Still by Berndnaut Smilde

Titel: QUASi
Artist: Berndnaut Smilde
Exhibition: September 16 – December 17, 2016
Opening: Thursday October 6 at 17.00 hrs
Location: bur0 Gr0ningen

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Forget policy, balloting, studio visits or a discussion about the why’s and how so’s at NP3:
a critical investigation by NP3 on the (im)possibilities of contemporary experimental curatorial practices.

In three critical ‘public projects’ NP3 approached the process of the changing role of the artist and the artwork in relation to the increasing interest in the ‘role and influence of the (art)public’. NP3 initiated, from the perspective of the public, the triptych programme 1) Garde Blanche – l’art pour l’artiste (2010), 2) Crème de la Crème – la condition humaine (2011) and 3) www.ranking- the-arts.com (2012).

Everyday citizens curated NP3’s Crème de la Crème exhibition, bringing in artists of their choosing. In Garde Blanche the artist took over the curatorial baton from NP3. The citizens and artists who were the first to apply for the exhibitions, were given the spaces of their choosing, together with the financial means to realise their exhibition plan. The mighty Google search engine was appointed curator for the third project, www.ranking-the-arts.com. Artists submitted their names to a custom-made search engine, directly linked to the Google data flow that marks our information-age society. After all, Google statistics, website hits and unique visitor counts seem to rank your “importance” these days. Your Google ranking grows with every search entry bearing your details, just as your use of Google on your website, blog and youtube channel increases your digital imprint. All these factors contributed to artists rising on the ‘very important artist’ list of www.ranking-the-arts.com.

After a runtime of exactly one year, www.ranking-the-arts.com went offline and the official winner, our ‘Most-Googled Person’, was announced: Berndnaut Smilde. The development of his cumulus series, which have been purchased by the Saatchi gallery, had caused a viral stir and quickly raced Smilde into the digital limelight, earning him first place in the ranking system.

QUASi – Berndnaut Smilde
Berndnaut lives and works in Amsterdam. He graduated in 2001 from the Minerva Academy in Groningen and achieved in 2005 his Masters of Arts at the Frank Mohr Institute. Since then Berndnaut has built an international career, which in 2012 accelerated through the development of his ‘CLOUD’-works. Berndnaut shows his work in museums, galleries, art spaces and media around the world, from London to Shanghai.

In his artistic process Berndnaut researches the physical (de)construction of materials, light, space, the experience and the atmosphere in relation to the architectural environment. He developed his latest work, the site-specific installation QUASi, especially for bur0 Gr0ningen. Berndnaut constructs meaning and consciously makes new connections. The combination of everyday and unusual elements; from the volatility of cumulus-projections to the sculptural plastic foundry molds for Roman pillars. In the hallway he shows anagrams made from his own name and transforms theater decor canvas, light sources and plastic pillars to an lighted night panorama in the exhibition display. In the evening, the same display features a prismatic panorama.

Quasi is a frozen moment, the ‘Traumbild’ between presentation and representation, the visible and the invisible. He experiments with his fascination for the grey zone of it ‘is’ and ‘is not’, the in-between moment between the existing and the temporary. All elements in the exhibition QUASi form a physical construct and at the same time they remain a moment in time, the ‘quasi’ in the artistic process of Berndnaut.

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bur0 Gr0ningen – Hofstraat 21 – Groningen (NL) – open: Wednesday – Saturday 12-17 hrs
and by appointment +31(0)503138260 – hier@np3.nu – follow: facebook.com/npdrie + twitter.com/npdrie

Graduation Show 2016

Marit Westerhuis, SELF-EXAMINATION (No. 1-23) | Photo: Jelle de Groot

Frank Mohr Institute MADtech, Masters of Arts
a moment, a person, a thought

July 2 – 14
Mon – Fri 10.00 – 21.00 hrs
Sat – Sun 12.00 – 17.00 hrs

Marit Westerhuis


Marit Westerhuis uses methods inspired by science, as well as methods derived from data capture technology. Living in the ‘Big Data’ era, we leave behind traces of personal information which are consequently used for commercial purposes. As an artist she doesn’t use data to sketch a bigger picture of human behaviour. Instead, she turns data into a representation by zooming in on the individual. The representation is as personal as a self-portrait but as excessive as an archive, as voyeuristic as reading a diary, and as precise as a medical examination.

Program daily perfomances
by Marit Westerhuis @ bur0 Gr0ningen:

July 2-14
‘Self-Examination (No.23):
Reacting To Others’ and other performances


16:00 – 17:00 hours

with exception of:
Wednesday July 6: 14:00 – 15:00 hours
Friday July 8: 17:15 – 18:15 hours
Wednesday July 13: 14:00 – 15:00 hours

More information about the Graduation Show 2016
Frank Mohr Institute: http://fmi.academieminerva.nl/

CBK Groningen and NP3 announce selection 6 artists for MARKER!

Grote Markt, Scale 1:1000

Dutch version below

MARKER is the new art manifestation in the public space of Groningen, developed by the centre of visual art CBK Groningen and plateau for contemporary art NP3. Professional artists get the opportunity to develop, perform and present a new temporary work of art in the city centre of Groningen. The Grote Markt and direct surrounding areas, including public space are source of inspiration and workspace.

Over forty artists responded on the open call of MARKER! Out of the motivated applications NP3 and CBK Groningen selected ten artists, who developed a sketch plan for a temporary work of art on and/or around the Grote Markt. From this sketch plans the CBK Groningen and NP3 made their final selection of six artists:

Albert Westerhoff
Bert Scholten
Henri van Hoeve
Lee Mc Donald
Ruben Boxman
Sarah Janssen

CBK Groningen, NP3 and the six selected artists work closely together to realize the art manifestation MARKER. In addition to the content development and implementation of the individual works of art it is also about the business side of the manifestation, like finances and communications. MARKER will take place in the spring of 2017!

Dutch version

CBK Groningen en NP3 maken selectie kunstenaars MARKER bekend!

MARKER is de nieuwe kunstmanifestatie in de publieke ruimte van Groningen, gezamenlijk ontwikkeld door het Centrum Beeldende Kunst Groningen en het plateau voor hedendaagse kunst NP3. Professionele kunstenaars krijgen de kans om een nieuw, tijdelijk kunstwerk te ontwikkelen, uit te voeren en te presenteren in de binnenstad van Groningen. De Grote Markt en directe omgeving, inclusief publieke ruimtes zijn inspiratiebron en werkplek.

Op de publieke oproep reageerden ruim veertig kunstenaars! Uit alle aanmeldingen zijn tien kunstenaars geselecteerd, die een schetsontwerp hebben gemaakt voor een tijdelijk kunstwerk op en/of rond de Grote Markt. Uit deze tien schetsontwerpen hebben het CBK Groningen en NP3 een definitieve selectie van 6 kunstenaars gemaakt:

Albert Westerhoff
Bert Scholten
Henri van Hoeve
Lee Mc Donald
Ruben Boxman
Sarah Janssen

Het CBK Groningen, NP3 en de zes geselecteerde kunstenaars werken nauw samen om de kunstmanifestatie MARKER te realiseren. Naast de inhoudelijke ontwikkeling en uitvoering van de individuele kunstwerken gaat het ook om zakelijke kanten van de manifestatie zoals de financiering en communicatie. MARKER vindt plaats in het voorjaar van 2017!

NP3 & Groninger Museum present winner YGA II – Esther de Graaf

NP3_GM_YGAII_2014June 11 – October 2, 2016
Branching Fields by Esther de Graaf

@ Groninger Museum – Coop Himmelb(l)au Pavilion

Young Grunn Artist
After years of short coaching residencies with substantive support NP3 started in 2011 the one-year development coaching program for young talented artists of Groningen: Young Grunn Artist (YGA) The YGA trajectory is an extension to the current work practice of the artist, with all the necessary support on content, business and promotion to professionalize, to obtain the personal artistic aims and the opportunity to gain the  necessary connection to the (inter)national art world.

Next to individual coaching, the artists receive a personal work and development budget to create new work or hire expertise, to network with art professionals, take part in a short international exchange program, or make a short working trip to an artistic and cultural metropolis.

In the second edition, YGA II, NP3 and the Groninger Museum decided to collaborate in the long-term development program for young talented artists of Groningen. Together they search for the artist who is ready for the next step in his/her career, an exhibition in the Groninger Museum! From over 40 submissions three artists were selected for the YGA II trajectory: Esther de Graaf, Berndnaut Smilde and Adri Schokker.

In May 2014 NP3 and the Groninger Museum announced the winner of
Young Grunn Artist II: Esther de Graaf. 

Branching Fields – Esther de Graaf
De Graaf makes extremely vulnerable, fragile and temporary sculptures out of cheap everyday materials such as cardboard, wire, tape and cellophane, which she transforms into extraordinary constructions that evoke an almost physical empathy. On the occasion of this exhibition, De Graaf created works of art in response to the interior of the Coop Himmelb(l)au Pavilion.

Photo: exhibition >CELLS< of Esther de Graaf at M0Bi, 2012
Photo: exhibition >CELLS< of Esther de Graaf at M0Bi, 2012

Open Call Speed ​​Date & Meet the Maker Niels Post @ NP3 in Groningen

NP3@KOP-Speeddate | Photo: KOP

Dutch version below

KOP on Tour
Friday, June 3 2016

Location: M0Bi, Kolendrift 13, Groningen (NL)

Open Call Speed Date

14: 30-17.30 hours: Speed ​​Date
17.30- 19:00 hours: BBQ & Drinks

Attention young artists! It is Speed Date time again. The Speed ​​Date is an evening with the possibility to get in a short time in contact with different artist initiatives. Previous editions of the Speed ​​Date have provided a nice cooperation several times! A night of Speed Dating not only gives you the opportunity to present yourself, but also to extend your network at the same time.


There are approximately 10 different presentation platforms from the whole country present to meet you. Per initiative you present yourself in five minutes and convince them of your talent(s). Show your portfolio and discover immediately if your work matches to the art initiatives.


Participating initiatives in the Speed ​​Date are among others:. NP3, Patty Morgan, Into The Great Wide Open, MAMA, VHDG, IDFIX, Electron and KOP


Send before May 31 an e-mail with a link to your website, a selection of photos of your work, a CV and your address to renie@kop.nu. We make a selection from all applications.

Costs: Speed ​​Date including a nice closing BBQ in the
garden of NP3: €10,-

Meet the Makers – Niels Post

19:00: Meet the Makers: Niels Post – presentation project and working method
20.00- 21.00: End

KOP invited Artist Niels Post to create a new site specific work in the context of the Headliners project, in which artists respond to a national news fact, there where it is relevant. Niels has taken the news about the earthquakes caused by gas extraction in Groningen as a starting point. During Meet the Makers he presents his new work, a cycle route along important gas extraction locations in the landscape of the province of Groningen. Saturday June 18th is the opening route. More information soon on op www.gasroute.nl.

Register at renie@kop.nu.

Costs: Meet the Makers including a BBQ in the garden of NP3 – BBQ: €5, –

Vrijdag 3 juni 2016

Locatie: M0Bi, Kolendrift 13, Groningen (NL)

 Open Oproep Speeddate

14:30-17.30 uur: Speeddate
17.30- 19.00 uur: BBQ Borrel

Jonge kunstenaars opgelet! Het is weer speeddate tijd. De Speeddate is een middag waarbij je de kans krijgt om in korte tijd in contact te komen met verschillende kunstenaarsinitiatieven. Eerdere edities van de Speeddate hebben al verschillende keren een leuke samenwerking opgeleverd! Een middag speeddaten biedt je niet alleen de kans om jezelf te presenteren, maar je breid tegelijkertijd ook je netwerk uit.

Er zijn circa 10 verschillende presentatie platforms uit het hele land aanwezig, om jou te ontmoeten. Per initiatief presenteer je je in vijf minuten en overtuigt hen van jouw talent(en). Laat je portfolio zien en ontdek direct of jouw werk bij de betreffende instelling past.

Deelnemende instellingen aan de Speeddate zijn o.a.: NP3, Patty Morgan, Into The Great Wide Open, Showroom MAMA, VHDG, IDfix, Electron en KOP

Stuur voor 31 mei een mail met een link naar je website, een aantal foto’s van je werk, je CV en je adresgegevens naar renie@kop.nu. Uit alle aanmeldingen maken we een selectie.

Kosten: Speeddate inclusief een gezellige afsluitende BBQ in de tuin van NP3: €10,-

Meet the Makers – Niels Post

19.00 uur: Meet the Makers: Niels Post – presentatie project en werkwijze
20.00- 21.00 uur: Einde

Kunstenaar Niels Post is door KOP uitgenodigd een nieuw werk op locatie te realiseren in het kader van het project Headliners, waarin kunstenaars op een landelijk nieuwsfeit reageren, daar waar het relevant is.

Niels heeft de berichtgeving rondom de aardbevingen als gevolg van de gaswinning in Groningen als uitgangspunt genomen. Tijdens Meet the Makers presenteert hij zijn nieuwe werk, een fietsroute langs belangrijke gaswin-locaties in het landschap van de provincie Groningen. Zaterdag 18 juni is de openingsrit. Meer informatie hierover binnenkort op www.gasroute.nl.

Meld je aan via renie@kop.nu.

Kosten: Meet the Makers inclusief een gezellige BBQ in de tuin van NP3 – BBQ: €5,-

Last weeks + finissage

double exhibition
by Marc Bijl

source: www.mxtps.nl/portfolio-category/neue-deutsche-welle/

NP3 and Marc Bijl invite you for the finissage of BLURRY CONFLICTS I & II on Sunday May 22, from 17.00 hrs

Musik: Marc dreht Neue Deutsche Welle 
mit Bier und Wurst
Location: M0Bi, Kolendrift 13, Groningen

The double exhibition is to be seen until Saturday May 21 in the white cube environment and the 24/7/365 exhibition display of bur0 Gr0ningen and container art space M0Bi.

From a barricade of rebellious burning car tires and ‘blurry’ multi media stuff to colorful abstract paintings! Marc Bijl presents his ‘hard facts in a daydreaming noise …‘ (Nouveau Vogue 2016).


MaRKeR selection 10 artists!

english version below

NP3 en CBK Groningen selecteren 10 kunstenaars voor schetsopdracht MaRKeR!

Het CBK en NP3 organiseren in 2017 de nieuwe kunstmanifestatie MaRKeR in de binnenstad van Groningen.Tweeënveertig kunstenaars en -duo’s hebben gereageerd op de oproep en zich aangemeld om een kunstwerk te mogen realiseren. De kunstwerken gaan een relatie aan met de Grote Markt, het publiek en de verschillende functies van de binnenstad (ontmoeten, winkelen, wonen, werken, verblijven, etc). Het kunstwerk kan alle mogelijke vormen hebben, van toegepast tot een onderzoeksmatig karakter.

NP3 en het CBK hebben uit de aanmeldingen tien kunstenaars geselecteerd, die een schetsontwerp mogen maken voor een kunstwerk op en/of rond de Grote Markt:

Albert Westerhoff
Anna-Lucia Rijff
Bert Scholten
Henri van Hoeve
Ivanka Annot + Rachael Tillotson 
Jimi Kleinbruinink
John Oosting
Lee Mc Donald
Ruben Boxman
Sarah Janssen

De definitieve selectie van de vijf kunstenaars voor de kunstmanifestatie MaRKeR wordt medio mei bekend gemaakt.

Na de selectie vragen we de kunstenaars, zowel individueel als collectief, van begin tot eind mee te werken aan de realisatie van hun kunstwerk én actief deel te nemen aan het programma. Naast de inhoudelijke ontwikkeling en uitvoering van het kunstwerk gaat het ook om zakelijke kanten van de manifestatie zoals de financiering en communicatie. Het CBK en NP3 werken hierbij nauw samen met de kunstenaars en bieden daarbij de nodige inhoudelijke, zakelijke en promotionele ondersteuning.

english version

NP3 and CBK Groningen announce selection of 10 artists for sketch plan MaRKeR!

CBK and NP3 organize in 2017 the new art manifestation MaRKeR in the city center of Groningen. Forty-two artists responded to the open call and signed up to realize an artpiece. This artwork has to establish a relationship the Grote Markt, the public and the various functions of the city (meeting, shopping, staying, living, working, etc). Any form can do, from an applied to a researching character.

NP3 and CBK selected ten artists out of the motivated applications, who will develop a sketch plan for an artwork on and/or around the Grote Markt:

Albert Westerhoff
Anna-Lucia Rijff
Bert Scholten
Henri van Hoeve
Ivanka Annot + Rachael Tillotson 
Jimi Kleinbruinink
John Oosting
Lee Mc Donald
Ruben Boxman
Sarah Janssen

The final selection of  five artists for the art manifestation MaRKeR will be announced in the middle of May.

After selection we ask the artists, both individually and collectively, to cooperate from beginning till the end in the realization of their work and participate actively in the programme. In addition to the substantive development and execution of the work of art the business side of the event like finance and communication are also part of the programme. Hereby CBK and NP3 are working closely together with the artists and provide in the necessary substantive, corporate and promotional support.