Reprise: Art exhibition Awkward features Adorn bed


Reprise: Art exhibition Awkward features Adorn bed

Arti et Amicitiae , Amsterdam
Tue, Jun 2 2020 - Sun, Jun 14 2020

Multidisciplinary art exhibition "Awkward" celebrates the beauty, pain, and value of "the moment between knowing and not knowing."


Art exhibition: Awkward (Ongemakkelijk)


We’re proud to have Adorn featured in this highly unusual art exhibition celebrating the beauty, pain, and value of “the moment between knowing and not knowing.” As the artists organizing the exhibition wisely put it:


In a time when perfection is the norm and we are responsible for our own success, the issue of discomfort is more relevant than ever. While society often shuns discomfort, many artists embrace it: the moment between knowing and not knowing leaves room for being human.


New Corona-friendly exhibition reprise


From June 2-June 14, 2020,  the Awkward/Ongemakkelijk exhibition is finally open to the public again. It takes place at Arti et Amicitiae, the Society For Visual Artists, in the heart of Amsterdam.


Make your reservation by phone  at 020-6245134.


Watch Adorn in Awkward’s special bed installation


Our award-winning erotic game film, Adorn, will be featured at the exhibition in a bed-like viewing space! Throughout  the ongoing exhibition,  Adorn will play on a loop with a schedule posted, so that you can watch when you like or choose to start from the beginning if you wish.



Why are we celebrating Adorn as Awkward?


Jennifer created the erotic game of Adorn, which the performers play in a spontaneous and improvised way during the shoot,  specifically to disrupt the “typical” order of  male-female sexual expression in a sexual experience.  Adorn’s game had one rule: “You may only touch the other person over or under clothing that you put on them.” Jennifer hoped that this would create a situation where the performers had to deeply listen to each other, and trust each other, in order to make it fun for each other. She knew that it would be awkward at the start; how could it not be, with no real blueprint for how to proceed in such an odd situation? But Jennifer believes that part of what makes sex exciting is the uncertainty of knowing what exactly will happen next, and this beautiful awkwardness, when embraced by enthusiastic willing participants, leads to a connection and “flow” unparalleled by any smooth, seamless, glamorous sexual interaction. Awkward is beautiful.





Time & Place


Exhibition: June 2- June 14, 2020, 12:00 – 18:00

Location: Arti et Amicitiae, Rokin 112, 1012 LB Amsterdam

Website: Arti et Amicitiae

Facebook Event: Awkward/Ongemakkelijk – Extended

More info: +31 (0)20-6245134,




Artists in the Awkward exhibition

Necim Abiadh
Aukje Dekker
Marc van Dijk
Hans Eijkelboom
Maurice van Es
Bart Eysink Smeets
Marieke Gelissen
Takeshi Ikeda
Pieter Kusters
Jennifer Lyon Bell
Hans van der Meer
Claudia Mulder
Pilvi Takala
Kuang-Yu Tsui
Robbert Weide
Sylvie Zijlmans en Hewald Jongenelis




Thanks to the organizers & sponsors of Awkward


“Awkward” is a project organised by visual artists Claudia Mulder, Robbert Weide and Marieke Gelissen. This exhibition is sponsored by the Amsterdam Fund For The Arts and Tashin Bank Foundation for Art and Culture.



Can’t make it but want to see Adorn?


Watch Adorn in full in the privacy of your own home: Streaming, download, or in a Multipack with our other streaming and dowloadable movie!


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