The two-year investigation aims to achieve a higher sensibility towards socio-political conditions, interpersonal and intrapersonal connections, and the act of becoming fearless while remaining soft and permeable. The work is a container, encyclopedia, or archive for the excavation of ancient therapies, the queering of contemporary ones, a re-appropriating, a remixing, and a reformulating of therapies in order to care, to share, to disconnect. This expansive investigation includes intimate artist-to-artist overnight sessions in the Botanic Garden VU Amsterdam, a
Useless Artist Disease, meditations for Wolfgang Schäuble, the master key to De Appel Arts Centre, a hacked heart-break, and a personal narrative about a journey into the world of healing.
Vera Hofmann is an innocent child, a displaced teenager, a Triple A advertising account manager, a satisfactory commission photographer, a long-time mourner, an underground techno DJ, a global native, a digital immigrant, a disobedient activist, a patient client, a hypercritic, a wounded healer, a cover polar bear, a useless artist and a dedicated lover who received a highly-acclaimed trauma from the MA in Fine Arts ‘Cure Master’ program at Sandberg Institute Amsterdam.
Web Design by aaronmclaughlin.vodka
USELESS ARTIST DISEASE
#work in progress or not
#underlying everything or not
I invented the Useless Artist Disease. I've got it myself. I am investigating its relevance and how to cure it. It might become a bigger project. But as it is also useless, I might never come to any conclusion or presentable outcome. It is, again, a journey.
first research paper:
Is a disease a personal or a social one? – assumptions towards the invention of the Useless Artist Disease
I hold meetings irregularly with a random group of survivors called the Anonymous Useless Artists Support Group
feel free to join!
1/1 ad in the publication "OUCH", available at
grabbing Jacques Rancière last minute, 25.3.15
question to Naomi Klein during her lecture at HKW, Berlin, 23.3.15
bathtub conversations during the exhibition "Ouch", 16.12.14 at
Het Vijfde Seizoen, on the grounds of the psychiatric institution Willem Arntsz Hoeve/Altrecht, Den Dolder
project presentation and discussion at The Side Room, Amsterdam, 13.5.2015
"Design for Babylon "But the ultimate problem of design concerns not how I design the world outside, but how I design myself—or, rather, how I deal with the way in which the world designs me" (Boris Groys) Design for Babylon is a communal research project in collaboration with strategist and program designer Susanne Eskens. A series of conversation exploring the relationship, landscape and friction between design and society from a sociocultural perspective. If design cannot be escaped, how can we live with design, (re)evaluate and (re)think the way we produce culture and give meaning to the notion of design in our hyper-sensitively connected world Part 1: Health, Wealth and Happine ss "If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get sick"— Tswana Proverb To kick off the series we examine the correlation between health, design and illness in our contemporary hyper-visual society. Various studies from across the world indicate that design is a contributing factor in occupational fatalities. Designers and artists are the new wunderkids according to city officials and governmental policies. What happens when design fails and how do the themes of health and illnesses intersect with design failures? What is illness and wellbeing? How do we experience physical failures and the invisibility of the permanently ill in our societies? Together with artist Vera Hofmann and researcher Emily West we look into the framing of ‘being ill’ through the languages and narratives offered within our visual cultures. Is a disease a personal or a social one? " Susanne Eskens is a creative strategist, thinker and program designer based in Amsterdam. She works on the cross section of culture, media and society; that little space where different ideas and insights come together is where the real magic happens. Susanne is fascinated by the role of language & creating meaning by telling stories.
there's a little collection of advises and possible therapies already and still lots to come...maybe...
made with Lay Theme