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Eef Veldkamp is a young Dutch artist who focuses on the systems and structures we live in. Society is a most complex phenomenon: we’re surrounded by systems and structures that make living together possible. These systems and structures are to be found on every scale, in between individuals, but also in relation to society or politics, even though we often don’t even notice them - we’ve embodied them. Eventually our hole society exists in the grace of all terms and conditions we’ve developed through time, nevertheless people unconditionally come together. This often results in wonderful events, interesting situations and complex problems: that’s why it’s so important to keep questioning and exploring these unconscious systems and structures. Nonetheless we’re part of them, and they are part of us. In my practice I distillate the friction points in these systems and structures which I try to understand through artistic research. But every system and structure that we have made up ourselves can also be changed. So purely reflecting on them doesn’t quench my thirst, I try to find or create ways to engage with these questions and problem in order to maybe change them or find alternatives, often in collaboration with others. This often results in small companies, initiatives and events which are especially erected, designed and organized for these specific problems, of course with an artistic wink. I use these platforms as a method or context of working resulting is publications, artworks, events, workshops: anything that seems to be necessary. Eef Veldkamp is a young Dutch artist who focuses on the systems and structures we live in. Society is a most complex phenomenon: we’re surrounded by systems and structures that make living together possible. These systems and structures are to be found on every scale, in between individuals, but also in relation to society or politics, even though we often don’t even notice them - we’ve embodied them. Eventually our hole society exists in the grace of all terms and conditions we’ve developed through time, nevertheless people unconditionally come together. This often results in wonderful events, interesting situations and complex problems: that’s why it’s so important to keep questioning and exploring these unconscious systems and structures. Nonetheless we’re part of them, and they are part of us. In my practice I distillate the friction points in these systems and structures which I try to understand through artistic research. But every system and structure that we have made up ourselves can also be changed. So purely reflecting on them doesn’t quench my thirst, I try to find or create ways to engage with these questions and problem in order to maybe change them or find alternatives, often in collaboration with others. This often results in small companies, initiatives and events which are especially erected, designed and organized for these specific problems, of course with an artistic wink. I use these platforms as a method or context of working resulting is publications, artworks, events, workshops: anything that seems to be necessary. Eef Veldkamp is a young Dutch artist who focuses on the systems and structures we live in. Society is a most complex phenomenon: we’re surrounded by systems and structures that make living together possible. These systems and structures are to be found on every scale, in between individuals, but also in relation to society or politics, even though we often don’t even notice them - we’ve embodied them. Eventually our hole society exists in the grace of all terms and conditions we’ve developed through time, nevertheless people unconditionally come together. This often results in wonderful events, interesting situations and complex problems: that’s why it’s so important to keep questioning and exploring these unconscious systems and structures. Nonetheless we’re part of them, and they are part of us. In my practice I distillate the friction points in these systems and structures which I try to understand through artistic research. But every system and structure that we have made up ourselves can also be changed. So purely reflecting on them doesn’t quench my thirst, I try to find or create ways to engage with these questions and problem in order to maybe change them or find alternatives, often in collaboration with others. This often results in small companies, initiatives and events which are especially erected, designed and organized for these specific problems, of course with an artistic wink. I use these platforms as a method or context of working resulting is publications, artworks, events, workshops: anything that seems to be necessary.

The Logistics of Politics: is an examination into the fundamental materiality that makes politics possible.

Protest Supplies Store (PSS): is an online web shop where you can buy anything you will need for protest.The Protest Supplies Stores sells its products under the banner of ‘Your protest. Readymade’. It removes the hassle and dazzle of organising your own protest. www.protestsuppliesstore.co.uk

- Eerste Hulp Bij Politiek -

Grensgebied vol. 1: the magazine of the Union for Transgression. In this volume a genealogy is sketched of transgression.

Crystallisations

- Vakbond voor Transgressie -

- Met Andere Woorden -

The Vakbond voor Transgressie: (Union for Transgression) is committed to serve the interests of boundary shifters. As other kinds of unions the VvT uses a few methods to do so. The VvT will engage in enhancing the availability of work, increase working conditions, increase pay and will better the context in which many boundary shifters work and live.

Fröliche Wissenschaft: is a serie of old cultural and religious figures draped in Mylar blankets.

The MAW: works from the conviction that aesthetics (the beautiful) also has the task to make the good and the true visible, in regard of the ethical  development of human kind.

13,80 m3: the space inside this wooden cell which is based on our imaginary concept of a prison cell. In this cell people can lock themselves up for eight hours in exchange for 2 free night's at a hostel. In this prison the prisoners receive letters from real prisoners in real prisons.

Relief: is an almost empty vending machine where one can buy stress balls in the shape of the earth (with borders and countries). For one euro people can relieve stress regarding any political situation; any disaster, cultural or environmental; or any money problems.

- De Visionarissen -

This Colouring Competition: is meant to engage people to rethink systems that dictate everyday life. Through one of the most determinative systems there is; traffic signs. The objective was to colour outside the lines, within the lines. The winner won the 'Grensverlegger van het Jaar 2016-Award'. Click to see the submissions, the winners and the award.

Flourish: is a pair of emergency eyewash stations, placed at the entrance or exit of an exhibition.

Wikipseudia: is a bureau for alternative truth, researching bureau for seemingly useless knowledge. We accept questions, of all kinds, and find appropriate, subjective answers for them.

- Wikipseudia -

Consequences

Counter-systems

Connection Lost: how is power distributed? How is power accessed? Sometimes it seems that form has overcome content. In a world based on facade power has a double connotation, it has become harder to have access to but it has become easier to misuse; contemporary media offer the perfect platform.

De Visionarissen: is an adaptive initiative focussing on the interdisciplinary production of knowledge about contemporary theme's, both personal and on a larger scale, through art(practises).

- ruru buitendienst -

The ruru buitendienst: (ruru fieldwork) is a group of artist and researchers from Arnhem who examine the notion of public space in Arnhem as in phenomenon, people and places; i.e. the users of the city, different kinds of ownership, transgression, youth culture, time and visible and invisible power structures which dictator our everyday life. The ruru buitendienst also does fieldwork and organizes public events. It consists of: Egbert Bouwhuis, Marit van Dijk, Saskya Kamps, Sanne Oorthuizen, Eef Veldkamp, Sanne de Vries.

Back Alley Finder: is a online platform where users can tag alleys. They can anonymously add stories, photo's and videos, adding and mapping the international structure of alleys and what happens in there, which I consider to be the border-area's of our society.

Grensverlegger van het jaar 2016: this award, which is made of brass has been awarded to the grensverlegger van het jaar 2016 - the person that won the colouring competition. All the winners were invited to a special event explicitly designed for them. With elegance they have been brought to Burgers Zoo, where together with employees of the zoo we've studied the animals, their way of living together and their enclosures relating them to our contemporary society. Soon you'll be able to listen a podcast of this day.

Eerste Hulp Bij Politiek: is a free hotline which politicians can call with al their political questions.

Con-paign II: is a post-modernistic research into the language of political campaign.

Vrijbrief: is a series of workshops in a prison in the Netherlands. It is a sequel to 13,80m2 with which we started our research into stereotypes and prison. Prison is a secularised discourse, meaning that everything we know about it is based on movies and fantasies. We tried to bridge this gap together with the prisoners, resulting in a monument for society.

Revised Edition: The flag is the symbol of national pride. We hug, wear or burn the flag on occasions which reflect national importance. They give colour and reflect, in their use, diversity. Though most flag are of many colours, they do rest on spaces of black and white – contrast colours.

Boundary Shifters Medal: are 100 custom made medals which are awarded only to people with a very social, political conscious practise who try to change the world through subversive or unorthodox methods - al in aim for a positive change. Do you know anyone, who meets these requirements? Send a mail to info@vakbondvoortransgressie.org.

This Totalitaire Rubric: is an evaluation system with which you can determine whether and to what extend you are living in a totalitarian dictatorship. the form is based on 'Wat is totalitaire dictatuur'.

Wat is totalitaire dictatuur: is an research into totalitarian dictatorship in which I examine the traits of totalitarianism and try to refer it to democracy.

This beautiful, hand made protest sign, has been specially designed to carry your message. Your message will be hand painted on by an artist. The stem of this sign is made of durable wood, the board is made of foam board and the lettering is hand-painted - for an authentic feel.

Burn-a-flag: the flag is a symbol of national pride and dissent. Burning a flag is often the symbolic centre of protest, both as an empowering symbol, as well as the object that represents what is ‘bad’. Yet many flags today are made from fire resistant materials. Therefore, the PSS has designed a series of handmade candles in the shape of  flags, so that one can burn a flag at home – and these always burns.

Deface-a-statue: defacement is a very contemporary issue in protest. Many statues are controversial, but defacing them is controversial as well. Therefore the PSS has designed a series of  small statues which will fall down when you press a button at the bottom.

Dictator(ship): a performance, an exhibition and a panel discussion into artistic political subversion through dictatorship.

This Transgressieformulier: subverts the 'European Damage-from' used to report on car crashes into a form to denote and reflect upon transgressive situations. When send to the VvT, the best will be picked who will receive the Grensverlegger van het Jaar 2018-award.

- Protest Supplies Store -

exhibitions and lectures

2018  Lecture, Birkbeck College, London

2018  HEDEN: GRENZEN, VHDG, Leeuwarden

2018  AiR VHDG, Leeuwarden

2018  Lecture, BEAR ArtEZ Arnhem.

2018  Protest Supplies Store, Bornem, Belgium.

2018  Dictator(ship), London.

2018  Liminade, London.

2017 Nacht van de Dictatuur, De Balie, Amsterdam.

2017  The One Day Collective, Amsterdam.

2017  Mystery Guest, 24-uur met, Zwolle.

2017  The One Day Collective, Amsterdam.

2017  De Vijf Ramen Galerie, Arnhem.

2016  ONZIJN, WOW-Amsterdam.

2016  The One Day Collective, Amsterdam.

2016  Common Grounds, Museumpark. Oriëntalis, Nijmegen.

2016  Lecture AKV Sint Joost Breda with Reinaart Vanhoe.

2016  De Vishal, Huiskamer van Haarlem, Haarlem.

2016  Lecture Vishal on SONSBEEK '16, Haarlem.

2016  Museum Arnhem, SONSBEEK '16, as part of ruru huis.

2016  1-uurs tentoonstelling, group exhibition SONSBEEK 2016.

2016  pop-up exhibition ruru huis, group exhibition Arnhem.

2015  Art Arnhem Alumni, Arnhem.

2015  De Lindeberg, group exhibition, Nijmegen.

2015  [un] grounding, group exhibition, Arnhem.

2015  Art@Nuyens, group exhibition, Arnhem.

2014  Nijmeegse Kunstnacht, group exhibition, Nijmegen.

2014  Art Newsroom, group exhibition, Circa...dit, Arnhem.

2014  Introduction Video, group exhibition,TAPE Arnhem.

2013  Artistic Care, group exhibition, Local care home, Zwolle.

education

2017 - 2018 MA Arts & Politics, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

2016 - 2017 Premaster philosophy. Radboud University.

2012-2013 Didactics for artists. Centre for Expertise ArtEZ.

2011-2015 BA Fine Art (BEAR). ArtEZ Univeristy of the Arts Arnhem/Zwolle.

boards and councils

2017           Pleinraad, Johan Combeplein

2016           Artistic advisor DNHU

2016           Initiator house council Schoolstraat Arnhem

2015-2016  Dispute member OPA

2015           Thinktank for new status holders province of Gelderland

2015            Jury Health City Challenge, Wijchen, HAN, Radboud, ArtEZ

2014-2015  Student head, bureau EXPORT, Fine Art, ArtEZ university of the Arts, Arnhem

2014-2015  Member, Conceptgroup, Finals Fine Art, ArtEZ university of the Arts, Arnhem

2014-2015  Member, Solicitation/selection Committee, for a new Supervisory Board, ArtEZ institute of the Arts

2013-2015  Student head Editorial Board, Fine Art, ArtEZ institute of the Arts, Arnhem

2013-2015  Member, Student Council, Fine Art, ArtEZ university of the Arts, Arnhem

2012-2013  Member, Student Council, Fine Art, ArtEZ university of the Arts, Zwolle

Grants

2018 Goldsmiths SU, society grant, ATS.

2017 VSB-Fonds, scholarship. M Arts & Politics.

2017 Heij-Konijn, scholarship. M Arts & Politics.

2017 Stroomversneller, grant. ruru huis.

2016 Stroomversneller, grant. VvT.

2015 Stroomversneller, grant. De Visionarissen.

2015 Stroomversneller, grant. MAW.

Publications

2018  The 'ruru-huis', Reinaart Vanhoe, Onomatopee

2017  Totalitarian Dictatorship, De Balie, Wilde Raven.

2016  Carbon Files #1, SONSBEEK '16.

2015-2017  Multiple articles, 2116.

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Arc de Triomphe: what's space and how is it divided, what gives space a function and are there spaces without function, function for who? About the urban blood system and transgression

To Lose Power Over Power: a film of two teleprompter's. The right dictates a correspondence and the left dictates an analysis of this correspondence. Text        , video

to lose power over power

Con-paign: concerning the political dilemma of shape vs. content, content vs. discontent, I've pasted these throughout the city during the election period, within a day they we're pasted over again.

Common Grounds. What is common ground? What's commonality anyway? Which ground does not have political colour? Where is anything  possible and everyone welcome? Is there such a place and what's our part in it? Should there even be such a place? In this exhibition artworks are distributed through three 'fake' villages: a Christian, an Islamic and a Jewish village.

Graffiti walk: out of respect for these icon-makers of the city, and to support them on an artistic level, we've done a walk through Arnhem's 'Hall of Fame': the place for graffiti and mutual competition between the artists. We have helped them exceed their practices and help them increase the quality of their artworks by assessing their artworks.

The Plakzuilactie: What would people do if they could out themselves completely uncensored and anonymous? What if they are offered a chance to do that in the public domain, with graffiti. A form of expression that's often used by street-artist but that's best know for its reputation for being a method of vandalizing.

Subversive Future Development: is a workshop in which participants are asked to develop a plan which is by principle forbidden but which does adress and hopefully help resolve a problem which the participants have brought themselves. Through artistic methods and roleplaying they develop a plan, just like any other plan, with aspects as finance to implementation.

An alley is a interesting urban place. due to it’s size and it’s bad circumstances it doesn’t really have a function: it’s impossible to have a shop or house there. Therefore the alley is one of the only places in the urban environment that doesn’t really have a function an jet, so much happens there. Especially because it doesn’t have a function it offers platform for everyone that doesn’t really have a place in society, or people that are planning to break the rules: uri- nation in public, drug use even public sex. I see the alley a capillary of the urban blood system, it’s the smallest of the small blood vessels and it’s closest to our skin, and not unimportant: it’s where metabolism happens.