Guest studio 3: Jan Bokma

Dear people,
My name is Jan Bokma and I am an artist from Groningen. I,m invited by Nest to make an exhibition with my 'Museum of art' concept. During the period of February and March I'm staying in one of the guest studio's.

The project I present is titled 'De Van Gogh serie'. In this project I'm investigating the fusion of the concept of the museum with the concept of art. One of the first questions I asked myself where 'How does the museum influence my perception and how does the museum participate in the proses of becoming art.

The results will be presented in a sequence of four installations combined with three meeting/happenings reflecting on ideas related to the work. (a lecture about my work, a symposium about the museum as context and a lecture about Marcel Broodthaers)

The goal is to produce new work where the emphasis is on the perception of art. I hope this will be a period of successful experimenting, interesting developments and meeting new people!
Jan Bokma.

Guest studio 1: Rita Mendes

A sweet message from Rita (Graphic designer from Portugal) who does an internship at Studio 't Brandtweer in the DCR. She stayed 2 weeks in Studio 1 until she found a house in The Hague.
"Big windows...i like it... Those windows that gives to light the chance to live from the outside to the inside... Comfortable, the essential space, the place where it all possibly begins...the place that will stay in some memories. Studio, sweet studio. I already miss it. In one word: saudades."

Marcel Swint

In december of 2008 I left gueststudio 3 at the DCR.
During my working periode I have done research and found new subjects that deal with things being gone and yet being present and subjects that deal with transformation; themes which are of great importance to me.
At the DCR I started what is to become an extensive collection of picture postcards of buildings and panoramic views of European cities.
Most of these cards are from before the second world war and show portraits of buildings which no longer exist while other postcards show panoramic views and put these buildings in perspective. They show them in a context of streets and neighbourhoods which are often still there uptill the present day. Sometimes it's the other way around; the monumental buildings remain while the surrounding streets have vanished.
Everything I'm about to do is an attempt to grasp history by for example reconstructing lost monumental buildings on the hand of photographic documentation, by my intuition and interpretations and by means of fake memories.
By using old construction materials such as panel doors, glass lead windows and antique tiles I will reconstruct and thereby transform the buildings once again and thus create my own monuments and stories.