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Pleun Gremmen (they/them, NL, 1992)

I am a who creates .

My multidisciplinary practice uses a toolbox consisting of 3D rendering, virtual world building, graphic design (web and print), performance and installation.

Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Porto, Portugal where I am collectively creating the artists community space & cultural organisation, El Aleph.

If you would like me to create, design, research, talk, workshop or collaborate with you on a project don't hesitate to contact me.
studio
El Aleph
R. dos Burgães 390
4050-350 Porto
Portugal

previous
Time Window, Rotterdam

contact
info[at]pleungremmen.nl or
pleungremmen[at]gmail.com
instagram: @pleunpleunpleun


media
digital media (VR, 3D, web), moving image (animation, video), performance, installation, printed matter and datavisualisation.


bio
Pleun Gremmen (they/them, NL, 1992) graduated in 2018 from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (Master Media Design, Experimental Publishing), and in 2014 from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (Bachelor Graphic Design). Since graduating they have been working as a research-based artist, a freelancing designer, and has been connecting and collaborating with artists and institutions in a.o. the Netherlands, Germany and Portugal.

Their current research project The Wandering Womb [working title] – in collaboration with Menahem Wrona – will be series of works following the short films "Hysteria Narratives" (2021) and "This work might contain nudity, do you want to proceed?" (2020)

The book & mediawiki “Alt Reality Lexicon” (2018) and the film "A Revisited Story of Decline" (2019) explore the language neologisms of the Alt-right and Manosphere (internet) subcultures, acting as a translator between realms of reality. The projects mean to close gaps of knowledge between netizens and citizens, and to express concerns about how digital life is shaping alt-realities by amplifying growing polarization.

The spatial installation and performance “R.E.S.T” (2017) explores contemporary physical and digital expressions of escapism in a politically turbulent time.

Mondriaan Fonds
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education
MA Piet Zwart Institute, Experimental Publishing (Rotterdam, NL) 2018

BA ArtEZ University of the Arts, Graphic Design (Arnhem, NL) 2014


experience
✶El Aleph
founding member (Porto, PT) OCT2021-current
✶Time Window
member (Rotterdam, NL) JUL2019-SEP2021
✶Willem de Kooning academy
external examiner bachelors (Rotterdam, NL) JUL2020-current
✶The Piet Zwart Institute
freelance designer for XPUB/Lens Based (Rotterdam, NL) 2017-current
✶Hacktalk
VJ, visuals (Rotterdam, NL) NOV2017-APR2022
✶Tinker
freelance designer (Utrecht, NL) FEB-JUN2019
✶WORM
freelance designer 2017-2019 internship (Rotterdam) 2016
✶PANN
graphic design volunteer (Utrecht) 2015-2016
✶Femke Herregraven
freelance designer, researcher
Sonic Acts 2016 and Liquid Citizenship (Amsterdam, NL) 2015
✶Catalogtree
internship (Arnhem, NL) 2013
expo, performances, VJ
✹ autonomous
✷ commissions

2022
8JUL-17JUL 3 virtual spaces (as theater decor), PR for the new theater performance "A garden of heavenly delights" by Luit Bakker / Likeminds. Over het ij festival 8-17 JULI 2022. icw Noémi Biró
1JUN-31JUL print MonsterCode, on show at the exhibition Gardening of Creative Coding Utrecht at Amelisweerd. MonsterCode is a project by Sjef van Gaalen, Theun Karelse.
APR25-MAY8 in residence at antagon theaterAKTion, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
6-8MAY identity for conference (IN)VISIBILITIES, Gender and Photography in the Netherlands, 6-8 May 2022, Online Conference curated by Delphine Bedel and Daria Tuminas.

2021
OCT2021-SEP2022 building artistic community El Aleph in Porto, Portugal, in collaboration with Menahem Wrona and Hannah Scharmer.
SEP26 visuals shown at Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend for autonomous work Terramorphosa in collaboration with Djuna Couvee
SEP15-19 expo "Hysteria Narratives" shown in Pandora's Box at Internationales Frauen*Theater-Festival 2021, Frankfurt am Main
SEP11 visuals for the GOGBOT Symposium, Enschede
SEP11 VJ session for the talk Wu Ming1 x Florian Cramer at the GOGBOT Symposium, Enschede
SEP4-9 video commission for Mannish, second version, theater piece by Steff Geelen, Amsterdam Fringe Festival
JUL15-SEP17 expo "Hysteria Narratives" shown in Metronom Gallery, Modena, Italy
JUL6–AUG8 in residence Sommerwerft 2021, at antagon theaterAKTion, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
JUN14-JUL27 participation FIBER Weaving With Worlds Lab in preparation for project Terramorphosa, icw Djuna Couvee
JUN18-27FEB video commission for Serana Angelista for the work "SINDS 1634", in the group-exhibition Gouden Koets in the Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, NL
JUN09 VJ session Pantropical, Worm Rotterdam
MAY22 animation stills and video for Eline Benjaminsens solo-exhibition “Collapsed Mythologies” at the Centre national de l’audiovisuel in Dudelange, Luxembourg
APR22-MAY02 PR and virtual spaces Rainbows End, a virtual exhibition by Creative Coding Utrecht. Virtual spaces icw. Noémi Biró
APR25 video at Test Fest (livestream), preview of Terramorphosa, result of a 4-day residency at Time Window icw Djuna Couvee
FEB11–28 animator and artist assistent at the artist recidency of Eline Benjaminsen in Luxembourg City, Centre national de l'audiovisuel.

2020
DEC17-20 visuals theater decor Mannish, theater piece by Steff Geelen, at Likeminds Bedankt (Stichting Likeminds) at Dansmakers Amsterdam.
SEP24–27 curator and video installation Internationales Frauen* Theater-Festival, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. icw Edith van den Elzen.
SEP19 performer for Mylan Hoezen's SAGA, at Museum Ijsselstein
JUL30–AUG14 video editor in residence Sommerwerft LIMITED EDITION, at antagon theaterAKTion, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
JUN12-21 & JUL10-19 decor design Boundless, theater at Oerol Terschelling and Over het Ij festival, Cancelled due to COVID-19
MAR22 workshop and jury Kunstbende Rotterdam, Cancelled due to COVID-19
MAR20 VJ session Hacktalk, WORM Rotterdam, Cancelled due to COVID-19
MAR07–APR19 group exhibition Linguistic Images at SIGN Groningen
FEB06 & 08 performer for Kolijn Jagersmas "It's the Real Thing" at The New Current, Art Rotterdam
JAN25 VJ session The Performance Bar takeover at the Schouwburg, IFFR
JAN18 designer for conference Roadmap to Equality in the Arts, ArtEZ Arnhem, icw Delphine Bedel
JAN11 VJ session at The Performance Bar Rotterdam

2019
DEC31 performer at New Years Party at SOHO House, Amsterdam, for DOLLHOUSE
DEC19–20 visuals theater decor Forever K-Hole, theater piece by Diederik Kreike and Edna Azulay, at Likeminds Bedankt (Stichting Likeminds) at Dansmakers Amsterdam
SEPT06-OKT13 group exhibition The Image Is Our Voice, Unseen FUTURES at the Melkweg in Amsterdam
SEPT05–15 artist in residence with Time Window at the Brakke Grond during Amsterdam Fringe Festival
APR20 performance installation Can We Try To Turn It On and Off Again? icw Djuna Couvee, The Performance Bar X Motel Mozaïque, Rotterdam
MAR02–03 performance installation Can We Try To Turn It On and Off Again? icw Djuna Couvee, New Year New Me, Museumnacht at UBIK WORM, Rotterdam
JAN24–JUNE expo at Evermore, Dit is uit de kunst, Rotterdam
JAN15 talk at Zefir7, Stroom, The Hague

2018
NOV08 shrine for the “Requiem for the Avantgardistic State” at WORM Rotterdam
NOV17 VJ session for Dagschotel at Rotown Rotterdam
JUL05 talk at Graduation Expo of the Piet Zwart Institute, UBIK, WORM
JUL05 book launch Alt Reality Lexicon, Graduation Expo Piet Zwart Institute, Ubik, WORM Rotterdam
MAY25 talk at The Hmm, Het Nieuwe Instituut
FEB10 curator and VJ session S ∆ D & L 0 N E L Y, ~ one-day festival in WORM Rotterdam
JAN26 concept, performer Verkeerde Venster, Cultuurnacht, Brandpunt Breda,

2017
DEC09 performance installation Feminist Pornhouse, at Girls Go Boom, Roodkapje Rotterdam
NOV04 VJ session at MONO Rotterdam
SEP23 performance Braless, at Huis, curated by Jo Alexander, Rotterdam
JUL27-31 artist in residency at the Humberstreet Gallery, Hull England with WORM 3 iterations of WORMhull, an installation
APR15 VJ installation at Performance bar 1 year
APR07 performance installation R.E.S.T., MONO 1 year, MONO Rotterdam
MAR04 performance installation R.E.S.T., Museumnacht, Ubik, Worm Rotterdam
FEB04 VJ session at The Performance Bar icw Nao Sakamoto

2016
DEC31 performance installation The New State, New Years Eve, WORM Rotterdam
SEP10 projection mapping installation kelly+pleun, Dagschotel, Doornroosje Nijmegen
AUG13 projection mapping installation kelly+pleun, Dagschotel, Luxor Arnhem
MAR31 talk at The Wow, De Ruimte Amsterdam
collaborations, participation
✶Menahem Wrona & Hannah Scharmer
residency space El Aleph (2021 - current)
✶Djuna Couvee
video & virtual space Terramorphosa (2021)
performance installation Can we try to turn it off and on again? (2019)
✶Edith van den Elzen
video installation This work might contain nudity. Do you want to proceed? (2020)
✶Delphine Bedel, Catelijne de Muijnck, Els Cornelis workgroup Roadmap to Equality in the Arts in the Netherlands (2020)
✶Lot van Teylingen
animator Videoclip: Ermano – Heliosphere (2020)
✶Kolijn Jagersma
performer It's The Real Thing (2020)
performer Baking Hamburgers (2019)
performer CTRL+ALT+LOOP (2018)
performer Walking Through A Room (2017)
✶Ko de Kok
concept, performance Verkeerde Venster (2018)
editing The Lion King NEXT LEVEL (2019)
✶Anni Puolacca
actor ᶈenetralia (2018)
✶Anne Kolbe
performer I am an object with many echoes, at Art Rotterdam (2017)
✶Roos Sparreboom
interview (critical voice in performance)Thierry Baudet de voorstelling (2017)
✶Kelly van den Bosch
projection mapping installations kelly+pleun at Dagschotel (2016)
✶Femke Herregraven
image editor Sonic Acts, 2016
researcher, cartographer Liquid Citizenship (2015)


grants and residencies
✶ Mondriaan Fonds Kunstenaar Start (grant, 2021)
✶Droom & Daad Makersloket (grant, 2021)
✶ antagon TheaterAKTion, Frankfurt Germany (residence in 2020, 2021, 2022)
✶ UNSEEN Amsterdam, Futures (2019)
✶ Fringe Festival, with Time Window Rotterdam (residence, 2019)
✶ Humberstreet Gallery, Hull England, with WORM Rotterdam (residence, 2017)



publication
interview Metronom Gallery, Modena Italy, Generazione Critica
print Contribution to 'No Zine' 5th anniversary risograph zine for the album 'No Image' by the band GOLD
interview Kunstspot Groningen
print Unseen FUTURES magazine
print Spreadmag #01: At the end of the light spectrum
☰ about
☰ cv



SELECTED
AUTONOMOUS
PROJECTS


The Wandering Womb
(2020–current)

A Revisited Story of Decline (2019) and Alt Reality Lexicon (2018)

El Aleph
(2021–current)
Hysteria Narratives
Hysteria Narratives, 2021

short film shown at Metronom Gallery, Modena, Italy
This Project May Contain Nudity. Do You Want To Proceed?, 2020

a video-installation in Pandora's Box, at Internationales Frauen* Theater-Festival, Frankfurt, Germany. icw Edith van den Elzen
The Wandering Womb (current)


The Wandering Womb [working title] is an artistic research project following the short-films Hysteria Narratives (2021) & This work might contain nudity, do you want to proceed? (2020) exploring the womb as an act of continuous creation.

– The Wandering Womb [working title] (current), in collaboration with Menahem Wrona

– Hysteria Narratives, (2021)
“Almost prentending to be a film for scientific use, Hysteria Narratives by Pleun Gremmen is an immersion inside a dreamlike female human body, punctuated by the words of a hypothetical patients who complains of the symptoms of the desease described as hysteria. Four video reconstructions of explorations of female intestines with a tube retrace the history of hysteria and its exploitation to define the sexist intellectual, physical and moral inferiority of women.” – Metronom Gallery, Modena Italy, 2021

– This work might contain nudity, do you want to proceed?, (2020)
is a 15-minute narrative exploring the lack of medical research in womxn bodies through early medical texts and the myth of the wandering womb, an animal within an animal, while wandering through a virtual body.

media: video, mp4, ~15 minutes, 1080x1920

credits (2020):
concept, 3D animation, virtual world building, text: Pleun Gremmen
camera, editing and sound: Edith van den Elzen
narration: Lot van Teylingen
made in residence at the Internationales Frauen*Theater Festival, Frankfurt am Main at antagon theaterAKTion

tools: 3D animation, virtual world building, graphic design


A Revisited Story of Decline 2019

A synchronized 3 screen short-film, autonomous
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A Revisited Story of Decline 2019

A synchronized 3 screen short-film, autonomous

Shown at group-expo "The Image is Our Voice" Melkweg Amsterdam
A Revisited Story of Decline (2019)

An animated story about far right ideology that tries to strike a balance between gaining some much needed knowledge about and creating unwanted propaganda for this fringe internet culture.

project: three synchronized screens showing three perspectives, mp4, ~13 minutes, 1920x1080.

1: an animated look into the ideology of the online far-right, from radicalization to action.

2: selected content written by Brenton Tarrent, the terrorist who killed 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019.

3: my own perspective, my comments and collected definitions of terms mentioned in the other two screens, taken from my publication Alt Reality Lexicon.

credits:
film: Pleun Gremmen
narration: Alexander Brouwer
score: Matthijs van der Wilt, Thomas James Scholte
sound assistance: Sjoerd van Kampen
curated: Iris Sikking
special thanks to: Delphine Bedel, Leslie Robbins, Eline Benjaminsen & Djuna Couvee

tools: 3D animation, virtual world building, graphic design
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Alt Reality Lexicon, 2018

autonomous publication

Alt-Right and Manosphere lexicon exhibited at SIGN Projectspace Groningen 07March-04April 2020
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"Alt Reality Lexicon, 2018" and "A Revisited Story of Decline, 2019"

exhibited at SIGN Projectspace Groningen 07March-04April 2020
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Alt Reality Lexicon, Piet Zwart Institute, MA Experimental Publishing Graduation Expo

UBIK, Rotterdam 2018
Alt Reality Lexicon (2018)

Every key point in the ideology of the online far right is mirrored in their expressions, their aesthetic, behavior and in their vocabulary. To gain a deeper understanding of the views of the online far-right it is key to be able to understand their language.

project: a mediawiki and a printed publication both acting as a lexicon, http://altrealitylexicon.xyz/, book size ~A5, 221 pages

credits:
website, mediawiki help: Michael Murtaugh
Piet Zwart Institute guidance: Steve Rushton, Marloes de Valk & Aymeric Mansoux. design tutor Piet Zwart Institute & collection editor: Delphine Bedel
book text editor: Djuna Couvee

tools: coding, writing, graphic design
ElAleph
El Aleph, 2021

ElAleph
El Aleph, 2022

Our second concert with Da Hye Yang and Ricardo Carvalho
El Aleph (2021-current)

El Aleph is a transdisciplinary space for culture and the arts established in the city of Porto, bringing together musicians, visual artists, writers, theatermakers and philosophers to live and create together. Working with the local community, the goal of El Aleph is to establish dialogue between diverse cultural spheres and the city of Porto, exploring literal and figurative languages through the hosting and co-creation of cultural events in music, performance, philosophical inquiry, visual art exhibitions, and readings. elaleph.pt


PROJECTS &
COMMISSIONS


Timeline
current–2014
Pandora's Box, 2022

identity and curation for Pandora's Box at Internationales Frauen*Theater Festival, antagon theaterAKTion, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany


Garden of heavenly delights
A Garden of Heavenly Delights, 2022

by Luit Bakker, Stichting Likeminds. Over het ij 2022.
3D visuals for PR and the virtual spaces in theater show. icw Noémi Biró. (test-shot)
MonsterCode
Monstercode, 2022

3D sculpted monster for MonsterCode, on show at the exhibition "Gardening" of Creative Coding Utrecht at Amelisweerd. MonsterCode is a project by Sjef van Gaalen, Theun Karelse.
(IN)VISIBILITIES, Gender and Photography in the Netherlands, , 2022

PR identity and slides for an online conference curated by Delphine Bedel and Daria Tuminas at Fotodok, Utrecht.
GOGBOT Symposium, 2021

PR identity and slides during the Symposium day of GOGBOT, Enschede
Pandora's Box, 2021

identity and curation for Pandora's Box at Internationales Frauen*Theater Festival, antagon theaterAKTion, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Mannish #2, 2021

video for theater piece by Steff Geelen, Amsterdam Fringe Festival
commission for Serana Angelista, 2021

for the work “SINDS 1634”, in the group-exhibition Gouden Koets in the Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, NL
ElineBenjaminsen

commission for Eline Benjaminsen, 2021

for her solo-exhibition “Collapsed Mythologies” at the Centre national de l’audiovisuel in Dudelange, Luxembourg
Reconnect
Reconnect – Dance and theatre training in dialogue with the global south, 2021

Logo




Rainbows End, 2021

PR social media for a virtual exhibition by Creative Coding Utrecht and Mozilla Hubs virtual space for a virtual exhibition by Creative Coding Utrecht
VR spaces icw Noémi Biró
CCU
Rainbows End, 2021

PR for a virtual exhibition by Creative Coding Utrecht
(1 of 4 posters)
CCU
Rainbows End, 2021

PR for a virtual exhibition by Creative Coding Utrecht
(1 of 4 posters)
Mannish
Mannish, 2020

Visuals as theater decor for a performance by Steff Geelen, at Likeminds Bedankt (Stichting Likeminds) at Dansmakers Amsterdam.
Ermano - Heliosphere, 2020

videoclip icw illustrator Lot van Teylingen

The Preformance Bar, 2020
animations for the virtual Performance Bar evenings during Covid19
RoadmapEquality
Roadmap to Equality in the Arts, 2020

logo and design for conference report


ElineBenjaminsen
www.elinebenjaminsen.com, 2020

website design and coding

with PHP from Joris Albeda.
Meru
MERU - The Human Experience, 2020

Album cover
SoMM
School of Missing Men, Survey BEAR Alumni (Fine Art, Artez Arnhem: Base for Experiment, Art and Research), 2020

datavisualisation


Forever K Hole, 19 Dec - 20 Dec 2019

Visuals for a theater piece by Diederik Kreike and Edna Azulay, Likeminds Bedankt, Dansmakers Amsterdam
Kontra


Kontra KONTRA #2, 2019

PR for an event by Kontra in Roodkapje Rotterdam, poster and banner




A Travelguide to the Open City

WORM Rotterdam 2019
Can We Try To Turn It Off And On Again, performance installation icw Djuna Couvee,

New Year New Me, Museumnacht 2019, UBIK Rotterdam
Open your mouth and let January pour in, NYE WORM 2018-19

Promo video for WORM, Rotterdam 2018
(video 1 of 6)
Requiem for the Avantgardistic State,

WORM, Rotterdam 2018
(video 1 of 4)
YCREATE x Pantropical,

Promo video for WORM, Rotterdam 2018


S ∆ D シ & L 0 N E L Y ♨

one-day festival in WORM, curated by Frederic Vandevelde and me, Rotterdam 2018
HACKTALK,

talkshow visuals for hackers-community in the Netherlands, WORM Rotterdam, 2017 - 2021, the first 19 shows
Verkeerde Venster
Verkeerde Venster,

performance during Cultuurnacht Breda, icw Ko de Kok at Brandpunt, 2018


REST in MONO
REST, The Love Imams, 2017

A performance installation during the One Year anniversary of MONO, a gesamtkunstwerk with visuals, performance, sound, installation


REST, The Love Imams, 2017

A performance installation during Museumnacht in UBIK, WORM Rotterdam, a gesamtkunstwerk with visuals, performance, sound, installation


REST, The Love Imams, 2017

A performance installation, a gesamtkunstwerk with visuals, performance, sound, installation
Piet Zwart Institute open dagen, huisstijl 2016 en 2017
Piet Zwart Institute,

Open Day, identity 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
(poster 1 of 6)
NYE
NYE, The New State,

Performance installation by The Love Imams (Pleun Gremmen and Kolijn Jagersma)

WORM, Rotterdam 2017
Big Brother Awards 2016

Big Brother Awards 2016
The Big Brother Awards 2016,

identity, Bits Of Freedom
Internet Switching Policies
Internet Switching Policies,

graduation exhibition, ArtEZ Arnhem BA Graphic Design 2014
Platform for the Valiz Antennae Series

Platform for Valiz Antennae Series
Valiz Antennae Series,

platform, website

graduation exhibition, ArtEZ Arnhem BA Graphic Design 2014
IABR 2014, w/ Catalogtree

IABR 2014, w/ Catalogtree
IABR 2014,

exhibition in Kunsthal Rotterdam, during internship with Catalogtree
Italo Calvino
Venice of the North, South and West,

a redesign of Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Project during BA Graphic Design, ArtEZ Arnhem
Pleun Gremmen (they/them, NL, 1992)

I am an artist and graphic designer who creates [ visual / queer / hyperactive / (im)possible / fictional / (more-than-)human / collaborative ] [ narratives / worlds / dreamscapes / histories / realities ].

My multidisciplinary practice uses a toolbox consisting of 3D rendering, virtual world building, graphic design (web and print), performance and installation.

If you would like me to design, research, talk, workshop, collaborate with you on a project don't hesitate to contact me at info[at]pleungremmen.nl. Open this site on a desktop for more, or check out my instagram: @pleunpleunpleun.


Rainbows End
(commissioned project, 2021)
PR social media and the virtual exhibition for Creative Coding Utrecht
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A REVISITED STORY OF DECLINE
(autonomous project, 2019)




Alt Reality Lexicon
(autonomous project, 2018)
publication on Alt-Right and Manosphere online subculture
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KONTRA #2
(commissioned project, 2019)
poster and social media, event at Roodkapje Rotterdam
Kontra
Kontra