Avantgarde en de Achterban #2


For the second edition of Avant-Garde en de Achterban the Holls created a true cross-pollination with 150 kilos of confetti. Confetti/Control is about an innumerable amount of little particles and their relation to a whole, hence being “a part” and “taking part”. About making a mess and cleaning it up. About order, but mostly about chaos. For five hours.

During the five hour-long performance the members of The Holls Collective fulfilled different tasks according to a strict time schedule: sorting confetti by colour, keeping the confetti in the air, making shapes, keeping the confetti in the shade and doing what somebody else is doing but better. Every ten minutes there was a shift in tasks as well as in executors.  

Photography and video registration by Mabinte van de Belt and Luuk Smits.

video registration of Confetti/Controle


Avant-Garde en de Achterban was produced in collaboration with Liza Swaving and Marjolein van de Ven.

Avant-garde en de Achterban (“Avant-garde and the Grass Roots”) was a tripartite series of exhibitions. A combination of get-togethers where the audience got involved with the choices of The Holls Collective, choices which every starting art collective has to make. Every edition of Avant-Garde en de Achterban revolved around contradictions within the collective. The questions the Holls encountered in their search for identity, recognition and development were not only relevant for the collective’s members, but recognisable for everyone, whether a lone wolf or a companion animal. The exhibitions consisted of the assembly of objects, after-images of performative happenings in the art space of 37PK.
In advance of and during Avant-Garde en de Achterban the Holls initiated a collective visual blog or sketchbook at www.thehollscollective.tumblr.com.

37PK, Platform voor Kunsten
Groot Heiligland 37
2011 EP Haarlem


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