The main aim of Foundation B.a.d is to provide space: permanent studios for
its members, projects spaces, temporary guest studios and residencies. Several
communal spaces are used by members and guests for artistic and social activities,
allowing for an exchange of ideas.
Foundation B.a.d consists of 11 members, graduated around 1990 from the Willem
de Kooning Academy of Fine Arts Rotterdam. Based on our individual activity as artists
we collaborate on projects related to our identity and aims as a group (and
on other site-specific situations).
In this collective practice we combine disciplines such as photography, graphic and interactive design, architecture and public art, hosting, organising and teaching. Hospitality and the exchange of ideas are central issues in these projects.
The collective projects provide the necessary energy for the maintenance of a studio complex (and vice versa) and question the artistic intentions on which the foundation is based. > for more info see www.foundationbad.nl
2018 B.a.d Lab: Test Results 1 and 2/
start of a series of curated exhibition in the " B.a.d Lab' - the first during the SouthExplorer weekend, with Jan Bokma en Hilde Onis
the second with Marco Douma, Niki van Strien, Raquel Vermunt
2017 SouthExplorer: 'B.a.d TOUR-ISM'
press text (written by me): “Hello everyone. My name is XY and I am your guide today.” In this edition of
South Explorer, (guest) artists and residents of B.a.d are your guides, providing their insights into
our building and garden. Personal narratives, individual perspectives and the building’s subjective
and socially significant places will turn each B.a.d Tour into a unique experience. Be our guest and
explore new terrains!
With Karin Arink, Kamiel Verschuren, Marijke Appelman, Lisa Kuglitsch, Helmut Smits, Frank Bruggeman, e.v.a
2015-2016 various events thanks to Mondriaanfonds Bijdrage Kunstenaarsinitiatieven 2015: a.o. Doing Sounding Exchanging Thinking: The Auditory Experience of the Social/, symposium curated by thickear, London.
And a series of 'B.a.d Nights' to see each others' artistic/studio practices, which we continue to do until this day, here we are in my studio:
These encounters led to the exhibition '3D Zine' (June 2016) where each of us contributed a 'page' to a three-dimensional 'zine' during Charlois Speciaal 2016.
2013 'B.a.d To The Future Now!' event to celebrate the legalisation and renovation of the building in Charlois and the start of a new B.a.d - opening with lecture series, party with artists' contributions, exhibition 'Site Specific Squat' by B.a.d guest Heena Kim with a.o. my works in situ
2001- 2012 'B.a.d To The Future!' legalising and renovating the former school that is now the B.a.d building for the upcoming 25 years, with help of our Advisory Board (who helped finding the legal owner and helped out lobby to maintain B.a.d as a space for artists)
2001- 'SWAFB003' developing the inner garden next to the B.a.d building
in collaboration with the neighbours
2001 'Oasism II', a proposal for Huis ten Bosch’, project
by the B.a.d Foundation [research of "oasism" as counterpart of nomadism,
B.a.d and neighbours as location] : 2nd in the exhibition series 'My Home is
Yours, Your Home is Mine', Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
curators: Hou Janru, Jerome Sans, Mami Kataoka
leaflet text written by me
2000 'Oasism I', project by the B.a.d Foundation
[research of oasism as counterpart of nomadism, presentation of 10 years of receiving of guests and social exchange in B.a.d ] : 1st in the exhibition series 'My Home is Yours, Your Home is Mine', Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea, curators: Hou Janru, Jerome Sans, Ahn Soyeon
2000 'Democracy!'', the project ‘Being There’;
by the B.a.d Foundation, in the Royal College of Art Galleries, London, UK :
7 gifts voor the communal spaces of 7 artists’ groups in London
1999 ‘Bad Weather’;, openingsevent by B.a.d Enterprises, for
September in Rotterdam and TENT., Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam, NL: opening
of a space by ‘blocking’ the entrance by pouring water, creating an
umbrella representing all cultural institutes of Rotterdam, opening the space
to the street by a board walk, thus also creating a hanging out area
me doing PR work during the event 'Bad Weather'
1996 'My House : Your Home', large project for Manifesta 1. Rotterdam (1996),
where Foundation B.a.d (connected via me and Kamiel Verschuren) was one of the many activities of
Rotterdam-based artist group NEsTWORK (initiated by Jeanne van Heeswijk). In Foundation B.a.d,
each member of B.a.d hosted 1 of the artists participating in Manifesta 1. giving up our studios
for the duration of the installing (and the summer after). Hosting as a form of encounter, literally
creating space for other artists, we gave up our studios and served breakfast and cleaned toilets and showers
for artists like Joseph Grigely, Jason Coburn, ...
The 'houses' or dwellings we made represented our
ideas of the artist studio and of hospitality, and took imaginative forms: some of which were showcased in articles like this one in Elle Wonen.
1995 ‘Binnenruimten’, by the B.a.d Foundation, in a series
of exhibitions of artists’ groups.The studio being the ‘common ground’
for B.a.d, we did a video editing course and made individual videos - and then made an installation in which each member showed a video presenting his/her views on ‘the studio’.
I made the text-based video 'Handelingen I, II, III', and co-installed one of the installations (there were 7 different ones by different members of B.a.d)