead a workshop performance for Let it Be Art Agency at TRAFO (Budapest).
This international experience will continuously grow as we keep on developing projects abroad which helps us approach the projects in The Netherlands with an elaborate volume of knowledge and information.

Click the projects below to view their specific information immediatly:
LATEST
MISSION POSSIBLE, Budapest, Hungary

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Detroit Residency
Incheon South Korea
53rd Octobersalon in Belgrade
Communitas exhibition, Bildmuseet Umea
MONUMENT UNREALIZED, KUVA Helsinki, Finland



Detroit Residency


06.2010 - 12.2011

Detroit's situation can be read as a visual manifestation of the new post-industrial city, a hybrid of a paradoxical alignment of the urban and the rural.
Expodium initiated 9-weeks research programs in Detroit, with the collaboration of The Yes Farm and other initiatives active in the Arts, urban Planning , farming and many more fields of necessity.
The goal of this alliance was to enter into a long-term collaboration with Detroit by creating an expanding network. Its purpose was to exchange knowledge about urban models, shrinkage and social, political and artistic developments in urban transition areas.

Detroit based cultural initiatives respond creatively to the city’s current situation and set to play a vital role in the redevelopment of Detroit.
It is this condition that has our special interest.
Information gained through this platform provides vital input for the Expodium program here in the Netherlands.

Click the image below to go to the Detroit blog.

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Incheon South Korea


12.07.2012 - 27.08.2012

Expodium travelled to Incheon to lead a six-week residency, upon invitation by Space Beam Community.
The Expodium collective (Bart Witte, Luc Janssens, Nikos Doulos & Friso Wiersum), accompanied by artist Joris Lindhout, kick started the research period with a ten-day bootcamp, introducing the South Korean participants to Expodium's recent projects, their systems of research and Lindhout's practice.

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On July 22nd 2012, the Expodium team returned to Utrecht, leaving Joris till the end of August as representative of Expodium and artist-in-residence of Space Beam. He developed a collaborative project with the Korean artists in residence: Saem Lee, Bokyung Jun, Narae Lin, Gwan Sig Yoo en Sangsup Jung. The residency concluded with two bilingual publications: The Expodium Incheon Bootcamp publication and CSSTC (Cricle Square Star Triangle Cross).

Click here for more information about the publications.

Read more about the project and experiences of the artists on the blog Crossing Baedari.

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Belgrade: 53rd October Salon(2012)


22.09.2012 - 04.11.2012

Expodium is invited to participate in the 53rd edition of the OCTOBERSALON, the international annual exhibition of contemporary art in Belgrade, Serbia.
Curated by Branislav Dimitrijevic and Mika Hannula, the 53rd OCTOBER SALON opened its doors on September 22nd 2012 and lasted for six weeks in 'Geodetski zavod' (Shareholder Society of Belgrade building).

Researching the history of the location, its current state and the present 'forces' that surround it, Expodium constructed a space of social interaction within Geodeski Zavod, which was set to host lectures, performances, local story telling, screenings and group discussions.

This initial research of the past, present and possible future of the location resulted in Expodium's PARLIAMENT OF TRANSITION – a multifaceted project consisting of a mobile installation (architectural prosthetic), a series of 11 postcards (archive of impressions), a questionnaire for the visitors to fill in and an extensive program of talks and performances (including two NIGHTWALKERS sessions), hosted by About and Around Curating / Kustosiranje.

In addition, Parliament of Transition incorporated a parallel program set up by About and Around Curating / Kustosiranje.

For photo's of Parliament of Transition click HERE.
For photo's of the Archive of Impressions click HERE.
For photo's of the first NIGHTWALKERS session (NIGHTWALKERS_POT #1) click HERE.

Talks and performances organized by Expodium were a constellation of narratives from autonomous and organizational forces that address the transitional state of Savamala, the past and current state of Belgrade. They were more of a stimulus rather than a statement. They were highly informal and open to external input by all visitors of the Parliament of Transition.

Talks and performances were moderated by Andrej Bereta and Srdan Tunic (curators/art historians, authors of the project About and Around Curating / Kustosiranje).

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NIGHTWALKERS UMEA #1 - The City and Its double and The city as a Narrative


20.01.2013, Bildmuseet Umea.
In collaboration with Rakett.

The City as a Narrative
Rakett and Expodium presented projects and thoughts around how to critically relate to the urban environment. How can one actively relate to the layered geography of our cities? During the roundtable and the presentations they introduced methods and activities to enhance the perception of our environment, to be better aware of the dynamic relationship between the hardware and software of the city. Criticality in dealing with and relating our own bodies to urban surroundings can be enhanced by supplying individual and collective observatory skills.

As part of the presentation Rakett showed art projects that are a part of the newly released Art as Protagonist 2 publication. These projects dealt with city transformation processes and particularly questioned how to negotiate with the built environment. The publication is part of the exhibition project Common Lands - Allmannaretten that took the urban development in Bjorvika, Oslo as its starting point to highlight a number of issues associated with democracy, power, waterfront developments, access to and distribution of land.

Expodium has gained extensive knowledge from its work and research in Detroit, Utrecht, Incheon and most recently in Belgrade. With this background we presented and related to our perceptions of Umea. We also introduced NIGHTWALKERS: a system of collective research and a playful method of critically engaging the urban environment and its transition processes.

NIGHTWALKERS_UMEA #01: The City and Its Double

If the Umea’s infrastructure is a designed script for preconceived narratives, then snow is the saboteur of all given scenarios and a catalyst for new ways of experiencing the city. We walked on it and investigated Umea 'above' and 'under' - the city and its winter double - the city as a place of arrival – as a temporary place – as a backdrop for a new story. This was not a performance. This was an explorative walk, shaped by observing what presents itself as given and merely insignificant.

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On Sunday 20th January, Rakett in collaboration with Expodium organized a group discussion followed by a NIGHTWALKERS session in Umea, Sweden. Both events were part of the COMMUNITAS exhibition at Bildmuseet, Umea, curated by Cecilia Anderson.

The talk derived from Rakett's series of posters titled "Space, Conflict, Freedom and Change" and revolved around the theme of the city as a narrative. Rakett introduced examples of their "Kunst Som Protagonist 2" digital publication and Expodium elaborated on their projects and experiences in Belgrade, South Korea, Detroit and Kanaleneiland.
Click on the photo above to check visuals from the exhibition and the talk.

The discussion was followed by NIGHTWALKERS_UMEA #01.
Click HERE to see more images of the Night Walk.

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Monument Unrealized - Kuvataideakatemia

September - December 2013, Helsinki Finland.

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Expodium (Bart Witte & Nikos Doulos) gave 2, one-week workshops for the Sculpture and Time & Space department of the Helsinki University of the Arts, working towards a series of unrealized proposals for a monument in the city.
The goal of the workshop was to highlight artistic doing not only as a matter of form and materiality, but also as a concept driven process followed by contextualization and research in the city itself.
The workshop was divided into two parts.

Click here to go to the MONUMENT UNREALIZED blog.

PART I
The four days program consisted of a series of short presentations, readings and mostly of group tasks and collective strolls in the city. In addition, artist Kristiina Koskentola hosted a dinner for all participants, introducing the role of 'materiality' and 'monumentality' in her research and artistic outcomes. The evening was followed by a two hours NIGHTWALKERS session in the city.
Click here to access photos from the day strolls.
Click here to access photos from K. Koskentola's talk and NIGHTWALKERS_HELSINKI #01.

PART II
Expodium returned to KUVA in December for the second and final part of their MONUMENT UNREALIZES (MU) workshop.
Again, Expodium lead a four-day workshop exploring various methods of presenting and communicating their ideas.?It was important to see these attempts as non-static, as some formulations out of many.
Goup discussions, studio visits and field visits to locations of interest set the main frame for MU2. ?We were not interested in closing of with a BANG! We were much more enthusiastic by the idea of creating a viral situation - a moment that might infiltrate everyday social networks and slowly expand. ?
Therefore, we designed (together with the students) a digital publication with selected material from the workshop, the process and the proposals.

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MISSION POSSIBLE


20 - 24.05.2016
Hosted by TRAFO. Initiated by Let_it_Be art agency.

Click the image below to go to the MISSION POSSIBLE blog.

THE WORKSHOP
With the three invited team members, Klara Cserne, Matyas Csiszar and Mariette Le, and our soundboard Fanni Nánay, for the Mission Possible the Mission team was complete. Urbanists, a dramaturg, a public data and neighborhood activist and a techie, joined forces for a workshop focusing on possible scenarios for a park which is now located in but not co-owned by a neighborhood. Ferenc Tér thus symbolizes a low trust society where one looks to another for initiating civic endeavours.
The public forum we attended on Saturday 21st illustrated this notion a little more. Instead of turning the complaints into future actions [“yes, we have heard your complaint, but what could you do to overcome this difficulty?”] the present government bodies emphasized their ‘rulings’ [“the plans are finished”] and did not really manage to steer the discussion towards an active involvement of the citizens.

Click the image below to check the documentation of the workshop.

The Mission Possible team took this for a starting point for the development of three scenarios:
-a dystopian one [where data would have done away with the notion of privacy, where we all live in our own capsules, where the park wouldn’t be anything more than a pure private sphere, where under CCTV one passes the another, with strict divisions for function zones in the park]
-an utopian one [where open data would empower citizens, renewable energies would feed the neighborhood, where the zoning of the park would be depending on the moments of bottom up planning, where the park would indeed be public]
-leading to one in which elements of both the present and the two future scenarios played a role.

THE EVENT
The performance - an explorative journey to and around Ferenc Tér - was not about education nor would it be giving answers. It was a common effort of all participants to partake in an experiment of seeing, feeling, understanding the views of oneself and the other regarding the park. The performance looked forward to a future, in which design plans for public spaces start with exchanging different views. This public event – possibly continued by the local agents – was just a beginning.

Click the image below to check the documentation of the event.

Elements of this beginning were actual fact finding [data visualization, what is the size of the park], fictional elements [what do whales tell us about our societies], emotional ownership [questionnaire and burial scene] and an exercise in exchanging different points of view in public [the rule game]. The willingness of the participants to take this performance seriously – to us – means there is a great desire for shared experiences in a shared decision making on public space. We hope the organizers, stakeholders and participants also feel this way. That way this event was a first step to experiencing another park, and experiencing another way of city making.

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