It Has Begun, Sander Uitdehaag and guests.

Join us for an evening on methods and word play in the work of four artists, on the occasion of the launch of Het is begonnen (It Has Begun) by Sander Uitdehaag, published by the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice

  • Introduction by Janneke Wesseling, head of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice and art critic.
  • Contributions by Paul Bogaers, Mercedes Azpilicueta and Ohad Ben Shimon.
Het is Begonnen, by Sander Uitdehaag


To write: to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive; to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs.- Georges Perec in Species of Spaces

Sander Uitdehaag’s publication Het is begonnen (It Has Begun) is a collection of 11 separate texts, each one a possible beginning to the text that is the sum of these 11 beginnings.

Het is begonnen is inspired by the work of writer Georges Perec. His many novels and stories are extremely different in style and genre, but all of them are examples of constrained writing: Perec is bound by a self-inflicted condition that forbids him things or imposes a pattern.

Among many other works, artist Paul Bogaers is the author of the collage novel Onderlangs (Down Below), a book entirely composed of found sentences, gathered together from a great variety of books. Bogaers will discuss the process of this work and the importance of the constraint in regard to form, content and length of the project.

Passing through the corridors of their private idiom, artists and writers Mercedes Azpilicueta and Ohad Ben Shimon will perform What begins and ends within our own edges, a work swirling around the glycerine currents of their shared snow-globe.

  • Time: 14 March 2014, 20 - 22 h.
  • Place: PrintRoom, Schietbaanstraat 17, Rotterdam.
  • Language: English
  • Het is begonnen (It Has Begun) is available at PrintRoom and the KABK library from 15 March 2014. To order a copy, please send us an e-mail. You can read a chapter of Het is Begonnen on the website 1000 THINGS.

Sander Uitdehaag received the KABK thesis award for ‘Het is Begonnen. Onderweg met Georges Perec’.