Taj Bourgeois, Laff Box, 2015. Image: Ernie Buts
Taj Bourgeois, Laff Box, 2015. Image: Ernie Buts
David Bernstein, Laff Box, 2015. Image: Ernie Buts
David Bernstein, Laff Box, 2015. Image: Ernie Buts
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Exhibition
Laff Box
A pop-up comedy club on the Witte de Withstraat, with work and performances by artists and other creators.
12 September - 25 October 2015
Location: 
Showroom MAMA
With contributions by: 
David Bernstein, Taj Bourgeois, Echo + Seashell, Philip Ewe, Steye Felix & Tanja Ritterbex, Life of a Craphead, Cengiz Mengüç, Marijn Ottenhof, Mireille Tap, Casey Jane Ellison, Nikki Woolsey
Curated by: 
Nathalie Hartjes + Marloes de Vries
For two months, from September 2015, Showroom MAMA transforms itself into 'Laff Box': a comedy club for contemporary visual- and performance artists whose work explores the boundaries between comedy and contemporary art. With Laff Box, MAMA looks at the comedy club as a setting for performance and humour as a means of expression and cultural product.
While the tension builds for the weekend performances, Laff Box is open to the public during Showroom MAMA's regular opening times. The décor, by Cengiz Mengüç, is an installation using prefabricated rental furniture for parties. As well as forming the backdrop for the performances, it also provides an environment in which the participating artists' contributions can be brought together. Under the guidance of artist Marijn Ottenhof, MAMA's rookies will be on hand to inform about the club's programme and take care of ticket sales.

With Laff Box, MAMA is looking at the affinities between performance in the contemporary arts and in (stand-up) comedy. Vulnerability, discomfort, absurdism, and the ambiguous distinction between the performer and the performed persona are recurring themes within the selection. Humour is used as a tool to tackle power relations and test biased expectations.

The Laff Box comedy club opens its doors for six dates.

Programme
Friday 11 September* 17:00 – 23:00
A Festive and Musical Opening Night with performances
by Echo+Seashell and Steye Felix & Tanja Ritterbex.

Sunday 13 September* 15:00 – 18:00
A Sunday afternoon with a flexible and gymnastic
performance by Mireille Tap.

Saturday 26 September 20:00 – 23:00
Open Mic Night hosted by the one and only Eddie the
Eagle Museum.

Saturday 10 October 20:00 – 23:00
Mixer, an evening packed to the brim with performances
by David Bernstein, Casey Jane Ellison (via Skype),
Philip Ewe en Kasia Fudakowski.

Sunday 11 October 15:00 – 19:00
Devastatingly Experimental Sketch Komedy TV Ob-Pilot.
MAMA hosts a live-recording of scenes for a sketchcomedy
TV show created by artists enrolled in the Master
of Fine Art program at the Piet Zwart Institute.
Limited seating.

Saturday 17 October 20:00 – 23:00
A blissful night called Doored, full of comedic
performances streamed live from Toronto, Canada,
hosted by Life of a Craphead.
Performances by Bridget Moser, Christian Arab, Jesi the Elder, Laura McCoy, Peg & Buzz, Neil Lapierre, Sebastian Butt & Charlie Murray, with videos by Aliya Pabani and Zoe Solomon.

Tickets: Full Price € 5,- Discount €3,50 (All Discount
Cards accepted)

Tickets are sold at the showroom during opening hours
and at the door during events.

*During Festival Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier events are free of
admission.
 
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