Het Vijfde Seizoen

Doris Denekamp & Geert van Mil

Summer 2014

In the summer of 2014 the artists, Doris Denekamp and Geert van Mil, worked in het Vijfde Seizoen. Together with the patients, Doris and Geert read the epic story of Moby Dick. This novel written by Herman Melville in 1851. It tells the story of revenge by Captain Ahab on the white whale Mody Dick and the protagonist Ismael. Inspired by this classic novel, the artists and the patients came up with new stories. These are being processed in a contemporary version of Moby Dick. The title of this book is ‘Noem me Ismael’ and appeared in June 2015.

On September 25 2014, Doris and Geert ended their residency period with a public presentation. Barber van der Pol, writer and translator, opened the afternoon. The artists read from ‘Noem me Ismael’ and there was a sound-performance of guest artist Toine Horvers.

On June 25 2015 ‘Noem me Ismael’ was presented in Museum Het Dolhuys in Haarlem. The book launch was accompanied by an exhibition of infra-red photographs that van Mil & Denekamp made during their residency.

Geert van Mil and Doris Denekamp form the collective Informal Strategies

The Mondriaan Foundation supported the residency and the presentation at museum Het Dolhuys under the scheme of Temporary Ateliers (Tijdelijke Binnenland Ateliers). Altrecht GGZ also supported the residency period . Yske Walter Fonds is contributing to the realization of the book.

www.informalstrategies.org

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