1986°, Koksijde / 1988°, Knokke
Post-graduate in Visual Arts (HISK)
The collective buren (Oshin Aelbrecht & Melissa Mabesoone) arose in 2012 and combines performances, video, installations, prints, objects and film. Their work navigates through themes such as the female, community, living, sexuality, pop music and neoliberal fantasies, using irony, humour and imagination as their tools.
For Tumult In Gent and as residency moment, they present visual footage, video and audio clips linked to the research of the theatre show ‘Blue Skies Forever’. Departing from an interest in how women are being portrayed in cinema, advertisement, magazines (and the often tragic reality behind the image), buren created to two characters: Dorothy & Officer. Associative links and references were at the base of this research, inspired by the characters of the video ‘Ever is Over All’ (Pipilotti Rist), Beyoncé’s music video ‘Hold Up’, Dorothy from the ‘Wizard of Oz’, Dorothy Stratten – a murdered playboy bunny – and Marge Gunderson from ‘Fargo’ (the movie), as well as Sonja Blade, a mortal combat fighter. In searching how to imagine, re-imagine, refigure and reconfigure these figures, they jump in and out of their clothes, again and again and again.
The residency presentation is held at De Krook on the first floor.
More about the artists.
Describe briefly the path (whether artistic or not) you have followed so far.
East Coast / West Coast – farm farm / shoe farm – studies in philosophy / painting / old printing techniques / advanced performance and scenography / post – graduate as a duo / all schools in Ghent you could possible go to after high school – buren by buren – Have you rearranged the flowers? – first solo as a duo in Tirol – fresh princesses of BijlmAIR – PARADE / PROMENADE – Spare Time – Blue Skies Forever
After exploring philosophy and different fields of artistic and performative art practices (such as collage, assemblage, painting, video, installation, …) we started working together creating a phantasmatic world where objects, bodies and places dialogue and intertwine. Our name derived from an essay by Martin Heidegger (building, dwelling, thinking) where ‘buren’ is a noun. We appropriated this verb to name our way of working and creating: forming a world in a world, derived from our direct experiences (as a woman, tourist, consumer, friend, …) of that world.
In doing so, we explore the space of the theatre and contemporary art spaces to give a stage to this world. Performances with names as Have you rearranged the flowers, PARADE/PROMENADE, Parkways… might give you a hint of the content. We’ve developed our work in residencies (les laboreales, Bijlmair) or at specific sites such as the Governor’s house in Ghent, our appartment in the Bijlmer (during BijlmAir) and a church in the harbour area of Antwerp (via The Pink House). We just finished a postgraduate (HISK) and already had residencies at Vooruit, WPZimmer, STUK, De Brakke Grond…
How would you describe your work in terms of themes, style, techniques, …?
A collage of daily science fictions, concrete poetry written by hand and on t-shirts, playing dress up in architectural landscapes, restructuring the house, femmes trouvées, object créé…
What would you consider your most important achievement (whether or not artistic) to date?
Working together for 5 years.
Who or what has been an inspiration to your work?
Cecilia Condit, Laurie Anderson, Clarice Lispector, Morgan Parker, Maggie Nelson, Melissa Gira Grant, the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Seberg, Heidegger, Dorothy Stratten, Fargo, Frances McDormand, The Nightporter, The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland, Ericka Beckman, Bruce Springsteen, Miranda July, Stuard Sherman.
Which (art) disciplines other than the ones you’re familiar with, draw your attention or would you like to immerse yourself into?
Martial arts, game design (without getting a headache), more dance, more music, fashion + design.
Describe what your focus will be during your residency in Gouvernement?
The development of ‘Blue Skies Forever’, our first black box performance and 5 year buren birthday party where we invite previous collaborators to make a song inspired by our book ‘Confusion of Tongues’.
Some information on ‘Blue Skies Forever’:
Departing from an interest in how women are being portrayed in cinema, advertisement, magazines (and the often tragic reality behind the image) we give voice to two characters: Dorothy & Officer. Associative links and references are at the base of this research. We find inspiration in the characters of the video Ever is Over All from Pipilotti Rist, Beyoncé’s music video Hold Up, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Stratten – a murdered playboy bunny – and Marge Gunderson from Fargo (the movie), as well as Sonja Blade, a mortal combat fighter. In searching how to imagine, re-imagine, refigure and reconfigure these figures, we jump in and out of their clothes, again and again and again.
In which circumstances or environment would you consider yourself at your most creative?
While going somewhere (by bike, car, train or foot), when working in towns we do not consider our own (and making them our own), early or very late night diary writing, dancing, talking to Charlotte, Benne, Jakob, boyfriends and other friends.
How does “INTERNEN” appeal to you specifically?
It’s great that Gouvernement chooses to support practices over finished products. They have a broad range of interests, so Gouvernement becomes an exciting nest, full of influences and vibrations, with a diverse audience. Each residency adds a different layer to our performance, we are very curious what will happen here.
What do you expect from a residency in terms of personal artistic development and in terms of guidance and support?
We already experienced how Nele and David try to think along from the inside. In Gouvernement we want to develop our scenes in which we use sound and voice further.
Which individuals (closeby/faraway, realistic/utopic, living/dead) would likely be seated next to you in your “gouvernement” or foundation?
Prince, Kim Gordon, Sue Tissue, and all the people we mentioned as our inspirators.