Nowhere in Bruges
08.03.2020 – 29.03.2020, Bruges, Belgium
Nowhere was invited by curator Bert Puype to document his exhibition Objets trouvés – verloren voorwerpen, taking place in March 2020 in the city centre of Bruges. Objets trouvés – verloren voorwerpen is an exhibition stretched over different locations in Bruges. At a location where contemporary art seemingly occupies a peripheral position, this project was an attempt to re-think the exhibition as a medium. Bearing in mind the idea of “l’art pour l’art”, this was “exposer pour exposer”: where the act of exhibiting is intrinsic to the exhibition itself, and its result autonomous. At the same time objets trouvés – verloren voorwerpen examines the social and interactive capacities of art, within an exhibition that can as easily be found as it can be lost.
Due to the ephemerality which characterized the exhibition, documenting was a crucial factor within the project. In collaboration with Nowhere Collective, this exhibition resulted in an online publication (Zine #05), which follows the creation process as well as the end results of this exhibition. Capturing the presentations and performances and adding artistic and art historical interpretations, it aims at making the fleetingness tangible.
019, Bart Lodewijks, Benjamin Verhoeven, Chloé Op de Beeck, Daniël Dewaele, Goele De Bruyn, Hannah Mevis, Hans Demeulenaere & Dimitri Vangrunderbeek, Ingel Vaikla, Jacques Charlier, Jeancy Nsumbu, Kris Van Dessel, Leander Schönweger, Nowhere Collective, Raffaella Chrispino, Stijn Van Dorpe, Thomas l’Anson.
Curated by Berty Puype.
Nowhere at Fairshare – Self-Publishing as Artistic Practice – CIAP Kunstverein
In May 2019, Nowhere was invited to present their zines during the event Fairshare – Self-Publishing as Artistic Practice at CIAP Kunstverein in Hasselt. We showed our last issues and nowhere-member Miriam Sentler gave an artist talk.
What is the future of publishing in the digital age? What can publishing, seen as an artistic practice, entail? How do artists self-organise themselves? These are some of the questions addressed through the first edition of the annual fair organised by KRIEG, Hasselt in collaboration with B32, Maastricht, The School, Hasselt and CIAP Kunstverein, Hasselt. On the 9th of May, this event will transform the building of CIAP into a multiverse where different material, digital, and performative approaches to self-publishing overlap, converge, or collide.
Self-publishing ‘business’ is particularly interesting when seen as a motor for community-building. It is rarely restricted to the ‘self’ but relies on networks, frequently more concentrated and intimate than their ever-expanding online counterparts. Artists’ publications, zines, records, or bootlegs, and the very specific ‘scenes’ surrounding them, create intricate systems of networks. However, it is only on rare occasions that they intersect.
This is why, FAIRSHARE’s primary aim is to create a platform for the existing networks to interact and new connections to arise. FAIRSHARE invites different artists – from local and national household names to incognito players – to present their books, zines, and prints, along with other experimental formats of printed matter. To traverse disciplinary borders and offer a broader perspective on self-publishing, it features also a selection of records, bootlegs, and other miscellaneous editions. In addition, some artists will perform their work in the space during the public programme. In this way, FAIRSHARE attempts to draw as much attention to the mechanisms of distribution and circulation, as to the nature of the distributed materials themselves.
Publishing means bringing something out to the world, sharing it with the audience that is, for the most part, less proximate than in the case of a performance or even an exhibition. Books, prints, records etc. often travel through different, more or less visible distribution channels, passing from hand to hand, getting further and further away from their makers. In response to that, FAIRSHARE presents an opportunity for an immediate encounter between the artists and their audiences, for a direct exchange of experiences, and last but not least for unbridled transactions.
Guy Bleus, Buenos Tiempos (Alberto García del Castillo & Marnie Slater), Sofia Caesar, Ignace Cami & Ward Zwart, Charlotte Caroux with Gahine Coeckelberghs and Laurent Tempels, Anaïs Chabeur, Charles Nypels Lab at Jan van Eyck Academie, courtesy of Jo Frenken, Editions Ménard (Egon Van Herreweghe & Jasper Rigole) Günbike Erdemir & Luz De Amor, Daan Gielis, Adrijana Gvozdenović, Sam Janssen, Martín La Roche Contreras, Mike Moonen & Jorg Theissen, Dennis Muñoz Espadiña with Hocus Bogus Publishing, Nowhere Collective (Emile Hermans, Cira Huwald, Eline Kersten, Alicja Melzacka, and Miriam Sentler), Oblomov (Rachel Daniels & Lotte Vrancken), The Pink House (Gijs Waterschoot & Ersi Varveri), Emmanuelle Quertain with Bartleby & Co., Maxim Renard, Roel Vandermeeren & Aaron Emsie Peeters, Gunther Segers, Rod Summers, Troebel Neyntje, Sanne Vaassen, Sorghelose art space presenting Nick Geboers, Sarah Hermans, Bram Van Meervelde, Stef Renard, and Nanna Sofie Reseke, Maud Vande Veire, Kirsten Vanlangenaeker & Stijn, Wybouw, Damon Zucconi
Fairshare was co-curated by our nowhere-member Alicja Melzacka.
Photo Credits: Alexandra Bertels
‘Nowhere Collective – based nowhere but being here and now’ Article about Nowhere in Witte Rook
08.04.2019, written by Jorieke Rottier
Jorieke Rottier recently wrote an article about our collective on the online and offline art platform Witte Rook. To read the interview (in Dutch), please click the link below:
Nowhere Zine Launch at SB34 – The Pool, Brussels
16.03.2019 – 17.03.2019
On Saturday the 16th of March, SB34-the Pool is hosting Nowhere Collective, who will present ‘read.me’ – the third issue of their zine, with contributions by Sofia Caesar, Emile Hermans, Toril Johannessen, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec and Paula Smolarska.
This is the first issue to be launched simultaneously online and offline, in two complementary versions.
Besides the zine, Nowhere will present a surprise side programme with works by some of the contributing artists.
Nowhere is a young collective of artists, curators and writers, based nowhere but being here and now, at least temporarily. Reaching out from the depths of the post-graduation limbo, they came together to build a platform for contemporary art – an island carried on the waves of the internet, in a drift through the yet uncharted territory of art.
read.me as an imperative of a text to be seen and comprehended.
read.me as an archive, a memory of a programme.
read.me as an instruction, a sequence to be followed.
read.me as an attempt at communication.
Sofia Caesar, Emile Hermans, Toril Johannessen, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec and Paula Smolarska.
Curated by Nowhere Collective.
‘Micro Art Initiatives #22: het online zine Nowhere’ – Article about Nowhere in Metropolis M
27.02.2019, written by Lotte van Geijn
Lotte van Geijn interviewed us for her ongoing series ‘Micro Art Initiatives’ in Metropolis M.
To read the article (in Dutch) visit: