The Maker is Present

Three days of artist presentations

24 till 26 June 2022

On 24, 25, and 26 June the makers and artists that contributed to the Prepper Paradise exhibition will come and present their works during The Maker is Present at Bureau Europa.

A divers programme of interviews, guided tours, and city walks offers you the unique opportunity to meet the makers of the exhibition by guest curator Ward Janssen, to learn about their outlook on the Apocalyps and whatever will follow after.

In Prepper Paradise, Bureau Europa investigates the imagining of uncertain futures, whether they be caused by geo-political chaos, war, or the climate crisis. The works by designers, artists, scientists, and architects present the prepper culture's luxury, ethic, and DIY characters in a design fiction debate where visual utopias meet with dystopian times.

You can come and visit the exhibition at Bureau Europa till the 14th of August.

3-Day Programme

Friday 24 June, 12.00 - 17.00
Danish artist Stine Deja will talk about her installation Thermal Womb: more and more people choose to cryo-preserve their bodies in the hopes of a better future. Dutch artist Dennis de Bel was commissioned for Mountain Stronghold: contemporary bunkers are often used to store the riches of the 21st century: data.

12.00u. lunch at Bureau Europa
13.00u. guided tour by curator Ward Janssen
14.00u. interview Stine Deja
15.30u. interview Dennis de Bel

Stine Deja (1986, DK), Thermal Womb (2019-20)

Dennis de Bel (1984, NL), Mountain Stronghold (2022)

Saturday 25 June, 12.00 - 21.00
Compare prepping in the olden days in Maastricht with the global situation today with our city walks and guided tour. The Swedish video artist Rustan Söderling shows a supermarket in a post-apocalyptic landscape in Tannhäuser Gate, an interesting case study for future anthropologists. Kostis Stafylakis and Theo Triantafyllidis, two Greek academics/artists, present their LARP Readiness: Civil War, where society crumbles under the threats of an undefined global catastrophe. Humanity proves to be its own downfall. Filmmaker Sam nemeth will fill your evening with his (post-)apocalyptic film programme.

12.00u. city walk In Case Of Emergency! by Remco Beckers
13.30u. guided tour by curator Ward Janssen
14.30u. interview Rustan Söderling
15.45u. interview Kostis Stafylakis and Theo Triantafyllidis
17.00u. buffet at Bureau Europa
19.00u. presentation Sam Nemeth

Rustan Söderling (1984, SE), Tannhäuser Gate (Not Really Now Anymore) (2017)

Kostis Stafylakis (GR), Readiness: Civil War (2020)

Theo Triantafyllidis (1988, GR), Readiness: Civil War (2020)

Sam Nemeth (NL), Apocalyptisch Filmprogramma (2022)

Sunday 26 June, 10.30 - 14.00
Let Leïà Bonjean take you along the Meuse river and learn more about the special, sometimes intense relationship between the people of Maastricht and their river. After the brunch at Bureau Europa, Dutch artists Meeus van Dis shows us his Hydra: the twofold relationship the prepper has with water - saving grace as well as biggest threat - is illustrated beautifully.

10.30u. city walk The River by Leïà Bonjean
11.30u. brunch at Bureau Europa
13.00u. interview Meeus van Dis

Meeus van Dis (1978, NL), The Hydra (2022)

Photos by Moniek Wegdam