The public art project Sjtub consists of a series of manifestations. Every manifestation aims to create an experience that makes it possible to feel and think again about the work in the coal mines and about their closure.
The public art project Sjtub aims to cure a collective depression.
Every manifestation of Sjtub is a break in. We burgle existing cultural institutions and events and create a specific manifestation within them. We take advantage of the public the institutions and events have raised and of their history. We use those to maximize the impact of a manifestation on the collective memory, imagination and identity of citizens.
Most manifestations combine music image and text. Many of the materials used are rooted in coal mining history. Some have iconic value.
Most manifestations take place within the coal mining district of the Netherlands. On a few occasions Sjtub will manifest itself outside.
Up until now we have created twenty three Sjtub manifestations. In the course of this series we have created a batch of honour, have identified three difficulties in mourning, have encountered a locally contagious personality disorder, have formulated a moral challenge in the form of two questions and have begun the work to conquer a deadly fear.
Three questions inform and haunt our artistic practice at this time. Can we create works of art that lift the spirit of a people and empower? Can we create works of art that redeem a past and do justice to the dead? Can we create works of art that open up a better future and prevent suffering? We look forward to discussing these questions in a material way, without illusions, without false hopes, without hubris - but with dead coalminers in mind, and an ugly shrinking city and a citizenry that in the last elections voted en masse for the far right.
Sjtub will dirty your mind for you.
rage, cancelled concert
RAGE deals among other things with the cruel demolition of the minebuildings in Limburg and is part of the SJTUB project. One out of one hundred fifty prints size A2.
Printout test of the poster you see above or to the left
FALLING BUILDING, loop was projected on semitransparent paper mounted on a window, in the "Canceled concert" exposition in 2015
machines of mourning, WORK IN PROGRESS
«Father's lament» is recorded and will be performed exclusively by Wim Steinmann (Flute), Bert Steinmann (English horn), Peter Steinmann (French horn) and Johan Steinmann (Bassoon). If these musicians are not available in a concert, the sound of «Father's lament» will be played from the record above. Possible setups are «Father's lament» will be played out of the box completely. Or one, two, three or four of the musicians will be playing live, the missing ones will be played out of the recording.
«inne sjtaatse maan» EXCERPT
THE STAGE-SETUP FOR MOM
MONUMENT FOR A FUTURE WAR, WORK IN PROGRESS
A public art event on armistice day 2018, In Liege, Maastricht and Aachen.
100 years after the end of the war to end all wars, in three cities in the heart of Europe, across three borders, a manifestation will take place that commemorates. It will take its cue from the wild hope, the fervent wish, the desperate desire that swept across Europe when the first world war was, finally, millions of dead to late, brought to an exhausted end.
the projects logo
ARTISTS VISUALIZATION OF THE THREE MAYORS (MAASTRICHT, ACHEN AND LIÈGE) GIVING A SPEECH NEXT TO THE EXCHANGED MONUMENTS AND THE ARMY ORCHESTRAS
... The mayor speaks; The unveiling
- At exactly 15.30 in each city the mayor will climb the speakers pedestal. He or she will speak for twenty minutes. She will then uncover the monument. He will resume speaking for another five minutes. At exactly 15.55 hours the mayor will fall silent...
REQUIEM, EXERPT, 1’22” mp3, COMPOSED BY HARDY MERTENS
NOT YET DEFINITELY DEFINED 11 ICONIC WAR PHOTOGRAPHS
There will be ashes
Er is as
Es gibt Asche
Il y a des cendres
VISUALIZATION OF THE LEPORELLO «A SOUVENIR» FOR ONE OF THE THREE EXPOSITIONS
...Creating context; three exhibitions
- Immediately after the art event on 11 and 12 November 20XX three exhibitions connected to the event will open. They will create an artistic context and will make it possible to reflect upon the “Monument of a future war”...