Nabuurs & Van Doorn are Dutch artists and artistic researchers. Investigations take them to untouched archives, forgotten characters, and locations haunted with forlorn memories. Laborious projects intended to function as a fractured mirror reflecting humanity, or the lack there of it. As artists it is their toilsome body of research that they use to compose installations, videos, imagery, writings, and performance.
Their work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The New Museum in New York, The Villa Empain in Brussels, 12 Hay Hill in London and Forgotten Bar Project in Berlin. They participated in both the Documenta 12 in 2007 and Documenta 14 in 2017, and are nominated for the first International Follow Fluxus Grant at Kunstverein Wiesbaden in 2008. Nabuurs & Van Doorn received support in 2016 from The Annemarie & Lucius Burckhardt Foundation, and in 2018 from The province of North Brabant.
Nabuurs & Van Doorn’s “Jam Party” program at Temporary Art Spaces in 2007 transformed exhibition spaces as they covered ephemeral screens with projections. In 2008, their “Stops” opened to the public in the social housing districts of Eindhoven as part of the Be(com)ing Dutch Exhibition. Nabuurs and Van Doorn presented their first large-scale film and architecture installation, “…but now it needs to be done…”, at Likovni Salon in Slovenia in 2009. “…but now it needs to be done…” featured a video installation and a live discussion panel in an underground Embassy in Edinburgh, Schotland in 2011.
In 2014, “The Sea Awaits Your Return” explored the ever-changing landscapes of former colonies, presented at Laznia Gdansk in Poland through moving image, sound, tests and architecture. Also in 2014, “Morphing Lights” shined at 12 Hay Hill during Frieze London. In 2015, Nabuurs & Van Doorn participated in “RADICATE” at University Savona in Italy, which analyses global change through a contemporary art lens, where the Environmental and Energy Engineering department is developing the first example of a smart energy micro-grid.
Nabuurs & Van Doorn initiated “Zwischenlandschaften”, which took place over three weeks in the mountains of Furka in Switzerland in 2016. A hotel, designated as Open Art System Database, channeling content to a global audience as it traveled from this desolated mountaintop to Documenta 14 Kassel. A feature film and a Game Piece were released in 2017.
“Zwischenlandschaften III” next took over the Villa Empain in Brussels for 1 day in October 2018, a day-long program featuring performance artists, curators, historians, researchers and other creative figures.
In October 2018, two performers , an experimental dancer and a classically trained percussionist, were the first players to perform in the Game Piece of this ongoing “Next Artist Club” at the Villa Empain, Brussels. The project is slated to continue growing until its’ sixth event in a yet undetermined location in Detroit.