6816 TD Arnhem
CODE ROOD (Engl.: RED ALERT) is an art initiative located on a former military base in the forests north of Arnhem, that has changed into a lively artist’s community. Our core business is to organize cultural events for the duration of one day, with a dynamic program of experimental exhibitions on different locations at the compound. CODE ROOD acts in a practical, intuitive and hospitable way; other initiatives are welcome to join in. Our mission is to offer space for artists where they can focus on their art without any commercial expectations. For our visitors we facilitate an easily accessible experience of art. For our booth we invited artist duo Frank&Michiel to present their work ‘The Cameo Series’, the public is welcome to participate.
THE CAMEO SERIES
Frank Blommestijn | Michiel van der Werf
A cameo role may be defined as a brief appearance of an actor on screen; typically playing oneself as a character that stands out from other trivial roles.
THE CAMEO SERIES consists of studio sets in which Frank&Michiel deconstruct the commercial image by re-enacting stereotypes, confronting their audience with a reality that constantly exceeds the ‘real’ reality. Frank&Michiel have developed new works in which they examine contrasts between fiction and reality, universal and cliché, and art and entertainment. Have you ever wondered about becoming the new face of Chanel? Have you ever wondered how the cowboy must feel whilst smoking a Marlboro cigarette? These questions will be central to the research on the communicative role of imitation within our contemporary visual culture and how this influences our society.
There is a thin line between spectator and participant, artist and director, on stage and off stage. The fading boarders of a scripted reality will come to light while watching the video works that will be displayed. On the one hand, the studio sets can be regarded as an exhibition, on the other, an insight to the artists’ work process. In addition to the ‘official’ cast, artists Frank & Michiel take the role of the director, giving you instructions if you wish to participate in the work.
Frank & Michiel will be offering you the chance to meet the artists, see the work, or even complement the cast with your performance. Partaking will not be required for you to enjoy the show, although perhaps after a drink or few, you might feel lucky.