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.

Sowing for a Better Future

Today we’re Sowing for a Better Future again!

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We have just sprouted String beans ready to venture into the wild, and small Paksoi and Chinese cabbage plants.

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And the first Radishes are popping up!

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We’re curious if our little plants will survive!

Sowing for a Better Future – Malieveld 19 april 2104

On April 19th we participated again in the ‘Blijf weg van het Malieveld‘ happening, an ongoing experimental exhibition/workspace between 11 and 12 at the Malieveld in Den Haag. Other participating artist were: Topp&Dubio, Kees Koomen, Ellen Rodenberg and Leontine Lieffering.

Today we continued with our project ‘Sowing for a Better Future’.
We planted radishes, carrots, marigolds, sunflowers and red peppers along the borders of the field.
We’re curious to what will happen!

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Sowing for a Better Future

Hello World Sunflower Sowing For A Better Future

Today we’ve started a new project: Sowing for a Better Future.
During this project we’re going to sow and plant fruit and vegetables everywhere in our environment.

Due to draughts and other climate related effects, food prices, especially fruit and vegetables will rise with an average of 35% this year. The oils prices will also rise, implicating the costs of food transport will also contribute to the increased food prices.
Put that on top of a financial crisis, when more and more people are out of a job, or are facing a decline in income, and we have a serious problem on our hands.
In stead of complaining we went out to do something, so we’ve decided to sow heirloom seeds of edible plants in our environment. This way we also hope to spread non-GMO vegetation in our environment.
Not just for our limited budget, but for everyone. We hope that other people will follow and turn our mono-cultured neatly clipped parks cultivated solely for aesthetic reasons into vegetable patches.

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So the plants are there to be harvested for anyone who can find them. Because we’re not making little gardens in urban environments, but we’re sowing between existing vegetation. We’re sowing near to trees, bushes, public benches, places a sowing machine can’t reach.
This way hope to avoid over-enthousiastic Parks Department people with shuffles and mowing machines. The upside is we think they are relatively save, the downside is the plants are not that easy to find. Because how do you recognise a radish in the wild or distinguish a carrot from other members of the Flowering Plant family without digging it out? And mind you, there are some deadly poisonous members amongst them.

A lot of people (ourselves included) haven’t got the knowledge anymore to recognise edible plants. Some people can’t even recognise a raspberry when it grows on a bush and is not conveniently packed in a plastic box.
So it’s a good reason for us to polish our practically non-existent knowledge of our native plants!

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On March 29th we participated in the ‘Blijf weg van het Malieveld‘ happening again, an ongoing experimental exhibition/workspace between 11 and 12 at the Malieveld in Den Haag. Other participating artist were: Topp&Dubio, Kees Koomen and Ellen Rodenberg

Today we executed the performance ‘One’.
In ‘One’ we draw a circle by means of our combined body movements and water.
The performance was inspired by artists like Rembrand van Rijn and other old masters, who used circles in their work to demonstrate the skill of the master.

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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12 Shots Binding Re: Maarten Schepers

12 detail shots from the untitled artwork from Maarten Schepers presented at the Malieveld on October 19th, 2013.

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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: