Anne Kolbe


DIY-Performance exercise: Head in a hedge (Level 1: beginner)

Green hedges have a very widespread popularity.
Though they are usually just appreciated for their exterior qualities,
their interior has the unique potential to hold your thoughts and wrap itself around your mind.
There is always a hedge thick enough to stick your head inside, perhaps to camouflage your deepest secrets.
Between leaves and branches they are not very likely to be uncovered after all.
No matter what your intentions are, here is how to go about it:

1. Find a hedge
2. Appreciate it.
3. Approach it.
4. Bend over and look at it very closely.
5. Stick your head inside.
6. Don’t mind the rest of your body parts – think of yourself as just a head in a hedge.

DIY-Performance exercise: Head in a hedge (Level 2: advanced)

This is a continuation exercise after completing the beginners level. Let’s pick it up from here.

Sink into a process of becoming multiple: vibrant green leathery leaves and twiggy branches –
you have multiple surfaces now. Some of you wiggle on the breeze of air, others remain safely sheltered.
Your being is contained by the hedge. You are being soundly held together.
There is nothing more to wish for now.

“You have some time off to focus on art, but you don’t feel like visiting a museum or gallery?
Don’t just look at the work of somebody else, perform it yourself!
The Concept Bank is filled with appealing works of contemporary artists. It is available, now, here.” is an initiative of the Unnoticed Art Festival.

Whoever executes these performances, can give a sign of life by sending their outcome/documentation/
an image/text to
This pages shows some results by myself and (unknown) others conducting the exercises.
Should you wish to execute these exercise yourself, your documentation could end up here.

“We did it virtually bij finding 2 imaginary holes in a virtual hedge.
In no time the hedge grew virtually an kept us hostage.
I took two virtual magic spells to get free again.
This may be a warning to amateurs.”

Stang Gubbels (2021) Olivier op zoek naar hoop, Biënnale Oosterhout, Kunst in de Heilige Driehoek

Gilbert van Drunen