Dorine van Meel

Gentle Dust @ Jupiter Woods, Aug 25

24 August 2016

Dorine van Meel and Rianna Jade Parker are presenting the first instalment of collective project Gentle Dust at London’s Jupiter Woods on August 25.

The evening will include spoken contributions by curator and co-founder of The Lonely Londoners Parker, as well as Isaac Kariuki, Imani Robinson and Caspar Jade Heinemann. There will also be a new video by artist van Meel and original music by Sami El-Enany.

The event has invited artists, writers and musicians to “come together to poetically imagine and stage the desertion of the ‘museum of modern art’ through performative readings and live music.” Questioning the way the institution presents itself as ‘global’, the live performances respond to the disillusion with the narratives being sold to us through the museum and the event plants itself within a time of special urgency to have voices heard in the here and now.

Visit the FB event page for more details.**

Dorine van Meel ‘Disobedient Children (excerpt)’ (2015). HD Video, 14’56”. Music, sounds + produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier + Olle Holmberg. Courtesy of the artist.

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Dorine van Meel, Disobedient Children (2015) exhibition photos

11 May 2016

Disobedient Children, a solo exhibition by Dorine van Meel at London’s Kunstraum gallery, ran from October 23 to December 19, 2015. Multiple screens and spoken fragments of sound play off each other to create an abstract narrative, all voiced by the artist with music and sound produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Olle Holmberg.

The exhibition was accompanied by an evening of performative readings on November 29 by Maria Gorodeckaya, Megan Nolan, Naomi Pearce, Rianna Jade Parker (The Lonely Londoners) and Nina Power. Each artist responded to the theme of disobedience, further complicating the site of the sole protagonist.

Dorine van Meel, Disobedient Children (2015). Exhibition view. Courtesy of Kunstraum, London.

Van Meel’s writing works its way between sculpture, installation and moving image. Focusing on architectural elements, screens hang in different angles and projections seep away from their original  frame. Digitally manipulated visuals create abstract landscapes and scenes connected by ‘chapters’.

The press release outlines some of the voices that resonate in the space, “An intimate dialogue at a wedding; the confessions of a young banker; hitchhikers at the gas station; a scene from an Antonioni film; a description of a Hillary Clinton clip on Youtube; Twitter feeds from UK’s prime minister”. Weaved throughout are recollections from the artist’s own memories and experiences. Disobedience finds its power in the moment of rupture, where overlap disintegrates common ideologies and patterned ways of thinking.**

Exhibition photos, top right.

Dorine van Meel’s Disobedient Children was on at London’s Kunstraum, running October 23 to December 19, 2015.

Header image: Dorine van Meel, Disobedient Children (2015). Exhibition view. Courtesy Kunstraum, London.

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