The Music Period
ARNHEMS Work is an ever changing hybrid performance arts foundation led by JASON GWEN. The work is about the look on Western actuality, from different perspectives of other parts of the world. Jason was born in Vietnam but grew up in the Netherlands and with returning periods in Canada. The focus is on a broad look on the global daily work patterns. The (re)questioning about (sub)conscious choices we make to create and live a certain reality. Most of the work is being preceded by a research phase, where Jason is living in a certain reality for a period of time, before creating the work. We often focus on the bottom layers of the modern society, the paria as the system entitled it. Seeing people that people rather not see, turn on the lights in the dark streets, and not having to do a detour ever again.
The Visual Arts Period
The work has been shown in multiple forms next to (site-specific) performances like pop-up stores, exhibitions, installations, theatre plays, choreographic work, dance concerts, concept albums, musical compositions, short video’s, photography series, graphic designs, fashion designs, gesamstkunstwerk, protests, and many more to explore. At various venues like the Personal Structures program at the European Cultural Centre during Venice Biennale (Venice), Festival Lumos (Paris), Central Studios (Vancouver), Dutch Design Week x Stroomhuis (Eindhoven), het Nieuwe Instituut x Thursday Night Live (Rotterdam), Bonnefantenmuseum x Art Rocks (Maastricht) | In Amsterdam at Amsterdam Dance Event, Mainstage Dam Square x Pride Amsterdam, Milkshake Festival, Uitmarkt, Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, Wasteland, Valtifest and Paradiso | in Arnhem at Musis, Luxor Live, Theater aan de Rijn, Posttheater, The Fashion & Design Festival, Nacht van de Mode and Sonsbeek Theater Avenue.
The Performance Period
In the upcoming seasons of 2018-2020 ARNHEMS Work is focusing on creating and touring with the video performance titled CHANGE. Based on a live research in the DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE (DTES) of Vancouver, Canada. The world’s original skid row. With a world premiere during the Personal Structures program, at the closing of the Venice Biennale 2019 in Italy. Following the footsteps of Marina Abramobic and Yoko Ono.
Besides that we’re working with the same script of the dance concert A MOMENT FOR A MOMENT dated back from 2014, but now visualised in a web series and feature film format. In the hallways there are also sounds of a comic book, really?
The Dance Period
ARNHEMS Work was found in 2014 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. (3 years prior, the collective started as ARNHEMS Danstheater, then accompanied by ORNELLA MARCHWICKA and PATRICK RADU)