10 June – 06 August 2022

Dieneke Jansen: Backdoor Doorbell Studio

Backdoor Doorbell Studio
Dieneke Jansen
10 June - 6 August 2022

There are interesting stories in the neighbourhood, and things that are noticed through diverse ways of seeing and being in the world.

Backdoor-Doorbell Studio is a video making studio run by Dieneke Jansen within Artspace Aotearoa. The studio aims to create a space where neighbours to Artspace Aotearoa can work together to create video narratives over an eight-week period. Backdoor-Doorbell Studio provides a space for collaborative learning with material support from Artspace Aotearoa and assistance in all aspects of making.

Great conversation often occurs while people are doing things together. Backdoor-Doorbell Studio establishes its kaupapa from conversational dialogue that intuitively develops. Through hands-on making and by demystifying technical film processes, from camera work to editing, Backdoor-Doorbell Studio embraces the shared knowledge brought to the studio space. In many ways this active co-learning may be a portal to dialogue that affirms knowledge, lived experiences, and perceives reality as a process.

Backdoor-Doorbell Studio explores the capacity of a lens to be an agent of hospitality, with workshops that create a sociality that recovers the social lens from a corporate social media function to a relational social praxis. In working with neighbourhood groups of inner-city public housing tenants, the space of making is foregrounded to host collaborative and self-determined video expressions and representations. As a form of storytelling, this can surface hidden stories and their significance, so that they may be incorporated into future urban narratives. As a form of storytelling, this has a capacity to connect people, bind action with past and future, and create continuity.



Dieneke Jansen is a Netherlands born, Tāmaki Makaurau based artist who has exhibited documentary related art projects. Projects include Dwelling on the Stoep (Jakarta Bienalle, St Paul St Gallery) and working with the Tāmaki Housing group with exhibitions Areas A & B and 90 DAYS+, A Disobedient Gesture of Remembrance, (New Zealand International Film Festival, TeTuhi, FotoNoviembre Biennial, Tenerife and Corbans Estate). She is currently exploring the social dimensions of lens-based practice with inner-city residents.