‘buren’ is a collaborative project of Oshin Albrecht (°1986) and Melissa Mabesoone (°1988). The term ‘buren’ was found in Heideggers’ ‘Building, Dwelling, Thinking’ in which ‘buren’ falls together with building and living. What does it mean to nest oneself, to keep a household? buren functions as a noun and as a verb, as an umbrella term for their practice and as a way of working together. They research, amongst others, subconscious sensations and desires, ways of dealing with commodity and property, the promise of happiness and a unique identity. How to deal with today’s impasse and the possible failure of our good life fantasies?
This is expressed in different media such as performance, installation, video and film. In their performances they combine various modes of language deriving from advertisement, etiquette, talk shows or musicals. They use these forms and create a layered content to showcase both its critical and poetic potential. In their performances they form and transform installations that refer to domestic architecture, creating a constantly changing space - the scenography is a performance. The materials and objects they choose symbolize the artificiality of how we tend to shape our identities. Buren aims to unmask, scan and affirm this fantasy.

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The first episode was ‘PARADE/PROMENADE - trailer’ a trailer-performance that took place in November and December at Croxhapox Ghent. 
This trailer was 20 minutes long and was performed twice with different performers besides buren:
Peter Aers, Eva Binon, Geert Belpaeme, Ferre Marnef, Jason Dousselaere, Natasja Mabesoone, Marlies De Clerck, Benjamin Cools,  Stine Sampers, Elke Demey, Luth Lea Roose, Leontien Allemeersch, Anouk Vercouteren, Jeroen Vandesande

A second episode took place in April at Flam VI, a performance festival in Amsterdam, located at Arti et Amicitiae. 
buren performed together with Peter Aers and Geert Belpaeme.

Summer 2016 they will develop the performance further at Netwerk Aalst. PARADE/PROMENADE will take place in a golf resort, where inhabitants stroll, procrastinate and golf.

Dining room
video and installation, 2014
Inventory of the premises, Zwart Wild, Ghent

Marble & Concrete
video 2’43”, video 1’30”, 2014
part of the exhibition Listen to the stones, think like a mountain
Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, 2015

Sister Fishbird Birdfish
2 videos, 11' 
part of the exhibition Temple of Maybe
Paviljoen, Ghent, 2015

Rumours of rooms
performance, 25'
Part of the exhibition The Governor's Mansion - Door de muren het huis zien
Gouverneurshuis, Ghent, 2015

Ghostriders in the sky
performance with Friends are magic
Ultra Eczema's Toekomstmuziek, deel 7
Het Bos, Antwerp, 2014

15' performance at An evening with Friends are magic + friends+friends,  
Gouvernement, Ghent, 2014

images by Jan Opde Kamp 

CBK-Zuidoost, Amsterdam, 2014


film, 54', 2014

Dining room 
installation and video
Inventory of the premises
Zwart Wild, Ghent, 2014

image 1 & 5  by Ruben Accou

The room in the middle is a garden
performance 'Have you rearranged the flowers' and solo exhibition
Galleri Am Polylog, Wörgl, 2014

performance 20' at Florijn 42, Amsterdam, 2014



Have you rearranged the flowers?
performance 30' at Vooruit, Ghent, 2014

Have you rearranged the flowers? 
Installation and texts at MAGMA, Antwerp, 2013


book, 52 pages, 2013

performance, installation and video
performed on different locations:
Maison Folie (Mons),  kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), La Bellone (Brussels), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Brass - organised by Komplot (Brussels), 2013