The Memeing of Life - Jonge Harten

The Memeing of Life


  • Admission

    < 29 year € 10,-
    > 29 year € 15,-

  • Duration performance

    60 minutes

  • Location


  • Credits

    creatie & spel Jeff Aendenboom & Bas Vanderschoot | sound design/mix Willem Malfliet | techniek Flor Huybens | coaching Joachim Robbrecht & Benjamin opdebeeck | productie Eigen Kweek / DINSDAG.ORG|  met ondersteuning van De Vlaamse Gemeenschap | met dank aan Radar, Nineties productions, De Brakke Grond & Frederik Van Den Bril

  • Viewing guide i

    Disarmament FIELD FIELD Ontwapening

If they were still alive, Marcel Duchamp would probably make memes, Hugo Ball would have a YouTube channel and Paul van Ostaijen would be shitposting on Twitter.

If a society gets the art it deserves, it should come as no surprise that we see so much absurd nonsense on the internet today. What is PC (political correctness)? How did a silly frog become the mascot of the far right-wing? How is it possible that Generation Z will protest for the climate on Thursday and share (politically incorrect) cringy memes on Friday?

Bas Vanderschoot and Jeff Aendenboom dive into the rabbithole of the internet in order to find, question, mix up, turn around, put back together and then tear down the memeing of life. Memeing life itself. Fighting madness with madness. Is there really art to be found at the bottom of the net or is it just trash?

The Memeing of Life is a swipe-cabaret in which different acts follow each other at the speed of light. Bas and Jeff or Jeff and Bas re-enact everything they encounter, meme everything they see and lose themselves in the web. From cute kittens to cheap TikTok challenges to the biting irony on 9GAG, they search for the beauty and comfort of this digital age.


De Standaard

“Cutting criticism combined with tons of game drive”

Jonge Harten 2023

Jonge Harten 2023 Will be from 17th - 25th of November.

Choose your battles


Jonge Harten offers a diverse program. But where do you start choosing? To clarify things somewhat, we have three main storylines that we are focusing on this year. You can see these lines throughout our program. So that you can easily choose which line suits you best and what you feel like doing at the moment. What are you going for?


The theme of Jonge Harten 2022 is disarmament. War, conflict, climate crisis and an insatiable appetite for growth make the world an increasingly unsafe place. We hear stories about fear of weapons and violence and the fear of daring to be vulnerable. So there are quite a few challenges in 'our time'. Who has the answers and solutions? We do! Are we going to defend ourselves or do we accept the situation we find ourselves in? And are we going to adapt to the inescapable reality that things have to change? Let's choose our battles! With this edition of Jonge Harten we challenge you to focus on what is really valuable and necessary to you. It is up to you, how you do this.


FIELD was created to strengthen the bond with young talent and to give both the artists and the festival the opportunity to support people in the longer term and to make their “dreams” come true. We focus in particular on students who we feel (after conversations and performances) connect themselves as creators with the world beyond. In a conscious, critical and idiosyncratic way.



No matter what: the future lies ahead of us. And we can influence what our future will be like. What is it you hope for the future? How do you contribute to this? And how do you relate to the future? Will we continue in the way we used to, when we leave the pandemic behind us, or will we radically change our behaviour?


It’s important that our imagination makes it to the stage, especially now. It’s time to start thinking about how we want to continue after the pandemic, what we want to change and how we want to recover. How are we actually doing? And how are you doing? What is it we want to tell the world? And what does the world want to tell us? Which topics should be on the agenda?


Role model

Who are you a role model for? And how do you want to communicate that? Who are your role models? Which voices do you think should be heard more? Let our (theatre) makers guide you to find your voice and let it be heard. Let them be a role model for you during our festival and be inspired.


A program line in which we put creative young people on stage and in which you can participate in great masterclasses yourself. We ensure that you are pampered all day long and of course we close the day with a great party, by none other than Clash!

Kom je er toch nog niet helemaal uit? Geen nood: stuur een mailtje naar en vraag om nadere toelichting. Vermeld de titel van de voorstelling en waar je graag meer duidelijkheid over wilt hebben (is dit iets om met mijn vriend/vriendin naartoe te gaan? het is misschien wel grappig maar toch niet vulgair? dat soort vragen). De programmeurs van het festival geven je dan persoonlijk het verlossende antwoord!