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This section will help you keep up with the current and upcoming activities of Hans Christian van Nijkerk, including art and music projects, performances and exhibitions.

July 8th, 2017:
Updated the performance and video section.
Upcoming plans:
The band Swankmajer (H.C. van Nijkerk / Jan Frode Haugseth) has started playing together again (Thank you Frode Ryan!), so expect more music and concerts in the future from this duo.
July 22-23: Short residency at C.OFF (Stockholm, Sweden).
October 19th: Slim Kerk Live (improv and own material) at the Bergen Art Book Fair, Landmark (Bergen, Norway).
November 22nd: BLOKK presents: Performance with Hiroko Tsuchimoto and Hans Christian van Nijkerk at Landmark (Bergen, Norway)
January / February 2018: Artists-in-residency programme in VAA Nida Art Colony (Vilnius, Lithuania) to work with Hiroko Tsuchimoto on "Discomfort" performance collaboration.


November 1st, 2016:
Updated music, index, Slim Kerk, about and reviews section.
About section has a new 7-minute promo for work I've done in 2015-2016 (some of which previously hasn't been shown online), while the Slim Kerk section has been updated with the new music video "På Trening". Music section updated with 2 clips from a Termodress feat. Slim Kerk gig from 2014.

October 3rd, 2016:
Updated performance section with the work "Test for Success" from 2015. Updated video section with the work Ku Mø Bugsy Box from 2009.


September 27th, 2016:
The International Performance Art Giswil festival in Switzerland was a resounding (or should I say reverberating?) success! A big thank you to Andrea Saemann for the hospitality and for the excellent organizing, the rest of the Giswil team for the food, documentation and making it all possible, the other artists and participants for amazing performances and good talks and the audience for showing up with an open mind and the willingness to participate.
Documentation from my performance will be uploaded as soon as I get it.
In other news, I organized a performance art event at the Leprosy Museum in Bergen on september 17th together with Anette Friedrich Johannesen from Performance Art Bergen.
The artists who participated were: Elias Björn, Johanna Balet Lettmayer and Hanne Maren Meldahl (WALK OF SHAME).

Upcoming:
The Slim Kerk music video "På Trening", which was produced by Sunstone Film & Animation this summer, will have a public screening at Prøverommet at the Bergen Public Library on october 3rd. Prøverommet opens at 20:00.

Text, Slim Kerk, performance and links section updated.


March 17th, 2016:
Upcoming activity:
- March 20th, 19:00 PM: PAB LOKALT: Performance art event at Foundation 3,14 (better known as Galleri 3,14) with PAB members Marit Tunestveit Dyre, Henrik Koppen and Anette Friedrich Johannesen.
-March 23rd - 30th: SintoRama, performances with the group SINTOS in Telgte // Ostbevern // Münster // Soest, Germany.
-April 27th: Improvisational Movement/Dance/Theatre with the dance company På Stående Fot under the artistic guidance of Kristine Oma at Bergen Dansesenter, USF Verftet 4th floor. Entrance fee: Nok 100.
-International Performance Art Giswil festival from 10.-12.september (Switzerland)

In other news, the Slim Kerk EP "Work Out" was released digitally on Filibuster Records on February 26th. A music video for the track "På Trening" is planned for april 2016.


September 13th, 2015:
Doing a short vocal performance at Prøverommet in Bergen tomorrow. Venue: Landmark. Doors open at 20:00.

August 30th, 2015:
Performance section updated with recent works from this summer.
Upcoming appearances:
- Group performance at Festplassen in Bergen this friday, september 4th from 17:00-18:00. This is a performance art meeting which according to Belfast performance art group Bbeyond is:
"committed as a free experimental action art space, open to anybody who wants to join an unconventional dialog through the action."
- Performance at PAB Open this saturday, september 5th at 14:00 in the old jail building next to Bergen city hall (Best known as "Bergen kretsfengsel", the same venue as PAB Open 2013).
- Galleri Puls in Norheimsund, participating with a video work in a group exhibition with BLOKK. Opening is on saturday the 5th of september at 12:00 A.M.

June 13th, 2015:
Back from the HANSEartWORKS event in Viljandi - a thoroughly invigorating and inspiring trip to a fascinating, historical town, with several group and solo performances and great sunny weather.
I'm grateful for all the help and hospitality I received from the organizers, municipality of Bergen and assistants and good times spent with the kind and talented group of artists I've gotten to know there. We're set on continuing our collaboration in 2016.
Strawberry Eaters
A contemporary version of Paul Kondas's "Strawberry Eaters"
From left to right
Front row: Laureline Koenig, Agnes Lundgren, Astrid Brünner, Yvoe Ree, Corinna Korth
Back row: Michel M, Hans Christian van Nijkerk, Michael B. Ludwig, Marcus Beuter, Enno Stahl, Pierre-Loup Auger

Here's documentation from the first performance I did in Viljandi, REW / FFW Rimi UKU KESKUS:

More documentation coming up.


April 7th, 2015
Major update this time.
My upcoming performances in 2015:
- HANSEartWORKS in Viljandi, Estonia, June 4th - June 7th.
- Performance Festival reFORMAT Vilnius in Lithuania, June 19th - June 22nd.
- Performing at PAB OPEN 2015 in the old jail building by Bergen City Hall, September 5th.
Also, I will be exhibiting and playing concert performances as Slim Kerk and as VJ for Termodress at BergenKjøtt sometime this year. Date still to be confirmed.

February 8th, 2015
Long time no update, but 2015 is looking promising so far. It is highly probable that I will be performing in the Estonian town of Viljandi at the HANSEartWORKS 2015, which is focusing on live art this year. More about this as soon as I receive a final confirmation.
Among other things, I've updated the installations section, the performance section with the work Delay / Decay from 2009, CV and included the poster for the exhibition at Galleri Blunk last fall.
Also, my Youtube account has been neatly organised with playlists. Check it out!


October 18th, 2014
A trailer for the performance from Galleri Blunk, entitled "The People vs The Performer" is now up at my Vimeo-site. Check it out HERE.
The first part of my presentation at Open Forum in Oslo recently has also been uploaded for your viewing pleasure.
Also, tonight there will be a screening of Winners of Loss nr 4 The System at Visningsrommet USF in Bergen at around 22:00 P.M.
Hope to see you there.
There's also a "Best of Hans Christian van Nijkerk 2013 / 2014" video up, with assorted clips from videos, concerts - including the recent Termodress feat. Slim Kerk gig at Elektrostat - and performances I've done the last year.

October 10th, 2014
Photo documentation of the performance outside of the Winners of Loss exhibition at Galleri Blunk can be found here.
Video section updated with my latest video works.

October 9th, 2014
Kerk's been very, very busy lately. Too busy to update this website, apparently.
I'm editing the video footage and photo documentation of the Winners of Loss exhibition and performance at Galleri Blunk in Trondheim from last september.
Some concert footage from the Termodress gig at Elektrostat on October 3rd will be uploaded when ready.
Also, the presentation "Just Clap Anyway" at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo last monday will be uploaded in its entirety as soon as I've finished editing the footage. A warm thank you to both organizers, audience and friends who made all this possible!
Front page and about section has been updated.

Upcoming events:
I will be showing my recent video work Treningsleiren / The Athletics Training Camp (2014) at Prøverommet at Landmark on November 3rd.
As VJ and performer, I will be doing a Termodress feat. Slim Kerk mini-gig at Prøverommet at Østre / Lydgalleriet on November 17.

August 1st, 2014
We're all set for the exhibition at BLOKK tonight!
HC forberedelser


Cornelia forberedelser

July 28th, 2014
The exhibition "When the light began fading, I wandered home" is supported by BEK (www.bek.no). We're working 8 hour shifts at BLOKK to get the exhibition done thoroughly and in time.
Poster

More about the exhibition (in Norwegian):

Cornelia Glitsch (Photography) and Hans Christian van Nijkerk (Video/Sound)

"When the light began fading, I wandered home"

Exhibition at BLOKK – August 1st-3rd, 2014.
Opening: August 1st, 20:00 p.m..

The exhibition title is a quote from Alan Lightman's essay "Prisoners of the Wired World", where he reflects on why he doesn't waste time any longer. The exhibition is the first collaboration between Cornelia Glitsch and Hans Christian van Nijkerk. They discovered that some of their works shared the same keynote, aesthetically and thematically. Both artists are concerned with awareness and the ability to discover and dwell on things. They like to have a curious and receptive approach and see the value of practicing patience and sensitivity. This is why they tend to be attracted to situations, things and places where seemingly not much is happening, but where something still grabs their attention.

The soundtrack, composed and recorded by Hans Christian, is inspired by the ambient music genre (cf. Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, etc.). Ambient music emphasizes tone and atmosphere over traditional structure or rhythm and "is intended to induce calm and a space to think" (from the liner notes of Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music For Airports.)

Cornelia Glitsch (b. 1976) has a bachelor from KHiB and has in recent years made a living from seasonal work as a cemetery gardener and spent her winters on independent studies. Artistically, she is concerned with slowness, among other things. Cornelia has chosen photography as her main form of artistic expression. It's an artform that has been with her for a long time and is what she works with the most on a regular basis. Other forms of expression she has worked with are performance, song, sound and site-specific works.

Hans Christian van Nijkerk (b. 1982) is a Norwegian / Dutch visual artist, performer and musician living in Bergen. He earned his bachelor in contemporary art in Tromsø. Hans Christian's primary artistic expression is performance, live as well as video-based. Furthermore, he works with music, sound, photography, text and installation. In his work Hans Christian explores - often using humor - themes such as the audience, communication technology, greed, desire, memories, transience and death. His latest partly autobiographical main project deals with competition and athletics. He has performed and exhibited at Silverlens Gallery (Singapore), NNKS (Svolvær), Small Projects (Tromsø), the Norwegian national poetry slam championship (Oslo) and Dansens Hus (Oslo).


July 16th, 2014
EXHIBITION TITLE
The title for the upcoming exhibition with Cornelia Glitsch at BLOKK has been decided:
"When the light began fading, I wandered home".
We are working hard these weeks to ensure this exhibition will be as good as it can be.

PRESENTATION IN OCTOBER
On behalf of Open Forum, I have been invited by curator and artist Amelia Beavis-Harrison to hold a presentation / performance at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo on monday October 6th. The programme  invites artists, scholars, curators, writers, practitioners from arts and sciences to share their thoughts and research with the student body and the local art community. It is located in Kunstnernes Hus which is at Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo and is from 19.00 to 20.00. The programme has traditionally been a series of talks/ presentations / interactions each Monday during the academy term time, and each year a new set of curators develop a new programme, this year it is the aforementioned Amelia Beavis-Harrison and  Alan Armstrong. 

Amelia writes the following:
Who is relying on what, and what for. When we attend an event we are an audience, a spectator and a number, we are there to absorb what is given to us by those who are controlling the situation. But are we the audience not the ones really controlling the situation. Are we not just as important as those who we perceive to have control. The collective ‘we’ are relied on by the ‘other’, waited for and needed to make ‘their’ situation a reality, without the ‘us’ there is no ‘them’. 

Bringing these terms to the present situation Open Forum, how can we in this case the organiser, the invited, the audience make these known constructs more fluid and interchangeable. How can the collective we become a body that shares the experience of the situation and has a more ambiguous authority on the situation. 

Open Forum would like to invite a series of guests to break down the structure of Open Forum which is at its core a platform for discussion, but over time has become reliant on well-known presentation formats. We invite each guest to take a one hour period of time and de-construct it, questioning the known and relied upon mechanisms that have been functioning within the Open Forum platform where seating, form, authority, environment, language, visuals, etc have become familiar tools. The content of the guest’s hour is not requested by the organiser but handed over as a question. 

June 26th, 2014
Concert:
ElektroStat gig details still unclear, but Termodress will perform live on the 3rd of October.
FB-event here.
Also, I updated the Slim Kerk photo section with some video stills from 2012.

Exhibition:
I will exhibit with Cornelia Glitsch at BLOKK in Bergen from August 1-3 2014 - opening on August 1st 20:00 p.m.
Here's a teaser image for the exhibition:
Cornelia Glitsch


May 18th, 2014
Upcoming solo exhibition at Galleri Blunk (Trondheim) the 26th-28th of September 2014!
In other news, I will be performing with Termodress, who has recently been booked for the electronic music festival ElektroStat in Oslo this October.
Updated the Slim Kerk section of the website.

April 27th, 2014
Coming up on tuesday 29th of april:
"Marilyn Monroe's Last 20 Minutes Before Committing Suicide" - Site-specific Performance with Kristine Nilsen Oma on Torgallmenningen in front of Sjømannsmonumentet and the Sørensen Tobacco store. Starts 20:25. The show is part of "Dans. Et sted 29.04. Mønstring av stedsspesifikk dans", a contemporary dance event taking place in multiple public spaces in Bergen that same day.
I will be playing the role of a smug and obsessed 50s journalist.
More about the show here.



March 2nd, 2014
An update on my current projects:

-Video: Updated the video section with my recent work Winners of Loss - nr. 4 (2013). You can see it here
Also check out the performance section here, updated with more recent works.

-Slim Kerk (music/performance): I will continue developing new material, with a planned EP release later this summer. Upcoming concerts will be posted here.

-Exhibition: I will collaborate with visual artist Cornelia Glitsch for an exhibition at BLOKK in Bergen. We're aiming for early august 2014. More info as this starts taking shape.

-Performance: I will once again team up with choreographer and performing artist Kristine Nilsen Oma (Recently known for her brave and excellent 2013 work "Far, Far Away" about growing up with a father with a drug addiction):
First on the 29th of april with a smaller role in her performance about Marilyn Monroe's last 20 minutes before committing suicide - then later this spring we will continue our collaboration on a previous project entitled "Never Give Up" about greed, desire and other (murkier) aspects of the human psyche.

Will soon post video documentation of a performance I did together with Tromsø-based visual artist Aslaug Juliussen that was part of the project "HomeMade".


January 19th. 2014
Happy 2014, everyone! My new year's resolution is to update this site more often, for starters.
A lot happening with the Slim Kerk project these days. Following the recent concert performance in Oslo at Akers Mek (KHiO)- with an overwhelming crowd enthusiasm. Thanks guys! - Slim Kerk will be playing with VJ Termodress (That's Christian Bøen - go to www.termodress for his visual art and music) at Kvarteret in Bergen on saturday the 25th of January at 01:30. (So that's technically the night from saturday to sunday)

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