Ieke Trinks

Netherlands based artist ieke Trinks (1977) performs work that often includes the contributions of others in the creation of it. For example, Unscripted Play (Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK, USA, 2014) was a collaborative residency with U.S. artist Sarah McKemie, in which the artists initiated improvisational work with high school students, clients from a centre for physical challenges, and residents of a home for the elderly. Works designed to encourage participation from strangers in public spaces include Call for Participants, performed as part of the Playful Arts Festival (Den Bosch, 2014), and Meetings, performed as part of Out of Site: Unexpected Encounters In Public Space (Chicago, 2013), both were made in collaboration with U.S. artist Bernard Roddy. Trinks has also worked in the same spirit alone. In Value Products, for example, she selects discarded items on the streets, has them named and valued by people she approaches, and then packages and labels each in order to offer it for sale at market during the event. Markets for this performance have included those provided on the occasion of Anders Sein (Alte Post, Neuss, Germany, 2015), Outside/Inside (Spectacle Island, Boston, 2016) and Whose Museum (Krets gallery, Malmö, 2019). Since 2015, Trinks has been creating work to explore the relation between performance and documentation. Performance Monologues is one of these projects and can be understood as a template for the creation of an oral encyclopaedia. Spoken recordings by performance artists recalling a past performance are employed by Trinks who then memorises and recites the stories to a new live audience, as if these memories of performances were her own. The project What Remains, On the Sacred, the Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art (Chicago 2020), made in collaboration with Defibrillator Gallery in Chicago, is a curatorial project for which artists were invited to reanimate Joseph Ravens’ collection of objects from past performances hosted and organized over the past nine years by Defibrillator. Trinks has written about performance art initiatives in the Netherlands for the publication ‘Art Action 1998 – 2018’ published by Le Lieu, Centre en Art Actuel (Quebec City). Since 2010 Trinks is co-organiser of PAE (Performance Art Event) and since 2008 she has worked in collaboration with the all-women performance troupe, TRICKSTER.

Photograph: I Enter A Room, PARK Performance Art Weekend (Tilburg). Photo: PARK


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