October 7-11, 2015 New York 


After a successful participation in the performance festival Art In Odd Places 2014, social artists Doménique Himmelsbach de Vries and Marieke Warmelink are invited to restage the duo-performance One Hour of Free Help at Union Square during the 11th edition of AIOP RECALL in October 2015.


With One Hour of Free Help we aim to raise the social reputation of the Netherlands. The Netherlands used to be known as a safe haven for individuals who think differently. However, the past years the country has been dominated by a growing fear of dissidents,which has resulted in a fertile ground for negativity. We want to discuss and reflect on this current fear based political realm and instead, encourage people to act with curiosity and openness to the other. We take on the role of an embassy, the Embassy of Goodwill. As servant of ‘the people’, in spite of race, nationality and origin, we symbolically reclaim and re-use populism in a fertile and social way.


The Embassy of Goodwill  aims to work in a number of large cities that we value in the world. From every big city, we consider New York as one of the best starting points to do so. Not only because the ties between New York and Amsterdam go far back, but also because of the nature of the city. New York is an inspiring melting pot of different cultures, a vibrant city full of energy and creativity, and the perfect space to develop, share and experiment new and daring ideas.



October 7-11        One hour of free help ‘The Monument’, Installation                                                                                        Union Square 2PM-4PM daily        

                               One hour of free help ‘The act of Hanging’, Performance                                                                      
       Union Square 2PM-4PM daily

October 8              Lecture One hour Free Help

                               Pace University Art Department  12.15PM-13.15 PM

October 11            One hour of free help ‘Free Help Competition”    

                               Freeform Discussion with public, curators and artists                                                                            
       Jackson Square at East 13th Street and 8th Avenue 1PM - 2:30PM


October 14           Opening Reception & Performance 7PM-9PM 

                               LODGE GALLERY

October 14-28      Exhibition  LODGE GALLERY



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Examples of free help;


brainstorming, solving problems, renovating houses, gardening, Turkish coffee reading, portrait painting of people, portrait painting of pets, vegetarian / vegan cooking for individual or group, designing posters, video editing, thinking in solutions, taking initiative, organizing, renovating houses, repairing bicycles, screen printing, glass cutting and setting, welding, photographying, working with a sewing machine, being socially engaged, teaching, snowboarding, translating text from English to Dutch and Dutch to English, teaching basic computer skills, welcoming guests at your shop or houseparty, looking after your shop and making an extra 20% sales, giving advice about everything, playing new wave at your party.



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