SOUND/VISUAL ART & MUSIC
On saturday, 17th september I will start a one month enduring roadtrip in a former - typically Dutch - supermarket on wheels: A so called 'SRV-wagen'. This one is built somewhere in the 1970's. After getting retired from beeing a riding grocerystore for many years, in 2014 it has been transformed into a riding artist roadstudio/roadhome by the artinitiative VHDG, based in Leeuwarden (Fr¥$lâN), who kindly invited me for this project.

During that period I will travel whith low speed (25km/h max.) from village to village - avoiding motorways and only using tiny sneaky roads. There we go: ADVENTURE! RIGHT INTO THE BLUE. STRAIGHT STORY, CoCo RiCo Monsieur Poulet! you name it.

I will make new work on the road. The results will be presented on october 15th, during an exhibition at Hofplein 25 in Leeuwarden (Friesland). The exhibition and the bus will be open to public until november 11th, 2016.

Afterwards the exhibition will travel to The Hague, which will open on december 2nd, at Binckhorstlaan 215, Locatie Z XL



Hello and welcome to my recent project:

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Why am I doing this?

For quite a while I have been curious about how it would be if I made my art-practice mobile? How could I adapt my visual language and my way of working to a non-artworld related context and environment. How would my work look like? How would I react to my frequently changing surroundings, it's inhabitants, their communities and their 'materials'?

How would my surrounding react on me?

Having these questions in mind, during my residency I want to approach Friesland as an Ethnologist and an Ethnograph. Mapping out that 'Wild North' as an exotic, far away and - at least to me - yet unknown country.

I'm about to find AND to create unpredictable happenings and encounters.

The results of my exploration will be articulated directly in form of temporary sculptures, installations or happenings, or an amalgamation of those elements.

During that period I will try to update this site from time to time, to share some impressions and maybe even thoughts that will come along my way. Since I have never been a postcard-writer while being on holiday, I'm curious how this will turn out.

So stay tuned-ed-ed-ed

17.09. - 15.10
Matthias
in
Residency
15.10. - 11.11.
exhibition in Leeuwarden
If you are living in Fr¥$lâN and you would like to meet me or want to help me somehow during my road trip, you are welcome to do so by downloading this poster (just click on it), print it out and tape it on your window, so I can see it from the street when I drive by your house.

You can also send me an e-mail, a Whatsapp message, a SMS or give me a call.

On the poster you can already find some prefab suggestions what I could be in need of, but off cause you can also come up with something yourself. In return I will bring unbelievable stories, tropical music, strong drinks and good company with authentically german humor...

E-mail: info[at]ateliermatthiaskoenig.com
Phone: 06-153 337 23


02.12. - t.b.a.
exhibition in The Hague
26.08.2016
Not even officially on the road yet, but already in the news! And what kind of news. We made it into the NKC (Nederlandse Kampeerauto Club) a magazine of the Dutch Motorhome Club.

To read it, just click on it. (Text is in Dutch)
10.09.2016, The Hague

Studio
17.09.2016, Hindeloopen
first day on the road.
18.09.2016 Hindeloopen

This morning I welcomed my first two curious guests for a cup of 'koffie'. They brought 'kruidenkoek' (gingerbread). Wil en Wilma are heading towards the island Terschelling by bike, coming from Soest. They make about 70km/day. Good Luck.
19.09.2016, Hindeloopen

This is Johannes Daalder uit Vorchten. Johannes is an organ player and became quite enthusiastic when he stepped inside the bus and saw the keyboard on my workbench and the organ pipes in one of my yellow boxes.
22.09.2016, Rutten

Since 2 days I am a guest at 'Het Tijdelijk Verblijf' by Rolina en Paul in Rutten, which is located approximately 8km south from Lemmer. This means I am just outside Fr¥slâN. But since artists are ment to stretch out the borders from time to time, I just did my job. Thus, Rutten belongs to Fr¥slâN, now! Hurray!

Anyways, yesterday I hooked up my soundsystem on the roof to my recordplayer and tried to get the interiour of the bus a bit more organized.

Today it's time to get deep into colours.

For this job I hardly recommend the record: 'Psych Funk SA-RE-GA!', released by the 'World Psychedelic Funk Classics' Label in 2010.
24.09.2016, Rutten
Here is a first impression of the transformation of the bus. This is just the beginning. For the next 3 weeks I will continue with this project. Encounters, impressions and other important happenings along the way will find their way directly on the bus.
HYPERFOLKLORE, here we come!
It's time to go on and say goodbye to Rolina and Paul, who have been phantastic hosts. Thank you so much for welcoming me for four days on your farm, the great conversations and last but not least, the delicious suppers. Hope to welcome you at the opening in Leeuwarden on october, 15th or see you in The Hague.
I am heading north-east now, not sure yet where I will set camp tonight. So stay tuned-ed-ed-ed-ed-ed...
Wanna know what my sound system will spill out on the long and winding roads for the next hours?
Some great columbian Cumbias, spaced out disco tunes from Cape Verde and probably a good sniff of Lee Scratch Perry, straight from the Black Ark!
24.09.2016 Moskou

Wow, what a day!
I made it to Drachten pretty easily today. It also was a very nice route. I like that eastern part of Fr¥$lâN. It's beautiful. Anyways, after having done some groceries I decided to leave the city again, because I prefer setting up camp on the countryside.
And now the ADVENTURE begins:
In order to leave Drachten, I had to follow an unconventional route of yellow temporary street signs due to some road construction works. Some of them even had a traktor on them, so I thought I am save.
BUT, I didn't take the devil into account and ended up on the motorway. Keep in mind, my maximum speed is 25km/h!!!
Well, I didn't have a choice, so I took the berm to the next possible exit. It's quite a frightening feeling in your guts, driving with an extremely slow vehicle down the motorway while everyone races past you 5 times as fast as you are, next to knowing what you are doing is against the law. But, there are also angles in this world, and I was lucky and even got two. The police found me, stopped me, asked me if I am alright, if my vehicle is alright and most important: was understanding. So, after that was all cleared up, I explained them what I am usually doing when I am on the road with that bus and showed them the interior and the work I have done so far. As I told them that I started to put stickers on the bus which relate to special encounters and happenings along the way, they were looking in their car for some police stickers. Unfortunately they didn't have some.
They decided to give me an escorte off the motorway to a save road which really lead to the countryside. Thank you again for your understanding and help!
BUT, now I was driving towards Beetsterzwaag again, which I passed just two hours earlier this day, with blasting 'The Meridian Brothers" out of my sound system on the roof ;) So I decided to take another direction. I had no clue where the road would lead me to, and it was getting more and more narrow. In addition to that, I did not have much eye sight since the lights of the bus are not very strong and the frontwindow is shed. It feels like driving in the dark with sunglasses on. After an half an hour I ended up in 'Klein Groningen' which to my big surprise is about 1,6km away from Moskou. WTF!? is going on in Fr¥$lâN?
I decided to set up camp here, and surprise: Somebody left a trailer for me.
Good Night.
@ VHDG: hebben wij nog wat budget voor dit project? Volgens mij is deze trailer te koop :-)