Manon de Boer
Current and upcoming
Aller contre le vent
L’arc – scène nationale Le Creusot (organised by Frac Franche-Comté), Le Creusot (FR)
Château Pertusier (organised by Frac Franche-Comté), Morteau (FR)
Ghost Party (2) and Persona (Manon de Boer & Latifa Laâbissi)
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Exhibitions at Jan Mot
Manon de Boer, Joachim Koester, Ian Wilson
Manon de Boer
one, two, many (2012); Two Times (2008); Dissonant (2010)
at CINEMATEK, Brussels
in collaboration with Auguste Orts vzw
Manon de Boer, David Lamelas, Ian Wilson
People and Time
Manon de Boer
Switch (live version)
Performed by Michael Schmid
Duration (ca. 15 min.)
Followed by the book launch of ‘Manon de Boer’, published by Frankfurter Kunstverein and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.
Part of the Oral Culture series
Manon de Boer
Presto, Perfect Sound and Two Times 4’33”
Screening at Flagey Studio 5, Brussels
In collaboration with Auguste Orts vzw
Robert Barry, Manon de Boer, Pierre Bismuth, Daniel Buren, Douglas Gordon Joachim Koester, David Lamelas, Jonathan Monk, Mario Garcia Torres, Ian Wilson
Today is just a copy of yesterday
Manon de Boer and Dora Garcia
Presentation of two websites
Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Sven Augustijnen, Richard Billingham, Pierre Bismuth, Manon de Boer, Rineke Dijkstra, Honoré ∂'O, Dora García, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Joachim Koester, Sharon Lockhart, Deimantas Narkevičius, Uri Tzaig, Ian Wilson
New Space Opening Show
Manon de Boer
The Alpha and Omega Project
Manon de Boer & Ed Ruscha
Audio / Video / Books
Pierre Bismuth, Maria Blondeel, Manon de Boer,
Rebecca Bournigault, Adam Chodzko, Michael Curran,
Tracey Emin, Dora García, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,
Douglas Gordon, Joseph Grigely, Pierre Huyghe,
Renée Kool, David Lamelas, Kobe Matthys,
Wouter van Riessen, Ian Wilson, Zapp magazine
Other exhibitions (selection)
18/09/21 - 19/09/21 (performance)
Manon de Boer & Latifa Laâbissi. Ghost Party (part 1)
Manon de Boer
at Documenta 13, Kassel (DE)
Photo: Nils Klinger
Jan Mot's booth at Art Basel (CH) with works by Francis Alÿs, stanley brouwn, Andrea Büttner, Manon de Boer, Rineke Dijkstra, Mario Garcia Torres, David Lamelas, Edouard Merino, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson (photo: Studio Shapiro).
Manon de Boer's solo show Down Time will take place at Kunsthal Aarhus (DK) from 3 June till 7 August 2022. The exhibition will present the series From Nothing to Something to Something Else (2018–2019) which features a group of young adults between the ages of sixteen and twenty. The artist does not give them any systematized scenario or instructions for producing the work but simply invites them to play music, dance and spend time together. All three films explore the time span between the already and the not yet, the time of potentiality. The three films are presented along with The Untroubled Mind (2016) in which de Boer observes and films her son’s playful constructions at home over a period of 3 years, setting the duration of each shot at 20 seconds, the length of time one can film with a Bolex 16mm camera when winding it manually. (Image: Manon de Boer, Caco, João, Mava and Rebecca (From nothing to something to something else, part 2), 2019, HD video, color, sound, 48 minutes, film still)
On March 1st the Cinematek in Brussels is organising a double premiere of works by Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi in presence of the artists (at 7 and 9pm). In Ghost Party (2) (2022, 58'), De Boer and Laâbissi create little fictions with vases, stones and other materials, while giving voice to texts of 'ghosts' from their shared genealogies, like Marguerite Duras, Serge Daney, Casey and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. In this polyphony of voices and accents their beings blend with others, subtly questioning the politics of language and identity (7pm). Persona (2022, 31') is a film based on Écran Somnambule, a performance by Latifa Laâbissi (2012) in turn based on the film “Mary Wigman tanzt” (1930), an excerpt of “La Danse de la sorcière” (1926). This second screening (9pm) will furthermore include two films by Chantal Akerman Portrait d’une paresseuse (1986, 8’) and J’ai faim, j’ai froid (1984, 13’). (Image: Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi, Persona, 2022).
Opening on February 13th, Blindsight (2022) for which Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi collaborated furthermore with Laszlo Umbreit will be on view at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens until May 22nd. In addition to the extensive sound installation, the show will include works by artists such as stanley brouwn, Andrea Büttner, Lygia Clark, Marlene Dumas, Valeska Gert, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Agnes Martin, Louise Lawler, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Joëlle Tuerlinckx who all shaped Manon de Boer’s practice. The starting point of this sound installation is de Boer and Laâbissi's continuous dialogue about the numerous voices that inhabit their thinking and bodies. During a long process of exchange and ‘cannibalizing’, the performance Ghost Party (1) (2021) was created that further lead to the production of the film Ghost Party (2) (2022) as well as sound installation Blindsight (2022). While Ghost Party (1) & (2) are currently presented in their duo show at the Frac Bretagne in Rennes (FR) (until 15/05), the film will have its Belgian premiere at the Cinematek in Brussels on March 1st.
Manon de Boer will present 4 of her films (Attica, 2008 - Dissonant, 2010 - On a Warm Day in July, 2015 - One, Two, Many, 2012) this Friday 19 November, at 7 pm as part of LOOP Festival in Barcelona. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the artist, Pascale Cassagnau and Pascale Pronnier.
This coming weekend WIELS, Brussels organises the premiere of the performance Ghost Party by Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi.
In 2016, artist/filmmaker Manon de Boer and choreographer/dancer Latifa Laâbissi entered into a continuous dialogue, addressing the multiple voices that inhabit their bodies and thinking. From the exchange, conversation itself emerged as a working tool and a performative form. By capturing and “cannibalising” each other’s influences, a genealogy of shared references appeared. Ghosted by the words of artists and writers such as Marguerite Duras, Anne Carson, Felix Gonzalez Torres and Casey, in Ghost Party, their new and first performance together, de Boer and Laâbissi play with language, accents and voices, meshing their very beings with others.
The performance will take place at the Wild Gallery (Rue du Charroi 11, 1190 Brussels) on Saturday 18/09 at 6pm and Sunday 19/09 at 4pm. FR with EN subtitles. Tickets via WIELS.
The Brussels-based production and distribution platform Auguste Orts founded by Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer and Anouk De Clercq was appointed to curate the 10th edition of Contour Biennale in Mechelen in fall 2023.
Since 2003, Contour Biennale has grown into a locally and internationally acclaimed exhibition focussed on the moving image. The four artists want to explore how they can unlock the archive and memory of the biennial in order to give it a place amidst new works and thus propagate the importance of the event in and outside Mechelen.
Jan Mot participates in BXL x EMERGENT, presenting work by Francis Alÿs, Andrea Büttner, Manon de Boer and Mario Garcia Torres.
BXL x EMERGENT, which opens this weekend (08-09/05, 2-6 pm), is a collaboration between 10 Brussels galleries, presenting work at Emergent in Veurne. The project creates an opportunity for a live encounter between art, public and gallerists who will be personally and safely welcoming visitors during the opening weekend. The exhibition will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until 06/06, 2-6 pm).
Participating galleries: Ballon Rouge Collective, Dépendance , Dvir , Harlan Levey Projects , Jan Mot , La Maison De Rendez-Vous, Meessen De Clercq, Stems Gallery , Super Dakota, Waldburger Wouters.
Caption: Andrea Büttner, Phone Etching, 2015, etching, framed, 212 x 113 cm (paper), 218 x 118,5 x 5 cm (frame), unique.
Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft acquired Manon de Boer's work Presto, Perfect Sound (2006). The film depicts composer and violinist, George Van Dam, performing Béla Bartok's sonata for violin solo, Presto. Manon de Boer filmed George van Dam six times playing the whole piece while at the same time recording the sound. In order to achieve the ‘perfect’ soundtrack, she gave George van Dam the six sound recordings and asked him to reconstruct the Bartok piece into a perfect sound piece. Afterwards de Boer synchronized the filmed image to this soundtrack. The jump-cuts in the image visualize the cuts in the sound, while the sound sounds continuous. In allowing the audio sequence to dictate the image on screen, de Boer inverts the traditional dominance of image over sound in cinema. The film is a meditation on the relationship between sound and image and offers an intense reflection on a moment of creative concentration.
The film by Manon de Boer An Experiment in Leisure (2016 - 2019) is available for online viewing in the context of the inauguration of Artica Writings 2021, which is a curated series of texts aiming to influence critical thinking around our oceans and the urgent issues related to ocean health, knowledge and policy. In An Experiment in Leisure excerpts of texts by psychoanalyst Marion Milner (1900-1998) on themes such as concentration, the body, repetition and daydreaming are combined with meditative shots of artists' working spaces and Norwegian coast.