Belly Buster
Michelle Son

2–18 September 2017
Punt WG, Amsterdam

Belly Buster is a scripted space in which 3 “unfilmable scenarios” unfold. Imbedded within a mixed media installation of encoded communication, each scenario is scheduled as a one-time sound event over three weekends. Inspired by Benjamin Fondane’s Trois Scenarii: cinépoèmes, Belly Buster plays out the unspeakable as a way out of silence and out of the rationality of language.

“While writing the scripts, I imagined Fondane, Chris Morris and David Attenborough playing charades in a bar, listening to popular songbirds like Yma Sumac, Minnie Riperton and Mariah Carey.” — Michelle Son

The exhibition is accompanied by a presentation by Nadja Cohen (PhD., KU Leuven) on her publication, Fondane et le Cinema (2016) and a Belly Buster publication launch which includes a conversation with Sara Giannini (independent curator and semiotician), as well as broadcasts by Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, an online radio station dedicated to the arts.

Scenario 1

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Exhibition Opening
17:00 – 21:00

(12 min)

Scenario 2

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Belly Buster Publication Launch
(Edition of 50)
17:00 – 21:00

(12 min)

Scenario 3

Saturday, 16 September 2017
17:00 – 21:00



Presentation by Nadja Cohen
18:00 – 18:30 (in English)

Nadja Cohen (Phd. KU Leuven) specializes in the relationship between literature and cinema. Focussing on the study of poetry that lies outside the boundaries of literature, Nadja will present her research on Benjamin Fondane’s cinepoems, giving us historical insight into hybrid forms of writing and cinema as an art-machine of the moving-image.

Scripting spaces is an activity that shapes Michelle Son’s artistic practice. Her curiosity for psychosocial and anthropological phenomena is played out through her use of language and literary devices. This forms the structure for multiple media to activate a space, through sound, performance interventions,video, sculpture or hybrid writing practices. Michelle Son was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and graduated in Fine Art from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. She has exhibited at Vlaamse Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Kunstpodium T (Tilburg) and The Teylers Museum (Haarlem).

A special thank you to Punt WG, Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee and to each of the following people who helped make Belly Buster possible: Sara Gianinni Sara Giannini is an independent curator, writer and semiotician. Her engagement with the curatorial arises from the desire to enable autonomous spaces of artistic expression, linguistic experimentation and disciplinary transvestitism. Projects include the VOLUME project, (2013-2014), Unfold : the VOLUME project (2015-), Heterotropics (2016-). She is currently research fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, with OWNNOW: René Daniëls, exploring the possibility of a "language that does not kill." , Nadja Cohen Nadja Cohen is an FWO post-doctoral researcher at KU Leuven University, Belgium. She is author of Fondane et le cinéma, Jean-Michel Place (2016). Other publications include: Les Poètes modernes et le cinéma: 1910-1930, Garnier (2013); Les écrivains à l’écran, revue Captures, vol. 2, n°1 (2017); Un je-ne-sais-quoi de poétique, Fabula LHT, n°18. Among the numerous authors she has researched, Romanian poet Benjamin Fondane plays a prominent role for his unfilmable scripts as well as his essays on film: Fabula LHT, n°2 , Jeroen Vermandere Jeroen Vermandere is a sound artist residing in Amsterdam. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2016 with a sound installation consisting of drums, reel to reel recorders and speakers. His fascination for sound has started at a young age as a musician. However at the art academy he developed another perspective on sound and music through his own practice and through studying the ideas and works of famous artists like John Cage, Alvin Lucier and Robert Morris.

Jeroen has developed his own way of working with sound by transforming the spaces in which he works into instruments; consisting of sound-fragments which create new spacial and visual sound-compositions.
, Aurélien Lepetit Aurélien Lepetit (1992, France) is an Amsterdam based visual artist, designer, videomaker and performer working on site-specific projects. He investigates movement, gestures, and attitudes which challenge what is or should be the normality and how to behave ‘abnormally’. Pushing boundaries and limits of the standardization of the body beyond gender, sexuality, political, patriarchal and sociological pressures through a pluridisciplinary practice, Lepetit’s work stages multi-medium set-up merging sports aesthetics and devices with craftsmanship, ready-mades, live performative format and art installations.  Projects include de Appel timeline: 40+ years of risks (NL); The Wandering School at M^C^O, Milano (IT); Off the Record: Design Performs in the Wormhole between Milan and Rotterdam (IT/NL) and Lucky Larry’s Cosmic Commune, International Design Biennale, St Etienne (FR) , Arif Kornweitz Arif Kornweitz is a political scientist working in the fields of contemporary art and design. He is the co-founder of Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, an online radio platform dedicated to the arts, and is a partner at Non-fiction, an Amsterdam-based office for culture. His research revolves around space-time collapsing technologies and he has been teaching a module titled 'Information Superiority' at the Interaction Design department of ArteZ, Arnhem. He holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution & Governance from the University of Amsterdam. , Vincent Vulsma, Noa Giniger, Martin the Magician, David Grønlykke, Claire van der Mee, Anne Laure Ruffin and Emma Nantermoz, Marijke de Braal, Martine Neddam, Ezekiel Aquino, Weiling Hung, Yoojin Lee, Wendy Fredriksson and De Plantenmarkt Amsterdam.

Belly Buster is kindly supported by AFK (Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst).