work period 15/09–15/10 2020
event: 30-31/10 + 1/11 2020
oude pekela, groningen (province)
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A project on village identities, workers' history and the role of news coverage on identity in East Groningen.
Artist Bert Scholten stays in Oude-Pekela for a month. He noticed that his own image of this region is strongly determined by Geenstijl- and EO-messages in which the village is portrayed as the 'worst place in the Netherlands'. Scholten realizes that his image is not correct and wants to see what remains of the self repeating news media.
He is going to build a library of local words that embody different feelings around the image. Which words would one rather get rid of? How do you do that? What self-image do these words produce? Who are behind the meme-pages of the rival villages? What does one mean when one says: 'well, go ahead'? As is often the case, Scholten is looking for new ways of celebrating and new ways of remembering.
Bert Scholten (Assen, 1988) lives and works in Rotterdam. He was resident at the Rijksakademie (2018-2019) and studied at KASK Gent (2010-2011) and Minerva Groningen (2008-2012).
In 2018 his VPRO podcast ‘Niks was minder waar’ was broadcast. In 2015 his debut 'Figurative pop music' was released, followed by the LP 'Figuratieve popmuziek’, on his own label Het Generiek. He presented his performances at The Performance Show, Art Rotterdam (2020); Valkhof, Nijmegen (2019); Spring Performance Festival, Amsterdam (2018); Clash, Groningen (2017); and Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2016). In 2020 he will perform at Het HEM, Zaandam and SeMA, Seoul. From September 15 he will be working in Oude Pekela during Gronings Vuur in collaboration with het resort.
Gronings Vuur: is a traveling culture program that runs all through the province of Groningen. Every five to six weeks a different township is visited by artists and art companies. By initiating a floot of cultural activities Gronings Vuur contributes to an inspiring and energetic future for the province of Groningen.
HET RESORT IS supported by:
Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Groningen, Academie Minerva, Kunstraad Groningen, NNT + Club Guy & Roni
is a traveling culture program that runs all through the province of Groningen. Every five to six weeks a different township is visited by artists and art companies. By initiating a floot of cultural activities Gronings Vuur contributes to an inspiring and energetic future for the province of Groningen.