In the context of the exhibition Dictionary Dressings, the artist and researcher Femke de Vries will organize two workshops:

Saturday March 18
Saturday April 1
11.00 – 16.00 hrs

Dictionary Dressings is an ongoing research project by Femke de Vries, that uses the nature of the dictionary definition as a “zero condition” for a piece of clothing to decode clothes and explore an alternative fashion vocabulary.

The reduced definitions in a dictionary don’t mention anything about fashion, style or trends, for example: “Handschoen: bekleding van de hand” (literally translated into English as Glove: covering of the hand). This provides the space to question our standard notions of fashion and gives opportunities to develop new ideas on material, shape, ways of wearing clothing and their relationship to the body. The results of each workshop are brought together in a catalog. As a participant in the workshop you will make a contribution to the research project!

The exhibition Dictionary Dressings by Femke de Vries can be seen until April 21, 2017
at NP3 | bur0 Gr0ningen, Hofstraat 21, 9712 JA Groningen
Open: Wednesday – Saturday 12.00 – 17.00 hrs and by appointment


Aim / results:
Together we will create a catalogue / dictionary with alternative approaches to pieces of clothing.

Choose the definition of a piece of clothing. Research, reinterpret and create your own translation.

Analyze and research by means of discussion / writing / visualization / creating / photography
If possible, bring your own laptop or a (phone)camera.

– Minimum 7 participants*
– Minimum age: 17 years
– Cost: 40 euros (includes light lunch, coffee and tea).
– Application deadline: at least 4 days before workshop
– Sign up at:
– Admission on order of registration

* workshops will only take place with a minimum of 7 participants

Dictionary Dressings by Femke de Vries

Photo: Sanne van den Elzen

Dictionary Dressings 
Re-reading clothing definitions towards alternative fashion perspectives

February 17 – April 21, 2017

Friday February 17 from 17.00 hrs @ bur0 Gr0ningen, Hofstraat 21, Groningen (NL)

17.00 hrs: Results Dictionary Dressings workshop 04, a collaboration with Minerva Art Academy students

17.45 hrs: Talk by artist, researcher and photographer Joke Robaard
To further propagate the opportunities of Dictionary Dressings, researcher Joke Robaard, who has a keen focus on production networks in her own practice, will discuss the ambivalence between the generalised, basic vestimentary words defined in the dictionary and the more saturated words seen in fashion rhetoric or personal narratives.

Femke de Vries is an artist / researcher in fashion where she explores the interaction between clothing as (material) objects of use and fashion as a process of value production.
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Femke studied Fashion Design at Amsterdam Fashion Institute and graduated cum laude in Fashion Strategy at the ArtEZ Fashion Masters in Arnhem. Dictionary Dressings is her ongoing research project that uses the nature of the dictionary definition as a “zero condition” of a piece of clothing to decode clothes and explore an alternative fashion vocabulary. The exhibition features a selection from the Dictionary Dressings archive and works by Femke de Vries, BLESS, Conny Groenewegen, Elisa van Joolen, Ruby Hoette and Sanne van den Elzen. The underlying research, comprising an image archive and theoretical reflection by Barbara Brownie and Joke Robaard, is brought together in the book Dictionary Dressings. Available at bur0 Gr0ningen!

The 24/7/365 DISPLAY of bur0 Gr0ningen is turned into a Dictionary Dressings Workspace where the project is activated by workshop participants. During the exhibition Femke organizes workshops. The dates will be announced on our website.

Dictionary definitions are constructed to be factual and rational and as a consequence the entries for items of clothing show no reference to the ephemeral or immaterial character of fashion. They describe the characteristics of the items, their use and their relation to the body but never mention fashion or style. Take the Dutch definition of a glove for example: “Handschoen: bekleding van de hand” (literally translated to English as Glove: covering of the hand).

This new perspective opens up an inclusive playfield in fashion where hybrid, fluid ways of reading, seeing, defining and making are facilitated. Overlapping and interlinking theory with practice, it pushes beyond trends and accepted social and design codes offering an approach that contributes to the broader cultural discourse of fashion.

Opening hours Dictionary Dressings:
Wednesday – Saturday 12.00 – 17.00 hrs
and by appointment +31(0)503138260
Dictionary Dressings Workspace @ the 24/7/365 DISPLAY
Closed during school holidays

With special thanks to Kunstraad Groningen, Creative Industries Funds NL, Gemeente Groningen, Mamamini and Zijlstra Naaimachines.

LAST WEEK! QUASi by Berndnaut Smilde

Videostill Nimbus Atlas II, 2016

QUASi by Berndnaut Smilde
still to be seen until Saturday December 17, 2016!

bur0 Gr0ningen is open:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12.00 – 17.00 and by appointment

Berndnaut Smilde developed specifically for bur0 Gr0ningen the site-specific total
installation QUASi, including his latest cumulus works.


Quasirama, 2016

Quasirama on DISPLAY
until January 2, 2017 

daily from 17.00 till 01.00 hrs 

Berndnaut’s Quasirama, with theater decor canvas, light sources, plastic pillars and a lighted prismatic panorama, is to be seen in the evening from the outside at St.Walburgstraat.

MEER KENNIS / MORE KNOWLEDGE – a scientific performance – Harmen de Hoop

Photo: Harmen de Hoop, 2016
Photo: Harmen de Hoop, 2016

(Dutch version below)

Saturday November 12, 14.00 hrs
(Door open from 13.30 hrs, dress warm!)
Location: M0Bi, Kolendrift 13, Groningen (NL)
Main language: English
Participation: free

Location-project of artist Harmen de Hoop in collaboration with
Prof. dr. Steven Hoekstra (Associate Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics,
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

‘Harmen de Hoop is a visual artist who makes anonymous and illegal interventions in public space. He works on the notion of ‘place’ in the contemporary city, the behaviour of individuals or groups, and the conflicts of interests in public space. With his interventions he breaches the systems and brings forward another, often humane perspective. With this he tries to let people look at themselves in a different way, often with a sense of humor.’

How long does a second last?…
Join the performance where the worlds of Art and Atomic Physics, Molecular Physics and Chemical Physics broaden your artistic and scientific horizon.


Dutch version:

MEER KENNIS – een wetenschappelijke performance
– Harmen de Hoop

Zaterdag 12 november 2016 om 14.00 uur
(Deur open vanaf 13.30 uur, kleed je warm!)
Voertaal: Engels
Locatie: M0Bi, Kolendrift 13, Groningen
Deelname: gratis

Locatie-project van kunstenaar Harmen de Hoop met medewerking van
Prof. dr. Steven Hoekstra (Adjunct Hoogleraar Atoom- en Molecuulfysica, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

‘Harmen de Hoop is a visual artist who makes anonymous and illegal interventions in public space. He works on the notion of ‘place’ in the contemporary city, the behaviour of individuals or groups, and the conflicts of interests in public space. With his interventions he breaches the systems and brings forward another, often humane perspective. With this he tries to let people look at themselves in a different way, often with a sense of humor.’

Hoe lang duurt een seconde?…
Kom langs en neem deel aan de performance waar de werelden van de Kunst en Atoomfysica, Moleculaire Fysica en Chemische Fysica je artistieke en wetenschappelijke horizon zullen verbreden.


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- (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, 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

After a runtime of exactly one year, 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 – – follow: +

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:

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!