When the streets and the internet are filled with MID SEASON sale, we start with our midseason program. A program focused on newly-grads, prepping them for their professional practises. During the program the midseasoners join meetings with former resort artists and members of SYB circles (Kunsthuis SYB) and go on field trips. You can read about the followed program down below. In 2022 they will have their group exhibition at the ice skating rink 'Kardinge'.
For this fourth edition of Midseason we selected 6 artists:
Jesse van Epenhuijsen
Laila Saber Rodriguez
It is the first time that non-groningen artists could apply. We wanted to create a group of people that - apart from the program - can learn from each other due to other schooling, disciplines and art scenes. 50% non-Groningen artists, 50% Groningen artists.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION LOCATION
This midseason exhibition takes place at the ice skating rink: Kardinge. A place where sport and leisure meet in this artificial ice skating environment.
In prehistoric times, people were already skating across icy surfaces in order to travel faster. A mainly practical matter. From the Middle Ages onwards, there are more indications of skating as a popular pastime and the first skating competitions are reported. It became an activity in which the differences between people did not matter. Young and old, rich and poor, male and female, it belonged to everyone. Skating became an important part of Dutch culture. Where the Netherlands fights the water all year round, the frozen version brings pleasure in winter. Where it seems to become less and less common to be able to skate on natural ice in the winters, ice rinks like Kardinge ensure that the tradition of the Dutch can continue.
“Fun” fact: The Dutch saying ‘for bacon and beans’ (voor spek en bonen - meaning nowadays: (participating) without making a substantial contribution) originated in the 19th century. Poor people competed in skating races for food, fuel or clothing, as entertainment for others.
Perro Feo: “On the 9th of October was our first meeting as a group. We traveled together to kunsthuis SYB to what would be our home for the next two days. After a small introduction to Ellen de Haan (co-director het resort) and Gisanne Hendriks (co-coordinator midseason) and the program that we would follow, the giving of our souvenirs (that hit straight-up into our nostalgia) we started the tabletop roleplaying game by Tom K Kemp: ‘After The Maestro’. An incredibly engaging game about the functioning of the entire body system after ‘the ruler of everything’ leaves forever. The representatives of the different systems that control the body attend a meeting in which they will discuss how they will continue making the bodywork without the maestro. After deciding how they will make decisions, the first challenge is to tell the rest of the body the following news:
–– Communicate the situation that just happened
–– Propose from now on the new ways of making the body function
Each participant was given a different group to represent. The nervous system, couriers, ministry of external affairs, non-human specimens, resources, brain, etc. With a voting arrangement and several discussions, the team has to agree with what will the decision for the body be from now on. How will they deal with thematics like inclusion, expansion, well-being, unity, retribution, corruption, etc.
The game, besides being extremely immersive, is also deeply political. Which both deepens the mutual relationships of the participants and confronts them personally with their political/moral beliefs.
It was an incredible ice-breaker to get to know who are we going to work with for the next weeks. Get a grasp of the true intentions within, the behaviors towards problems, the contradictions with ourselves and others.
The capability of everyone to fully immerse in it, plus the good mediation of Kemp, made the first day an enormous slap in the face with reality and excitement for what will come in the future for us.”
After the Maestro is a tabletop roleplaying game by Tom K Kemp set within an ‘anthropomorphised anatomy’ – a depiction of the inner human body as a vast industrialised city, sustained by microscopic workers analogous to cells and microbes. The game's narrative takes place during the aftermath of a successful emancipation within the inner body, where the ‘Maestro’, or organising, vital force of the body, has been deposed. In this sudden absence of biological hierarchy, players will take on the role of different anatomical systems within the body, and must negotiate, collude and problem solve their way through a series of existential crises.
Through collaborative storytelling and ludic mechanics, each session of the game generates a new narrative of anatomical and social re-organisation, complicating and estranging common body-politic metaphors into an unpredictable tale of emancipatory body-horror.
S.R. Niekoop: “Day 2. The day to introduce ourselves. The question of the day seemed to be; where does the work belong and how to create that space. Who is the one in charge of this? We had great support (by Anna-Rosja Haveman, Vanessa van ‘t Hoogt and Josine Sibum Siderius) which led to discussion on these post academy questions. Maybe we were all de-academizing ourselves and re-claiming our own identities with our own set of rules and values; to justify our actions. We ended with a sharp note; maybe there was a false sense of hierarchy within the practice, embrace the naif child and maybe let that one be in charge for once.”
Art historian Anna-Rosja Haveman (1993) works as a writer, presenter and curator. Her current research focuses on landscape as a critical material of art in light of ecological crises.
Vanessa van 't Hoogt is an art historian, working as a researcher, teacher, presenter, curator and writer. Her current research includes teaching collections of art academies (e.g. Rijksakademie Amsterdam) and the relationship between art and medicine, mainly in medicine education in the past and present.
Josine Sibum Siderius is director of Kunsthuis SYB. Kunsthuis SYB is a residency: an open, hospitable home and workplace in Beetsterzwaag, in the province of Fryslân, for contemporary artists and curators.
Laila Saber Rodriguez: “We were introduced to writing artist statements. Anna-Rosja Haverman explained what an artist statement is, what it should include and how to make it best reflect our very complex practices. We needed to bring our short text to critique one another in a very constructive and enlightening way. I learned that it’s okay not to mention absolutely everything, but hold onto the foundation: the what, why and how. An artists’ practice is in a journey, it changes, fluctuates and flows, and so should the statement.
We later revised a bunch of different artists’ websites to revise various examples of statements. Some were short, some were too ambiguous, some were a CV, some were playful - this helped us position our own voice to find the best approach to writing.
My favorite part was writing 10 words about my colleagues’ practices in 2 minutes. It was so interesting to see what words popped up among all of us, or what associations others had about your work. I think this helped us find words to our practices that perhaps we didn’t have beforehand; so when we write, we use words that the viewer most probably associates with.
In the same spirit of writing words for others’ practices, here are 10 words about this workshop: analysis, questions, inside & outside, personal, productive, psychoanalysis, theoretical, deconstructing, friends, and mirror.”
(1/2 - MORNING)
Robert Ronquillo: “On 28 October, we came together from different corners of the Netherlands for an expedition in Amsterdam. On arrival at the Warmoesstraat we met Eva Susova, who gave us access next to the well-known W139 to a kind of 'hofje', which was in fact more of a secret alley –A kind of microcosm within the building block, where people live and work.
Eva brought us together in the spacious studio called the Jacuzzi, a space that arose from the merging of several choreographers into a collective. Here we were welcomed with hot coffee and tea and the usual small talk about housing issues and beautiful roundabouts.
Soon we were introduced to Eva, getting to know her better in her artistic journey. After which we were invited to participate in her movement / voice practice. Exercises that had emerged from her own practice and had been adapted for the Midseason Resorters.
We sought comfort within the space on colourful socks and grey moving blankets. In comfortable positions, we practised breathing exercises and explored sensory stimuli from parts of the body that are easily forgotten in everyday life. In the following phase, we used our vocal cords to produce sounds from the inner body in response to each other. It reverberated through the ears as post-modern sounds from an ensemble of primary vocals.
In the next segment, we participated in an interplay with a partner by bending, pulling, pushing and dragging each other's bodies to desired positions and movements of the body or limbs. In the last segment of the movement exercise, we played the roles of the oracle and the writer. While Eva was reading a piece of poetry through the PA speakers, the oracle moved through the space with the idea of the partner's art practice. The writer tried to read this in a form of automatic writing.
After the physical exercises with Eva Susova, we went to the neighbouring art book shop called Sans Serriffe. Where we were greeted by Pieter Verbeke, a co-founder. Sans Serriffe is an intimate looking bookstore where space and room are made for exhibition and open discussion.
An enrichment of physical applications and being surrounded by colourful literature made this expedition a successful adventure.”
(2/2 - AFTERNOON)
Hans-Hannah: part 2, The field trip. Leaving the hidden garden of jacuzzi behind, following our path to San Serriffe. When you open the door, you enter into a calm world with tons of different perspectives, all being told through written language. Pieter takes us into the history of the place, how San Serriffe is way more than just a bookstore. We find ourselves in a corridor full of cultural organizations, if we pass another corner we enter W139. An artist run exhibition space. With at the moment an exhibition where all artists find themselves in the in between, and embody this position as a political one. A diverse inspiring exhibition in a place that rests on a long political history. Unfortunately, they are financially having a hard time at the moment. But full passion Nadia tells us about the history and the relationship they have with the neighborhood community. Everybody wants to prevent this creative and cultural area to fall apart. Our last stop is the Rijksakademie’s exhibition of its 150 years anniversary. Here we encounter another strong community of artists, that over the past had to fight for the existence of the place and the importance of art. While we drink a beer, and talk, the evening falls. Thanks to everyone for this inspiring day.
eva is a co-founder of Jacuzzi, an artist-run space at the crossroads of performance, visual arts, and time-based media in Amsterdam
Jesse van Epenhuijsen: This time the digital meeting was led by Gisanne. Throughout the project we had discussed all kinds of topics regarding professional artisthood. This time we would talk about something that almost all artists have to deal with at some point in their career: project plans.
Prior to this meeting we all went out to look for open calls, funds and other things you might encounter as an artist.
While we all work as artists, our practices are all different in one way or another. This makes writing such a tricky thing: we all have to fit in a the same box. It still fascinated me how each had their own way of filling emptiness. Some brought sketches, others brought theoretic texts and some had already achieved in finding funding. It made me really appreciate to see how others are thinking, not only in spoken words, but also in written ones.
Because the real question really is how to convey your thought which’d normally be easy when talking to one another. What does truly matter to you?
Gisanne Hendriks works as a co-coordinator at het resort for the Midseason program.
Gisanne Hendriks (1989) works as a Coordinator at Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag. She also works as a curator, coordinator, and fundraiser for various art projects in the north of the Netherlands. In 2014 she obtained her bachelor's degree in Design at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, and in 2021, her master's degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Groningen. She lives in Leeuwarden, Friesland.
This year's midseason program is open for applications!
Sign up for our 10 week program and learn to become more confident, aware and visible as a professional artist. During this program you will meet some of Het resort's previous residents, get introduced to the fine art of networking, work on your writing and presentation skills with the members of the SYB Circles program, go on trips and studio visits and meet fellow artists!
The midseason program runs from october 9th till december 18th 2021 and in february/march 2022 you will participate in a group exhibition on a surprise location organized by Het resort.
We will select 6 artists for this program that match the following criteria:
HET RESORT IS supported by:
Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Groningen