Erica Ferrari – Has always been dystopia

The more productivity increases, the more misery increases – it is the dystopia of a world that would benefit from industrialization, that would provide social equality and free humanity from mechanical, non reflective work. But capitalism has accelerated the creation of more work, the continual overload, the consumerism and the annihilation of nature and people systematically. Workers remain subdued today, with other parameters from third sector activity and the replacement of formal work by a model of individual entre-preneurship.
Mud, oil, totalitarian regimes – “from the periphery emerges urgency” *: the basis needs to be changed.

* Enrique Dussel in ‘philosophy of liberation’

Opening: 28/11/2019 at 17:00
Open: 29/11 – 08/12/2019 13:00-18:00
Location: XPO, Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL Enschede

>From 29/11 until 05/12 the Brazilian artist-in-residence Erica Ferrari will attend the exhibition. Come meet Erica and talk about her art work and research.

See the Facebook eventfor more information.

Melle Foortjes & Judith Glimmerveen – Unravel

During the Photofestival 2019, AKI ArtEZ students exhibit at XPO in Roombeek. From new work and personal starting points, they enter a dialogue with the theme ‘Inner Circles’.

Period: 03/10 – 31/10/2019
Opening: 03/10/2019 at 17:00
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede, NL

In her work “Rhizoma”, Melle Foortjes explores the relationships between herself, her work, her processes and her environment. These elements come together in an overall-installation. Rhizoma is a representation of the philosophical concept “Rhizome” by Gilles Deleuze, which deals with how elements and their environments influence each other and therefore always change into new qualities that are open to new connections.

In her work “111 days in Jerusalem” Judith Glimmerveen reports on her experiences in Jerusalem, where she studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design during the past semester. She shows her perspective on the city, everyday life and what connects and separates people.

The Fine Art & Cross Media Design study programs work in a multidisciplinary manner, which influences the form of presentation. The medium of photography is at the basis of the work.

Gaolu Han – Stroll by Traveling

Period: 08/09 – 18/09/2019, Opening: 08/09/2019 at 15:00

Gaolu Han presents an intermediate between representationalism and expressionism. This status derives from experience in Chinese cultural background and exploration on Western artistic forms. The path of the works has characteristic pluralism with rational and critical thinking, and the feeling of painting with a sensitive trans experience combined with the identity of the artist.

Gaolu Han about his work:
Currently,traveling inspired me and this experience works as a trigger which drives me to be immersed in existence,change and relevance. Meanwhile, in the context between the splendid art of the Netherlands and contemporary art, I meditate that I can cross the cultural areas, including exchanging,talking and co-existing. What I mentioned above, I present like traveling along a stream, painting a line, brush stroke, gradation, temperament and ink …

Han is an artist from Dalian (China). This year Enschede and Dalian celebrate 10 years of collaboration between two sister cities. With this year’s artists’ exchange, ARE and the Dalian Zhongshan Art museum honor the warm cooperation of recent years in the cultural field. In tribute to the 10-year anniversary, Han also participates in the Two Sisters art project, initiated by Marc Boumeester of AKI ArtEz.

Daniel Maalman – 8TET1

Foundscape project: Soundshapes 8TET1
Opening: May 25 at 20:00

8 T E T 1 is a sound installation consisting of ceramic instruments that are played by electro-mechanical tap modules. This installation is part of the Foundscape project. The starting point of this project is an investigation into the sound properties of different materials, which runs parallel to the investigation of the sonic signature of locations, buildings and objects.

Open during the Maker Festival Twente on May 25 and 26 from 11:00 to 17:00.

During opening hours there is the possibility to make a sound composition yourself under the supervision of Edwin Dertien.

BY WEEKLY presents: Emmy Zwagers – Come together in a dream

Period: 15/02 – 24/02/2019
Opening: Sat 16/02 at 17:00
Open: Fri./ Sat./ Sun. 12:00-17:00

Starting from dreams and visions and an interest in science, Emmy constructs a physical and personal relationship with formal images. Through series making and repetitive activity in this mostly process based practice, she uses different sets of tools, materials and activity: hands, body, a broom, oil, spray paint, hair, paper and polymer. Ultimately, longing for a feeling of connectedness through her flats and objects, the works come together in a paintlike installation.

Emmy Zwagers (1989, Oosterhout) works as multidisciplinary artist currently based in Den Bosch. She studied at AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch and Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK. Her work has been showcased at exhibitions at a.o. CGP London, London and Dutch Design Week.

BY WEEKLY is a platform presenting and curating work by students and young artists – as a pop-up exhibition twice a month on various locations. This is the first time to co-host and exhibtion with XPO.

Period: 15/02 – 24/02/2019
Opening: Sat 16/02 at 17:00
Open: Fri./ Sat./ Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)

More information: Facebook event

ARE – Just Passing Through

Opening December 14, 2018: 16.00 – 19.00

We’re commemorating the occasion with two exhibitions and a book launch in December, Just Passing Through, Artist Residencies Enschede: A Ten-Year Retrospective.The book is a beautiful document of the more than 80 artists who have attended our artist-in-residence program facilitated by the city of Enschede. It also highlights our exchange project with Dalian, our sister city in China. We’ve captured their work and stories in our anniversary book and two exhibitions.

We invite you to join us for the book launch and exhibition, “Just Passing Through” on December 14, from 16:00-19:00 at XPO in Enschede. Afterward, we’ll continue the party at B93, where we’ll be exhibiting digital prints of works created by the visiting artists from A.R.E. during our monthly Carte Blanche at B93, Hogebothofstraat 166, Enschede.

Daniel Maalman – Foundscape (kickoff)

[EN] (Nederlands verder naar beneden)
kickoff: 03/11/2018 – 20:00

Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)

Since 2016 I have been working on sound-art installations under the name of Lost & Found Orchestra. Until now I have made five big site-specific installations under this name. In these installations I write temporary sound compositions for a specific location, building or a collection of objects, with the help of ‘found’ sounds that are hidden under the surfaces of physical materials.

Foundscape is the next stage of my Lost & Found Orchestra project. For this project I will be doing material research for three months at Sundaymorning@EKWC, from november to februari. My research is focused on the sonic properties of ceramics and the development of sound objects made of ceramics that can be used as instruments in installations. 

After, in march and april 2019 I will continue my research at Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM) a sound-art institute in Amsterdam, where the emphasis will be on researching and developing methods and techniques to sonify different materials and information. Together with Edwin Dertien I will research the different technical possibilities to make inaudible information on locations audible with the aid of the right sonic tools and custom-made electronics.

One of the goals of my research is to gain new tools and insights with which large site-specific and interactive sound-art installations and performances can be realized. Ceramic objects and electronics can be combined with the sounds of elements of the spaces in which these installations will be placed. Exhibiting and playing with these experimental setups and tools is the next stage of my research.

Because the Foundscape project has different stages, in which I will experiment extensively with materials and electronica, I am looking at different ways to finance the first two phases of my project. That’s why I started a crowdfunding campaign, through which supporters can own a piece of the project in return for their help. Saturday the 3rd of November in XPO will be the launch of the crowdfunding campaign at the opening of the Foundscape Research project, in which I will show some experiments with Edwin Dertien as an introduction to the project.


Sinds 2016 ben ik bezig met geluidskunstinstallaties onder de naam Lost & Found Orchestra. Onder deze naam heb ik tot nu toe vijf grote site-specific installaties gemaakt. In deze installaties houd ik me bezig met het schrijven van tijdelijke site-specific geluidscomposities, met behulp van ‘gevonden’ geluiden die verborgen liggen onder de oppervlaktes van fysieke materialen.

Foundscape is het volgende stadium van mijn Lost & Found Orchestra project. Voor dit project ga ik eerst drie maanden materiaalonderzoek doen bij Sundaymorning@EKWC, van november tot februari. Mijn onderzoek is gericht op de klankeigenschappen van keramiek en het ontwikkelen van keramische geluidsobjecten die gebruikt kunnen worden als instrumenten in installaties. 

Daarna, in maart en april 2019 gaat mijn onderzoek verder bij Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM), een geluidskunstinstituut in Amsterdam, waar de nadruk zal liggen op het onderzoeken en ontwikkelen van methodes en technieken om  verschillende materialen en informatie te sonificeren. Samen met Edwin Dertien zal ik de technische mogelijkheden onderzoeken om onhoorbare informatie op locaties hoorbaar te maken met behulp van de juiste sonische gereedschappen en op maat gemaakte elektronica.

Een van de doelen van mijn onderzoek is om nieuwe gereedschappen en inzichten te vergaren waarmee ruimtevullende site-specific en interactieve geluidskunstinstallaties en performances kunnen worden gerealiseerd. Keramische objecten en elektronica kunnen worden gecombineerd met de geluiden van elementen in de ruimtes waarin deze installaties komen te staan. Het exposeren en bespelen van deze experimentele opstellingen is het volgende stadium van mijn onderzoek.

Omdat het Foundscape project verschillende stadia heeft, waarin ik uitgebreid ga experimenteren met materialen en electronica, ben ik op zoek naar verschillende manieren om de eerste twee fases van mijn plan te financieren. Daarom ben ik een crowdfunding campagne begonnen, waarmee supporters een stukje van het project in hun bezit krijgen in ruil voor hun hulp. Zaterdag 3 november zal in XPO de crowdfunding campagne van start gaan bij de opening van de Foundscape Research expositie, waarin ik met Edwin Dertien enkele experimenten zal tonen als introductie van het project.