environments

are cross-overs between an exhibition, performance, workshop, presentation, private place or lecture within a single situation: living art.
Hans Bossmann investigates the borders between art and life. How can the public enter the work instead of looking from a distance?
How can the artist embed himself in the world and contribute to more ‘open space - open mind - open heart’ to improve relationships between people?
Living art facilitates curiosity, wonder, personal development and friendship in order to let meaningful new opportunities arise

United Squares

Festival takes Hans' work as a starting point for the design. Poster, program booklet, website and decor are developed and designed crowd-sourced.
The audience draws abstract patterns on life-size white decor pieces.
Thanks to De Vishal and Muijs-stationary store
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Self-portraits of Het Oude Westen

Five weeks traveling through the Rotterdam neighborhood The Old West with theater maker Brecht Hermans. At 16 meeting places we draw abstract patterns on house objects with residents and visitors . We collect the personal stories told.
Live exhibitions of all the objects and stories in the neighborhood playground, in the WORM-Slash Gallery exhibition space and Museum Rotterdam. The 'Cupboard with names' has been included in the collection 'Real Rotterdam Heritage' by the museum.
Publication i.s.m REALmag. Minidocumentary by A Small Production Company.

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Special thanks to: Joke van der Zwaard (Leeszaal West), Fund for Culture Participation, Foundation Bevordering van Volkskracht, Erasmus Foundation, REALmag, WORM, neighborhood newspaper Oude Westen, Oude Westen TV, all the people of the meeting places and Museum Rotterdam. 
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1HOURartshows Bornem (B)

In 1HOURartshows, artists themselves show a work of art to the public and passers-by. Artists recite their own work during one hour, act as the plinth of their work so to speak: artist and work become one.
1HOURartshows Bornem are organised to give an idea of the future art programming during the opening of the new culture building cc ter Dilft.
Participants amongst others: Kristof van Gelder, Katrien Oosterlinck, Christine Clinckx, Vaast Colson, Margot Dieleman, Rosa Sijben, Maarten Bel, Reinaart Vanhoe, Eef Veldkamp, Eline de Bruijn and 16 non-prof artists.
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We Are Public Studio

This Studio supports the launch campaign of We Are Public, Haarlem. From the campaign hotspot on Grote Markt 15, Haarlem, activities are organized to recruit 500 members.
In the end, more than 900 people subscribed.

It is a communication tool, a studio, an exhibition, a meeting place, an open workplace, all in one.

Public Studios 2017

Hans moves his studio this summer and autumn into public space. He draws on furniture with passers by in a shopping mall, at a festival, Leeszaal Rotterdam West, a Philharmonie and other public places.
Hans says: "People can be reached always and anywhere through mobile technology and social media. But people need each other's company. Instead of consuming only, it's more nice to produce things together."
Up to now more than 700 people have already drew up to twenty pieces of furniture. Experience shows that this way of drawing creates easy encounters in which people listen closely to each other. On the other hand, it is a very relaxing activity. Participants are available in all sizes and colors: children aged 1 to older 99 year people from all corners of the world, rich, poor, healthy or limited. The furniture with drawings is an example of crowd-sourced design. They show the diversity of all these different participants in it

Assistants: Loes Pas, Saji Khazrai
Sponsors: Recycle Stores De Snuffelmug and Rataplan, Carpentry factory van Heerden, Muijs-office supply, Government Haarlem, Nieuwsgierig? and De Schalk coffee and gifts
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Studio in Leeszaal West 2017

Five days of drawing with visitors and volunteers of Leeszaal West and artists form Gallery Studio Herenplaats, Rotterdam
Leeszaal (reading room) West was established by residents of the Rotterdam district Het Oude Westen as an alternative to the closed district library
Studio in Leeszaal West examines if the togetherness of residents' initiatives (Places) in the Old West can be made more visible through an art project. The Places constitute one joint house in the district. A consciousness that may involve more the Places themselves, neighborhood residents, neighborhood companies and official agencies. Hans Bossmann and theatre-maker Brecht Hermans are making a joint art project in 2018 with all the Places in Het Oude Westen

4-8 July

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Sponsors: Galerie/Atelier de Herenplaats, Stichting De Klakkenaar and Nieuwsgierig? 

Everything Okay? 2016

Project by and about Wereldkeuken Haarlem, Noord Hollands Archief Haarlem. Newcomers in the city of Haarlem prepare favourite dishes from their home country, as a tribute to the place where they came from, as a memory of what they have left behind. Participants of the drawing club in WonderkamersHaarlem showed their 'relay drawings’

October, November.

Drawing club participants: S. Khazrai, A. Hessami, M. Al Drzi, A. Tanbouk, M. Harwi, N. Issa, blondfabric-madebysoek, H.Bossmann
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Stone Graffiti 2016 - 2017

Art project Red Jacket invited Hans Bossmann to Hingene, Belgium, to act as a guest artist for two days. The project was repeated in 2017

Hans Bossmann placed stones that were found in the village's parking lot on all of the windowsills in the two village streets. Most of the windowsills were made of the same type of stone

Participants amongst others: V. Colson, D. Rabreau, R. Vanhoe
Cultural centre ter Dilft, Bornem, België
October 14, 2016,
October 14, 2017

The Living Room of Haarlem 2016

The Living Room of Haarlem is a group show, a shop, a bar, a stage for music and poetry, a cultural center and a house including front garden and bedroom. Hans Bossmann lived and worked five weeks publicly as an embedded artist

Artspace The Vishal, Haarlem
 
More than 130 participants amongst others:
R. Engelen, M.Creed, J. Bey, K. Black, H. Peeters,
M. Schlatmann, J.M. Armleder, A. Kempenaar, S. De Groot,
F. Hovers, J. Monk, G. Förg, J. Hak, E. Veldkamp,
T. Möhlmann, N. Gieles, T. Bruinsma, S. Hubers, The Syrens, Carly E., M. Hijstek

July, August

View the RTV NH video or scroll down to the documentary by Mirjam van Veelen Film
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Documentary video The Living room of Haarlem 2016

Documentary video about life in The Living room of Haarlem

Time: 4:50 minutes

Video: Mirjam van Veelen Films, 2016

Music: Carly E, J. Severin, J. Henneman
Photo's: videostills

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1HOURartshows Arnhem 2016

In 1HOURartshows, artists themselves show a work of art to the public and passers-by. Artists recite their own work during one hour, act as the plinth of their work so to speak: artist and work become one
 
1HOURartshows Arnhem are organised to create or intensify links between the ruru huis/ Sonsbeek’16_transACTION, socio-cultural institutions and participating artists: ‘Make friends, not art’

Six one-hour exhibitions at six different locations. Thirty plus artists participated after a open call, amongst others: vGtO, R. Nahawandi, M. Bosch, blondfabric-madebysoek, M. Hamwi,  E. Bossmann, C. van Lammeren, leden Ruangrupa, M. van der Worm, A. Arts, G. Rets, J. Jouwsma, E. Veldkamp

Spring and autumn

Photos by M. Alshahrour, R. Vanhoe, H. Bossmann,
E. Gonzales
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drawing club 2015 - 2016


Drawing club with (ex) refugees from Iran and Syria. In ‘relay drawing’ the participants pass on their drawing to the person next to them, who then continues the drawing. Drawing doesn't require one to understand each other's language

WonderkamersHaarlem, Haarlem
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1HOURartshows Haarlem 2015

In 1HOURartshows, artists themselves show a work of art to the public and passers-by. Artists recite their own work during one hour, act as the plinth of their work so to speak: artist and work become one

The reasons for organizing this 1HOURartshows:
1.   To link professional artists and their work in various genres and styles within an accessible exhibition concept

2.   To experiment with the boundaries of ‘indoor art’ within the public space

3.   To create goodwill for the work of artists in general and artists' society De Vishal in particular
 
Five friday-one-hour exhibitions from 4 – 5 PM at Grote Markt, Haarlem

Participants: K. Dullemond, E. Toorenent, S. Ojaghi, W. Faber, N. Willie, S. Blickman, Mobra, R. Jongeling, S. De Groot, I.Meijs, Ambro, blondfabric-MadeBySoek, H.Bossmann

May and June

Photos by M. Haringa, F. van der Erf
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public lecture 2015

'The necessity of a curious mentality', an interactive lecture that literally puts the downsides of 'focus' and 'speciality' to the test. What do you see when you look through a tube? You'll only see what you're looking for, nothing new or different

Public library at the Haarlem train station, Kennemerland Library

November 26

Photos by D. Cup

Philosopher's stone 2012 - 2016

Since 2012, Hans Bossmann has been joining forces with visitors and colleagues to make drawings and paintings on furniture. Each piece of furniture serves as a plinth for a sculpture that was made by an (anonymous) amateur artist or child. The furniture is shown and processed in various combinations

Show, Share & Shine 2014

Creative Business
Official kick-off of a reorganized educational domain motivating fellow teachers of Inholland University of Applied Sciences

Own initiative with fellow teachers S. Kroeske and R. Blom: conception and realization of a launch event for the new domain Creative Business. The event facilitated the start of identity development and an exchange between teachers and staff of four studies. Motivating fellow teachers to take initiatives themselves in the development and implementation of education

Programme with food, drinks, cabaret, singer-songwriters and DJs

Venue: de Lichtfabriek. Haarlem. 250 plus participants

6 November

Henk = 0 2013

Participation in commemorative event because of death Henk Peeters
Initiated and organized by Topp & Dubio
With, amongst others others: Topp & Dubio, K. Schippers, D. van Kleef J. nephews / LPI, PJ Roggeband.
The Hague, April 20

Open your head up wide! 2008 - 2012

Students at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences drew cubes on correspondence cards during lectures by Hans Bossmann

Ballpoint and marker on paper

Dimensions dependent on presentation
Dimensions of individual cards: 10 x 15 cm

Course/ workshops re-design 2011

Workshop as work of art, which sees participants using old articles to create something new. The course/workshops are not included in the exhibition programme, so that visitors to the exhibition and cultural heritage are optimally surprised

Artspace Kunstfort Vijfhuizen

Spring and autumn

ING oké 2009

Students encourage bank employees.
Pressure cooker assignment public event for Experience Management students at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences, which is conducted in public spaces

Video by students among others: Dionne, Khalid, Suzanne, Leontine, Joshua, Ernesto, Benjamin, Mary, Patrick, Rob, Janet Zaira, Ayinda, Rens, Matthew, Stado, Devi, Rodney, Soraya, Robin

ING Zuidplein, Inholland Rotterdam

Jan Lul Goed Spul 2008

The Dutch slogan ‘Jan Lul Goed Spul’ has a somewhat negative yet humorous connotation, along the lines of ‘Danny Dork Quality Work’ or ‘Billy Bore Exciting Store’

Taking the opposite situation as a starting point is a common way of finding solutions. Which name has such a negative association that any passer-by will remember it? Car repair shop “Total Loss”, liquor store “Free Delirium incl.”, butcher shop “The Dog Butcher”. Pub “Free Beer Tomorrow”. It's not difficult to evoke negative connotations that are funny as well. The small business owner is afraid of getting a bad reputation, but any form of attention is profitable. Bad advertising is good advertising

Vehicle lettering on delivery van

The Netherlands

Spring, summer 2008

Say yes now! 2007

Positive protest that expresses how nice it is to study and work at the Inholland university of applied sciences

Pressure cooker assignment public event for Experience Management students, which is conducted in public spaces

Video by students Hogeschool Inholland Rotterdam

Editing: Pim

December 6

360˚ lecture Erasmus Bridge 2014

Public practical seminar in experience communication at the Erasmus Bridge for students at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences and passers-by. The seminar demonstrates the strength of experiences in communication and generates more than 125K in ad value (TV - radio - print - specialist press) for the university of applied sciences. All of the participants have an unforgettable experience

In collaboration with A.Dujardin en T.Peeters

May 19

TEF1Person 1996 - 2000

The Travelling Exhibition For 1Person is a group exhibition featuring works by 10-15 visual artists/ designers. The exhibition is not open to the public but can be staged in its entirety in a private home or room. Hosted every two months at another private address in the Netherlands or Belgium

Participants among others: Wasco, M. Ebinger, U. Metzler, L. Bedaux, M. Van der Worm, J. Jongeleen, R. Engelen, Silvia B., R. Vanhoe, J. Bey, P. Spaans, H.Bossmann, T. Schepens

Cliënt: Stichting Stilte! Amsterdam

Photos: the images photographed from the catalog
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Daily Without News 1998

Newspaper without text and images. On Saturdays with a supplement without news. Presentation of pilot issue by H. Peeters. The newspaper has become news itself, a German and an English edition were published, the Day Without News took place as a one-off event. The newspaper was used by subscribers and readers for their own activities, such as reading it ostentatiously in the morning train or during an anti consumption day in Germany. The newspaper was discontinued in December

Fan and hate mail, photos and other memorabilia were brought together in the Documentary Exhibition Newspaper Without News

In 1999 the Daily Without News won the Award ‘Newspaper of the Year’ from the German based Internationale MedienHilfe

Stichting Stilte! Amsterdam, de Tilburgse Kunststichting, Tilburg

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Floor drawing 1996


Two-month period of working in public at a former chapel

Ballpoint on cotton and coating

Dimensions: 10 x 20 metres

Opening by writer G. Krol with auction of parts of the floor drawing

Artspace De Achterstraat, Hoorn

Photography by: M. Van der Worm
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Living in public 1982

Living room for one day

The quay of the Waal River, Nijmegen