office of the king/ kantoor van de koning
series of performances, site specific istallation, videopresentation
in collaboration with Grenswerte and TETEM kunstruimte
Gronau/Glanerbrug/ Enschede, Germany/ The Netherlands
funded by Grenswerte/ Euregio, invited by curator Stephan Us
the king's speech
DE KONING SPREEKT
Glanerbrug/ Gronau, July 28, 2013
On 28th of July, The King performed an official welcome speech for the inhabitants of Gronau and Glanerbrug. The speech was recorded and exhibited during the final exhibition at TETEM kunstruimte in Enschede.
“As The King, I meet, sustain and connect people. Which means we are of importance to each other. I am here to listen to what you think is important, for you as a person, in your neighborhood, but also what you think the role of The King should be. This is important because I wonder what my future will look like. I would like to hear your opinion. Your opinion is important to me!
...As The King I am not always able to do so...as The King I am not always able to say what I want..
...Sometimes I wish it was all a bit different...Sometimes I even wish I would not even be The King.."
click here for video documentation of the speech.
coffee with the king
KOFFIE MET DE KONING
TETEM kunstruimte, Enschede Aug 30, Aug 31, Sept 1/Sept 6, Sept 7, Sept 8, 2013
The King opened his office in TETEM kunstruimte in Enschede, making it possible to have an audience with The King while enjoying a cup of coffee. The King wanted feedback on what people think of The Monarchy and gain different perspectives concerning the role of The King.
During the audiences, visitors had to adhere to a specific protocol; photos were only allowed to be taken in consultation with the Secretary of the King, visitors should wear appropriate clothing, but could address the King by a name they felt comfortable with. Also during the audiences visitors were asked to fill in a specific questionnaire.
office of the king
KANTOOR VAN DE KONING
Glanerbrug / Gronau, July 24-27, 2013
The King is looking for new forms of governance, therefor asked inhabitants of this particular border region for their opinion about the monarchy.
To achieve this a temporary office was opened on the border of Germany and The Netherlands, at a formal borderpost between Gronau and Glanerbrug. This office
was open for visitors to have a cup of coffee with the King and exchange ideas.
The conversations included questions around expectations of The Monarchy. responsibilities of The King and what people themselves hold important in the area
they live in.
During Month of Performance Art Berlin, in May 2013, Marieke Warmelink was ‘officially’ inaugurated as King of the Network of New Humanism.
the good conversation
HET GOEDE GESPREK
August 8, TETEM kunstruimte, Enschede
In The Good Conversation, The King invited three important guests to participate in
The Good Conversation; a paneldiscussion open to the public, which questioned the
relevance of The monarchy in current society and to propose alternative forms of
The three guests were;
Jan van Lijf; councilor of the municipality of Enschede (D66), who supports maintaining
social involvement of citizens’ initiatives at a local level.
Ab Gietelink; a Dutch author, theater director, actor and producer. Also founder of
the visionary think tank Alternative! that creates and presents new alternative proposals
and critical statements concerning Dutch society. This is presented in the form
of a political program concerning national politics.
Anonymous; a student of history at the University of Utrecht. Anonymous is eager to
reach a new equilibrium as a first step in history to identify and eliminate the blatant
falsification of history about The Royal family that celebrates its 200th anniversary
this year, in 2013.
click for video documentation of the 'Good Conversation"
click here for the link to the article of Tan Tunali in Mister Motley
click here for video documentation of the 'King's Speech'
click here for video documentation of the 'Good Conversation"
click here for more questionairs