Big Bang Or Big Rip?

Yvo van der Vat, Nico Parlevliet, Jeroen Niemeijer and myself formed the artist group ‘De Kunstcommando’s’ from the early beginnings of 2010 up to november 2011. Commissioned by the Center for Visual Arts Dordrecht to deal creatively with problems in the neighbourhood and to fulfill a link with local politics. Our slogan is “Kunst Redt!”, ( Art Saves!). As artists, we offer you our services and we will engage, wonder and let you participate in art projects.

The mobile KunstCommadopost was stationed at the Houttuinen location, in the old center of Dordrecht, on Sunday afternoon July 17th, 2011 during the Big Rivers Festival to address visitors and to challenge them to express themselves.

The starting point of this KunstCommando action was the appeal made by the 92-year-old French diplomat/philosopher Stéphane Hessel in his pamphlet ‘Indignez-vous’ (‘Don’t take it!’): Visitors were asked to choose from two expressions of indignation.

The first was the Big Bang: “Cry the century” and the second the Big Rip: “Whisper an ultimate wish before it’s too late.” The scream could be uttered in the closed back of the mobile KunstCommandopost. To whisper the ultimate wish, a real confessional had been built in the cabin.