Allan Kaprow

September 23 –  December 19, 2015

NP3 presents the first reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s iconic environment YARD in the Netherlands!
The work and ideas of Allan Kaprow as artistic phenomenon still have great actuality value which should remain visible and experienceable for everyone. Kaprow’s work endures all time, is accessible, process-oriented, inquisitive and full of humor. According to NP3 the work of Kaprow is a very early form of the open source mentality, he was a pioneer in sharing the source code of his ideas as an artist and researcher.

Allan Kaprow (August 23, 1927 – April 5, 2006) was an American artist. He started his artistic career studying composition by John Cage, wrote experimental electronic music and studied painting before he experimented with daily material, environments and the involvement of the viewer. Kaprow is regarded as a pioneer in establishing and developing the concepts of performance art, art as environments and happenings and art practice as ‘activity’. His work is considered as part of the revolutionary element of the New York avant-garde of the 1960s. Kaprow was devoted to pass the barriers between art and the daily human activities, the ordinary life: “The everyday world is the most astonishing inspiration conceivable. A walk down 14th Street is more amazing than any masterpiece of art.” – Allan Kaprow.

His whole life Kaprow searches for ways to ‘unart’ the art practice. His concepts focused more and more on the aesthetics of the experience of the viewer / participant. The visitor as a part of the art piece, with his own opinion, making his own decisions. Kaprow wanted to develop art, that pops up spontaneous and unsuspected in life as a part of it, not besides it. Even while he presented his art activities in different art institutes around the world, Kaprow ‘fought’ openly with the paradox of art in relation to established art institutes like musea, galleries, art spaces. He often criticized them as ‘art mausoleums’. His art shows were willful oppositional, contrary with a wink a to the ‘art’ environment, to interrupt the traditions of presenting art to make us understanding the meaning of ‘art like’ art and ‘life like’ art. His own model to point out the relationship and possibilities between artist, artwork, audience and the daily life.

“Not only does art become life, but life refuses to be itself.”
Allan Kaprow

Allan Kaprow realizid the first YARD in 1961, in the open-air sculpture garden of the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York as part of the group exhibition Environments, Situations, Spaces. Kaprow filled the space with hundreds of car tires encouraging visitors to walk on it, climb, rearrange and interact with the environment. YARD is an ongoing process, during his life he realized the ‘re-doing’ of YARD a several times. Before Kaprow died he manifested to keep YARD alive in the possibility of the ‘re-invention’ of YARD and gave the responsibility of the progress of YARD to the Allan Kaprow Estate.
“I say reinventions, rather than reconstructions, because the works … differ markedly from their originals. Intentionally so. As I wrote in notes to one of them, they were planned to change each time they were remade.” – Allan Kaprow, 1991


The Allan Kaprow Estate and Gallery Hauser & Wirth for their support and trust in NP3 to realize the first reinvention of YARD in The Netherlands after the dead of Allan Kaprow.

Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate and Hauser & Wirth

Tires sponsored by Kuil Banden

Special thanks to Gemeente Groningen, Provincie Groningen and Nijestee

Jan van der Ploeg

0701 Jan van der Ploeg, GRIP, 2007, 150 x 112,5 cm., acrylic on linnen
Jan van der Ploeg PAINTING No.0701 GRIP, 2007 150 x 112,5 cm. acrylic on canvas

bur0 Gr0ningen
GRIP – land art project
Jan van der Ploeg

October 8, 2015 until January 29, 2016

A special DUO opening GRIP on Saturday October 3, 2015:

Lunch 13 hrs at Atelier aan de Middendijk 8, Usquert
Drinks 17 hrs at bur0 Gr0ningen, Hofstraat 21

GRIP – land art project is the collaboration between Jan van der Ploeg, Atelier aan de Middendijk and NP3. Atelier aan de Middendijk connects contemporary art and design to the technological development in the province of Groningen to achieve a different landscape experience. The exhibition will be on display in bur0 Gr0ningen, the ‘white cube’ art space of NP3.

Atelier aan de Middendijk
Dirk-Jan Visser and Christian Ernsten, bought Atelier aan de Middendijk in 2011 from biologist and anthropologist Jos Nienhuis and made his ‘legacy’ to their artistic starting point. Not only Nienhuis created a wild garden as a natural habitat for the snail, he also experimented with low energy life. Nienhuis fought as such, in his own way, against the commercialization of the use of land and the effects of land consolidation. At the same time he was inspired by the design of the land. In response he created the wild garden of the Atelier in sharp geometric lines. The curators of the Atelier saw in the design of the polder land and the wild garden at the Middendijk a challenge for Van der Ploeg’s approach and invited him for a residence.

Jan van der Ploeg
Jan van der Ploeg is best known for his wall paintings. His great fascination and inspiration from existing patterns, forms and colors of design, landscapes and architecture is an indispensable part of his work. He usually works with a combination of strong colors and forms in different dimensions and responds to the architecture of buildings and public spaces. His GRIP motive is derived from the oval handgrips of moving boxes and since the nineties an important part of the work of Jan van der Ploeg. Van der Ploeg’s first GRIP works appeared in 1997 on buildings and backyards in Amsterdam. In the meantime his work is shown all over the world, in among others the Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney.

Van der Ploeg responded during his residency in the Atelier in Usquert on the radical design choices of Nienhuis. The semi-permanent work in the Atelier is a wall painting in the corner room on the east side of the house. He restored the present phosphorus yellow / green and integrated it into a new color scheme for the room. Van der Ploeg’s wall painting uses the colors of the rising sun to illuminate the room. Van der Ploeg brought the landscape inside.

In the period of his residency he came into contact with artist Corrie de Boer, the partner of the in 2007 deceased Albert Waalkens. Partly as a result of this encounter, Van der Ploeg conceived the plan for a land art design in the second part of his residency. The work of the American artist Dennis Oppenheim, who in 1969 at the invitation of farmer Albert Waalkens made the works “Cancelled Crop” and “Directed Seeding” in a field in Finsterwolde, was for Van der Ploeg an important source of inspiration for the development of GRIP – land art project.

Together with two young farmers Van der Ploeg created the immense GRIP form in the Groninger Hoogeland.

GRIP at bur0 Gr0ningen will show GRIP in the context of his residency in Atelier aan de Middendijk at the Hoogeland, the land art project, drawings and Van der Ploeg designed specially for bur0 Gr0ningen a new wall painting.


NP3_amadk_2015ALL POWER TO THE ART   

M0Bi, the experimental container art space of NP3, focuses on research, experiment, production and presentation of contemporary art in relation to society, science and technology. As of September 23, 2015 M0Bi is a growing action model with exhibitions, interventions, open calls, open workshops, open forums, open offices, open lectures, debates, lectures and other needs …

In the context of the statement All Power To The Art of Albert Van Der Weide, NP3 organizes the next months various activities and interventions. Along with creators, viewers, thinkers, doers, listeners, experiencers, experts and any other action partner.

Our question to YOU is: Join our Action Model!

The public programme of AMADK takes place in the UNIQUE exhibition YARDin.
Check regularly for the latest news, meetings and interventions.

Saturday October 3, 14.00 – 16.00 hrs.

NP3 will regurlary organize Open Offices within the environment YARDin as common ground. A place were YOU are invited to share your thougths, ask questions, to perform or to discuss a proposal within the action model. We are going to dialoque with anyone who wants to talk about art or power, waste and re-use, about helping refugees or the gas extraction in North of the Netherlands or about……
You can talk to Ruud Akse en Albert Van Der Weide at the first Open Office!
You are Welcome to join! Free Entrance!


NP3 also invites YOU to a series of open college Autonomous University Courses by Pascal Gielen. Especially within the context of All Power to the art and in the environment YARDin Pascal Gielen gives a series of lectures to students of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and to anyone who is interested. Free entrance! Language colleges: english
Pascal Gielen is professor of sociology of art and politics at the Research Center Arts in Society (Groningen University – the Netherlands) and at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University – Belgium). He is editor in-chief of the international book series ‘Arts in Society’. His research focuses on the institutional context of the arts and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Korean, Portugees, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

OC-01 September 25, 2015, 9 -12 hrs
Autonomous University Course 1: What’s happening in the contemporary art world?
Biennials and community art are booming the last decade in the art world? Is there a link? During this first open source course sociologist Pascal Gielen will analyse and discuss both parallel phenomena. He will relate macro-sociological phenomena such as globalization, neo-liberalization, post-Fordism to trends and individual (artists’) behaviour in the contemporary art world.

OC-02 October 2, 2015, 9 – 12 hrs
Autonomous University Course 2: Joy Divisions, Play and Society as a Camp – Can Art show us the Way Out?
During the second open source college the students and interested visitors will be taken in a wild ride of thought. The monstrous music of the Manchester post-punk band Joy Division will be linked with the Nazi-camps and the state of exception of Georgio Agamben to make an critical analyse of the contemporary creative city. Can art play show us a way out of this repressive creative condition?

OC-03 October 9, 2015, 9  – 12 hrs
Autonomous University Course 3: Culture, the foundation of politics
To be announced

OC-04 October 16, 2015, 9 -12 hrs
Autonomous University Course 4: to be announced

Bente Westerhuis

26Untitled Animations,
Bente Westerhuis

24/7/365 on show from October 1, 2015 @ eMMa 
in the Rem Koolhaas Videobusstop

In 2014 Bente Westerhuis graduated from ABK Minerva and that year she was the winner of the encouragement award for design.
The almost lethargic anti-hero and everyday pursuits are central subjects in the animations of Bente Westerhuis. The banal simplicity in her animations is so universal that this begins to become recognizable and accessible.
Getting up. Work. Eat. Sleep.
Getting up. Work. Eat. Sleep.
Getting up. Work. Eat. Sleep.
From one daily bother to another. Bente isn’t looking for a certain meaning or message within this, but works from a love of meaninglessness. The black and white pixel animations express the monotonous, repetitive movements and the characterlessness of the main character. The boredom: drinking coffee, zapping, waiting; the one repetition after the other…  

Special thanks to Kunstraad Groningen, Gemeente Groningen and HMB Signaal

Die Kantine



NP3 starts the summer

FRIDAY JULY 3, 2015 @ NP3 | M0Bi, Kolendrift 13, Groningen (NL)
16 until 24 hours
Admission: € 2.50

DIE KANTINE is a pop-up bar and dance space in one! A place to eat, drink, party and meet. For each episode a new intriguing new location, this summer edition will take place at M0Bi!

Park your hipster bike in the shed, shave off your beard and mustache, leave the flowery dress at home and forget your big black glasses. From now on we do it just normal again! Polo shirts, fleece sweaters for the colder evening, that glorious shapeless daddy or mommy jeans, a camping smoking with white socks and sandals: put them on! Free the tourist in yourselves right before the holidays and come along on Friday, July 3, to the most normal Die Kantine you’ll ever experience! Just get a drink with a normal summer snack from afternoon until midnight. Die Kantine Kitchen is open from 18:00 until everything is gone. At 22:00 DJ Joost Oomen turns Die Kantine into a very normal dancing space. A normal moment to drink, eat and dance…


Ruud Akse, artistic director of NP3 with Solveigh Lingens

Since the opening of her container art space M0Bi in 2012, NP3 welcomes her 70.000th visitior! In honor of this special moment she surprised number 70.000, Solveigh Lingens, a German student of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, with a complete NP3 Gift Set and a festive glass of champagne!

M0Bi Valley @ Energize Festival

IMG_7070_webNP3 presenteert M0Bi Valley: Het KoffieDrabLAB – Koffiedik: van afval naar product @ Energize Festival op 5 juni 2015
Locatie: Academie Minerva, Gedempte Zuiderdiep 158, Groningen.

M0Bi Valley is het onderzoeks-, proces- en ontwikkelLAB van NP3, waar kunstenaars, wetenschappers, onderzoekers, technici, ICT’ers, ondernemers, studenten, vindingrijke burgers en … nauw samenwerken aan nieuwe oplossingen in veranderende tijden.

Het project KoffieDrabLAB ontwikkelt NP3 samen met onderzoekers en wetenschappers van DNV-GL. Het onderzoek naar het hergebruik van koffiedik is ontstaan door een opdracht van het Rijksvastgoedbedrijf aan Ruud Akse (kunstenaar en artistiek directeur NP3) in het kader van het nieuwe, duurzame kantoorgebouw van de Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs en de Belastingdienst in de stad Groningen. Een van de belangrijkste afvalstromen in het gebouw is namelijk koffiedik: 400 kg per dag!

Ruud Akse ontwikkelde het Masterplan p0rtaal, waarbij een onderzoekende visie op duurzaamheid, (materiaal)hergebruik en (cultureel) ondernemerschap centraal staat. Hoe draag je bij om het leven in de huidige samenleving duurzamer te maken? Met p0rtaal ontstond de eerste samenwerking van NP3 met Superuse Studios en De Zwammerij. Superuse Studios is een Rotterdams architectenbureau dat op vele manieren bouwt aan een duurzame samenleving. Hiervoor ontwikkelen zij verschillende onderzoekslijnen die zich focussen op een  specifiek segment van hun (ontwerp)strategie. De Zwammerij gebruikt de koffiedik voor het kweken van oesterzwammen, waar overheerlijke handgemaakte bitterballen van worden gemaakt.De hoeveelheid grondstof koffiedik biedt volop mogelijkheden om, naast de oesterzwamkwekerij, in het KoffieDrabLAB te experimenteren en te onderzoeken. Dit om te komen tot een duurzame manier van denken, produceren en consumeren. Waarbij koffiedik wordt ingezet als grondstof voor de ontwikkeling van nieuwe oplossingen en product(lijn)en.

Programma 5 juni 2015

werkLAB MV 1.0 @ Energize Festival – van afval naar waarde
11:00 – 14:30 uur – BESLOTEN
Tijdens het Energize Festival organiseert NP3 samen Christine van der Vorm, ontwerper van samenwerkingen,het eerste M0Bi Valley werkLAB.
Hiervoor nodigen zij in koffiedik gespecialiseerde of geïnteresseerde gasten uit. Van afvalverwerkers tot ondernemers, van oesterzwamkwekers tot
onderzoekers, van beleidsambtenaren tot kunstenaars. In een besloten gezamenlijkheid wordt er gewerkt, gedeeld en ontwikkeld met als centraal
product: koffiedik. Van afval naar waarde!

M0Bi Valley tafelgesprek
15:00 – 16:10 uur – PUBLIEK
Introductie M0Bi Valley en KoffiedDrabLAB door Zwaan Ipema en Ruud Akse, NP3.
Onder leiding van Christine van der Vorm gaan enkele deelnemers van het Werklab MV 1.0 open en interactief met elkaar en het publiek in gesprek over
het thema koffiedik, van afval naar waarde.16.10 – 16.30 uur presentatie cahier Bio Based Materials van Nathalie Beekman en Klaas Pieter Lindeman.

NP3 presents M0Bi Valley: the KoffieDrabLAB – coffee grounds: from waste to value @ Energize Festival on June 5, 2015
Location: Academie Minerva, Gedempte Zuiderdiep 158, Groningen (NL).

M0Bi Valley is the research, process and development LAB of NP3, where artists, scientists, researchers, technicians, ICT professionals, entrepreneurs, students, resourceful citizens and … work closely together to create new solutions in changing times.

NP3 develops the project KoffieDrabLAB together with researchers and scientists of DNV-GL. The research on the reuse of coffee grounds originated from the commission of the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf to Ruud Akse (artist and artistic director NP3) in the context of the new, sustainable office building of the Office for educational grants and registration of students (DUO) and Tax Office in the city Groningen. One of the main waste flows in the building is coffee grounds: 400 kg per day!

Ruud Akse developed the Master Plan p0rtaal, with central an exploratory vision on sustainability, (material) recycling and (cultural) entrepreneurship.
How do you contribute in making today’s society more sustainable? With p0rtaal came the first collaboration of NP3 with Superuse Studios and De Zwammerij. Superuse Studios is a Rotterdam-based architectural office that is building in many ways at a sustainable society. Therefore they develop different lines of research, which focuses on a specific segment of their (design) strategy. De Zwammerij uses the coffee grounds for the cultivating of oyster mushrooms, from which delicious handmade oyster mushroom crispballs are made.

The amount of the recource coffee grounds offers plenty of opportunities, in addition to the oyster mushroom growing, to experiment and research in the KoffieDrabLAB. This with the aim to achieve a sustainable way of thinking, producing and consuming. In which coffee grounds are implemented as resource for the development of new solutions and product(line)s.

Programme June 5, 2015
werkLAB MV 1.0 @ Energize Festival – van afval naar waarde
11:00 – 14:30 hrs – PRIVATE
During the Energize Festival NP3 organizes together with Christine van der Vorm, designer of collaborations, the first  the first M0Bi Valley werkLAB. We invited guests who are specialized or interested in coffee grounds. From waste processors to entrepreneurs, from oyster mushroom growers to researchers, from municipal officers to artists. There will be working, sharing and developping in private collectivity with the central product: coffee grounds. From waste to value!

M0Bi Valley talk  15:00 – 16:10 uur – PUBLIC
Introduction of M0Bi Valley and  KoffiedDrabLAB by Zwaan Ipema and Ruud Akse, NP3. Open and interactive talk session headed by Christine van der Vorm between the participants of the werkLAB MV 1.0 and the public on the theme coffee grounds, from waste to value.

16.10 – 16.30 uur presentation cahier Bio Based Materials by Nathalie Beekman and Klaas Pieter Lindeman.


Voor wie NINETEEN nog niet heeft gezien, de tentoonstelling is wegens succes verlengd tot 6 juni!Mediakunstenaar Nils Völker ontwikkelde speciaal voor M0Bi zijn installatie NINETEEN. Het is zijn eerste solo-tentoonstelling in Nederland en
veruit de grootste installatie die hij tot nu toe heeft gerealiseerd.

For those who haven’t seen NINETEEN yet, the exhibition is prolonged due to succes until June 6

Media artist Nils Völker realizes specially for the container art space M0Bi his installation NINETEEN. His first solo exhibition in the Netherlands and by far the biggest installation by now!