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November 2001


mixed media 60 cm. x 75 cm. (HuMobisten, 2001)
de Aanschouw/80b gallery, Rotterdam
November 9th - 16th 2001
Usually when we’re starting a new project we write down a small piece of text. We call these small texts the ‘minifests’ to the work. We like keeping them small and don’t talk to much about the form or aesthetics of the eventual work. Not thinking about the actual work, yet focusing on the content of the work to be is a certain way of working we feel quite happy about. When asked to make something for the smallest gallery in Rotterdam (de Aanschouw, merely a window attached to a used-to-be important press-bar) we just had to make something in relation to the 9.11 attack that had just occured a month before.

So, we started with the 9.11-minifest. Immediately the matter proved to be very complex and we came across tons of ins-and-outs and what-have-yous and although, we’re quite used to that, this time it seemed to be really impossible to filter a clear viewpoint from the information we found online or could provide each other with. Why didn’t it get us anywhere?
Solely because while brainstorming, the weirdest assumptions kept poppin’ up. Finally it looked like we ourselves, were losing it completely and we decided to let it be for a moment and maybe start thinking about something else to do.
Then we got the decisive call from Frank Taal – who runs the Aanschouw gallery – where he told us the opening would be november ninth (2001).
In The Netherlands november ninth is written like ‘09.11.2001’. Wow! By then we were sure. It just had to be about 9.11. To hell with clear view points! If the world has gone mad, then let’s just make something crazy. If Playstation can make a game about war, the HuMobisten can make art about it. Indeed without knowing what REALLY is going on.

After seeing the window of a shop called ‘Henny’s Hobby Shop’ near Rufus’ house the HuMobisten got really excited, walked in and asked Henny if she could make her 2D beaded portrait stuff from any given design. Henny said ‘yes’ and that was that. Above is a detail of the result of Henny’s hard labour. Got really nice, eh?

Unfortunately, Henny’s out of business. She was really very good at her job.
photo’s: Frank Hanswijk