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SPASM (2002-2009)

“SPASM are so god-damn obscure and consumed by stage fright you won’t even notice they’re there.” - Jamie Liddell

Founded in November 2002 by a motley kru of art-world professionals with no musical credentials to speak of (they allegedly met through a generic newspaper ad), the ultra death prog (& free grind) performance trio or Unholy Trinity that is SPASM have since wreaked havoc in many an art-world setting indeed, wisely steering clear of the extreme metal/noise scenes they so poignantly parody in their panegyric upon Absolute Evil. (Aaarrghh!) Resolutely refraining from rehearsing or songsmithing of any kind, and not in the least prone to M.O.R. outings of menial ‘rock’ visuality, SPASM habitually perform in the darkened enclosure and oppressive seclusion of toilets, broom closets, (preferably custom-made) cupboards and the like, whence they inflict wanton devastation on the guileless multitudes which huddle together in today’s countless churches and Cathedrals of Art.

SPASM have performed live in museums, galleries and art spaces in Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Munich, Reykjavik and Vancouver among others, and have released a split EP entitled “Sonderweg” with Building Transmissions on Curious Records label. SPASM have worked with a wide variety of artists, such as Gabriel Kuri, Hermann Maier Neustadt and Steven Shearer; their peripheral activities include poster designs, publications, installations, a SPASM-wear clothesline and DJ-sets (under the “Gog & Magog” moniker).

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photo: SPASM
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DATES

11.08.2007
opening Jafre Biennial, Jafre (ES)

26.04.2007
De Donderdagen, Curating the Library, DeSingel, Antwerpen

13.02.2007
Futur Antérieur (a.k.a. Disciples of the Henious Path – Part 1: The Pain of Everyone) Film by Belgian Artist Herman Asselberghs,

02.02.2007
Rotterdam Film Festival;, Rotterdam (NL)

06.06.2006
“Spasm against Nature” Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (C) (opening of the exhibition “Territory”)

25.03.2006
“Enabling Act: Chapter for Transforming Into a Goat” Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (D) (opening of the Berlin Biennale; with Nico Dockx & Building Transmissions)

11.09.2005
“New York Capta Est” Kaaitheater, Brussels (B) (opening of the season)

11.09.2005
“Sonderweg: Paean to Woe” Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels (B) (presentation of the “Sonderweg” EP; opening exhibition “CIT. CIT. 2” by Richard Venlet; with Frank Pay)

01.09.2005
NTGent, Gent (B) (bookpresentation of “Zwerm” by Belgian author Peter Verhelst)

05.06.2005
Artis, Den Bosch (NL) (“Art Fluid” festival)

14.05.2005
Kling og Bang, Reykjavik (ISL) (opening exhibition “Material Time/Work Time/Life Time” for Reykjavik Arts Festival; with Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri)

01.02.2005
Participation in the exhibition “Homemakers” De Garage, Mechelen (B); installation

01.12.2004
“The Putsch”, Haus der Kunst, München (D) (opening of the exhibition “Utopia Station” - with Nico Dockx & Building Transmissions)

04.10.2004
W139, Amsterdam (NL) (presentation of Janus magazine) - Artist contribution in Janus magazine

01.10.2004
Vooruit, Gent (B) (with German artist Hermann Maier Neustadt)

01.06.2004
Z33, Hasselt (B) (opening exhibition “Freespace Limburg 4”; with German artist Hermann Maier Neustadt)

01.05.2004
Bureau Dixmude, Brussels (B) (with Edith Doove & Belgian artist Michael Van den Abeele)

01.05.2004
Museum Dhondt-Daenens, Deurle (B) (opening of the exhibition “Pieter Vermeersch”)

01.04.2004
STUK, Leuven (B) (opening exhibition “A Temporary Monument for David McComb”)

01.09.2003
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gent (B) (for the temporary closure of the museum)

01.01.2003
W139, Amsterdam (NL) (closure of the exhibition “At Least Begin to Make an End”)

01.12.2002
W139, Amsterdam (NL) (opening exhibition “At Least Begin to Make an End”)

01.12.2002
Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (NL) (with Mexican artist Erick Beltran & Dutch artist Govinda Mens)