Days of Future Past / EPILOGUE

Tuesday May 31 at 6PM, Opening of the Inner Beauty Salon + Performance and talk, at the Inner Beauty Salon, 1109 Old Spanish Trail, Scott, Louisiana.


For the reopening of the Inner Beauty Salon of the Healing Arts Collective, visual artist Eric Giraudet de Boudemange will create an installation and a healing/art performance in collaboration with Becca Begnaud, Traiteur (traditional Cajun healer) in Scott, Louisiana. During his long stays in Scott, Eric and Becca underwent initiation journeys. Eric became a healer and Becca became an artist. The healing performance is the epilogue of their common voyage and the last chapter of Days of Future past, a series of live performances mixing science fiction, history and local traditions. The experiments were conducted last weekend in Vermilionville living history museum and folklife park in Lafayette with the support of the Acadian Center for the Arts (Lafayette) and Deltaworkers, international residence program based in New Orleans.

The Dark Prince of Finance

Thursday May 26 at 8PM, lecture-performance by Toon Fibbe, at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Street.


Toon Fibbe will present his research on the way New Orleans was implicated in the development of our capitalist system. New Orleans was the investment subject of the first stock market bubble (the Mississippi Bubble). This bubble was the subject of a book of Dutch satyrical drawings depicting New Orleans as a city that was found on speculation. In his work Toon researches the metaphors employed in this book, in which all kinds of unearthly creatures spur economic activity in relation to the wave of privatization that happened post-Katrina and the development of mixed income housing.

National Readathon Day

Saturday May 21 at 11:30AM, reading by Olivier Willemsen, at Faulkner House Books.


On National Readathon Day, May 21st, Faulkner House Books will be hosting a variety of authors reading from and discussing their recent work. Writer Olivier Willemsen will read from his novel Morgen komt Liesbeth (2014) (Liesbeth’s coming tomorrow).

Two boys in postwar Vienna learn about the world through the photographs that their father develops at home every day. They have never been outside. They live in an apartment high above the Gürtel, an avenue encircling the old city. One morning they watch from the window as their father gets into a tram, but that evening he does not return. The telephone rings, and the beautiful Liesbeth promises to look after them. But her arrival keeps getting delayed and it turns out that, apart from care, Liesbeth has quite different plans for the boys.

Liesbeth’s Coming Tomorrow was nominated the best first novel of the year by the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw and the European First Novelist Festival in Budapest, Hungary. His second novel is due in October 2016. During his residency in New Orleans Willemsen works on his third novel.

Days of Future Past

Saturday May 21 at 1:30PM and 3PM & Sunday May 22 at 3PM, historical experiment by Eric Giraudet de Boudemange, in Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd, Lafayette.


Visual artist Eric Giraudet de Boudemange will conduct a historical experiment in Vermilionville, living history museum and folklife park in Lafayette. Through a series of performances, EGdB will explore ways of time travelling through Cajun history. The results of the experiment will be presented at the Acadian Center for the Arts (Lafayette) in 2017.

EGdB considers himself a storytelling artist. Recently he has been focused on traditional games and local practices of France, Belgium and the Netherlands using them as tools to give shape to personal and poetic narratives. He experienced post medieval dart games from the former french coal mines, carnavalesque medieval hunting in the French forest of Fontainebleau and he became a specialist in pigeon breeding and labyrinths. His stories often talk about history, politics, folk culture, landscape and biology with a taste for British humour. He is currently a resident at Deltaworkers in New Orleans.

Deltaworkers is a nomadic artistic production and residence program that investigates the southern states of the U.S. as one of the last mythical places in the West. They host and present European artists from different disciplines in New Orleans, a city that forms the perfect gateway to the south; a region where many of the historical, socio-political and cultural roots of U.S culture can be found.

The experiment takes place on Saturday May 21 at 1:30PM and 3PM & Sunday May 22 at 3PM and last for about 1 hour. Attendance is free but a reservation must be made through

Days of Future Past takes place at Vermilionville on 300 Fisher Rd. in Lafayette, Louisiana.

3 Short Films Selected by Maaike Gouwenberg

Thursday April 21 from 4PM to 5:30PM, screening program by Maaike Gouwenberg, in the theater in Ferguson Student Center on UA campus, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


The Department of Art and Art History Digital Media area presents a screening of three films selected by Maaike Gouwenberg for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The short films will be shown Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the theater in Ferguson Student Center on UA campus. The public is invited to attend.

Films (links to trailers on the press post below)

Dag’aa by Shadi Habib Allah – “A tough journey with a Bedouin group across the Sinai Peninsula, far from habitation. Everything seems to take place outside political and historical frameworks.”

B-Roll with Andre by James N. Kienitz Wilkins – “A documentary-style detective film with anonymous testimony about Andre, who proves more than just a brilliant crook. Clichés scrutinised with humour.”

Night Soil/Fake Paradise by Melanie Bonajo – “A study into the hallucinatory ayahuasca plant’s healing power for modern man. On the limits of Western medicine, love, feminism and eco-consciousness.”

Maaike Gouwenberg is a curator based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In the last few years she was programmer advisor for IFFR Shorts and since 2015, part of the core team. In her curatorial work, she is interested in performative practice. The projects she has been involved in bring together theatrical and curatorial aspects, which results in performance programs and long-term collaborations with artists. In 2010, Gouwenberg initiated A.P.E. (art projects era) with artist Keren Cytter. Since 2014, Gouwenberg has co-directed her own multidisciplinary residency program, Deltaworkers, in New Orleans. She is a committee member at STROOM (The Hague) and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, and is a board member of the musical theater group Touki Delphine.

Digital Media is a studio concentration in the undergraduate program of The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History that focuses on new media and digital art. Courses explore digital media as the primary tool, medium and an environment for art and design. For more information, go to

To Live in the South, One Has To Be a Scar Lover

Thursday April 14 from 6PM to 8:30PM, book presentation by Deltaworkers, at the Stacks.


To Live in the South, One Has To Be a Scar Lover is an essay bundle that aims to deconstruct the romantic and mythical image Hollywood has created of the Southern States. Editors and Deltaworkers founders Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout will read fragments from the different essays and introduce their story of the South. 

Dutchies Gouwenberg & Lindhout came to the South in 2010 on an investigative road trip exploring the Southern Gothic. They never really left and are currently running the Deltaworkers international residency program in New Orleans.

To Live in the South, One Has To Be a Scar Lover is designed by Erik Kiesewetter who has been pivotal in introducing the South to Gouwenberg & Lindhout and is a board member of Deltaworkers. Kiesewetter will dedicate a few words to the beautiful design he made for the book.

We Could Dance in Circles Around the Campfire by Night, Disappearing as Fume Into a Distant Day

Tuesday March 29th from 12PM to 6PM, finissage by Oliver Bulas, at PARSE NOLA


Traveling into the Future
If we leave the earth in a spaceship traveling close to light speed and we return after a duration of travel, then a longer period of time will go by on earth than on the ship. The cause for this phenomenon is time dilatation, which occurs at high speeds of this kind according to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Essentially, we could reach any distant future on earth in an arbitrary short amount of traveling time with sufficient traveling speed and acceleration. If we use an acceleration that is suitable for humans, than we will need a traveling time of over a year (from the perspective of a spaceship crew) to achieve a time shift of years.

Access to the exhibition is limited to 1 visitor at a time.
Please schedule an appointment between 12 and 6pm through
Thank you.

Oliver Bulas (Shanghai 1973) creates ‘constructed situations’ in which the visitor immerses. He uses performance and prefers to work in the public space. He is wondering if the public space is a place where differences clash and are negotiated. A place where maybe a short flash of social space can incidentally shine up as a utopian moment. His work is a continuing investigation into what constitutes the social and the public spaces in our capitalist times in which everything is exchangeable. He previously exhibited at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, Yvon Lambert Gallery in N.Y.C and Swell Gallery in San Fransisco.

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Goethe institut

Research session Maarten Vanden Eynde

Tuesday March 22nd from 7PM, private research session by Maarten Vanden Eynde, at Studio Dawn DeDeaux.


Next to our public program we organise invitation-only events that aim as a catalyst within our residents’ investigative processes. A small number of specialists is invited to respond to a short presentation the artist gives around a specific question that arose while being in New Orleans. 

Maarten Vanden Eynde focusses on the Triangular Trade that connects Africa, America and Europe at large; and more specifically Congo, Belgium and the Southern States. He is looking at material remains and their ability to recall, rewrite or manipulate history and history writing. Cotton (and cotton trade) is one of the main materials he is looking at during his residency at Deltaworkers. His question for this research session are related to the specific influence the enslaved people from the Kingdom of Kongo have had on American culture while using the complex story of Africatown (near Mobile, AL) to talk about the difficulty of historical representation, fetishisation and commemoration.

For this research session we invited author Moira Crone, curator Bill Fagaly, artist Elizabeth Shannon and collector Mercedes Whitecloud.

Chattel and Bone // Sonic Circumnavigations

Wednesday November 4th from 2PM to 4PM, radio talk by Janna Graham, at WTUL (91.5 FM) during The Tripple ya Tripple ya oh Zee show with DJ Domatron.

Janna Graham is a sound artist and radio producer based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Canada). She is a community radio advocate who believes in the power of participatory media. Her work has been broadcast on public and community radio across the country and on low-power pirate transmissions in her neighborhood. During her residency at Deltaworkers, Janna is researching the power of song and story to preserve language in South Louisiana. As a Canadian of Acadian descent, she’s gathering material for a series of site-specific sound installations in Acadian Canada.



During The Tripple ya Tripple ya oh Zee show with DJ Domatron Janna will tell more about her research and play some clips from older works.

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The Colour Out Of Space

PARSE NOLA is proud to present The Colour Out Of Space curated by Deltaworkers (Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout). The exhibition includes three films and three events with international and local artists. The exhibition opens on Friday, October 16th with a presentation from 6 to 7:30pm, followed by a reception. Additional events will be held on October 23rd and November 13th (details below). The exhibition runs through November 21st and gallery hours throughout the exhibition are noon to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Still from Night Soil by Melanie Bonajo Still from Night Soil by Melanie Bonajo

Film works by Melanie Bonajo (The Netherlands), Pauline Boudry (Switzerland) & Renate Lorenz (Germany) and Terence Nance (U.S.) form the starting point of a rotating exhibition. The focus from one film to the next will shift throughout the exhibition, allowing each to shine and gain additional meaning through engagement with local artists and theorists, including Red Vaughan Tremmel, Ashley Teamer & Local Honey, Brad Benischek and Dave Greber amongst others.

For the exhibition, The Colour Out of Space, curators Gouwenberg and Lindhout focus on motifs like rituals and technology, gender politics, and Southern mythology. They find these themes of importance within the international art scene, but also vividly present within the cultural soil of New Orleans. The artists and theorists involved with the exhibition all work within the range of things unknown in the visible spectrum and they do so using colors. From out of space.

The Colour Out Of Space is a short story written by H.P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft in 1927. Drawing inspiration from a number of sources describing the extremely limited senses of humans, his aim was to create something entirely outside of the human experience: a truly alien entity. The story tells of the problems that arise after a meteorite crashes onto someone’s land. After its discovery the meteorite begins shrinking and local scientists are unable to discern its origins. As the stone shrinks, it leaves behind globules of color that are referred to “only by analogy” as they do not fall within the range of anything known in the visible spectrum.

PARSE is an art space and curatorial residency in New Orleans’ Central Business District that serves as a platform for critical dialog about contemporary art. This program hosts three to four visiting curators annually. During extended stays in the city, curators are encouraged to engage in studio visits with local artists, conduct research in the area, and utilize the PARSE facilities to experiment with the boundaries and possibilities of curatorial practice.

Schedule of events:
October 16 at 6pm:
Screening of Swimming In Your Skin Again by Terence Nance
Lecture on Southern Mythology by Deltaworkers (Maaike Gouwenberg & Joris Lindhout)
Zine by Brad Benischek

October 23 at 8pm:
Screening of Night Soil / Fake Paradise by Melanie Bonajo
Lecture / panel on ethnobotany, rituals and technology with Christopher Brown
Performance by Vanessa Centeno
Contribution by Dave Greber

November 13 at 8pm:
Screening of Opaque by Renate Lorentz & Pauline Boudry
Panel on gender politics by Red Vaughan Tremmel and Ashley Teamer
Performance by Local Honey & Ashley Teamer 


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All three filmmakers in the exhibition have been shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Thanks to May Gallery, Prospect and David Sullivan for lending us some equipment!