191004_ieke Trinks_Value Products_Whose Museum_KRETS Gallery_photo Lena Christina Bergendahl WV

Netherlands based artist ieke Trinks performs work that often includes the contributions of others in the creation of it. Unscripted Play (Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK, USA, 2014), for example, was a collaborative residency with U.S. artist Sarah McKemie, in which the artists initiated improvisational work with high school students, clients from a centre for physical challenges, and residents of a home for the elderly. Designed to invite participation from strangers in public spaces, also include Call for Participants, performed as part of the Playful Arts Festival (Den Bosch, 2014), and the Meetings, performed as part of Out of Site: unexpected encounters in public space (Chicago, 2013), both in collaboration with U.S. artist Bernard Roddy. Trinks has also worked in the same spirit alone. In Value Products, for example, she selects discarded items on the streets, has them named and valued by people she approaches, and then packages and labels each in order to offer it for sale at market during the event. Markets for this performance have included those provided on the occasion of Anders Sein (Alte Post, Neuss, Germany, 2015), Outside/Inside (Spectacle Island, Boston, 2016) and Whose Museum (Krets gallery, Malmö, 2019). Since 2015 Trinks’ creates works that explore the relation between performance and documentation. Performance Monologues is one of these projects and can be compared to a template for the creation of an oral encyclopaedia.

Photo credit: ieke Trinks, Value Products at Whose Museum, KRETS Gallery, 2019, photo Lena Christina Bergendahl.

Documentation of Performance: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/633118362