B.O.B.- Bend Over Backwards

The Work: Moderator and organizer in collaboration w/ showroom MAMA
part of the Cultural Capital 2001 program in Rotterdam

The BOB project is a creative interpretation of the “world famous” Dutch “polder model” ( a sociopolitical structure in which eveyone is invited to express their view before decisions are made). At the invitation of MAMA and R2001 ( Rotterdam European City of Culture 2001) 12 creatives were challenged to produce a new cultural product.

Each creative represented one or more discipline. All artists were known to MAMA and it was coincidental that they inidividually already used cross-over disciplines in their individual artistic practice.
It was made clear at the outset, when the assignment was being disseminated that none of the creatives were to assume overall directorial control. It could not be a fashion show, a dance piece or a concert even though there might well be elements of these in the resulting product.

The solution offered by 10 creatives was called “BOB’s Total Dining Concept”. BOB is in the first instance a mobile and exclusive restaurant. This restaurant was erected once in the de luxe foyer of a theatre and another time in the exhibition space of a museum. ( In addition to the original presentation at Las Palmas as part of R2001)

‘BOB’s Total Dining Concept” is a multidisciplinary project. It is a mixture of a fashion show, a dance piece, a concert, a video installation. Bob has the form of a performance.

Music: band ‘The Solo Men Only’-Rufus Ketting, Arnoud van der Zijden,Vincent van Duin, Robert Bregten
Graphic Design & DJ: Goodwill.
Dramaturg & Chef: Paul Derksen.
Fashion designer: Wojtek Dziedzic
Choreography: Martin Butler
Video & Scenography: Gyz La Riviere
Moderators/facilitators: Natasa Heydra and Jeroen Everaert, Boris van Berkum


B.O.B. – Bend Over Backwards / March 03rd & 04th 2001 / Las Palmas, Rotterdam