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Symposium: Artistic Research in Daily Life
Saturday 20 October 2012
14.00 – 19.00
Kunsthuis SYB
Hoofdstraat 70
9244 CP, Beetsterzwaag

Symposium on artistic research organised by the alumni (2012) of the Artistic research program at the University of Amsterdam, as well as the The Zolder Museum – a project by Iva Supic Jankovic.


Sara Campos – an excercise on listening to each other‘s voices and presence
Rebecca Stephany – chronology, asynchronicities and consequences of 'Doppelwörter aus: Bilder, Bedeutung, Austreibung, Produktion’ (a project at Performance Project LISTE 17, Basel, 2012)
Esmé Valk – recent research and projects, a.o. 'Showcasing Today’s Essentials’ and 'The Importance of the Composed Domain’ (2012)
Jeroen Boomgaard (head, Artistic Research, UvA)
Lucy Cotter (head, MAR, The Hague)
Moderator: Heiðar Kári Rannversson

Dinner will be served at 7 pm. Everybody is welcome to join.

02.10.12 / 27.01.13

Exhibition: Theatre of Thought

A group show with works by Adrian Alecu, Clifford Borress, Christophe Lemaitre, Snejanka Mihaylova, Nathania Rubin and Esmé Valk.

Avenue Ceramique 250
6221 KX, Maastricht
Opening hours: Tue/Sun | 11.00-17.00


Special Guided Tour in the Cobra Museum
On Saturday the 1st of September 2012
13.30 – 14.00 (Dutch)
15.30 – 16.00 (English)

Cobra Museum
Sandbergplein 1
1181 ZX, Amstelveen

On the 1st of September I will give a guided tour through the installation The Importance of the Composed Domain, which was commisioned by the Cobra Museum of Modern Art. The starting point for this installation was formed by photographs showing Cobra artist Eugène Brands posing in the interior of his house while wearing a mask, and by reflection on the way Brands dealt with his interior during the years of German occupation. The tour has a performative character and apart from my own voice, also the voices of Eugène Brands’ daughter and of Hilde de Bruijn, curator at the Cobra Museum, are included.

There is a maximum of 12 participants per event. You can make reservations by sending an email to activiteiten[at]cobra-museum[dot]nl, subject: Esmé Valk. Please don’t forget to indicate the desired time frame. We kindly ask you to bring your camera or mobile phone with a camera function. Start at the reception desk.

The Importance of the Composed Domain
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08.05.12 / 09.09.12

Exhibition: Cobra- Andere Tijden

I present the installation The Importance of the Composed Domain that is made with artworks from the collection of the Cobra Museum. Performative guided tours will take place in the installation on 1 September at 13.30 and 15.30.

Cobra Museum
Sandbergplein 1
1181 ZX, Amstelveen
Opening hours: Tue/Sun | 11.00-17.00
Opening: Sunday June 3rd | 15.00

Dancing on the Carpet
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10.02.12 / 17.03.12

Duo exhibition Guido Reddersen & Esmé Valk.

The exhibition is the result of the residency exchange program between Dresden and Rotterdam. I’ll be showing the publication Dancing on the Carpet.

Kunsthaus Raskolnikow
Böhmische Straße 34
01099 Dresden
Opening: Friday 10 February | 20.00
Opening hours: Wed/Fri | 15.00-18.00 & Sat | 11.00-14.00


The text I wrote for the performance event This place would be perfect if only it had an ocean view in Guest Room is translated into Spanish and is published by TEXTO on their website.


During the opening week of the Jan van Eyck Academie I will give a talk called Movement, roles and positions on the open stage.
Jan van Eyck Academie
Academieplein 1
6211 KM, Maastricht


From 1 January until 31 December 2012 I have a research position at the Jan van Eyck Academie. You can read more about my project here.