My Own Private Idaho 1
Performance / music / expo

Thu 04.10 → 19:00-…


My Own Private Idaho 1


Curator, visual artist, musician and producer Laurens Mariën feels quite at home at Gouvernement, having co-curated Night Shift: from dusk ‘till dawn in Brussels and last year’s HOOGTIJ/laagtij.

Mariën will curate 4 evenings dispersed in the following cultural season. For the first edition of ‘My Own Private Idaho’, Mariën brings together an assembly of performances, music, video and film screenings related to themes such as narcissism, vanity, sexuality, instagram and identity.


Participating artists


After a successful première during De Parade in Amsterdam, renowned enfant terrible and self-proclaimed countertenor Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe shows his brand new performance ‘My Protest’, in collaboration with Alien Observer (Mariën’s musical alias). Inspired by 60’s protest songs, Meirhaeghe observes our social media behaviour and reflects on life in virtuality.

As support Dutch-based multidisciplinary artist Daan Couzijn treats us to his solo project Cousin, in which he combines electronic music with 3D animated visuals. Couzijn also showcases 2 video’s and an installation during the evening.

Flor Maesen, who’s currently finishing his MA Photography at KASK Ghent, presents visual footage in a video.

Up-and-coming Lara Verheijden displays her critically-acclaimed film ‘Jamaica, one year ago’, an experimental film flirting with the boundaries of art, exoticism and love tourism. Verheijden also presents a performative installation, in collaboration with Mark Stadman.