let your heart speak, bring your dearest memory to 'c'est maman'


The massive participation of the students in the ris-tual resulted in magic moments and an impressive final image. Every cloth with a print of the students’ laugh will be integrated in ‘c’est maman’ as a new ‘skin’. With the ‘DNA’ of the students ‘c’est maman’ continues her journey on the way to Maastricht European Capital […]


The response of the students to the invitation of ‘et je ris’ was heartwarming. Lots of students accepted the invitation with conviction and gave their laugh tot ‘c’est maman’. Many of them defied the queue to have the ‘et je ris’ tag painted on their face. De respons van de studenten op de uitnodiging van […]


The transmission of the laugh on the cloth is an important moment. Bringing up a dear memory for ‘home’, a connection with the sculpture ‘c’est maman’ and the outreach to the new hometown student city Maastricht come together in one single moment. De overdracht van de lach op het doek is een belangrijk moment. Het […]

The story behind

William Otermans, artist and spiritual father of ‘et je ris’, explains the background of the sculpture and the ris-tual. A consciously made contribution of the students, by transmitting a dear memory from ‘home’, via their hart, their laugh, a cloth to ‘c’est maman’, makes them the ‘parent’ of ’the new’ that grows out of ‘c’est […]

‘c’est maman’ is growing

‘c’est maman’ is a “growth sculpture”. A part of the spherical form is being built before Culture Valley at 23rd August, 2012. The contributions of the students, their materialized laugh from the heart in a cloth, form together the ‘skin’ of the sculpture and with that, the DNA for “what is to come”. ‘c’est maman’ […]


We welcome you at the info post,

Meld je bij de infostand,

1. you will receive a white coton cloth
je krijgt een wit katoenen doek

2. write your name on it with a black marker
schrijf je naam met een zwarte marker erop

3. have the ‘et je ris’ tag painted on your face
laat je ‘et je ris’ tag schminken op je gezicht

4. moisten the cloth, don始t make it too wet!
maak het katoen vochtig, niet te nat

5. contemplate, consciously bring up聽 your most precious memory from home
ga in contemplatie, haal je dierbaarste mooiste herinnering van thuis op

6. give this memory to Maastricht, do this by making a print of the et je ris’ tag on your face on the moistened cloth
geef deze herinnering aan Maastricht, doe dit door een afdruk van je ‘et je ris’ tag van je gezicht te maken op het vochtige katoen

7. have a picture taken of you with your tag at the photo wall
laat een foto maken van jou en je tag bij de fotowand

8. give your DNA cloth to a crew member
geef jouw DNA katoen aan een medewerker

9. your cloth will be integrated in the sculpture ‘c’est maman’
jouw katoen wordt verwerkt in de sculptuur ‘c’est maman’

10. cleaning your face is possible. Or …..
je gezicht schoonmaken mag en kan. Of….

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