The guerrilla art group

To celebrate the 90th birthday of renown artist herman de vries (1931, The Netherlands), Galerie Block C and Stichting ARTisBOOK are proud to present ‘be here’, an art manifestation throughout the city of Groningen. As part of this manifestation, a guerilla team of artists and art historians has been looking for ways to spread and translate texts written by herman de vries into works in public space.

a map of all activities taking place during be here:

being here

Foto: Marnix Sixma

The music piece below from Sigita Zurauskaite (1990, Lithuania) and Marnix Sixma (1991, The Netherlands) is part of one of the artworks in this manifestation. They got inspired by herman de vries’ mantras – short poems with a meditative nature – and decided to collaborate. They started making sound recordings at multiple locations in the city of Groningen, of which they chose short fragments that sounded like mantras on their own. These ‘sound mantras’ in turn became a foundation to create music, capturing the essence of each location while at the same time replying to de vries’ body of work. The end result is four music pieces which are connected by a route of QR codes through the city of Groningen. Together, they form an invitation to stand still for a moment and look closely at the city itself; the present-day ‘nature’ that Groningen has to offer to its citizens.

Workshops voor kinderen:
voor jullie voeten

Ontwerp: Monika Balu

Concept and organization: Pieter Augustijn, Lola Diaz Cantoni and Monika Balu

Ball machines in Groningen with pieces of artworks:
Stationsstraat 1
Pelsterstraat 61
Koninginnelaan 45

design sticker: Pieter Augustijn

concept: Lola Diaz Cantoni 

traces /sporen

posters: my poetry is the world

my poetry is the world is a poem made by herman de vries in 1972 which has been since then, translated in many languages. In the context of be here, we would like to spread around the whole city of Groningen these posters by filling each window with a different translation. Would you like to have one on your window too? you can! Send us a email to or about it, including your name and desired language. You can pick it up yourself at ARTisBOOK (westerhavenstraat 14, Groningen), during the openingstimes. You also get a QR sticker with a link to an audio with herman de vries who reads his poem. Once the manifestation is finished you can keep the poster!