Bärbel Praun – The Plastic Laboratory

[EN] From the 14th of December XPO shows the exhibition ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ by ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede) guest Bärbel Praun.

Opening: 14/12/2017 at 17:00
Period: 14/12 – 17/12/2017
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00 – 17:00

At Sunday 17/12/2017 Bärbel Praun will be in the space to talk about her exhibition in a little tour. There will be two starting moments to join in at the tours, at 13:00 and at 15:00.

The Plastic Laboratory

Obsessed with plastic, waste and consumerism, Bärbel Praun presents in ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ various ‘exercises’ and ‘field researches’ of hers dealing with these topics. How do we respond to overwhelming facts of climate change and global warming? How would one be able to really understand these numbers we daily read in the newspapers, how to react? Is
there any solution to all of this?

The English philosopher Timothy Morton whose work explores the intersection of ecological studies gives this issue a name: hyperobjects. This term has been put forward to explain objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization like such gigantic entities such as climate change that the risk of abstraction, distance and denial is extremely high.

Confronting herself with both the feelings of awkwardness and numbness and the urge to react and act throughout the work process resulted in various ‘exercises’. In translating this encircling noise allowed her to give the unspeakable, the invisible and the vast matter a space, form and voice.
Within installation, photography and video performance she creates a space for exploration – a world between frustration and fascination.

[NL] Vanaf 14 december toont XPO de tentoonstelling ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ van ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede) gast Bärbel Praun.

Opening: 14/12/2017 om 17:00 uur
Periode: 14/12 – 17/12/2017
Open: vr / za / zo 12:00 – 17:00 uur

Op zondag 17/12/2017 is Bärbel Praun in de ruimte om tijdens een kleine rondleiding over haar tentoonstelling te vertellen. Er zijn twee startmomenten om deel te nemen aan de rondleidingen, om 13.00 uur en om 15.00 uur.

The Plastic Laboratory
(Het plastic laboratorium)

Geobsedeerd door plastic, afval en consumentisme presenteert Bärbel Praun in ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ verschillende ‘oefeningen’ en ‘veldonderzoeken’ van haar die deze onderwerpen behandelen. Hoe reageren we op overweldigende feiten over klimaatverandering en het broeikaseffect? Hoe zou men deze aantallen echt kunnen begrijpen die we dagelijks in de kranten lezen, hoe te reageren? Is er een oplossing voor dit alles?

De Engelse filosoof Timothy Morton, wiens werk de overlapping van ecologische studies verkent, geeft deze kwestie een naam: hyperobjects. Deze term is aangevoerd om objecten te verklaren die zo massaal zijn verdeeld in tijd en ruimte dat ze de lokalisatie overstijgen, zoals dergelijke gigantische entiteiten als klimaatverandering, dat het risico van abstractie, afstand en ontkenning extreem groot is.

De confrontatie met zowel de gevoelens van onhandigheid en gevoelloosheid als de drang om te reageren en te handelen gedurende het hele werkproces resulteerde in verschillende ‘oefeningen’. Door het vertalen van dit omringende geluid kon ze het onuitsprekelijke, het onzichtbare en de grote materie een ruimte, vorm en stem geven.
Binnen installatie, fotografie en videoprestaties creëert ze een ruimte voor verkenning – een wereld tussen frustratie en fascinatie.


(postponed) Miriam Hamann – A hill is smaller than a mountain

We are sorry to announce that due to personal circumstances we have to cancel the exhibition ‘A hill is smaller than a mountain’ by Miriam Hamann (7/12 – 10/12/17) at XPO. We hope there will be an opportunity to show the exhibition of Miriam next year.

The next exhibition at XPO will be ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ by ARE guest Bärbel Praun (14/12 – 17/12/2017). More information will follow soon.

With kind regards,
ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede)

AKI – L.A.F.A. Exchange 2017

Thuy Huynh – Mijke Goth – Jelle van Assem

[EN] Opening: 16/11/2017 at 17:00 – 20:00
Period: 16/11 – 26/11/2017
Open: Fr./Sat./Sun. 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Visit for more information the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede invites you to the opening of the exhibition of AKI students Thuy Huynh, Mijke Goth and Jelle van Assem.

Presenting: A selection of photos and paintings made during the stay of Thuy, Mijke and Jelle in Shenyang, China. This year these three students went to the art academy of Shenyang for an exchange of three months. The exhibition at XPO shows their experiences and in what way the visit to China contributed to their artwork. The Exchange was a coöperation between AKI-ArtEZ, the city of Enschede and Dalian, sistercity of Enschede.

Thuy Huynh
Mijke Goth
Jelle van Assem


[NL] Opening: 16/11/2017 om 17:00 – 20:00
Periode: 16/11 – 26/11/2017
Open: vr./za./zo. 12:00 – 17:00
Locatie: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Bezoek voor meer informatie the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede nodigt u uit voor de opening van de tentoonstelling van AKI-studenten Thuy Huynh, Mijke Goth en Jelle van Assem.

Presenteren: Een selectie van foto’s en schilderijen gemaakt tijdens het verblijf van Thuy, Mijke en Jelle in Shenyang, China. Dit jaar gingen deze drie studenten naar de kunstacademie van Shenyang voor een uitwisseling van drie maanden. De tentoonstelling bij XPO toont hun ervaringen en op welke manier het bezoek aan China heeft bijgedragen aan hun werk. De exchange was een samenwerking tussen AKI-ArtEZ, de gemeente Enschede en Dalian, zusterstad van Enschede.

Thuy Huynh
Mijke Goth
Jelle van Assem


Alice Pedroletti – CONSISTENCY

[EN] Opening: 14/09/2017 at 17:00 – 20:00
Period: 14/09 – 24/09/2017
Open: Fr./Sat./Sun. 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Visit for more information the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede invites you to the opening of the exhibition of ARE guest Alice Pedroletti. Italian artist Alice Pedroletti concludes her residency at Enschede with an exhibition at XPO. She has been living and working at one of the studios of ARE at art initiative B93 this summer.

“A book is also an object. Made of paper, cardboard, ink, images, and words.
Words are made by letters and each of them has a shape that recalls many different and possible things.
So I could say that a book is made of objects.”


Zhang Bin & Ye Hongtu – “Do Nothing”

“Do Nothing” – Art Education Group (Zhang Bin & Ye Hongtu)
Exhibition by Dalian (China) artists Zhang Bin and Ye Hongtu)
Opening: Thursday, 17th of August 2017 at 5 p.m. by ARE director Petra Groen.
Period: 17th – 27th of August 2017
Open: Friday-Sunday 12:00-17:00
Location: Project-space XPO, Stroinksbleekweg 2 te Enschede, the Netherlands.

The Art Education Group’s art project wares the title “Do Nothing”. The project focusses around a banner, which is a protest against the omission of public affairs in the current Chinese society. The banner represents mordacity. The art education team brought the banner to Europe to make a statement and to worldwide satirize and criticize the contemporary society, politics and contemporary art for their dereliction of duties.

This exhibition is a result from the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede). Zhang Bin & Ye Hongtu have been invited by Cheng Liang, curator of Dalian Zhongshan Art museum, to participate in the exchange program between Dalian and Enschede. They have been living and working at the ARE studio at art initiative B93 for several weeks and conclude this period with an exhibition.

Benedikt Wöppel – DARK MEDIA

Opening/ performance: 14/06/2017 17:00
Period: 15/06 – 18/06 and 22/06 – 25/06, from 12:00 to 17:00.
Location: XPO, Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede, Netherlands

Another populist, bank crisis, referendum, terror attack, refugee, free trade agreement or plan to build a wall. Every day, we receive images, symbols and messages about figures, events and ideas from the media. Together they create our reality and perception on the world around us. The overwhelming amount of information makes it difficult to read and understand the global situation. The overall picture remains abstract and dark. One asks oneself: How is everything related? Where does this all lead to? Can we get out of here? When will a social change start?

Graphic designer, artist and magician Benedikt Wöppel presents his self-designed card game ‘Black Media’. Similar to Tarot, it is a mirror of internal and external processes and a messenger between conscious and subconscious levels. However, its figures, events, and ideas are based on the vocabulary of today’s media. Benedikt Wöppel invites you to a new kind of card reading, to shed light on the blackness of the media universe.

More information:
Facebook event

DrawBot at MakerFestival Twente

This year, the MakerFestival will be organised in ‘het Roombeek’ in Enschede, XPO’s homeground! For the festival a drawing machine is being designed (currently) in XPO and will be on display during the festival from May 20 to May 21st. XPO will be used as project space, construction- and control room. The project is conceived, designed and constructed by Janwillem te Voortwis and Edwin Dertien for PlanetArt. The tower has been designed (on three sides) by ViaOral, the fourth side is used for our DaVinci (mona lisa) drawing machine…

CMGT Students – eXPOsure

Creative talents show their work

CMGT (Creative Media & Game Technologies) students at Saxion show their independent work in graphic design, illustration, drawing, painting and photography.

This exhibition shows works of Jennifer van den Brand, Kristin Dimitrova, Nique Huiberts, Stefaniya Kolarova, Andrei Lumpan, Yenchi Nguyen, Danny Seraphim and Jeffrey Kortekaas.

Opening: Thursday March 2nd, 17:00 uur

Opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 13:00 – 17:00, 3,4,5 and 10,11,12 March

Paul Klotz and Edwin Dertien – SQUAREWAVE

Presentation: February 16th, 2017, 17:00

SquareWave breaks sunlight into a dazzling pattern of colours, constantly changing, constantly moving. It is conceived, designed and constructed by Paul Klotz and Edwin Dertien

SquareWave consist of 81 small square rotors that break light using refractive foil. The rotors are suspended from a frame consisting of four concentric squares which move like a gimbal. Tiny motors move this frame periodically so the rotors perform a chaotic, rocking motion.

SquareWave has been commissioned by the Math faculty of University of Twente in 2013. Due to an infortunate re-location of the group, the work temporarily became orphaned..

In January 2017 it was decided to re-construct and finish the work anyway – so it can be shown to the word and perhaps find a new place to brighten up.

The work can be seen (from the outside) until March 1st. February 16th a public demonstration will be given at 17:00

foto door Paul Clason

Presentatie: 16 februari 2017, 17:00

SquareWave (blokgolf) breekt zonlicht in schitterende kleurpatronen, steeds verandered, steeds bewegend. Het werk is bedacht, ontworpen en gebouwd door Paul Klotz en Edwin Dertien.

SquareWave bestaat uit 81 kleine rotors die licht breken zoals een prisma. De rotors zijn opgehangen aan een bewegend frame bestaande uit vier concentrische vierkanten die als een gimbal bewegen. Kleine motortjes bewegen het frame van tijd tot tijd zodat de rotors een chaotische deinende beweging maken.

SquareWave was gemaakt in opdracht van de groep Toegepaste Wiskunde aan de Universiteit Twente in 2013. Door een verhuizing had het werk rondom de geplande oplevering ineens geen plaats meer.

In Januari 2017 werd besloten het werk alsnog op te bouwen en af te maken zodat het getoond kan worden en misschien op een andere locatie geplaatst kan gaan worden.

Het werk wordt getoond bij XPO en is zichtbaar van buiten (vooral rond 13:00-14:00  bij direct zonlicht is het spectaculair). 16 februari is een publieke opening/presentatie gepland vanaf 17:00

picture by Paul Clason

Anna Raczynska – SUMMER CAMP

Opening: 15/12/2016 at 17:00 – 19:00
Open: 15-16-17-18 and 21-22-23 december 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Visit for more information the Facebook event

ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede) invites you to the opening of the exhibition of the last ARE guest of 2016 – Anna Raczynska.

“The train leaves at 5.30 in the morning. I’m standing here with my mom and a group of other children holding their parents hands. “I put your sandwiches in the left side pocket”- she said. I’m hoping there is one with ham and pickle. I like pickles. Finally the train is here, the teacher jump first, then let the children in and slowly counting them.. 1, 2, 3…39, 40. “OK, we have everybody, say goodbye to your parents”. As we do I check my sandwiches. None has pickles. I guess It’s not a perfect start of summer camp.”

Anna Raczynska (b.1990, Poland) graduated in 2015 with a master degree on Academy of Fine Art and Design in Wroclaw – Sculpture department. Her work can be taken as a recurring attempt to access a world less crude than our current. Carefully crafted sculptures and installations are all drawing from the visual reality of daily life but yet ignoring most rules of naturalistic resemblance by drastically altering size, material or context in an often abstractive manner. Her viewers are left in the void between empathy and mockery, in confronting situations that appeal to everyone’s very own humane core – would you laugh if I dropped my ice cream?