dinsdag 31 december 2013

The Not So Final Testament Of Stichting Maldoror (1987 - 2013)

This blog was initiated to replace the website maldoror.com, in order to memorize my activities with the Maldoror Foundation from 1987 on, even earlier projects included. Because after all, looking back and slowly about to turn fifty years old, all I have been doing since the age of fifteen can best be described as a 'Gesammtkunstwerk'.

"Non-profit art foundation since 1987 in The Hague, The Netherlands (EU).

From 1987 to 1997 Maldoror, founded by Anthony Blokdijk along with Erik Lindner and Ruud Vermeer, published books and magazines in Dutch by and with Baudelaire, Bey and Burroughs, as well as writings of our own; audiotapes with music by friends or our own. We organized events on subject matters as 'Art in the Eighties', the Viennese Actionists and French Philosophers, and contributed to TV shows and festivals about Bataille, Beckett and Burroughs (again). Furthermore we managed several gallery spaces showing works by many artists."

There are - as far as we know - no photographs of the first board. On the image above Lindner (left) and myself (middle) are present. On the right is Stacz Wilhelm - collaborator until 1997. That year the foundation all of a sudden split up, and circumstances caused me to organize art-projects with children and teenagers in The Hague's Painters' district. Around the same time the website maldoror.com was launched (which was in 2012 replaced by this blog).

In 1997 Lindner and Vermeer were replaced by Boudewijn Pronk (left) and Raoul de Vries (right). We often resided at Casuariestraat 16.

The 21st Century brought Maldoror outside of Europe. In 2006 and 2007 I resided in Suriname (formerly known as Dutch Guyana), returning for a month in 2010 with Jan Duivenvoorden. In 2009 board members Pronk and de Vries were replaced by Jan (right) and Marie-claire van der Heijden (center).

maandag 30 december 2013

Pre Menstrual Maldoror (1979 - 1987)

In the mid eighties of the 20th century I was still a young rebel searching for collaborators. I remember two of them mentioning 'The Songs of Maldoror' to me personally; Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (Club Moral) in Antwerp and David Tibet (Current 93) in London, I just can't remember who was first, and it doesn't really matter, does it?

I started reading Lautréamont's novel in the summer of 1987, and suggested 'Maldoror' as the name for an independent publishing company I was about to set up with Lindner and Vermeer.

Painting of Blokdijk by AMVK (ca. 1990)*