VestAndPage, Thou Twin of Slumber: Hemolymph, VIVO Media Arts Centre,
Vancouver (2013). Photograph © Ash Tuyaksuyk | Vandocument

25 June to 7 July 2019
The Hague, The Netherlands

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.


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



By Marilyn Arsem and VestAndPage

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.

Petr Pavelnsky, Radical Artist in Court: Pavlensky. Still from the video

Artists Performance Program:

Andrigo & Aliprandi (IT), Peter Baren (NL), Larysa Bauge (BY, NL), Jessica van Deursen (NL), Daz Disley (UK), Kirsten Heshusius (NL), Fenia Kotsopoulou (UK), Miranda Meijer (NL) ), Sara Simeoni, (DE), Marcel Sparmann (DE), and Yvette Teeuwen (NL).

Gast lectures:

Sanne van Driel; PhD candidate Culture Studies University Tilburg, Hsiang Yun; MA Media Studies Leiden University, Peter Baren; artist, organisation Humanity House Den Haag, Marilyn Arsem; artist and Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage).

Artist in Resideny Class:

Danielle Brans (NL), Carmen Lafran (DE/IT), Andrea van Gelder (NL), Albert Smith (South Africa), Hsiang-Yun Huang (Taiwan), Gamze Ozturk (Turkey), Ingrid Adriaans (NL), Lise BOUCON (FR/UK), Fay Burnett (UK), Tess Martens (Canada), Philemon Mukarno (Indonesia/NL), Larysa Bauge (BY/NL), Yvette Teeuwen (NL), Carol Montealegre (Bogotá/ Colombia), Yuki Kobayashi / 小林勇輝n (Japan), Diogo Angeli (Brazil), Carole Novak (FR), Emilio Rojas (US), Oozing Gloop (UK).

Study Movie Room:

OUCHAn Anthology on Pain and Performance 
Video review curated by LADA
With works by Marina Abramović, Marcel·lí Antunez Roca, Ron Athey, Franko B, Wafaa Bilal, Rocio Boliver, Cassils, Bob Flanagan, Regina José Galindo, jamie lewis hadley, Nicola Hunter & Ernst Fischer, Oleg Kulik, Martin O’Brien, Kira O’Reilly, Petr Pavlensky.

In Between Identities
Video review curated by VestAndPage
With works by Marilyn Arsem, Ron Athey, Franko B, Wafaa Bilal, Bob Flanagan, Norbert Klassen, Yoko Ono, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Stelarc, VestAndPage.

Lise boucon, Eat me
Photo©Manuel Vason

With the cultural contribution of LADA – Live Art Development Agency, at PROJECT ID – In Between Identities VestAndPage,Performance Site Den Haag and Ruimtevaart Den Haag organise a Study Movie Room consisting of performances on video by eminent and groundbreaking artists whose practices address crucial issues of our contemporaneity.


Artist Verena Stenke and artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together since 2006 as VestAndPage, creating live performances, performance-based films, performance visuals, and poetic writings since over a decade, exploring performance art as phenomena through their collaborative creative practice, as well as through theoretical artistic research and temporary artistic community projects. Their art practice is contextual and situation-responsive, conceived psycho-geographically in response to social contexts, natural surroundings, historical sites, and architectures. In a “Poetics of Relations” they examine notions of temporalities, memory strata, communication and fragility of the individual and the collective within social and environmental spheres, applying the themes of trust in change, union, endurance, pain sublimation and risk-taking with a poetic bodily approach to art practice and a focus on universal human experiences. While encompassing a range of subtly different concepts, they primarily express VestAndPage’s view on reality while adding or revealing poetic elements as a rebellion against the exercise of power and discrimination among human beings.

VestAndPage, Thou Twin of Slumber: Hemolymph, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver (2013). Photograph © Ash Tuyaksuyk | Vandocument


Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, from solo gallery performances to large-scale, site-specific works at festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, galleries, museums and universities in 29 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Thematically, her work has ranged from feminist deconstruction of images of traditional women’s work, to performances concerning the Cold War, to the impact of US imperialism in countries throughout the world, to works about environmental issues. The topic to which she has continually returned over the years has been our understanding of time, its passing, and mortality. She presented 100 Ways to Consider Time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which was 100 different six-hour performances in 103 days, from November 9, 2015 to February 19, 2016. Over the years Arsem has experimented with different ways of designing performances so that audiences share responsibility in making the work. In some cases, the audience is given control over the actions of the performer, in other works the audience has taken a specific role in creating the event. This reflects an interest in redefining power structures and illuminating how meaning is generated and shared between people. She is a member and founder of Mobius, Inc., a Boston-based collaborative of interdisciplinary artists. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 27 years, establishing one of the most extensive programs internationally in visually-based performance art.

Wakening II, the second of four performances (Wakening I-IV) on four consecutive nights, as part of “1 A.M.” a double bill with Riverbed Theatre Company Song Shan Cultural Park, Taipei, Taiwan. December 22-25, 2017 Photo by Craig Quinter

Ruimtevaart: Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3, Den Haag

De Helena: Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3, Den Haag

Barthkapel: Brouwersgracht 2K, Den Haag

Maakhaven: 1e Lulofsdwarsstraat 60, Den Haag