PETER VIANEN / PIERROT VIANOUPOULOS
Peter Vianen has an MA in Philosophy from Leiden University and a BA in Fine Arts from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
He focuses on the production of comics, poetry, and music; often all brought together in the form of artist books. In his work, Vianen explores the myriad ways text and images can interact in order to subvert, contradict and reconstruct meaning; especially within the comic format. Many works involve esoteric experiments with language and collage techniques.
Further sources of inspiration are Nordic myths, Roman-Catholic doctrine, and the philosophy of language. His interest in historical linguistics and medieval culture has led Vianen to invent ‘Aengluetz’; a mixture of 11th century Old English and Old Dutch with an idiosyncratic grammar. One particular feature of Aengluetz is that its speakers express themselves through heavy metal lyrics. Vianen is currently working on providing the speakers of Aengluetz with a literature in their own language.
Vianen has put out several zines and regularly publishes comics in KUTLUL; The Netherlands’ foremost underground comics zine.
Vianen also works together with EEZYSLEEZ, Australian art and music label that supports and promotes underground artists.
Peter Vianen often works under the name of Pierrot Vianoupoulos. He considers Darling by the Beach Boys humanity’s greatest achievement.
1970 Born in Utrecht, The Netherlands
Currently lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts, WdKA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1996 Master of Arts in Philosophy, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
2018 Project Underground with Jasmijn Krol and Coen Janssen, curated by Astrid de Pauw and Michael van Kekem, Open Atelier 2018 SKAR artist space, Rotterdam,
2017 This Art Fair Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
2014 Groot Defile der Beeldenaars, curated by Hans Andringa, WTC Gallery, Rotterdam
2013 Graduation Expo WdKA – WdKA, Rotterdam group exposition.
2011 Reuse – group exhibition curated by Peter Zuur, Donner Selexyz, Rotterdam
2015 “An Inquiry into Hylomorphic Muzak for Transmogrified Mind and Body before and after Spiritual Liberation in the age of Post-Fordism”, Critical Mass, curated by Frans van Lent and Simon Kentgens, WdKA Rotterdam,
2014 “Augmented Slides”, Spined Particles for Art Brussels, curated by DE PLAYER, Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Projects, Collaborations, and Contributions
2018 comics for KUTLUL , edited by Joost Halbertsma and Dirk Verschure
2015 Page for the book For Sale: Sprintello Racebike by Benjamin Li.
2015 Volunteer for the project The Concept Bank by Frans van Lent at the World of Witte de With, in Rotterdam.
2014 Augmented Slides vinyl box with 10 LPs, the PLAYER, Rotterdam
2014 Participated in WORM Zine Camp in Rotterdam, together with, among others, Suyin Gisela Knight and Amy Sudo Wu.
2014 page in Rekult Zine Jam, Amsterdam Zine Beurs
2013 Lecture at Food for Thought organised by TENT, World of Witte de With, Rotterdam
2013 Collaborated with dancer Adrian Wanliss on my graduation project Augmented Slides
2013 stage design and animation for Blind Date, a collaboration between students of Willem de Kooning Academy and students of Codarts under the supervision of Sanja Mayer Hagasic.
I have written several articles as a blogger / reviewer for GONZO CIRCUS, magazine about contemporary arts and music, since 2010
From 2011 till 2014 I was a member of Grafisch Atelier Minnigh, a printing / graphic arts workshop founded by Wilco Lamberts of the WdKA.