White Lessons

comprises a series of different art-projects on the theme of Whiteness as a lecture presented at Making Mirrors Conference at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK New Society for Visual Arts) Berlin, Germany. The various works and projects include in the presentation:

  • The Hip Decadence of Reductive Glamour

    An action and series of photographs taken in Parisian photo-booths
    2000, Digital photography, Paris France
    The main page for this project may be found in selected projects under: The Hip Decadence of Reductive Glamour
  • The White Man Project

    A caucasian (white) actor is hired to portray the artist 'Jean-Ulrick Désert' and offer free Art Lesson's to the public in the BRUCE New Art Foundation gallery space- Images of the Zwarte Piet, a white dutch person in black-face along side shopping bag images of two American performers in white-face hung in the gallery windows. The art lesson brochures used Édouard Manet's odalisque painting 2004, Performance/Action, Ink portraits, Rotterdam The Netherlands.
  • White Lessons

    Is a lecture delivered as part of the Re-Positionierung Lecture series at the Neue Geselschaft für bildende Kunst e.V.( NGBK / The New Society for Visual Arts) Berlin and the  W.E.B. duBois Lectures of the Amerikanistik (American studies) program of Humboldt University Berlin. (2009 and 2010)
    The accompanying youtube-video links may be accessed through the following link: WhiteLessons.Blogspot.com
  • Negerhosen2000

    Negerhosen2000 spans many forms and materials. The artist wears German Lederhosen constructed of leather resembling caucasian skin. Initially deployed as an art-action, a photographic-record was and assembled from the public and redeployed as art-works in everyday venues such as city squares, bars, restaurants, cafes, beer-gardens , galleries and museums. This final phase of the project remains on-going. 1997 and 2001, Perfomance/actions, private and public art billboard installations, limited edition C-Prints, beer coasters The main page for this project may be found in selected projects under Negerhosen2000
Footnotes
  1. Olympia by Édouard Manet (1832 -1883) 1863, Musée d'Orsay, Paris France
  2. HERE is a short but clear summary text by a dutch journalist on Black Face in the Netherlands, held as a tradition in the figure of Zwarte Piet (Black Pete).
  3. VIDEO of a Dutch comedy expresses the indignity of servitude from the traditional Zwarte Piet, as a modern day domestic .
  4. Article about the use of people of color in Dutch Ads.
  5. Icelandic Giants(VICE news video) Machismo exists in many places globally. There is a northern European version of this infered by this documentary.