EVELINE VONDELING lives and works in Amsterdam (NL). After finishing her BA Fine
Arts at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam and doing her masters in Performance Art
at the University of Bern (CH), she is currently doing her Research Masters in Gender and
Ethnicity at the University of Utrecht (NL).
During the last three years, she developed a process focused on the progress of
becoming a Barbarian. Going from her research in definitions made by others of the
identity of the Barbarian which is mostly relating to negative connotations she goes along
with Walter Benjamin’s definition, being it a possibility for change and redefinition of the
self. In her words the Barbarian is a dispossessed body, de-materialised and able to affect
others. The artist categorised the process of becoming into chapters and each chapter had
until the fourth a defined goal, such as finding out her own submodes (divers modes of
being which are separated from the self) and acting like her submodes to enter the
cosmology of the Barbarian. The outcomes of these chapters were presented in the format
of lectures, which contained again different mediums like sound, video, and painting. The
defined goal, which characterised the previous chapters, had faded away in the fifth
chapter; ‘Splitlazation’, a neologism produced by the artist.
First Splitlazation was referred to as the main mode from were the Barbarian acts. But
today Splitlazation is becoming more defined and becoming a mode of action, an attitude
towards art and life and influences her writings and initiatives.
Apart of that, her role shifted from being the author of her projects to being, as she
defines it, an initiator within a realm of others. In 2014 she started a foundation, Forever
Changes, that aims on collaboration and interactivity. She is looking for attitudes and
modes of action that have a collaborative ambition but which manifest individual capability
to act by. Therefore Forever Changes is not singular, but multiple and their public is their
practice. One of the current initiatives is the ‘home made dialogue’, in which she invites
artists to present projects that are still in progress at her home to start a dialogue with
others (academics and practitioners from different disciplines).
Upcoming exhibitions, happenings and activities that involve Vondeling’s performances
and writings that engage with the ideas of Splitlazation, its way of looking towards art and
analysing are Art Rotterdam(NL) in February, 2016 and W139 in Amsterdam (NL) in March