The Parallel Show is an experimental series of collaborations of performance art practitioners organised by Frans van Lent and the Unnoticed Art Festival. Ten shows took place unexpectedly at and around public exhibitions in art venues in Europe and the US from July 2015 until January 2017. The Parallel Shows were never announced, no invitations were sent and the events left no physical traces.
We participated as artists at two of the Shows: in Biodiversity Center Naturalis, Leiden and the edition in Tate Britain, London. I also organised the show in Huis van Gijn, Dordrecht. The organiser, Frans van Lent, lives in that city, which meant his presence could be suspicious. I could organise The Parallel Show anonymously.
The book focuses on the (illustrated) reports by the 30 participating artists in relation to 10 Parallel Shows executed between July 2015 and January 2017 in (a.o.) Tate Britain (London), Stasi Museum (Berlin), the Apollo Sanctuary (Delphi) and the Met-Cloisters (New York).
Furthermore, the book contains a correspondence between Andrew McNiven and Lisa Skuret and between Ieke Trinks and Frans van Lent and a short essay by Henk Overdevest about the ambiguous relations between the personal reports with the actual shows.
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