I asked Wilhelmus to consider his emergence into performance, to comment on the recent resurgence of the medium and to reveal influences and/or inspirations. His text and additional works can be found below. I hope you enjoy! -Quinn Dukes
So, I created and presented a hundred plus performances all over, meeting hundreds of dear and interesting people from so many cultures, sharing our works with each other and with a thirsty world.
Like many of my colleagues, I initiated and organized various events and festivals. I love to bring people together, to create an intense and intimate atmosphere of art action.
Performance art is alive indeed, thanks to so many artists who are prepared to take the risk of exposing themselves in a most integer way. It is difficult to mention names, there are so many. So here are only a few of my friends, just to give a taste of the wide scope of how I am influenced all the time.
The collaboration with Tomasz Szrama, the night long talks with Roi Vaara, the inspiring works and words of Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, the subdued poetry of Diana Soria, the archive of Boris Nieslony, the unbelievable generosity of Chen Jin, the organizing of a fine festival by Joan Casellas and from here I could go on and on...
The interest in performance art is rising. I think the need to experience something real, the wish to feel the connection, and the urge to get out of the self-reflecting comfort zone, are the ingredients that make people attend and give their full attention. They want to be touched. And so do I."
SELECTED WORKS FROM WILLEM WILHELMUS
1. time drops 2. right foot mind 3. afrique 2 4. the human cost
5. wallflower 6. present 2 7. through the screen 8. kick the bucket
9. the weight of questions 10. caught in the act 11. a los olvidados
12. sold out