Friday, April 15, 2016

I SEE RED Interventions / Transitional Sculptures, March 2016

I SEE RED/ Interventions - Transitional Sculpture, Michiel Keuper, March 2016

In March I participated in an improvisational performance series I SEE RED/ Interventionstogether with Peter Pleyer, dancer/choreographer and Andrea Keiz, video artist. Over the course of one week we brought together our individual practices and ideas/projects that we were currently working on. 
Partly inspired by the artist Barbara Kasten, who's known for creating studio settings and subsequently photographing them, I proposed transitional balancing sculptures from different materials, small objects and props. During the performance I would start building and balancing from scratch. Hence the installations were not fixed and the outcome would be different each night. 

From the program:
Inspired by the history of interventions by artists and designers in the field of choreography and vice versa, dancer/choreographer Peter Pleyer and visual composer/designer Michiel Keuper use this series of performances to improvise new space and dance compositions based on their long-term collaboration. On Friday and Saturday they will be joined by video artist Andrea Keiz. With a focus on process, the audience is invited to witness the creation of a landscape of objects, costumes, dances, books, stories and images.

[all photos: Michiel Keuper]

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Sophiensaele Image Campaign / Art Work Poster, January 2016

Sophiensaele Image Campaign, spring 2016. Graphic Design: Jan Grygoriew

In January Peter Pleyer and I were commissioned to propose an image for Sophiensaele's Image Campain. Amongst our proposals, the photo with the mask made it onto the poster, and even on the cover of the program leporello. See the ones that didn't make it to the final round here.

Sophiensaele Image Campaign - Program February/ March/ April 2016. Graphic Design: Jan Grygoriew

Visible Undercurrent poster and the Sophiensaele Image Campaign side by side, street view, Berlin, April 2016 

Sophiensaele entrance gate, street view, April 2016

The original image. Photo / Art Direction: Keuper Pleyer, 2016

Thursday, March 03, 2016

I SEE RED/ Interventions / Invitation

I SEE RED/ Interventions - Invitation postcard. Photo/Art Direction: KeuperPleyer

I SEE RED/ Interventions. 
An improvisation event by PETER PLEYER and MICHIEL KEUPER with ANDREA KEIZ and other Guests
DOCK11 - Fri 11 / Sat 12 / Sun 13 at 19h.
Peter Pleyer will be ranting (hence I SEE RED) about the state of performing art in general and the Berlin status quo in particular with his mix of improvised movement, readings and monologues. Michiel Keuper will come up with visual interventions of the spacial and bodily kind. Andrea Keiz will contribute with video and moving images. Susanne Martin, Zen Jefferson and other guests will join on one or some of the evenings.
We'd love to see you on one or more of these nights!
Open structure. Each night a different line up. Come pass by. Watch. Engage. Hang out.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Work in progress/ Proposals Sophiensaele Poster, January 2016

Proposal Sophiensaele Poster, January 2016 - Photo/ Art Direction: Keuper Pleyer

Art work proposals for a poster commissioned by Sophiensaele Berlin. In collaboration with Peter Pleyer. A selection of images that didn't make it to the final round, but I find interesting nevertheless. We ended up using an image from this series for the invitation for our performance I SEE RED/ Interventions in March 2016.

Proposal Sophiensaele Poster, January 2016 - Photo/ Art Direction: Keuper Pleyer

Proposal Sophiensaele Poster, January 2016 -
Photo/ Art Direction: Keuper Pleyer

Proposal Sophiensaele Poster, January 2016 - Photo/ Art Direction: Keuper Pleyer

Proposal Sophiensaele Poster, January 2016 -
Photo/ Art Direction: Keuper Pleyer

Proposal Sophiensaele Poster, January 2016 -
Photo/ Art Direction: Keuper Pleyer

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Project HZT BA Students / Costumes, February 2016

Costumes for HZT/ UdK student piece, Biennale Tanzausbildung, Cologne, February 2016. Photo Paul Leclaire

In January and February I coached and worked on costumes for a group piece of BA students from HZT/ Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz of the University of Fine Arts/ UdK. The students created an improvisation piece for the Biennale Tanzausbildung in Cologne.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Zinzi Sheena Tove Larry / Portraits & Art Direction, November 2015

ZSTL - Photography/ Art Direction Michiel Keuper, 2015

In November I was comissioned by a collective of strong women; Zinzi Buchanan, Sheena McGrandles, Tove Sahlin and Laura Larry Arrington, to make portraits and do art direction for publicity material for their upcoming collaboration.

ZSTL - Photography/ Art Direction Michiel Keuper, 2015

ZSTL - Photography/ Art Direction Michiel Keuper, 2015

ZSTL - Photography/ Art Direction Michiel Keuper, 2015

ZSTL - Photography/ Art Direction Michiel Keuper, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Unfinishing / Costume & Set Design, September 2015

Michiel Keuper - Drum Kit Sculpture on optical illusion plinth for Unfinishing by Martin Nachbar, September 2016

In September I designed costumes and set for Unfinishing, a piece by Martin Nachbar in collaboration with drummer Steve Heather. It premiered in Sophiensaele (more info on the piece click here). The starting point for the costume was a contemporary form of shamanism. For the set I investigated in doubling and used the two pillars in the space as a center point. I replicated the drum kit Claes Oldenburg style in canvas. Also I made four optical illusion carpets/ plinths.

Dance: Martin Nachbar/ Drums: Steve Heather/ Dramaturgy: Jeroen Peeters/ Lights: Bruno Pocheron/ Costume, Set: Michiel Keuper/ Coaching: Zoe Knights/ Management: Susanne Beyer.

(All photos, video: Michiel Keuper)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Speculative History of Dutch Fashion Design @ HNI Rotterdam/ September 2015

A Speculative History of Dutch Fashion - Installation overview, September 2015.
Foto Johannes Schwartz/ HNI

One of the projects that kept me busy in August, was the re-creation of 13 toiles for the exhibition A Speculative History of Dutch Fashion in the Temporary Fashion Museum, just opened at Het Nieuwe Instituut/ HNI Rotterdam (to be seen till May next year).
These Simoulages, as I call them (since they are simulations of moulages; interpretations and not straight copies of originals), reflect on the design vocabulary from the so-called Arnhem School in the 1990s, now ArtEZ Fashion Design Arnhem.
A time when, especially at the fashion department of the Academy of Arts in Arnhem, the idea that fashion should present a new face every season is critically challenged. Designers start developing a reflective practice which investigates fashion itself and provide a commentary on the consumption of clothing and the fashion system. This translates into an extreme concentration on construction and a resistance to any form of decoration just for the sake of decoration.
From the catalog- "In the early nineties the School introduces a new legitimacy for the designer, namely through his cultural position. The autonomous designer moves away from the street towards the museum and, finally, the idea of 'fashion-as-communication' becomes subject of investigation."

 [photos below: Michiel Keuper]