Interview by Petra Laaper

“My ultimate plan is to have myself printed”

In the early summer of 2019, Ronald Bal spent two months in Dresden as part of the exchange project that the city of Dresden, the Goethe Institut and CBK Rotterdam have had together for nearly ten years. Sandra Smets spoke with Ronald Bal about his work there and his impressions.

At the desk in his studio, Ronald Bal starts the computer and turns on a film of slowly moving spots, black and white. It is a rough version of one of the results of his artist-in-residency in Dresden. Two fertile months, which brought him a lot of new material and contacts, which enabled him to make this film. “This is an 3D scan of my body. I spent two and a half hours in a CT scan at the TU Dresden, which takes a picture every three millimeters. I now stick those photos together, this is how this film comes into being. So you slowly walk through my body. Look, the abdominal cavity. “He points. “But when you see it, it’s mainly about light, that’s how it ultimately looks.”

A Thousand and One Cuts

The film A Thousand and One Cuts is related to the live performance of Ronald Bal. Shown during Co-Creation Live Art Factory 2020 in Venice, Italy.

Text and editing: Ronald Bal

Thanks to:

Venice International Performance Art Week

European Culture Centre – Palazzo Mora

Duo-exhibition at Galerie Raskolnikow, Dresden

Dear all, You are cordially invited to the duo exhibition at Galerie Raskolnikow, on Friday January 31, at Dresden, Germany. Opening 20:00 hours.
Based on our residency in Dresden and Rotterdam, Lisa Maria and I made a duo exhibition that underline our work and performance.

Many thanks to Goethe-Institut Rotterdam, CBK Rotterdam and the City of Dresden.

Lisa Maria Baier /Dresden
Ronald Bal / Rotterdam

Venice International Performance Art Week

CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Dissenting Bodies Marking Time

Happy to be part of Venice International Performance Art Week 2020!!

European Cultural Centre | Palazzo Mora & Palazzo Michiel, Venice.

Open to the public on the days January 15–18, 2020


CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Dissenting Bodies Marking Timeis a 12-day residential performance program consisting of:

8 days of intensive co-creation workshop processes for 50 international artists selected through an Open Call in two tutor groups one led by artist duos VestAndPage (Venice/Germany) and Andrigo&Aliprandi (Italy), and one by artist Marilyn Arsem (US). Including roundtables and open dialogues during the morning sessions as well as lectures and talks by international artists, curators, organizers and practitioners.

4 days program of performances open to the public on January 15-18, 2020, including live performances by our Guest Artists, a Study Movie Room and Special Event Film ScreeningsThe culmination of the co-creation process will be open to the audience: we will transform the venue together into a dynamic performance site through a series of collective performance operas, as well as collaborative and solo performances.Presents the collective performance opera
“Anam Cara – Dwelling Body”
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Starting from 16:00h
European Cultural Centre | Palazzo Mora, Venice (IT)

Museum MAAT Protugal

You are cordially invited to RHI (Revolution Hope Imagination) from Saturday 14 – Saturday 21, September 2019. Where I show my work Re-carving Body Plant Image at MAAT, Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon.

More information: MAAT

Project ID – P.S. the Hague

25 June to 7 July 2019
The Hague, The Netherlands


Stuart Hall outlines in the essay “Cultural Identity and Diaspora” (1990) that modern identities are no longer fixed but emerge as “unstable points of identification or suture, which are made within the discourses of history and culture.” In his words, life stories are not determined exclusively by class, race, gender, and religion, but instead there is a mixed ancestry; an identification with diversity in countries, traditions, values and beliefs. While the raised global interactions are causing a re-evaluation of traditions and lifestyles, an awareness of individual and collective change springs from the urgency to find new modes of shaping our identities and life stories. Performativity as a language calls for continuous transformation and functions as a form of social action, while contemporary performance art as a logical art form shapes, communicates, confirms and honours the value of differing life stories in multiple contexts.

Project ID In-Between Identities is a temporary creative community project aiming to face artistically the issue of the crisis of identity, working in performance art through personal and the societal conceptions of individuality. In a 10-days intensive Residency Class, P.s. Den Haag provides for a space to develop solo and collective performances under the tuition of artist duo VestAndPage together with Marilyn Arsem, to be presented during the weekend July 5 – 7, 2019 in a public event. A collective performance opera, solo and collaborative performances by the participants and additional invited international artists, as well as lectures and an Study Movie Room, happen in the centre of The Hague at the former school building De Helena, Stichting Ruimtevaart, Maakhaven and De Barthkapel, a suggestive old convent chapel.

By Marilyn Arsem and VestAndPage

Fenia Kotsopoulou and Daz Disley
Photo: Stella Mouzi at Fluffy Library


Residency Class tutored by VestAndPage & Marilyn Arsem: Tuesday, June 25th – Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Evening lectures and artist talks at Stichting Ruimtevaart: Friday, June 28th and Sunday, June 30th, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Study Movie Room at Stichting Ruimtevaart: Friday July 5th, 12:00 – 6:00 PM – Sunday, July 7th, 2019, 12:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Collective Performance Opera at Maakhaven: Friday, July 5th 2019, 7:30 – 11:00 PM

Live performance program at De Helena and De Barthkapel: Saturday, July 6  – Sunday, 7 July 2019, 7:00 – 11:30 PM

Project ID In-Between Identities is organized by Marilyn Arsem, VestAndPage and P.S. Performance Site – Lisseth, Jolanda Jansen and Ronald Bal

AiR C. Rockefeller Center in Dresden

I am very grateful for the residence in C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts in Dresden, Germay. During the residence I will work on my projects related to sonography and the body.

Supported by the Goethe Institute Netherlands and C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts

Dhaka Live Art Biennale

In februari 2019 I will showed my project ‘Re-carving Body Plant Image’ during Dhaka Live Art Biennale (D’lab) in in Zainul Gallery and Edge Gallery in Dhaka.

Recarving Body Plant Image is rooted in my personal interest to rethink global archives and personal data. What image-making means as part of our social, cultural and political lives. Recarving Body Plant Image focuses on the ‘affection’ and ‘alienation’ of data and images-making through modern technology.

D’lab is organised by: Back Art Foundation

Supported by: CBK Rotterdam

Photo: Shubho o Saha

This Art Fair, Amsterdam

Date: 27/12/2018 till 30/12/2018

Address: Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam

It is with great pleasure that I invites you to the festive opening of This Art Fair where my performance and film-installation Recarving Body Plant Image will be presented, a 120 minute performance.

Recarving Body Plant Image is rooted in my personal interest to rethink global archives and personal data. What image-making means as part of our social, cultural and political lives. Recarving Body Plant Image focuses on the ‘affection’ and ‘alienation’ of data and images-making through modern technology.