On 3 November 2022, I presented the first publication of my publishing house SAGO Press: GRIT. Truus de Groot in New York City. A photo book with photographs made by musician and artist Truus de Groot between 1981 and 1989 in her home city New York.
On the occasion of the book launch, I organised a ‘Truus de Groot Extravaganza’ in WORM, Rotterdam. I curated the exhibition ‘GRIT. Truus de Groot in New York City’ in WORM’s S/ash Gallery (4 – 20 November), where photographs from the publication where presented alongside (super-8) films made by Truus, soundscapes, and documents and objects from her personal archive. Truus performed with a new Plus Instruments line-up featuring Kathy Ziegler and Mathijs Burgler, there was an Expanded Radioshow, a movie night, and Truus was artist-in-residence at WORM Studio, where she created ‘Music for Dive Bars’. We also joined Zine Camp with a talk and a workshop. The events were covered by a.o. Metropolis M and Gonzo (circus).
Click here to read the interview with Truus de Groot for Metropolis M, by Pernilla Ellens.
Click here for the interview with me and Truus for WORM Radio, by Tisa Neža Herlec.
In this 6-part podcast for Radio WORM, I am your guide in the mysterious realm of music and memory. Digging into my (post)punk record collection, I explore how music attaches itself to experiences, people, and places, what happens when we suddenly hear new things in songs we have heard a thousand times, and how music history is written.
You can now listen to all six episodes of Radio Pareidolia here.
Part 1: Berlin – Sound of a city (27.04.21)
Part 2: Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat – Myth making (04.05.21)
Part 3: Sexism – Shifting perspectives (11.05.21)
Part 4: The Slits – Loud voices, silenced voices (18.05.21)
Part 5: Dutch punk – Oral history (25.05.21)
Part 6: Rotterdam underground – Nostalgia for an age yet to come (01.06.21)
Together with Lula Valletta, I made the book Gewoon een geintje, a tribute to ‘pop poet’, (punk) drummer, Paradiso doorman, and word artist Ton Lebbink. Apart from a selection of his poetry, the book contains reproductions of never before published drawings, correspondence, notes, and ideas, from Lebbink’s personal archive, alongside beautiful black-and-white photography.
The book was published independently, in a numbered edition of 150 copies and was financed through Voordekunst. In 2021, the book was awarded by Mooi Marginaal.