In 2017, If Paradise Is Half As Nice #7 took place at a beautiful former noodle factory, located in Zeitz, Germany. Once again, just as in the previous edition the owner Mathias Mahnke generously granted permission to use the building as the project location. Over the period of five weeks, the artists lived and worked together at the old noodle factory. The participating artists were aan Botlek, Pim Palsgraaf, Willem Besselink, Ties Ten Bosch, Jordy Walker, Sybille Neumeyer, Michiel Jansen, Regina Kelaita, Judy van Luyk, and Maurice Meewisse. Once again, our historian Guus Vreeburg spent the duration of the project researching the history of the building, as well as the history of the family who first founded the factory. His research was presented as a lecture to the public as a part of the final closing event. The official closing event was opened by the mayor of Zeitz and was attended by over 1000 visitors from Zeitz and beyond. The project in it’s entirety was documented on video by documentary film maker Wendy Oaks.
Exhibition: August 11–13, 2017. Participants: Daan Botlek, Pim Palsgraaf, Willem Besselink, Ties Ten Bosch, Jordy Walker, Sybille Neumeyer, Michiel Jansen, Regina Kelaita, Judy van Luyk, Maurice Meewisse (artists), Guus Vreeburg (lectures), Aantigen (dj), Wendy Oakes (documentary).
Becoming a new tradition, If Paradise Is Half As Nice invited for their 7th project documentary maker Wendy Oakes to join them in order to document the process. This resulted in this beautiful short documentary.
Crowd funding event. Het Plafond, Rotterdam. January 13, 2018.
For the most part, ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ is directly funded by a dedicated group of fans in the form of crowd funding.
If Paradise Is Half As Nice