5. April 2014

RAVY festival 2014
























I will participate in this years RAVY festival in Yaoundé/ Cameroon with several actions:

- Exhibition of the two channel installation Performers & Performing Grounds at Goethe Institute Yaoundé
- Extending my series Performers by taking more portraits during the festival
- Tracks of Traces IV - Performance with Irene Pascual at FIAA

Thanks for the invitation and the support of Martin Baarsch, Serge Olivier Fokoua and the Goethe Institute Yaoundé!

LES PALLETTES DU KAMERin partnership with the Crane Lab, is pleased to announce the 4th edition of the RAVY festival (Yaoundé Visual Arts Encounters) from 07 to 13 April 2014 in Yaoundé,Cameroon.  On programmultiform exhibitions, performances, symposium, workshop...This edition will host about 35 artists and curators from 12 countries.

African contemporary art knows a particular boom currently. There has been in recent years a great interest on art works from the continent. The RAVY festival wants to pursue his vision of expression forum for artists from here and abroad, still more surprisingly, most relevant; incontestable values ​​of the contemporary creation.  
Today the festival focuses more on what is called "site specific art" including performance art. The festival will further provide more space to artists whose approach breaks down social barriers, aesthetic, philosophical or religious.
In our 2014 program, we want to bring artists to go beyond their discourse, keeping indeed the style and the expression that identifies them. They will have to adapt themselves to the local context and work in synergy with the audience.
The fourth edition of RAVY will focus on the promotion if some emerging and innovating visual artists that exist in Cameroon today. This edition will help many of them to be in direct contact with more experienced artists. It is a kind of bridge we put in place for a better affirmation of poorly known talents. This edition will allow different national and international artists to meet and share their experiences, setting new standards for contemporary art writing, but also contributing to let Yaoundé become a hub of visual arts in Africa.

Artistic director
Serge Olivier Fokoua

Festival curators
Landry Mbassi (Cameroon)           
Jean Voguet (France)
Martin Baasch (Germany)                  
Jude Anogwih (Nigeria)
Guest curator
Storm Janse Van Rensburg (Germany)                   

Guest artists:
Cameroon: Dieudonné Fokou/sculpture - Christian Etongo/ performance - Hervé Youmbi/ mixed media - Hervé Yamguen/ mixed media - Eric Iloga/ painting - Rostand Pokam/painting - Dieudonné Bayokolak/ painting - Landry - Nguesta/ performance - Eric Delphin Kwegoue/ performance - Sentury Yob/ photography - Junior Esseba/ performance - Yvon Ngassam/ photography - Max Mbakop/ vidéo installation - Ruth Belinga/ video installation - Jean Michel Dissake/ installation - Ginette Daleu/ painting - Serge Kengne/ painting
Nigeria: Odun Orimolade/ painting - Chriss Aghana Nwobu/ photography - Adeola Olagunju/ photography - Ndidi Dike/ Mixed media
France: Jean Voguet/ installation - Bernard François/ Photography - Sterenn Marchand Plantec /dessin numérique
Congo DR: Tresor Malaya/ performance - Julie Djikei/ performance
The Netherlands: Ieke Trinks/ performance
Japan: Keiko Kamma/ installation
Germany: Johnny Amore/ photography, performance & Irene Pascual/ performance
Spain: Valentin Torrens/ performance
Indonesia / UK: Grace Siregar/ sculpture
Belgium: Arlette Vandernecken/ painting
Zimbabwe: Zanele Anne Mutema/ sculpture
RCA: Ernest Weangai/ painting

The festival will be followed by an artistic intervention in the fishermen communities of Limbé, Tiko and Edinao (Cameroon south west) under the name : Bakassi peninsul’art.

24. März 2014

Last stop: High UnderTai

The final station after almost 2 months of work on the installation project 'High UnderTai', during our artist-in-residency at the Howl Space in Tainan.
















February 22, 2014, Tang De-chang Memorial Park, Tainan: The materials of this installation includes a pieces of Sun Yat-sen’s statue (after destroyed) from memorial park, and an abundant portrait of Sun Yat-sen from Taitung.



Slideshow-box showing photography made in Taiwan and the different stages of the installation during the past weeks













Found shapes of Taiwan


ERASE! Interactiv possibility for the audience to erase Taiwan











































The Calligraphic Machine / 書法機器


















Inspired by the possibility that the temples in Tainan offer to ask direct questions or wishes to god, as well as with the tradition of Planchette-writing or spirit-writing, in which automatic writings serve to bridge communication between men and spirits, we created our calligraphic machine. 
The Machine uses a “Made in Taiwan” special device normally used in market places, hanging above sweets or fresh food products to get rid of the flies. 

How to use the Calligraphic Machine:

1- Prepare a white blank sheet of calligraphic paper
2- Suck the brush in black ink
3- The visitor asks for a wish or a question
4- The visitor presses the button to activate the calligraphic machine while being concentrate in the question
5- The answer will be created in the form of an abstract drawing
6- The visitor can take the drawing home and interpret it in calm

源自於台南寺廟中,求神問卜,以及傳統的扶乩書寫或精神書寫,其中,這樣的自動書寫,提供了人與神明之間的溝通橋樑,而我們則創造了我們自己的書法機器。

這個機器使用的是,在傳統市場等地方被普遍使用的,由「台灣製造」的特殊機器,它通常被用來驅趕蒼蠅,懸掛在甜食或新鮮食品上方。 

如何使用書法機器:

1 – 準備一張空白的書法紙。
2 – 讓筆刷吸滿墨水。
3 – 觀眾必須對著機器提出一個願望或問題。
4 – 請觀眾按下開關以啟動書法機器,同時專注於你所提出的問題。
5 – 答案將會出現在抽象的圖畫之中。
6 – 觀者可以將這張畫帶回家,並且沉靜地解讀畫中的意思。

23. März 2014

Public Presentation

Finally we stopped working on the installation in progress and celebrated the end with a public presentation and a rice house with car, kitchen, AC and other luxuories. Of course the car was parked inside the house, Taiwanese style . To show our support for the current developement in Taiwan, we created small actions together with the audience.
Thank you Taiwan- you will always have a place in our hearts!





























The dessert for the public presentation is a “little house” made by “pop-rice (Puffed rice)” and biscuits. In Taiwanese funeral, family member will burn a kind of paper-made house for the death. It’s for sending the physical material into supernatural layer. Rather than this traditional practice, In this public presentation, audiences ate this “little house”.

20. März 2014

反黑箱服貿

























In the meantime students stormed into their parlament in Taipei and occupying it since then (link). It is against a commercial agreement with China which allows chinese citizens to have more influence through business in Taiwan. Today we joined with some taiwanese friends the protest in Tainan.

Meeting the king


An afternoon painting session of Irene and Tainan king and great artist Lin, Shu-Kai/ 林書楷on one of the outsiders walls of Howl Space.

19. März 2014

No Limitations














Images of the night of final presentations with 13 performances at Cheng Kung University Theatre! These wonderful people did great works after our 4 days performance workshop! How they opened their minds, stepped over their boundries and contributed their ernormous concentration and nice energy into a group of 16 students was for all of us an unforgetable experience and will stay in our hearts.
Coming from very different backgrounds like Architecture, Ingeneering, Biology, Psycology, Taiwanese & Chinese Literature, Foreign Laguages, Medical Science,...for almost all of them it was the first experience in Performance and for most even the first in arts!
This is a nice example what art is capable to create! Thank you very much for this lession!

18. März 2014

Final presentations














Today there are the final presentations of our Performance Workshop at Tainan Cheng Kung University Theatre. Welcome to join!

16. März 2014

Garbage Car vs Gas Car



Almost a flashback to hear the garbage cars in Tainan. It reminded me strongly of my experience in Amman: the Gas Car Project!


14. März 2014

Participate in progress


Since two days people are welcome to visit us in our installation in progress.