A collaboration project with A Tale of a Tub


Curated by: Dean Bowen

Venue: A Tale of a Tub
Justus van Effenstraat 44, 3027 TK Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Opening times: Thursday to Sunday 13:00–18:00 and by appointment

A Tale of a Tub is a non-profit institution for contemporary art and culture. The program is centred around questions of how art can contribute to our understanding of present-day social, political, and ecological issues. The exhibition program is framed through intersectional ecological thinking, in which subjects related to nature, climate, ecology and the shared living environment, gender, feminism and decolonization, as well as the increasing influence of digital infrastructures and advanced-capitalist and neoliberal systems and governments intertwine with one another. They want to make these naturecultures and complexities tangible and accessible for their publics, and thereby endorse the essential importance of educational and discursive actions and events as an integral dimension of our programming. From the former bathhouse at the heart of the monumental Justus van Effen complex, A Tale of a Tub offers its space, infrastructure and resources to artists, curators and practitioners from different fields of inquiry to develop newly commissioned artistic productions, reflecting on complex societal issues and debates as to further strengthen and enrich our daily living and working practices, often based on long term-research and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Dean Bowen calls himself a poet, performer and psychonaut. As apparent in his multilingual poetry collection Bokman (2018), his work looks at the relationship of people's identity to society. A strong performance won him the first Van Dale SPOKEN Award in the poetry category. He has published poems on the online platforms SampleKanon and Hard//Hoofd and in magazines such as nY and Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen. He also leads poetry worshops in high schools. In his eyes, poetry is a wonderful instrument to create bonds and can even have healing effects. Bowen is an editor with Perdu and a member of the Wakkerlicht collective, which expresses itself through spoken word, poetry and music.