Fripperies and Trimmings: Meaning Arises Through Use
De Geuzen (NL 2003)
‘De Geuzen’ is a collective of three artists that have been joined in collaboration since 1996. During the IMPAKT Festival, they will present a number of collective D.I.Y. projects. For the project, the collective will restyle a space into a sewing and ironing studio where visitors can work on printing their own clothing or fabrics available in the studio. In addition, fabrics printed beforehand can be used to design garments and accessories. The central element within this project is the thought that the body can be used as a tool to convey a ‘message’. Wearing clothing and accessories with texts or signs and the way in which they are worn can be regarded as significant signals enabling the person to express his position on politics, society or religion.
De Geuzen― Artist
De Geuzen is a foundation for multi-visual research which was established in Amsterdam in 1996 out of the necessity to create a forum in the Netherlands for critical inquiry, reflection and production with regards to visual culture. De Geuzen has three core initiators, Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renée Turner, who operate as a collaborative art and design team which creates context specific projects. Its intention is to promote an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue and to initiate situations where visual practices are viewed and understood as an integrated social process. Projects include educational projects, The Walk-in Reader at De Appel Amsterdam, and an ongoing collaboration with the Rode Draad. The aim of "social interfacing" is pursued through tailored tactics of assuming a plurality of guises, or strategic role playing, in order to reach different audiences and construct new publics.