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Onomatopee 75 / Research project
The collective story vs. the individual narrative

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

Curator/editor:Freek Lomme
Exhibition design: Dave Keune
Graphic design: In Edition 
Made possible thanks to the Municipality of Eindhoven and Mondriaan Fund


Who told you so?! - The collective story vs. the individual narrative -
Onomatopee 75

40 artists, 10 writers, 4 poets and some others.

Price: € 19,00    

isbn: 978-94-91677-04-5

softcover ( with inserts and extra’s! )
6,49 x 9,05 inches / 165 x 230 mm
edition : 2000 

Book has 332 pages, the reader with Patricia reed’s text has 64 pages, the one of Daniel Miller has 54 pages.

Over 600 images in color and over 200 in B/W

Graphic design: 
In Edition

Freek Lomme

© Onomatopee 2011

Photography by Studio Clack
Photography by Studio Clack