object art

Object art

TAMTAM’s theatre performances move between theatre and visual arts. It is therefore not surprising that Gérard Schiphorst and Marije van der Sande also make visual art with found objects. Often their work has a high level of theatricality where the performance has come to a standstill and goes on in the imagination of the viewer. Some of the works on display are still for sale.

The beauty of the perishable, the talents of the discarded, these are not only the ingredients of the performances but also the basis of the visual work. It makes the viewer look differently at the worthless things, first ignored because they were lying in the gutter or hidden in the back of a drawer.

The object art can regularly be seen at exhibitions. Some examples from the past: Tafelhalle (Nürnberg, Germany), Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo), Oerol (Terschelling), Concordia (Enschede), Kunstenlab (Deventer), DRU factory (Ulft). Gallery De Kunsten (Deventer), Bergkerk (Deventer), Bookstore Praamstra (Deventer), Park Randenbroek (Amersfoort).

In 2021, TAMTAM realized a theatrical installation in the new Toy Museum in Deventer, which also includes visual work.

Check the photo page with artworks here

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Time Is On Our Side Object art installation

From June 9 to September 8, 2024, the Bergkerk in Deventer will host the major exhibition The Netherlands in 150 Landscapes.
TAMTAM was invited to create object landscapes and an accompanying theatre performance to be played in the church during Festival Deventer Op Stelten.
This resulted in the installation Time Is On Our Side.
Elements of old sets from TAMTAM shows recycled and incorporated into two object dioramas.
Two viewing boxes as hushed theatrical decors, to dream away at. IJstijd / Ice Age en Eindtijd / End Age.
The accompanying soundtracks below help the viewer do just that.
Listen while watching with earphones or with your phone to your ear to the sound fragments below.


IJstijd / Ice Age

Frozen landscape
cold creeps into the view
thick water
stiff in its bed
waiting slowly
and deep frozen

Listen to the soundtrack
Ice Age / Ice Age

Materials: Zinc, Glass, Perspex



Eindtijd / End Age

eats through the sand
memory of fire
burned time
the river only
a shadow of itself

Listen to the soundtrack
Eindtijd / End Age

Materials: Wood, Cardboard, Sand, Rusty metal.

Concept and execution of both works: Studio TAMTAM, Gérard Schiphorst
Workshop assistant: Jarko Peters
Metal frames: Machinefabriek B.Eysink BV, Deventer


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