You’re being ridiculous

We’ve sent the story about our paper boats to You’re being ridiculous a blog about amazing and weird stories.
And as it turns out, we’re completely ridiculous.

You can check out our contribution here:
http://yourebeingridiculous.com/the-print-edition/14017987

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Unnoticed Art Festival 2014

On May 17th and 18th 2014 the first edition of the Unnoticed Art Festival took place in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The festival is a concept of Frans van Lent, a Dutch performance artist, and was about artistic interventions and performances taking place in public space without framing it as art, thus by all probability being ‘unnoticed’. An interesting experiment: how would the public react to art performances and interventions they might not recognise as such? We we’re in for an exiting weekend, that was certain. All the artists invited didn’t knew until the very last moment which city we were heading for. It turned out to be Haarlem, a small city north of Amsterdam.

Our intervention was to leave tiny paper boats amongst the fall-out of our consumer society and other garbage which people tend to leave carelessly behind in cities.

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Of course we were amidst a group of inspired and remarkable fellow artists, amongst other Malou van Doormaal who started the festival by shouting once and not uttering another word for the remainder of the festival, only to conclude the festival with another shout.

Marnik Neven pasted blanc paper on a wall in a tunnel underneath the train station.

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And Jeroen Jongeleen marked an image with small poles in the grass and started to trace the image by running the alongside the poles to emboss the pattern in the grass, like an elephant trail. Mind you, he needed to run the same distance as a marathon to leave an imprint.

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Unnoticed Art Festival 2014

On May 17-18 222lodge will be organising the Unnoticed Art Festival 2014.
We’re happy to announce that we will be a part of this year’s edition.

“The festival for Unnoticed Art balances on the line between public and private. It shows artworks hiding in normality. The language, used to express the works, fits in the average social behaviour in public space and, because of that, will probably remain unnoticed to bystanders. The location of the festival will remain secret. That way the passers-by will be accidental and without knowledge of the occasion. They have their own aims, their own occupations, their own thoughts.
The final meeting of the festival (including re-enactments and the presentation of the book Unnoticed Art) will be at Pictura Dordrecht, August 31st 2014!”

If you like the concept, please help to realise the festival with a small donation.

Unnoticed Art Festival from Frans van Lent on Vimeo.

So be warned! You might just encounter a performance or a work of art without noticing it!

Other participants are: Rafael Abreu Canedo, Sarah Boulton, Derek Dadian-Smith, Craig Damrauer, Dino Dinco, Mr. &Mrs. Gray, Linda Hesh, Hiroomi Horiuchi, David Horvitz, Daan den Houter, Jeroen Jongeleen, Ienke Kastelein, Jonathan Keats, Kees Koomen, Margreet Kramer, Gavin Krastin, Steef van Lent, Gretta Louw, Lilla Magyari, Andrew McNiven, Janet Meany, Tim Miller, Marnik Neven, Joyce Overheul, Nico Parlevliet, Malin Peter, Jess Rose, Julie Rozman, Roekoe M, Joshua Schwebel, Jack Segbars, Edwin Stolk, Topp & Dubio.

Waterwheel: The World Waterday Symposium

Today we participated in the online symposium ‘Waterwheel’ with a presentation of our Paperboat project. We were delighted see all the other projects and to meet the other participants. Our session ‘Activism, Art & Science’ contained presentations of Paula Vélez Bravo, Jean Noël Montagné and Rob van Kranenbrug about the Ark0 and the OSWASH (open source washing machine), Mari Keski-Korsu about energy resources and activism and Lila Moore with a presentation about Water e-motion.

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Haagse Lift 2014

On March 4th 2014 the award ceremony of te ‘Haagse Lift‘, an annual Dutch prize for sustainanble and innovative projects took place at theatre ‘de Appel’ in The Hague. Our Paperboat project was nominated as one of the last 10 participants this year to make an elevator pitch movie in the ‘Haagse Toren’.
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The movies of the nominated projects were presented during the Haagse Communicatiedag from which a professional jury selected 3 projects. Together with BLOOMILY and iTwyc our Paperboat project was one of the last 3. The audience could then vote for their favourite project, and we came in second!

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Coincidentally theatre ‘de Appel’ was presenting the play ‘Cassanova’ at the time, and because the play is set in a watery scenery, the whole stage was replaced by a large pool.
The ideal environment to demonstrate our Paperboat!

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Here’s an impression of the Haagse Communicatiedag 2014:
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Nominatie Haagse Lift

Our Paperboat project is nominated for the ‘Haagse Lift’ Competition, an annual Dutch prize for sustainable and innovative projects. The 10 nominees were requested to do a real elevator pitch in the 42 storeys high landmark, the ‘Haagse Toren’. During this one minute journey to the top of the building we had to present our project while the presentation was being recorded on film for the jury. The winner will be announced at the Haagse communicatiedag 2014 in theatre ‘de Appel’ on March 4th 2014.

Here’s our elevator pitch: