Portrait of a wet country II. The birthday party’ is a collective and site-specific performance, happening through a window where a motorised lamellen-system was set. The performance (around 30 minutes) had a separated audio and visual channel. A parallel text about ‘Dutch realities’, resulting form the meeting of Karin Spaink with Boris Gerrets, was played during the simulated birthday party. Birthday parties illustrate on a cultural level one's own associations with self and relationships. In my native country, birthday parties are a thing of childhood and the event as celebration diminishes as one gets older. However in Holland the celebration continues into adulthood, but carries with it the adult weight of social obligation.
Developed at KijkRuimte in Amsterdam Noord.