On March 5, the exhibition Play & Prosume will open at the Kunsthalle Wien, accompanied by a symposium featuring a number of VU University faculty members. The exhibition and symposium result from the HERA funded research project “Technology Exchange and Flow: Artistic Media Practices and Commercial Application”. It brings together the key research findings of the project research teams at Plymouth University, VU University Amsterdam and the University of Applied Arts Vienna together with contributions from the EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum. A catalogue (Verlag für moderne Kunst) will accompany the exhibition, which includes contributions by the project partners about major findings, as well as reflections about key terms such as “serious games”, “interfaciality” or the “prosumer”. The character of texts ranges from essays, interviews, commented images to literary reflections.
August saw the release of a new theme issue of Kunstschrift titled Rafaël 1483-1520. Schetsen en Studies. The issue is dedicated to the drawings of the Italian Renaissance Master and you can find the table of contents here.
The issue appears in concurrence with the exhibition Rafaël en zijn school at the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (28/09/2012 – 06/01/2013), which includes 90 drawings and several paintings by Raphael. The exhibition was realized in collaboration with the Albertina in Vienna. More information on the exhibition is available at the Teylers Museum website.
In addition, a public event will be organized on the occasion of the exhibition. On October 8, the Teylers Museum, OSK and the Werkgroep Italië Studies will host a series of lectures in Haarlem. Speakers will include Michiel Plomp (Teylers Museum), Paul van den Akker (OU/VU), Henk van Veen (RUG), David Rijser (UvA), Bram de Klerck (RUN) and Jeroen Stumpel (UU). The exact programme and location still need to be confirmed, but those who are interested in attending this public event are kindly requested to register beforehand. You can do so by sending an email to Martijn van Beek at OSK (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Earlier this month, Jeremiah Day‘s first UK solo exhibition opened at Site Gallery, Sheffield. The exhibition will run until April 14. Jeremiah Day is affiliated with the VU Department of Art & Culture as a PhD researcher pursuing a unique Doctorate of the Arts, and has taught a 2011 research seminar on Hannah Arendt’s Crisis in Culture.
Of All Possible Things is based on the mixed and unresolved legacies of the end of the cold war. Taking as its point of departure a former check-point on the Berlin wall that has subsequently been turned into a Lidl superstore, Day uncovers fragments of the history of the place through a series of research interventions.
In Day’s work, site, place and historical memory are explored through photography and performance improvisation. Often focused on resistance movements and the lived experience of political struggle, in Day’s work historical incidents and sites serve as allegories, offering insight into broader philosophical and political questions.
This evolving work will be materialized in Sheffield through photographs, audio recordings, performance documentation, and a new video and performance work. At times oblique, and at times explicit, the works explore the intersection of landscape and ideology, local memory and ‘world history’.
Of All Possible Things represents Day’s contribution to a series of commissions developed with European arts institutions in collaboration with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution which includes artists Sung Hwan Kim, Hito Steyerl, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Emily Wardill.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of an artist’s book, Autonomy which documents Day’s making process. In addition, a symposium will be held on March 30. More details will be announced soon on www.sitegallery.org
In the Projects section, Stefaan Vervoort’s recent paper on architectural models (OASE 84) has been added to Student Papers.
Below, you can see an interview with Stefaan Vervoort and Joana Meroz on the occasion of their 2010 participation in the exhibition DNKTNK 2010.
On November 9th & 10th, If I Can’t Dance, in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, presents two evenings/performances with Jeremiah Day, entitled Off All Possible Things. A structured improvisation incorporating movement, speech, slide-show and accompanied by the musician Bart de Kroon, each evening will have a different trajectory. Dealing with the problems of transmissibility and the conflicts of public life, this site-specific work will take place in the new commercial office area of Amsterdam Zuidas, in a site yet to be determined.
In an earlier work, the Squatter’s Memorial, Day touched upon a number of questions:
- If this space for such talking – reflection, debate, discussion – does not exist, can we build it?
- Why, or why not? What are the concrete reasons?
- And since it seems clear that we have not built it – have not built this space for reflection – what indeed have we built? If we don’t have such a place for discussion, what do we have?
In outline, these questions frame a backdrop for the ongoing new work by Day, commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. Previous elements of this commission include a performance last June in the Gdansk shipyards; and a presentation of work as part of the exhibition Work at Essays and Observations in Berlin. Ongoing efforts include the negotiation with Lidl Corporation over a former checkpoint in East Berlin, and in early Spring 2012, If I Can’t Dance, in collaboration with Site Gallery, presents a solo exhibition of Jeremiah Day at Site Gallery in Sheffield; a publication is forthcoming. Jeremiah Day is one of five artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to make a new work as part of Edition IV – Affect (2010-2012). If I Can’t Dance’s programme is financially supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, the Culture Programme of the European Union, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, and the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. With thanks to Arcade Fine Arts and Ellen de Bruijne Projects.
November 9-10th, 20:00
Zuidas, Amsterdam (location tbc)
tickets: € 7,50 (pay upon arrival)
The August/September issue of Kunstschrift is dedicated to ‘the art of comparison’. The issue appears with respect to a current exhibition curated by Carel Blotkamp, former Chair of Modern Art at VU University, at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Entitled Dali ontmoet Vermeer. Moderne meesters te gast [Dali meets Vermeer. Modern masters come to visit], the exhibition sheds light on the relation between 11 old and (relatively) modern artists.
Dali ontmoet Vermeer. Moderne meesters te gast
September 15th – December 11th
Mauritshuis, The Hague (website)