The Shower Piece
In collaboration with Peter Fillingham
The Shower Piece is a reconstruction of the shower of Arno van Roosmalen, city curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the first guest invited by REST. He lived in the studio of one of the initiators for three weeks, studying, experiencing and describing a selection of art works, texts and music. He also invited guests to talk about the concept of the project. There was no publicity made; after this period he talked about REST and its impact during lectures at art-schools and artist-run-spaces.
The Shower Piece is a copy of his shower at home, for him the only place to think and to reflect. It was fully operative during REST. After REST The Shower Piece was shown as a 'non functional' object at Cubitt Gallery in London and DePaviljoens, Almere.The Shower Piece
REST is an initiative by four artists (Liesbeth Bik, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Jos van der Pol, Hans Snoek) started in 1995 in Rotterdam.
The underlying idea is that REST considers not a single aspect of our culture as more meaningful or important than any other. REST investigates different points of views, blows up what seems to be too small, lights what has been in the dark. REST does not want to have the final word; therefore she creates spaces for other words. She invites co-operators (not necessarily from out the 'art' world), who are given the space to show their motives, their drive. Each co-operator may invite during a certain period of time (which may vary from one second to one month), other co-operators, and make proposals. REST will stimulate, accommodate and support her guests as far as and in the best way possible: she creates the necessary space, offers her energy, and will try to make the impossible possible.
So far, REST invited and worked with Arno van Roosmalen (curator TENT., Rotterdam, until 1999 curator city collection museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), Tys Goldschmidt (writer, biologist),
Anna Harding (head Goldsmiths curatorial course, London), TorkRadio (London), Bartomeu Mari (director Witte de With until 2001), Ruud Kaulingfreks (philosopher of Arts, Erasmus University and Einhoven Academy of Design, organizes management training courses, writer), Lynda Morris (organizer EAST International, Norwich, curator). REST also interfered in the Arena of Rita McBride in Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, with a public discursive event.