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~~~ Cathalijne Smulders completed her artistic education at Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.
She is interested in composing performative works that activate new relations through fragile, physical and affectionate means of exchange. She created performances and texts together with people with a psychotic syndrome, contemporary dancers, young children with autism, people with speaking disorders and an improvisation choir.

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COVER YOUR EYES WITH YOUR HANDPALMS
performance workshop (2017)

In the installations of Children of the Light at at De School, participants are guided through exercises that intensify the perception of the colour. By covering the eyes and with a focus on embodied and multi sensory ways of looking, we concentrated on seeing an after image. For this performative workshop I worked together with two girls with vision impairment.

BATHING
performance & video (2017)

~~~ For Curepark, I worked together with people who have difficulties with speech or gesture as a result of brain damage. At a small sandy beach, performers with spasm, dancers, and a choir practice new forms of exchange when a nervous disturbance of the body affects speech and gesture. The relations and forms that emerge when performers engage with the language of the spastic body are made visible in a performance and video.

CIRCLE readings with speakers with aphasia
performance (2016-2017)

~~~ For this readings I work together with speakers with a (= no) phasia (= speech), a speaking disorder. The readings explore how perception takes shape in situations where existing forms of language are affected by speechlessness, the inability to form words. A woman with aphasia reads. She speaks together with a choir that echoes the qualities of her fragile and absent voice. (read more)

'I PROPOSE, WITHOUT EMOTION TO DECLAIM THE BIZARRE AND FANTASTIC SCENE WHICH YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENCOUNTER. YOU, PAY ATTENTION TO ITS CONTENTS AND BEWARE OF THE UNUSUAL IMPRESSION, WHICH IT WILL NOT FAIL TO LEAVE, LIKE A BRAND ON YOUR PERPLEX IMAGINATIONS',
series of performative actions in a psychiatric institution (2015)

~~~ During fall 2015, I wandered through the area of the psychiatric institution GGZ Altrecht, Den Dolder, where I engaged myself in relations with people that see shapes that I did not see, hear voices that I did not hear and wear heavy wools in the midst of summer. By mirroring the diagnostic vocabulary that is used to observe, interpreted and name a psychotic syndrome, I initiated a series of performative actions in the therapy spaces. (read more)

(SHE),
text, (2016)

~~~ This text is written after several encounters with a woman (She) who's speech was affected by hallucinations. (She) is about the word and how she acts and affects our perception of the other. (She) is a collection of existing texts that describe an identity (She). But through the use of strategies that mirror, invert, repeat or interrupt these texts, existing interpretations dissolve in favor of more porous propositions of what a (She), can be.

PRACTICIONERS
thesis (2016)

~~~ This thesis is written in 2016 for the Cure Master, a temporary master program (MA Fine Arts) at the Sandberg Institute. I wrote my thesis on an art practice that is characterized by the process based evocation of new affective (social) relations that take shape through porous, complex, physical and affectionate means of exchange. My research focuses on the performativity of the gestures, words and behaviour that the artist exchanges with her surroundings and the affects and relationships that these actions evoke.

RAZORBLADE / TOOTHBRUSH
performance, (2015)

~~~ A collective reading of interpretations written by social researchers, who interviewed persons with the speaking disorder aphasia. The purpose of reading is to challenge interpretations, descriptions and forms of notation in the texts, through the lens of embodied reading and mirroring.

BEING (COLOR),
performance / research (2014/2015)

~~~ Eurythmy is a visible speech. Its vocabulary is based on strict rules that are hard to decipher for outsiders. By initiating an encounter between contemporary dancers and eurithmy dancers, so between different dance vocabularies, we wanted to activate a situation in which different perceptions and interpretations of color are impersonated and affect each other in an ongoing flow of negotiation.

GROUP PHOTO
performance (2015)

~~~ We initiated a series of instructions for a collective pose for a group photo of artists participating in the group show Does not Equal. Whilst shaping the artists into a soft and intimate kissing pose, a negotiation about representation aroused. This negotiation is represented in the selection of 4 group photos that are selected by the group.


A lecture about the behavior of objects in a museum for cats (2014)

~~~ The text of the lecture consists of a selection of texts on cats, found on the internet, but the word 'cat' is replaced with the word (art) object. The lecture is a speculation about interaction with art objects as if it were living beings.

ORANGE,
performance, (2014)

~~~ This performance is the outcome of a research into the perceptible qualities of color (orange) and how to translate those qualities in audible and physical forms. This research was shown in a private garden during Open Garden during an ongoing performance that lasted 5 hours.


A circle dance on a football field (2014)

~~~ In this performance movement, imitation and repetition is used to activate an interaction with the participants of a sports day organised by a homeless shelter in Amsterdam.

ALPHABET,
(2014)

~~~ Based on imitation of a video found on Youtube that represents a visible alphabet, a series of gestures that relate to the the sounds and rhythms of speech, 4 performers explore new ways of speaking with gestures in a performance that lasted 2 hours.

LIGHT US UP
candle wax sculptures (2014)

~~~ This performance is an inverted imitation of the existing system of COLORS, a social workplace where former homeless and addicted men produce colorful candles. In this performance, that lasted 4 nights, our bodies were temporarily marked by the men from the social worksplace as they poured out the candle-wax in new sculptural formations on the clothes that covered us.

WORKING TOGETHER
performance, video in collaboration with a social workplace (2012)

~~~ Working Together activates a system of already existing relations within a social workplace. It took place at a social workplace that provides daytime activities for people with psychiatric problems. In a period of two months various gestures from the production process were executed, but instead of producing physical products, the 'workers' where asked to produce air, what leaded to an assembly line that did not produce anything.