van der Meer
Christa van der Meer has a great curiosity about the concept of fashion and adjacent disciplines. “Clothing enables you to express your identity and flaunt it. That is why I wonder, in what way is clothing you wear connected to your identity? If clothing is not worn by a person but by an object, can it still be an expression of identity?” Her work has an autonomous starting point and is later on released into an applied world.
After gaining international experience at Henrik Vibskov (Copenhagen) and A.Berg Studio (SE) she graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (NL) in 2013. Since then her work has been commissioned for Salone del Mobile, Milan (IT), Boom City in Chengdu (CHN), Royal Palace Soestdijk (NL), Nederlandse Dansdagen (NL) among others. This went along an exhibition in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag where her work is included in one of the permanent shows. Van der Meer’s work did not go unnoticed by trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort who applauds her work on Trendtablet.com.
In her work she moves around the extent in which way visual identity and the alter ego can be shaped. She is doing research into this by making use of the human body, objects and fashion related to identity and as a collective system of unwritten rules. By covering up the human body she aims to find the turning point between unrecognizability and anonymity.
In her work she is driven by the following questions; How can the transformation in visual identity be as big as possible without anonymizing someone? How can someone be unrecognizable but not anonymous? And is the physical body needed to display a visual alter ego?
This results in an imaginative universe of unpolished elements, primary colours and plastics. Her playful projects include garments, sculptures, masks, collages and form studies.
During her studies Dewi Bekker gained international experience by doing internships at Bernhard Willhelm(FR) and Hannes Kettritz (DE). After her graduation in 2013 from the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague her works have been on shown at Amsterdam Fashion Week (NL), Modebelofte at the Dutch Design Week (NL), Boomcity in Chengdu (CHN) and Paris Fashion Week (FR).
Anouk van Klaveren explores fashion as a system of unwritten rules, fascinated about how garments and objects can embody an implicit cultural meaning. Intertwining fiction and non-fiction, she creates fashion, jewellery, sculptures and performances that reveal and question its value and believe systems.
Her work has been shown at Centraal Museum (Utrecht NL), Salone del Mobile (Milan IT) and was representing the Netherlands during the International Fashion Showcase (London UK).
He investigates the role of wonder in his work by creating an alternative reality. The monumental silhouettes from his previous work have a sculptural character. In his new work, he will further implement this by making clothing that no longer needs a body. An experiment where clothing, photography, performance and sound come together to form sculptural “life-size collage installations”.
Gino Anthonisse (1988) is a Dutch artist based in The Hague, The Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and graduated in 2014. He got the opportunity to live and work in Antwerp during his internship at Christian Wijnants in the summer of 2013.
The performance Joe is the final chapter of Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp. During the finissage on the 8th of June a performance transforms the current exhibition into archive pieces. We would like to invite you to join us for this.
About the exhibition
In the early summer of 2017, the Zeeuws Museum, as instructed by Das Leben am Haverkamp, invites forty of its visitors to give a description of forty randomly selected objects of the museum’s archive. The subjective descriptions of regional costume, jewellery and household goods induce the collective to develop a new collection objects without ever having seen the original museum objects.
Abdij, Middelburg (NL)
Zeeuws Museum open 11.00-17.00 h (free entrance)
Performance 13.00-16.00 h (continuous)
Drinks 16.00-17.00 h
The exhibition is on show until the 10th of June.
Page Not Found invited us to present the project we did with Zeeuws Museum, in relation to a series of presentations called A Fictional Turn, on how artists, faced with the exacting requirements of archiving and documenting, turn to fiction.
In our audio booths you can interact with the interpretation of the visitors of Zeeuws Museum that describe the archive of the museum to you.
We launched our first book! The publication Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp elaborates on our project with Zeeuws Museum. It’s a banger with lots of great essays by smart people, documentation of our work and the transcriptions that lay behind it, behind the curtain material and gossip by us and graphic design by Studio Lennarts & de Bruijn.
Order your copy here for only €20,-
or shop at
– Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
– Page Not Found, The Hague
– Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
– Billytown, The Hague
– Stroom Den Haag, The Hague
– Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
– De Koperen Tuin, Goes
– Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg
Photography: Janne van Gilst
Gino Anthonisse and Christa van der Meer explored macrame techniques for the occasion of a masterclass by Craafts in Milan last March (made possible by Crafts Council NL). Now their work is on display at Dutch Design Week and we are ready for you to drop by.
20 – 29 October
Crafts Council NL
Veemgebouw, 2nd floor
We had the honour to develop the campaign for the 10th edition of Fashion Clash Festival! With this series of cakes we want to celebrate your favourite garments, instead of making new ones. Read more on this here.
Photography: Lonneke van de Palen
In the early Summer of 2017, the Zeeuws Museum, as instructed by Das Leben am Haverkamp, invites 40 visitors to give a description of 40 randomly selected objects of the museum’s collection out of storage. Objects in the storage rooms are anonymous, without judgment, without a story. It is that anonymity that appeals to the imagination. The subjective descriptions of regional costume, jewellery and household goods induced us to develop a new collection without ever having seen the objects described.
With this method and our collection Das Leben am Haverkamp aims to create a bridge between past and future, between knowing and fantasizing, between the image of yourself and that of the other.
Volkskrant described it as one of the cultural highlights of 2018. Glamcult said to go see this with your own eyes – “The journey is worth it”. Read about what i-D Vice and VPRO Nooit Meer Slapen had to say about it.
17 February 2018 – 5 May 2019
Are you ready for the opening of Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp?
17 February 2018, 15.00 h
Abdij, Middelburg (NL)
campaign by Studio Lennarts & de Bruijn
Last Saturday Das Leben am Haverkamp received the Dutch Design Award in the category Fashion for the work Bravado – A pretentious, swaggering display or courage during the award show at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This was our first big show at Future Generation, Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week last 26 January, which was well received by Volkskrant, NRC, Elsevier, Glamcult and Fucking Young! ao. Although we were already very honoured to be nominated, winning is even better.
Steaming on the beach this summer. Our collective project Quirky cruise is captured by Sanja Murasic. The object are now on show in the great exhibition Uit de Mode @ Centraal Museum Utrecht NL until 22nd of October 2017.
photography: Sanja Marusic
model: Varusa Misidjan and Wouter van de Kuijt
Boomtsjikke wah wah! We showed our Quirky Cruise collection as the opening show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam this week and we hope it will stick to you the whole summer. It will not only serve the mind and eyes of “more seasoned jet-setters” but also the agoraphobics who will enjoy the sun on their one square meter balcony.
Here is a selection of this collective project.
photography: Team Peter Stigter
Oh yeah, we are nominated for two Dutch Design Awards! Both in the category Young Designer as in the category Fashion.
As a contribution to art=ARTIS, Anouk van Klaveren and Dewi Bekker created A residence that might remind you of that unique hotel in Magdeburg or that colourful gym where you used to train for tampon hockey. In a former bear stay they furnished a Bed&Breakfast.
Following their own interpretation of Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria, drafted by EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) the designers created a habitat.
Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the unique view and location of this accomodation.
Proud to announce we will be the opening show at this upcoming edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam. The members of Das Leben am Haverkamp all have their individual practice, but for this occasion we unite, as we will show a collective project this night.
13 July 2017
These adornments are a significant part of PROJECT 000 005 – ‘His Majesty prefers pigs’ by Anouk van Klaveren.Captured by photographer Imke Ligthart
model: Wouter van de Kuijt
styling: Anna Mala
Our show Bravado: a pretentious, swaggering display of courage took place during Amsterdam Fashion Week in January 2017. We displayed four collections in one show, while exploring different ways to present fashion to an audience.
Photography: Team Peter Stigter
By using a life-size collage technique, Gino Anthonisse creates designs that are surprising as well as astonishingly surreal. By combining collages together with origami he discovers an approach on how to design clothing without sewing, only using folding for its construction.
photography: Lisandro Suriel
model: Noah Owie
Clothing enables you to express your identity and flaunt it. That is why Christa van der Meer wonders, in what way is the clothing you wear connected to your identity? Is fashion still an expression of identity when it is not worn by a person, but worn by an object? The collection Creamy Dream is a cheerful exploration of these questions.
photography: Verena Blok
model: Katinka van Gorkum, Bernice Nauta and Reynir Þór
Thanks to Pannenkoeken Paviljoen Malieveld
With this collection Dewi Bekker created an alienating group identity that is defined by an absurdist aesthetic that includes bright colours, striped patterns, rubber gloves and masks.
photography: Iris van der Zee
model: Jip Loots
For PROJECT 000 005 – ‘His majesty prefers pigs’, Anouk van Klaveren created a series of characters, costumes, jewellery, props and sets. The projects has been shown in various set-ups at Atelier Néerlandais, Amsterdam Fashion Week and Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland.
photography: Imke Ligthart
We will be part of the opening of Amsterdam Fashion Week in January 2017! Invite only. A big shout out to Future Generation and Stroom Den Haag
26 January 2017
21-23 January 2017
Collages by Dewi Bekker
Imke Ligthart and Das Leben am Haverkamp paired up! These photos are published in the book Pairs Project.
Time is just a made-up concept.
We could turn it the other way around.
Make it into something that’s fiction in your eyes and reality in ours.
Welcome to our liquid space time warp.
This calendar is a collaboration between Marsdiep and Das Leben am Haverkamp and was presented in Avondwinkel de Buren op 101 in Amsterdam.
The collages are by Das Leben am Haverkamp and are made from found footage.
photography: Jeronimus van Pelt
edit: Das Leben am Haverkamp
Gino Anthonisse is always searching for wonder. By using a collage technique he creates designs that are surprising as well as surreal astonishing. This technique is also shown is his new installation of the collection MADODA.
photography: Anouk van Kalmthout
model: Evandro @ Tony Jones Model Management
A project by Christa van der Meer. By wrapping her silhouettes in different cultures, she allows a new global silhouette to be born and gives us new ideas how to incorporate new fabrics and various prints. As an elaboration of her previous collection she continued the investigation on how to translate 2D images to 3D designs. The result is presented in a film which gives you an 360 degrees view on the collection.
photography: Luka Karssenberg / models: Vasura Misidjan and Stephany Kerssenberg / hair and make-up: Chris Völkers / shoes: by Fabian Bredt / styling: Anna Mala
Orange juice, Day 7
This is a project by Dewi Bekker. During her quest, she researches on myths and alter egos, which include superheroes, traditional European festivities and James Bond. This is shown in her new collection The sun would not catch them on the road.
photography: Henri Verhoef
model: Jelle Smid @ Tony Jones Model Management
Cheese, Day 58
Anouk van Klaveren’s PROJECT 000 002 – Vestes ad illustrandam embryogenesin hominis et mammalium abnormen in the desert.
photography: Imke Lighthart
You are invited
The Show-off Show
23 – 27 January
Gefelicifashion – a celebration of conventions featured in Glamcult
photographer: Imke Ligthart
model: Henk Kalfsterman
Collages by Christa van der Meer
Presented on Dutch Design Week 2015 as part of In No Particular Order of Creative Fund NL
Coffee, Day 12
– a celebration of conventions
This Das Leben am Haverkamp collaboration was shown during Future Generation at Amsterdam Fashion Week.
model: Koos Heemskerk
Sandra Zegarra Patow photographed our works in Belfast
stylist: Lewis Robert Cameron / model: Stephen Edgar
Collages & sketches by Dewi Bekker for the upcoming collection.
Collage of upcoming work Gino Anthonisse
This is a nice photo shoot by Jaimy Gail de Gier. And that is a good thing. Clothing by Christa van der Meer
Henri Verhoef photographed pieces from Gino Anthonisse and Dewi Bekker in his project.
photography: Henri Verhoef
styling: Tessa de Boer
hair: Jennifer Wijngaard and Xiomara Virdo
makeup: Jolanda Denneman and Xiomara Virdo
model: Jay Eversdijk
Anouk van Klaveren’s leather pieces in a photography project of Imke Panhuijzen.
Dewi’s pieces are featured in this crazy shoot for Mondaze magazine.
photography: Jacob van Rozelaar / make-up and hair: Melanie Foeh / styling: Luna Michel / model: Ziggy
Lemonade, day 8
Gino Anthonisse’s collection Lost Wonder in a photography project of Anouk van Kalmthout!
photography: Anouk van Kalmthout / model: Dax van Eijkeren and Julia Baas
Mixed juices, 9 Days
Anouk van Klaveren launched her new PROJECT 000 003 – Privacy is Theft. Because plastic is fantastic.
photography: Imke Ligthart
Collecting fish for a photo shoot of Anouk van Klaveren’s PROJECT 000 003 – Privacy is Theft with photographer Imke Lighthart.
PROJECT 000 002 – Hypertrichosis bow tie 2.0 is an ongoing project by Anouk van Klaveren. Collected human hair is being preserved in a series of custom made bow ties. The project was created as a performative sequal to Anouks graduation project and shown at BACK STAGE ON STAGE, Salone del Mobile in Milan.
photography: Dayna Casey and Joel Nieminen
Anouk van Klaveren has been collecting hair of the audience at Salone del mobile 2014 to be used as raw material in PROJECT 000 004 – Hypertrichosis Bow Tie 2.0. Check out the whole collection at www.anoukvanklaveren.com
A series of portraits painted on silk that were made by Christa van der Meer during a performance at BACK STAGE ON STAGE during Salone del Mobile, Milano 2014. This project stems from a fascination for the proportions of the face and the emotions that influence its expression. Specific parts of the portraits are shrunk to change the expression of the portrait.
Graduation collection & collages by Gino Anthonisse.
Photography: Lisandro Suriel
Model: Jip Loots
The graduation project I would like to brink beer high among the Aesir by Dewi Bekker. Photography by Imke Ligthart and Henri Verhoef, model Jip Loots.
This project by Anouk van Klaveren exists of a series of 17 garments, following anatomical abnormalities of the human body.
photography: Janne van Gilst
An investigation by Christa van der Meer into the relation between her portraits and fashion design.
collages from found footage
photography: Lisandro Suriel
model: Christella Garard
styling: Lydiëne Thomas
PROJECT 000 002 – Vestes Ad Illustrandam Embryogenesin Hominis Et Mammalium Abnormen
by Anouk van Klaveren
Who might have guessed that at least seven billion atoms found their way to construct four individual entities that would eventually speak and discuss the current state of affairs of something we delightfully – but often problematically – call fashion? A collision of people like this just happens once in a blue moon.
Our main protagonists – Anouk van Klaveren (1991), Christa van der Meer (1988), Dewi Bekker (1990) and Gino Anthonisse (1988) – joined forces and formed the collective Das Leben am Haverkamp after graduating from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
Their unconventional approach to design and fashion results in thought-provoking, unpolished work, often inspired by daily rituals, cultural relativity of luxury and alter egos. New, uncharted territory is explored during the inventive performances and presentations of Das Leben am Haverkamp. All the members have their individual practice, and present their projects collectively.
Their headquarter is a laboratory situated in The Hague. Despite the freezing cold in winter, the abandoned building is a pleasurable place to be. Experiment takes place in their year-round playground – a motley mixture of black and white cats, purple pill bugs and wild plants that wangle their way in.
Das Leben am Haverkamp collectively disagrees on the imaginative borders created between (art) disciplines. Together they create the novel context necessary for their unrestricted way of working and thinking. Welcome to their island spaceship disjointed from time and space. It could all of a sudden land at a prestigious museum, or right in front of you at your local supermarket, but never as you expect.
EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS
Zeeuws Museum, Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, Middelburg (NL) 17 Feb 2018 – 10 June 2019
Zeeuws Museum, performance Joe for the occasion of the finissage of Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, Middelburg (NL) 8 June
Page Not Found, A Fictional Turn; Part 3, audio installation related to Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, The Hague (NL) 24 May
Stroom Den Haag, a Zefir7 night with Studio Lennarts & de Bruijn and Das Leben am Haverkamp, The Hague (NL) 16 April
Centraal Museum, Quirky Cruise as part of the permanent setup – Tromp L’oeil, Utrecht (NL) starting April 2018
Material District, Quirky Cruise, Rotterdam (NL) 12 – 14 March
Stroom Den Haag, book launch Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, The Hague (NL) 30 November
HOW&WOW – studio by Crafts Council NL, Gino Anthonisse en Christa van der Meer, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL) 20 – 29 October
Modemuze, Modemuze@OBA: Innovation, Quirky Cruise, Amsterdam (NL) 18 May – 2 Sept
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), Grey Space in The Middle, The Hague (NL) 12 May
HOW&WOW – cooperazione! by Crafts Council NL, Salone del Mobile, Milan (IT) 18 – 21 April
A residence that might remind you of that unique hotel in Magdeburg or that colourful gym where you used to train for tampon hockey, by Dewi Bekker and Anouk van Klaveren, ARTIS, Amsterdam (NL) 19 April – 26 August
Quirky Cruise, Heden, The Hague (NL) 3 March – 7 April
Winner, Dutch Design Award category Fashion
Nominee, Dutch Design Award category Young Designer
Dutch Design Week, Dutch Design Awards exhibition, Veemgebouw, Eindhoven (NL)
Dutch Design Week, preview Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, Eindhoven, (NL)
Centraal Museum, Uit de Mode, Quirky Cruise by Das Leben am Haverkamp, Utrecht (NL)
Nest, Pitch Black Photo Booth by Eddie The Eagle Museum in collaboration with Das Leben am Haverkamp, Nest, The Hague (NL)
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Quirky Cruise, opening show by Das Leben am Haverkamp (NL)
Punch Punch and About Asia at Future Center, Boom City, by Fashionclash, Chengdu (CHN)
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Future Generation presents Das Leben am Haverkamp (NL)
Tijdgenoten, a night by Glamcult at nightclub De School, Amsterdam (NL)
Avondwinkel de Buren op 102, presentation collaboration Das Leben am Haverkamp and Marsdiep, Amsterdam (NL)
Atelier Néerlandais, The Show-Off Show, Paris (FR)
Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Future Generation, Gefelicifashion, Amsterdam (NL)
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, performance and exhibition in de Tuinzaal, The Hague (NL)
Dream Journal, Issue Three, 5 May
Modemuze (NL), Wat zie ik nu? Tromp l’oeil in de mode, 19 Oct.
NRC (NL), Vanzelfsprekend was de Amsterdamse modeweek nooit, 4 Sept.
Flair (DE+AT), Kuchenkreation von Das Leben am Haverkamp, August issue
Mister Motley Salon (NL), Vier attracties, één kermis, 22 July
Kaltblut Magazine (DE), Fashion my Religion!, May
i-D Vice (US), meet the radical fashion collective making clothes you can eat, 24 April
See All This, Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, no.9, spring issue
Elle Decoration (NL), Salone del Mobile, April
Mister Motley (NL), Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, March
NRC, Tentoonstelling, Op deze expositie moet je het zelf uitzoeken, 14 March
Volkskrant, 16 culturele hoogtepunten van 2018, Cultuurtip 8, Originele ontwerpers aan de slag met impressies van museumbezoek, 5 Jan.
Glamcult, Das Leben am Haverkamp teams up with Zeeuws Museum, 16 Feb.
VPRO Nooit Meer Slapen, De Reismicrofoon, 15 Feb.
i-D Vice (NL), Das Leben am Haverkamp raakte geïnspireerd door Zeeuwse folklore, 6 Feb.
Volkskrant V, Het talent van 2018, Mode en design, second place, 28 December
HP/ De Stijl, Alles Neu!, interview with Das Leben am Haverkamp, winter 2017/18
Volkskrant, Dude is wat tijdschrift voor designers moet zijn: vooruitstrevend en elegant, 9 Nov.
Dude, by BNO, Young Designer Award, autumn 2017
Elsevier, Interview met drie kanshebbers voor Young Designer Award, 23 Oct.
Viewpoint, Das Leben am Haverkamp – The fashion rebels, #40
Metal Magazine, Das Leben am Haverkamp – Defying fashion as it is, Oct.
NRC, review Amsterdam Fashion Week, 18 July
Nylon, Why We’re Obsessed With Amsterdam Fashion Week, 18 July
Metro, Das Leben am Haverkamp opent Fashion Week, 14 July
Parool, Een schilderij om aan te trekken, 13 July
Elsevier, Kwartet van solisten in overrompelende show, March
Fucking Young!, Das Leben am Haverkamp, Jan.
NRC, Nieuwe koers voor Amsterdam Fashion Week, 27 Jan.
Volkskrant, Overdonderende shows van jong Nederlands talent, 31 Jan.
Parool, Das Leben am Haverkamp opent Fashionweek met vier shows, 26 Jan.
i-D Vice, Das Leben am Haverkamp, Jan.
Pairs Project, Dogme, Jan.
Pairs Project by Eclectic Magazine, #12 Welcome to Cathood, Nov.
A Shaded view on Fashion by Diane Pernet, Jan.
Eclectic Magazine, Introducing: Das Leben am Haverkamp, Jan.