Look at me, then look at me again

September 4-30, 2018, Arti et Amicitiae

FLAM, Forum of Live Art Amsterdam, is an annual exhibition of live art happening in Arti et Amicitiae, intent on creating room for the wide spectrum of performance art practices of today.

This year’s edition opens with FLAM Live: an intensive week of performances, in which the body with its innate multiplicity is the medium. FLAM Live is extended and transformed throughout the month of September into FLAM Encounter: an exhibition of installations materialising and emerging from performances. Through this transformation, FLAM VIII creates space for both the ephemeral and material sides of diverse artistic practices.

To activate new perspectives on the works, FLAM VIII employs a metaphorical framework in which the performances of the live week are presented as elements of a wild garden. The viewers are invited to enter this wilderness, moving amongst the performances and sharing intimate space and time with other members of the public.

The exhibition is imagined rather as a cruise-garden , a roaming space in which different points of view can be taken, forming personal relationships with objects and other bodies in the space. Taken together, the program aims to generate unexpected cross-pollinations, a wild-cruise between the artists, their work and the public.

Flam Live

4-7 September 2018
In FLAM Live, visitors can revel in a whirlwind of performances taking place throughout the whole building of Arti et Amicitiae: from the bar, to the counter, to the exhibition spaces. In content, the performances differ strongly, but in essence they are alike: a body in space, subject to the public’s gaze, stimulating frictions and shaping new meanings.

Subjects such as surveillance, cultural identity formation, vulnerability, the influence of online existence on the psyche, cannibalism, power structures within contemporary art, and the embodiment of masculinity and femininity are all touched upon. Many of the contributions of participating artists express an underlying feeling of disillusion, even where humor is used as an instrument for critique.

FLAM Live offers a rich, direct and personal exploration of these themes, as well as a close proximity to works which grow and unfold in real time.


Alex BaileyRoland Rauschmeier, Rebecca Chaillon, Tomislav Feller, Andrea Folache Zavala, Astrit Ismaili, Mami Kang, Maria Metsalu, Dora Longo Bahia, Harold Offeh, Marijn Ottenhof, Vincent Riebeek, Nicolas RosesMathias Ringgenberg, Julian Weber, Antonia Steffens

Flam Encounter

13-30 September 2018

FLAM’s cruise garden consists of ‘performative installations’: the works emerge from a performance or turn the spectator into a performer.

Within our normative society, the cruise garden forms a critical terrain. It is an in-between space which attempts to escape from - and at the same is created by - oppressive frameworks of the dominant cultural system. A sensual yet marginalized zone of encounter, cruise gardens subvert codes of communication, lust and desire, creating a parallel existence beyond physical appearance, sexual preference, social class or religion.

In the main exhibition hall different artists and performers are present, working on new ideas or reinterpreting existing works. Next to this open space, where visitors have a full view of what takes place, the exhibition includes hidden places with room for intimacy.

Across these various zones the works establish a direct and physical relationship with the visitor. A new décor emerges, and gazes are stimulated. 'Look at me, then look at me again'

Philipp Gufler, Richard John Jones, Maria Metsalu, Hannah Perry, Matthew Day,

keyon gaskinSarah van Lamsweerde, Opera Corruption (Dutch Art Institute/If I Can’t Dance), Natasha Papadopoulou, Erin Hill, Jacopo Miliani & Sara Giannini,  Dionisios Argyropoulos-Ioannou

Flam Live Events

Tuesday 4 September

8-11 pm

Opening Ceremony

Tomislav Feller, Harold Offeh, Mathias Ringgenberg (PRICE), Rebecca Chaillon

Wednesday 5 September

8-11 pm

Alex Bailey, Antonia Steffens, Harold Offeh, Julian Weber

Thursday 6 September

8-11 pm

Andrea Zavala, Marijn Ottenhof, Rebecca Chaillon, Vincent Riebeek & Nicolas Rosés

Friday 7 September

8-11 pm

Mami Kang, Harold Offeh, Maria Metsalu, Astrit Ismaili, Dora Longo Bahia

11 pm

Closing Party with Toby Paul DJ-set

Flam Encounter Events

Wednesday 12 September 

8 pm

Opening FLAM Encounter with performance by Richard John Jones and
work-in-progress by Matthew Day

Friday 14 September
8 pm - 10 pm

Book launch PARA PERFORMANCE by Richard John Jones at San Serriffe

(Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam)

Sunday 16 September
5 pm
Book launch 'Whispering Catastrophe. On the Language of Men Loving Men in Japan', by Jacopo Miliani and Sara Giannini, at RONGWRONG, Binnen Bantammerstraat 2.

Tuesday 18 September to Sunday 23 September
2 pm - 6 pm

The 'New Medea' handbag collection by Dionisios Argyropolos Ioannou will be available at the pop-up showroom of Maison Jaja during opening hours. Visitor have the chance to consult the designer on a custom piece made on spot or pre-order.

Wednesday 19 September
2 pm - 4 pm
Life Model Drawing class
Dionisios Argyropolos Ioannou himself will pose nude with the 'New Medea' collection for the ones who enjoy drawing. Coached by a guest teacher.

4 pm - 6 pm
Visitors have the chance to witness the “New Medea” campaign shoot live with photographer
Veronika Vidø

Friday 21 September
7 pm

Maison Jaja presents the 'New Medea' handbag collection S/S19, RECAP
Fashion show with Lema Ahmadi, AnAmontAnA, Sjors Beerendonk, Peter Cripps Clark, Genevieve Giuffre, Aila Kiki, Andre Klein, Mini Maxwell, Jun Ortega, Kristianus van der Waag, Anne-Marie van Parreren, Alex Till
Choreography by Astarti Athanasiadou, Peter Cripps Clark, Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos, Dionisis Argyropoulos Ioannou

7:30 pm

Conversation Gender & Body Politics

9 pm

Dutch premiere of _A Piece of Dada_  a film by Dutch Art Institute’s class of Sara Giannini and Pauline Jardin Curnier, made by Clementine Edwards, Tirza Kater, Wilfried Tomescu, Giorgos Tsiongas, Rabea Ridlhammer, Lukas Hoffmann, Clara Saito and Christopher Tym, produced by If I Can’t Dance + performance by Lady Dada and her assistant Toast


Party with Matthew Antler & Umbeproductions Live Electronics and visuals,
Johnny Macintosh DJ set

Saturday 22 September

1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm

Sightless Seeing, performance by Sarah van Lamsweerde
5 pm - 8 pm

Figures for Landscape by Matthew Day at the rose garden of Vondelpark.

Sunday 23 September
1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm

Sightless Seeing, performance by Sarah van Lamsweerde

2 pm - 6 pm
Maison Jaja Outlet
Your chance for a special 30-70% discount on selected items from the “New Medea” collection.

Friday 28 September

6 pm

The Anastasia Method by Natasha Papadopoulou
7:30 pm

-this is a performance. you are a community. you are my material. this is a
prison. leave when you want., a performance by keyon gaskin (in collaboration with If I Can’t Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution)

- Discussion program The Labour of Art 

11 pm

Party with Makkie Mark DJ set

Saturday 29 September
Walk to Veem House of Performance


Flam Open Space
Between 2 and 6 pm, artists working on the view of the public

Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September
Matthew Day

Tuesday 18  to Sunday 23 September
Dionisios Argyropolos Ioannou

Tuesday 25 to  Sunday 30 September
Erin Hill

Keep an eye on our pages on Facebook and Instagram for further updates on
the program

Theaterkrant wrote a piece on Flam Live! Read it here


Ticket price
Flam Live

€12,- / €6,- (reduced)
Flam Encounter

Friday evening program 21/28 Sep

€7,50 (performance included)

Tickets will be available at the door of Arti et Amicitiae (Rokin 112, 1012 LB Amsterdam)



Flam team

Artistic direction

Rose Akras

Titus Nouwens, Olivia Reschofsky, Alice Pons


Rob Visser


Emilia Thorin & Alina Lupu

Jan-Pieter ’t Hart
Website & Visual Identity design

Bea Correa


Ivy van der Veer

Arti et Amicitiae team
CEO Arti

Johanna Somers

Marjo Boeijen

Ed Boersema, Matthijs Kiel

Mirjam Taverdin

Graphic design print

Katja Vercouteren

FLAM is supported by

Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Mondriaan Fonds,

Stichting Stokroos, Veem House for Performance, AkzoNobel Art Foundation (work of Richard John Jones), If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (work of keyon gaskin), Estonian Ministry of Culture (work of Maria Metsalu), Pro Helvetia (work of Mathias Ringgenberg).

Special thanks to Noha Ramadan, Isobel Dryburgh, Nell Donkers (De Appel Library-Archive)  and Stichting Outline