Peter Baren (The Netherlands) is an artist who has been working internationally since the mid 80’s. His works have a collaborative streak and often revolve around the notion of ritual and the way it functions in various socio-cultural contexts. It is conveyed in his art through the concept of ‘otherness’ and involvement of ancient cultures.
The recent performance series called BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND, as a multi-sensory work, searches for a common ground between sensual bewilderment and political commentary, challenging the constructed nature of our ideas on progress and memory, derived from our social and cultural circumstances [Lance Blomgren]
Recent invitations arrived for 2018 and 2019 from Great Britain, Slovakia, China, Germany, Mexico, US, Chile
THE PACK OF TING
(Blind Dates With The History Of Mankind / ONLY FOOLS DIE)
89>97>01>13>20>27> [work in process // UNDER CONSTRUCTION]
Ongoing performance project featuring chosen objects interwoven with both short and durational actions
Above: few selected drafts and studies
5. UTOPIA. International Performance Meeting. Mexico City, Mexico / PERFORMANCEAR O MORIR. Norogachi and Chihuahua, Mexico / CONNECTION> EUROPE 3. PERFOLINK. Santiago, Chile [produced by PERFOLINK] / la-bas. Experimental live art. Helsinki, Finland / BLAUVERSCHIEBUNG NO11. Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany [co-operation with Galerie KUB] / 7th UP-ON. International Live Art Festival. Chengdu, China
Realised performances and other presentations:
ART ACTION 1998 – 2018 is organized by LE LIEU, Quebec [Canada]
RiAP/ Rencontre Internationale d’Art Performance.
September- December: Exhibitions, conferences, publication ART ACTION 1998-2018.
Continents presented are: Canada, Americas and Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Ieke Trinks produced a text and lecture on PERFORMANCE ART AND ART[ISTS]INITIATIVES IN THE NETHERLANDS. 11 November period: EUROPE. During this period, a survey of documentation, videos, artifacts etc. will be installed in Le Lieu. PB performance book, 2007 / 2017 video and photo material are on display. [The new publication is a follow-up of ART ACTION 1958-1998 – to be released in 2019]
TAC#30. Transart Communication festival. Celebrational edition. Nové Zámky, Slovakia. Different locations across the city. Date: 6 – 9 September
TAC#30. 1988-2018. The exhibition. Ernest Zmetak gallery. Nové Zámky, Slovakia. Including selected photos and videos in documentary exhibition: PROGRESS PROGRESS [1997 Budapest, below] and BEGGARS BANQUET / DISCOVER HEAVEN [2002 Nové Zámky]
BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND [The Weight Of Love]
Performance: Peter Baren, Mads Floor Andersen, Sebastian Bechinger, Rokko Juhasz, Sara Lanner Whistling MISA LUPA [Lone Wolf] and alternate between whistling that melody and increasingly louder and louder: AJ JA TA MILUJEM! [I Love You Too!] Duration: 22 minutes Date: 9 September Location: Csemadok [Hungarian Cultural Center] Images: Ondrej Berta, Lehel Toth
Making eye contact and smile towards every person present Taken shoes off
Lip balsam by Cellcosmet Lots of perfume by Azzaro: Wanted By Night Stones from the region People’s participation with fifth stone Whistling MISA LUPA [Lone Wolf] and alternate between whistling that melody and increasingly louder and louder: AJ JA TA MILUJEM! [I Love You Too!] Leaving the despair behind…
TEMPTING FAILURE#18. Biennial of International Performance Art and Noise. Different locations around Croydon, London, UK
Performed by: Peter BAREN, Anna BOGOS, Lisa BOUCON, Gemma JONES, Rob HESP Date: 21 July Location: Braithwaite Hall Images: Julia Bauer https://www.temptingfailure.com/events
TheParallelShow [#1-10] Rotterdam, NL 2018
Book presentation and spoken-word performance
Date: 22 april
Performance: Frans van Lent, Peter Baren, Ieke Kastelein, Ieke Trinks
Location: Kunsthal – auditorium
Images: Theun Okkerse
TheParallelShow is a series of impromptu performances of occasional collaborations of performance practioners
TheParallelShow takes place unexpectedly at and around public exhibitions at art venues
TheParallelShow is never announced, no invitations are sent
TheParallelShow leaves no traces
Project and book are initiated and compiled by Frans van Lent within the framework of Unnoticed Art – TheParallelShow.com
[Different speakers calling out:]
ARE WE BLIND PEOPLE?!
KEEP YOUR VACUUMS CLEAN!
PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER! PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER!
PEACE WILL COME TO ME!
Leipzig, Germany 2017
10 jahren internationales performance kunst festival Leipzig
Galerie KUB / Museum der bildenden Künste
BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND [HOFFNUNG EXIL UND TOT]
Date: 2 December
Performance: Christopher Utpadel, Peter Baren
Location: Galerie KUB
Images: Christian Liefke