Marlies van Grootel – Nature of Society

Differences between societies dissolve in the remnants of waste.

Opening: 22/02/2018 at 17:00
Period: 22/02 – 04/03/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00

October 2016 Marlies van Grootel has been an artist in residence in Dalian (China). During her stay the nature of societies and the awareness of plastic waste became a focus in her artwork. In her solo exhibition Marlies shows an installation with both plastic waste from her stay in China and from the Netherlands afterwards. Where the differences in societies dissolve in remnants of plastic waste.

The artist exchange program is a result of the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede).

Miriam Hamann – A hill is smaller than a mountain

New opportunity to see the exhibition of ARE guest Miriam Hamann. The exhibition ‘A hill is smaller than a mountain‘ was canceled in December last year, but we are happy to announce that the exhibition is yet to be seen at XPO from 25/01 to 04/02/2018.

Opening: 25/01/2018 at 17:00
Period: 25/01 – 04/02/2018
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00 – 17:00
Location: XPO – Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede

A hill is smaller than a mountain

In her solo exhibition ‘A hill is smaller than a mountain‘ Miriam Hamann shows two new works which were realized during her stay at ARE. Both works are based on a research about the specific geographical and topographical character of different countries, especially concerning elevation. Having spent half of her childhood in Tyrol the artist grew up in mostly mountainous parts and rocky surroundings. In contrast, most of the Netherlands is extremely flat or even below sea level. The installation 2500 meters above sea level directly refers to this difference. By rebuilding the abstract form of a fence Miriam Hamann displaces alpine signs and forms to Enschede. In its appearance, the barrier refers to mountain slopes and hillsides, whereas it becomes a very abstract, differently slanted form in the space and the flat dutch surroundings.

Also the work series Color field map deals with elevation and the differences of topographical characterization. Digital printed monochrome color fields represent a new mapping system based on the area and the average height of different countries.

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Bart van Deelen & Tom van Veen – Without Regrets

Opening: 11/01/2018 at 17:00
Period: 11/01 – 21/01/2018
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00 – 17:00

Regret is an expression of the moral sense. What if there is no regret? And what happens when the voyeur is sneaking around the corner?

Tom van Veen and Bart van Deelen will exhibit their work at XPO in January 2018. The beginning of a new year, but for Bart and Tom also a conclusion before they go to Greece for a residency period. Conscious of perception of time and society Bart and Tom show their art-works in the exhibition ‘Without regrets’, with this exhibition they show their current perspective to society and objects and at the same time they are asking the question how things will change in another society, surroundings and culture.

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Opening: 11/01/2018 at 17:00
Periode: 11/01 – 21/01/2018
Open: Vr/ za/ zo 12:00 – 17:00

Spijt betuigt van moreel besef. Wat als hier geen spijt betuigd wordt? En wat als de voyeur om de hoek meekijkt?

Tom van Veen en Bart van Deelen exposeren in januari 2018 hun werk bij XPO. Het begin van een nieuw jaar, maar voor Bart en Tom ook een afronding voordat ze naar Griekenland gaan voor een residency. Bewust van perceptie van tijd en de maatschappij tonen Bart en Tom hun kunstwerken in de tentoonstelling ‘Without regrets’, met deze tentoonstelling tonen ze hun huidige perspectief op de maatschappij en objecten en stellen ze tegelijkertijd de vraag hoe de dingen zullen veranderen in een andere maatschappij, omgeving en cultuur.

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(postponed) Miriam Hamann – A hill is smaller than a mountain

We are sorry to announce that due to personal circumstances we have to cancel the exhibition ‘A hill is smaller than a mountain’ by Miriam Hamann (7/12 – 10/12/17) at XPO. We hope there will be an opportunity to show the exhibition of Miriam next year.

The next exhibition at XPO will be ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ by ARE guest Bärbel Praun (14/12 – 17/12/2017). More information will follow soon.

With kind regards,
ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede)

AKI – L.A.F.A. Exchange 2017

Thuy Huynh – Mijke Goth – Jelle van Assem

[EN] Opening: 16/11/2017 at 17:00 – 20:00
Period: 16/11 – 26/11/2017
Open: Fr./Sat./Sun. 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
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Artist Residencies Enschede invites you to the opening of the exhibition of AKI students Thuy Huynh, Mijke Goth and Jelle van Assem.

Presenting: A selection of photos and paintings made during the stay of Thuy, Mijke and Jelle in Shenyang, China. This year these three students went to the art academy of Shenyang for an exchange of three months. The exhibition at XPO shows their experiences and in what way the visit to China contributed to their artwork. The Exchange was a coöperation between AKI-ArtEZ, the city of Enschede and Dalian, sistercity of Enschede.

Thuy Huynh
Mijke Goth
Jelle van Assem

[NL] Opening: 16/11/2017 om 17:00 – 20:00
Periode: 16/11 – 26/11/2017
Open: vr./za./zo. 12:00 – 17:00
Locatie: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Bezoek voor meer informatie the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede nodigt u uit voor de opening van de tentoonstelling van AKI-studenten Thuy Huynh, Mijke Goth en Jelle van Assem.

Presenteren: Een selectie van foto’s en schilderijen gemaakt tijdens het verblijf van Thuy, Mijke en Jelle in Shenyang, China. Dit jaar gingen deze drie studenten naar de kunstacademie van Shenyang voor een uitwisseling van drie maanden. De tentoonstelling bij XPO toont hun ervaringen en op welke manier het bezoek aan China heeft bijgedragen aan hun werk. De exchange was een samenwerking tussen AKI-ArtEZ, de gemeente Enschede en Dalian, zusterstad van Enschede.

Thuy Huynh
Mijke Goth
Jelle van Assem

Alice Pedroletti – CONSISTENCY

[EN] Opening: 14/09/2017 at 17:00 – 20:00
Period: 14/09 – 24/09/2017
Open: Fr./Sat./Sun. 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Visit for more information the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede invites you to the opening of the exhibition of ARE guest Alice Pedroletti. Italian artist Alice Pedroletti concludes her residency at Enschede with an exhibition at XPO. She has been living and working at one of the studios of ARE at art initiative B93 this summer.

“A book is also an object. Made of paper, cardboard, ink, images, and words.
Words are made by letters and each of them has a shape that recalls many different and possible things.
So I could say that a book is made of objects.”

Zhang Bin & Ye Hongtu – “Do Nothing”

“Do Nothing” – Art Education Group (Zhang Bin & Ye Hongtu)
Exhibition by Dalian (China) artists Zhang Bin and Ye Hongtu)
Opening: Thursday, 17th of August 2017 at 5 p.m. by ARE director Petra Groen.
Period: 17th – 27th of August 2017
Open: Friday-Sunday 12:00-17:00
Location: Project-space XPO, Stroinksbleekweg 2 te Enschede, the Netherlands.

The Art Education Group’s art project wares the title “Do Nothing”. The project focusses around a banner, which is a protest against the omission of public affairs in the current Chinese society. The banner represents mordacity. The art education team brought the banner to Europe to make a statement and to worldwide satirize and criticize the contemporary society, politics and contemporary art for their dereliction of duties.

This exhibition is a result from the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede). Zhang Bin & Ye Hongtu have been invited by Cheng Liang, curator of Dalian Zhongshan Art museum, to participate in the exchange program between Dalian and Enschede. They have been living and working at the ARE studio at art initiative B93 for several weeks and conclude this period with an exhibition.

Benedikt Wöppel – DARK MEDIA

Opening/ performance: 14/06/2017 17:00
Period: 15/06 – 18/06 and 22/06 – 25/06, from 12:00 to 17:00.
Location: XPO, Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede, Netherlands

Another populist, bank crisis, referendum, terror attack, refugee, free trade agreement or plan to build a wall. Every day, we receive images, symbols and messages about figures, events and ideas from the media. Together they create our reality and perception on the world around us. The overwhelming amount of information makes it difficult to read and understand the global situation. The overall picture remains abstract and dark. One asks oneself: How is everything related? Where does this all lead to? Can we get out of here? When will a social change start?

Graphic designer, artist and magician Benedikt Wöppel presents his self-designed card game ‘Black Media’. Similar to Tarot, it is a mirror of internal and external processes and a messenger between conscious and subconscious levels. However, its figures, events, and ideas are based on the vocabulary of today’s media. Benedikt Wöppel invites you to a new kind of card reading, to shed light on the blackness of the media universe.

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DrawBot at MakerFestival Twente

This year, the MakerFestival will be organised in ‘het Roombeek’ in Enschede, XPO’s homeground! For the festival a drawing machine is being designed (currently) in XPO and will be on display during the festival from May 20 to May 21st. XPO will be used as project space, construction- and control room. The project is conceived, designed and constructed by Janwillem te Voortwis and Edwin Dertien for PlanetArt. The tower has been designed (on three sides) by ViaOral, the fourth side is used for our DaVinci (mona lisa) drawing machine…

CMGT Students – eXPOsure

Creative talents show their work

CMGT (Creative Media & Game Technologies) students at Saxion show their independent work in graphic design, illustration, drawing, painting and photography.

This exhibition shows works of Jennifer van den Brand, Kristin Dimitrova, Nique Huiberts, Stefaniya Kolarova, Andrei Lumpan, Yenchi Nguyen, Danny Seraphim and Jeffrey Kortekaas.

Opening: Thursday March 2nd, 17:00 uur

Opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 13:00 – 17:00, 3,4,5 and 10,11,12 March