2019-2010: IMAGES, DESCRIPTIVE TEXTS AND SCORES (plus selection > 1980)

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

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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

2014-2017-THE-PACK-OF-TING-1
Above: few selected drafts and studies


Forthcoming:

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:

2018


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…


9-22 July
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

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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

PB contribution:
[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!

BLAUVERSCHIEBUNG NO10
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

 

Last stations: PB stands upright in floor texted capital [HOFFNUN]G.
Slowly steps up to PROGRESS PROGRESS and kisses him on the mouth.
The dark figure buckles out of skis and leaves the space.       PB descends again and produces the sound of a choking throat. People present are requested to leave…

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ON FRIENDSHIP [Collateral Damage] II – Guardians of the Door.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2017

Participation with several performances in a project by Joseph Semah. Stedelijk Museum (October) and The New Church [June – during the exhibition Journey In Time/500 years Maarten Luther]. Other partners: Jewish Historical Museum, Goethe Institute. Photography: Ilya Rabinovich, Linda Bouws.
During this long-term project On Friendship / (Collateral Damage) in which Joseph Semah collaborates with Metropool
International Art Projects / Studio Meritis MaKOM, the main question is how western art and culture are presented and
why. In Part I (2015) Semah searches for the specific Jewish implications in Kazimir Malevich’s (The Black Square) and
Barnett Newman’s work, and also critically researches the claim by a growing group of people that refer to the Jewish-Christian origin of European culture. Through his lawyer Bob Vink, Semah made contact with Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and asked her to account for the ‘empty page’ in art history on behalf of the art world.  Her answer was publicly called out [by PB] during the Stedelijk Museum performances.
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 20, 21 and 22 October
Images: Ilya Rabinovich, Linda Bouws

PB reading open letter to Beatrix Ruf, director Stedelijk Museum, by lawyer Bob Vink
and her reply. Other reflections read aloud on Malevich, Newman, Duchamp and Mondriaan