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The collective story vs. the individual narrative

Onomatopee 75

If uncertainty is the greatest common denominator, ambiguity is a means to unite the parts....

Only accountable to ourselves, Who told you so?! - The collective story vs. the individual narrative - challenges states of social ambivalence within various levels of cohesion: government, organization, scene and family. Abstractly informing our collective subjectivity and practically nurturing our personal, existential momentum, here we may inform our experiences along the lines of the poetical and critical postures presented. The postures included here inform on our whereabouts. Having the opportunity to feed our individual narrations, we may enable ourselves to challenge the collective stories written to us. Come and play upon ambivalence in cohesion’s truths and face up to what we might consider ambiguous!

The various concentrated gestures and scenarios in this project offer surprising and revealing perspectives of the conditionality of individual freedom within the social configurations in which we find cohesion. Fascinating, relevant and intriguing, now that collective freedom is at odds with individual liberties and individual liberties are at odds with the collective associations by which they should be represented. Belonging to any group makes you an accessory and if you don’t belong, you are not allowed to assume that responsibility. Whatever happens if you belong to a group without wanting to, we usually do not know... We live in times of great social ambiguity.

Trying to find new challenges and widening perspectives, often double-tongued as well as hiding a secret agenda, this project looks for deeper relations. Forty artists, ten writers and four poets use their astute authors’ skills to offer a thought-provoking ambiguity. This bundle will offer conformists an insight into the restrictions of freedom they are responsible for, will inspire freethinkers who feel they lack something and try to find a position, and it will provide recognition to those who feel oppressed.


Aleksandra DomanovicFoundlandGokce Suvari, Group R.E.P. (revolutionary experimental space), Lieven De BoeckMauro Vallejo, Monika Löve, Slavs and TartarsAzra AksamijaElena BajoHank Willis ThomasHeath BuntingJacqueline Schoemaker, Job Janssen, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin JanssenPaul Segers, Anikó Loránt and Kaszás Tamás, Boudewijn BollmannDaan SamsonExactitudes: Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek, Gillian Wearing, Julian D’AngiolillKatrin korfmann, Ken Lum, Marjolijn DijkmanMatthijs BosmanMireia c. SaladriguesSerge Onnen, Pedro BakkerŠejla KamerićErwin van Doorn & Inge NabuursErika Rothenberg, Gunes TerkolJans MuskeeKeren CytterMelanie BonajoNadine Byrne, Ronald OphuisSebastian Friedman.

Dr. Jonathan Short,Patricia Reed, Daniel Miller, Matteo Lucchetti, Markus MiessenAlfredo Cramerotti, Wim Langenhoff, René Gabriëls, Leon Heuts and Tanja Baudoin

Joost BaarsSerge van DuijnhovenKrijn Peter HesselinkAnne van Amstel



Freek Lomme, 2012

Who told you so?! - The collective story vs. the individual narrative -

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Graphic design: In Edition
Curator/editor: Freek Lomme

softcover ( with inserts and extra’s! )
165 x 230 mm / 6.49 x 9.05 inches portrait
Book has 332 pages, the reader with Patricia reed’s text has 64 pages, the one of Daniel Miller has 54 pages.
Freek Lomme
In Edition
Cover: Kilim Bianco 230 gr. Inside pages: Oikos 100 gr.
Double sided full color
Image specs
Over 600 images in color and over 200 in B/W
Text editor
Etcetera Editing / Urok Shirhan and Mels Dees
Photography of the book
Freek Lomme
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  • Freek Lomme curator, editor, poet, writer, critic, project coordinator, producer website
  • In Edition / Eva van der Schans graphic designer website
  • Dave Keune exhibition designer website
  • Aleksandra Domanovic artist
  • Foundland artist, graphic designer website
  • Gokce Suvari artist
  • Group R.E.P. (revolutionary experimental space) artist
  • Lieven De Boeck artist website
  • Mauro Vallejo artist website
  • Monika Löve artist
  • Slavs and Tartars artist
  • Azra Aksamija artist website
  • Hank Willis Thomas artist website
  • Heath Bunting artist
  • Jacqueline Schoemaker editor, writer, artist website
  • Job Janssen photography (artist)
  • Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen editor, artist website
  • Paul Segers artist website
  • Anikó Loránt and Kaszás Tamás artist
  • Exactitudes: Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek photography (artist)
  • Gillian Wearing photography (artist)
  • Katrin Korfmann artist, photography (artist) website
  • Julian D’Angiolill artist
  • Ken Lum artist
  • Marjolijn Dijkman artist website
  • Matthijs Bosman artist website
  • Mireia c. Saladrigues artist website
  • Serge Onnen artist website
  • Pedro Bakker artist website
  • Šejla Kamerić artist
  • Erwin van Doorn and Inge Nabuurs
  • Erika Rothenberg artist website
  • Gunes Terkol artist website
  • Jans Muskee artist website
  • Keren Cytter artist website
  • Melanie Bonajo artist website
  • Nadine Byrne artist website
  • Ronald Ophuis artist
  • Sebastian Friedman photography (artist)
  • Dr. Jonathan Short critic
  • Patricia Reed critic website
  • Daniel Miller writer
  • Matteo Lucchetti critic
  • Markus Miessen critic
  • Alfredo Cramerotti critic
  • Wim Langenhoff theorist
  • Rene Gabriels philosopher
  • Leon Heuts philosopher
  • Tanja Baudoin critic
  • Anne van Amstel poet website
  • Krijn Peter Hesselink poet website
  • Serge van Duijnhoven poet website
  • Joost Baars poet website
  • Nicolette Bodewes intern
  • Juliette Huygen intern
  • Fenna Schaap intern
  • Canada Council for the Arts public fund website
  • Mondriaan Fonds public fund website
  • Municipality of Eindhoven public fund website
  • A/CE Accion Cultural Espanola public fund website
  • Manifesta co-producer website
  • Stad Genk public fund website
  • D+T Project co-producer website
  • Jan van Eyck Academy partner organisation website
  • s/t Same Titled co-producer website