Exhibition open Wednesday to Saturday, 2 until 6pm
Live performances on Friday and Saturday every half hour:
2.30pm; 3pm; 3.30pm; 4pm; 4.30pm; 5pm; 5.30pm
The exhibition You might actually learn something consists of five different performances. But maybe they’re not really performances. At least that’s not what I call them. Instead, I like to refer to them as workshops. Because a performance you can like or dislike. You can encourage your friends to see it, but you can also discourage them. And although that can still happen with the performances in this exhibition, there’s a reason why I call them workshops instead. Because I’m convinced that no matter what will happen and what your experience will be, at the end of the day you will have actually learned something.
As part of his first solo show at Tenderpixel, Feiko Beckers will present a series of live performances. He will fill the gallery space with props, objects and a series of stages and platforms that will serve both as part of the events and as installations remnant of the live acts.
In his practice, Beckers uses everyday stories based on events from his own life, including failures, accidents or embarrassing situations that he has personally experienced. His works highlight the unexpected and the merciless character of unfortunate events. He often examines behavioural patterns as a source anxiety, in order to unfold their dynamics and expose the underlying emotional charge. Starting from daily rituals that he unfolds into slap-stick like situations, the seemingly mundane stories and simple encounters become exemplary of the difficulties humans have with each other.
Feiko Beckers (b 1983, in Witmarsum, the Netherlands), lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He graduated from Academie Minerva in Groningen in 2006 and he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam NL in 2010-11. In 2013 he was an artist in residence at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo in Paris FR; and in 2016 at Tembe Art Studio in Moeng Suriname and in Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag NL.
Solo presentations include The Understanding of Nonsense, Beursschouwburg, Brussels BE (2017); Where everything is safe and sound, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam NL; A conversation is a risk to lose your own opinion, Le CAP, Saint Fons FR (both 2015); Liste18, Basel CH with Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art; Slow and Gradual, Meet Factory, Prague CZ; My Rock is Also Your Thing, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam NL (all 2013); The Arranging of Books by Colour, De Service Garage, Amsterdam NL (2012) and Making a Birthday Cake with my Mother, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam NL (2011).
Selected group exhibitions and performances include Didn’t Know But Knew It All Along, Onomatopee, Eindhoven NL; Being Surprised Is Admitting You Were Wrong, Land Art Live, Zeewolde NL; Deadpan and Disco, Marres, Maastricht NL; Deadpan and Disco, PACT Zollverein, Essen DE (all 2015); Supermarket 2014, Stockholm SE with NEST, Den Haag NL; Acting Truthfully under the Circumstances, Tenderpixel, London UK; Deadpan and Disco, Centrale Fies, Dro IT (all 2014); Narcissistic Tendencies, NEST, Den Haag NL; Accident with Red Car, Art13, London with Yeo Workshop, Singapore MY; Apathy is Not My Friend, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne AU; Educating Artists? GNYP Art/KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin DE; Nouvelle Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris FR (all 2013); Accident with Red Car and 5×3, Kunstraum, Düsseldorf DE; A Story About My Fathers Heart Attack…, STUK, Leuven BE; Advantages and Disadvantages, Witte de With, Rotterdam NL; Deus ex Machina, De Appel, Amsterdam NL (all 2012) and Three Options, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam NL (2011).
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