To Contaminate Is To Care
Jesse Ahlers, Cecilia Bengtsson Judith Jansen
3 till 25 Mar 2018

'To contaminate is to care' is a collaboration experiment which opposes individualistic practice and exhibition making and is a material trialogue of affect and mutation between the artists, the materials and the space.

During the exhibition PuntWG functions as a social and experimental space in which the work of the artists will continuously develop. The space is open for visitors from March 4-25, Wed-Sun 12-5pm.


Saturday March 3 at 5 pm

'Perspectives on contamination'
double lecture with cultural philosopher Gijs van Oenen and forensic biologist Ate Kloosterman, moderator: Lukas Verburgt
Saturday March 17 at 8 pm

 Finnisage with artist talk
moderator: Sher Doruff
Sunday March 25 at 4 pm

On the artists

Jesse Ahlers (NL, 1985) studied fine arts at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam / Gerrit Rietveld Academy. She draws, writes, takes and finds photographs, makes installations and works with colour pigments. She exhibited her work in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, CBK Zuidoost and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. In March, she was artist-in-residence at Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico, with a project

Having a background as a classically trained musician Cecilia Bengtsson (1984) studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and has completed the Artistic Research Master in The Hague. Bengtsson’s work revolves around inter-bodily relations.  She has exhibited in various contexts including Lumen Travo and Lab 111, Teto Projects and STROOM gallery. Cecilia Bengtsson is also a text writer and  teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

Judith Jansen (1985) studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, where she graduated from the Research Master in 2012. She currently is a student at DOGtime, Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Her work investigates processes of time and change, the interplay of reality and fiction and the tension between what is made visible and what is kept out of view. She combines digital media with drawing, text and performance into work that is often itself also process-oriented.


Shane’s Ear
Jacob Dwyer, Mike Pratt
31 Mar till 22 Apr 2018

Shane’s Ear is a collaborative exhibition by Jacob Dwyer and Mike Pratt. In 2017 the artists produced a duo exhibition at BALTIC 39 (UK), in which Pratt responded to Dwyer’s 30 minute single channel film, DAT LIKWID LAND and produced a series of sculptures. These sculptures operated as water fountains, turning ‘on’ and ‘off' in relation to the duration of the film. As their status transformed through time, questions of activation and illustration arose. At puntWG the artists hope to explore these questions further, making Pratt’s contribution the only visual component of the show, to which Dwyer will respond with sound.

The exhibition is open from  Saturdays and Sundays from 14 to 18 hrs.

On the artists

Jacob Dwyer (1988 London) is based in Amsterdam. He has completed a Master’s in Experimental Film at Kingston University and a residency at De Ateliers. His work has been shown in art spaces and film festivals, including IFFR (Rotterdam), IDFA (Amsterdam), Good Children (New Orleans) and Galerie Juliette Jongma (Amsterdam).

Mike Pratt (b. 1987) Newcastle, UK. Selected shows: ‘I Sat by the Pond, Feeling Glad’, Baltic 39 (Newcastle, UK). ‘A Deeper Pond’ Juliette Jongma gallery (Amsterdam NL). ‘Love Songs Dedicated to the Back of Someone’s Head’, Workplace gallery (Gateshead UK). ‘The Meeting of Two Eyebrows’, Workplace gallery (London UK). ‘Offspring’, De Ateliers (Amsterdam NL). ‘Cumberland Sausage’, Extraspatzio Gallery (Rome IT).

UNHEARD (2016)Installation by Tao G. Vrhovec SambolecMicrophone, clock, custom made software.variable dimensionsPhoto credits: Dejan Habicht
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec
28 till 29 Apr 2018

UNHEARD  (2016)
Will be open:
Saturday 28-4-2018, 17:00 – 20:00
Sunday 29-4-2018, 12:00 – 17:00

Installation UNHEARD consists of a microphone, a clock and custom made software that resets the clock to zero every time it detects a sudden peak in loudness of the sonic ambiance of the place where it is installed. Listening to the ambient sound and displaying the passing of clocked time in-between occurring auditory events, the installation articulates the relation between the measured time and the time as it is being experienced.

This setting invites the visitors to focus on listening along and to explore their own margins of hearing and attention, while it is suggesting a shadow temporality unfolding in the intertwining zone between the representation and the experience of the passing of time.

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec is an artist working with invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows like sound and weather phenomena and architectural and social spaces they inhabit.

In his installations, he builds an environment sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings, and enhances its temporal dimension by creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal converse. His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music.

Emerging Intra-actions

Karen Barad,  , Cecilia Bengtsson, Judith Jansen, Jesse Ahlers

14 Jan till 25 Feb 2018

Keep posted through the Facebook event of Emerging Intra-actions (Karen Barad reading group)

Reading group dates:

14.01.2017 15.00 – 17.00

04.02.2017 15.00 – 17.00

25.02.2017 15.00 – 17.00

Location: to be announced

Please confirm participation before Wednesday the 10th of January to so we can send you reading materials.

Warm regards,
Punt WG and To Contaminate is to Care

Supported by AFK

Yutaka Makino. Displacement
CANCELLED - DNK-Days 2018: Displacement
Yutaka Makino
18 till 24 Feb 2018

We regret to inform you all that due to illness of the artist the exhibition DNK-Days 2018: Displacement by Yutaka Makino, has unfortunately been cancelled.

-space, witnessing, in solidarity
Suat Ögüt, belit sağ, Merve Bedir, Alican Inal
13 till 28 Jan 2018

On the January the 6th there will be soup and a preview, with an informal conversation with the artists belit sağ & Suat Öğüt.

The exhibition will be there from 13-29 January 2018, open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-6pm.

The prevalent comprehension of (architectural) space tends to focus on (singular) event(s) staged in a certain space. The city, the square, the street, the house, the room of sorts are perceived as spaces where personal, public, and societal relations, such as political struggle, conflict, disagreement, and leisure take place. This kind of comprehension externalizes the relational and the spatial from each other, thus detaches the architectural space from the relations that produce it, or the relations that it produces. In fact, each such relation produce their (architectural) spatiality, and the architectural space defines the characteristics of these relations. For instance, both the sovereign and the resistance are established and experienced, and transform in a certain space, in accordance with the characteristics of the space.

The artists depart from the idea that architectural space is the founding base of the personal, public, and societal relations, and thus they focus on the assemblage of the architectural design strategies, its imaginations and images that establish these relations, in order to understand the underlying legal, political and social infrastructure that produce the spaces they analyze.

belit sağ's work is kindly supported by Mondriaan Fonds
AFK provided production for Suat Öğüt.

On the Artists

Suat Ögüt was born in Diyarbakir, Turkey in 1986, lives and works in Amsterdam. Ögüt is a graduate at the Fine Art Education Faculty of Marmara University, Painting and Sculpture Department in 2007. Ögüt has been a guest artist at HISK, Ghent, for the post-graduation program in 2012-2013. In 2013 he was one of the winners of the Akbank Contemporary Artist Prize. Since 2014 Ögüt is a co-founder of Corridor Project Space in Amsterdam.

belit sağ is a visual artist living in Amsterdam. She studied mathematics in Ankara, audiovisual arts in Amsterdam. Her video background is rooted in video-activist groups in Turkey, where she co-initiated, online audiovisual archive of social movements. She completed residencies at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, 2014/2015; International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, 2016. Her work was presented in EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam; MOCA, Taipei; Tabakalera Film Seminar, San Sebastian; Toronto/Rotterdam/New York International Film Festivals; documenta14, Kassel.

Merve Bedir is an architect and researcher. She studied architecture at Middle East Technical University and has a PhD from TU Delft / Faculty of Architecture. Merve is the co-founder of Land and Civilization Compositions; member of "Matbakh I Mutfak" (Kitchen), a transnational women collective in Gaziantep; and a founding member of "Mekanda Adalet Derneği" (Center for Spatial Justice) in Istanbul. Merve is part of Future+ / Aformal Academy, an independent school for urbanism and public art in Shenzhen.

Johann Arens, Amended Plastics
Amended Plastics
Johann Arens with/met Jude Crilly, Daniel Lichtman, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Jay Tan
25 Nov till 17 Dec 2017

The exhibition will tee off with an afternoon of performances, readings and remote experiences on prosthetic sculpting and sensual fragility, by Jude Crilly, Dan Lichtman, Joseph Noonan-Ganley and Jay Tan. Followed by soup and drinks.

The film installation ‘Amended Plastics’ shows a series of sculptures utilising the remnants of prosthetic manufacture. All items were assembled from fabrication leftovers of wearable braces for spinal adjustment. These off-cuts had been intentionally sculpted and professionally processed, but in contrast to their body-tailored counterparts they have no manual function.  Much like museological artefacts they exist without use value or ritual purpose. The film adverts to the absence of a tangible function in art production, as well as the emotional disservice of the standardised distance between art work and attendee.

Open on Sunday: 26 November;  3 , 10  and 17 December,  14:00 -18:00 hrs and by appointment.


Johann Arens was born in Aachen, Germany and received his MFA at Goldsmith, London. Since then he has worked on public commissions assigned by Arnolfini Bristol, Jerwood Foundation London and Kettle’s Yard Cambridge. He was awarded the Fellowship in Contemporary Art by the British School at Rome and has been resident at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Space London and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Last year he received the Prize for Young Art by the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein. Recent exhibitions include ‘These Rotten Words’ Chapter Arts, Cardiff (2017); ‘Anxiety Impress’ NAK, Aachen (2016); ‘Somatic Matter’, Le Foyer, Zürich; ’New Acquisitions’, and Fondazione Fotografia Modena (2015). Upcoming solo presentations will be at P////AKT, Amsterdam and IMMA screening room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Jude Crilly is a Canadian/British visual artist. She is a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2018 & 2019). Through performance, installation, sound and text, her work explores the mysticism rooted in the technologies which drive a socially hyperactive neoliberalist-pharma-porno society. She received her MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London and BA Graphic Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Exhibitions and performances include Transformation Marathon, Serpentine Galleries, London (2015), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (2015), Camden Art Centre, London (2015), Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2016) and Galerie Nadine Feront, Brussels (2017) among others. Upcoming projects include Uncertainty Seminars, Stroom Den Haag, and Whitstable Biennale 2018.

Daniel Lichtman is a New York-based artist whose work considers the lone creator of self-initiated public content, as well as the fantasies, dramatics and constructions of freedom involved in producing and believing in an imagined audience. Lichtman is a 2017 Media Arts Fellow at BRIC Arts and Media House, Brooklyn, where he will have a solo performance this fall. Recent exhibitions, screenings and performances include Hercules Project Space (2017), The Drawing Center (2015) and The Queens Museum (2015), New York; University of Oxford, Oxford (2016) and Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver (solo, 2016). Residencies include The Drawing Center (2015), and the National University of Colombia, Bogota (2013). Lichtman received his MFA from Goldsmiths.

Joseph Noonan-Ganley is an Irish artist based in London. He has recently contributed performances to 'Stories From The Sculpture City' at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 'Moving Performances', Faculty of Music, Oxford and Eros Press’ 'Self/Love' publication launch at Bosse & Baum, London. His solo exhibition 'Femme Fabrications' (2016) took place at Quick Millions, London, and his installations have been included in 'Something II Be Scared Of' (2017) at Syndicate, Cologne, 'Plural Melts' (2016) at Yvonne Lambert, Berlin and 'Letters' (2015), Kings College London.

Jay Tan grew up above a supermarket at the edges of the posh bits of Surrey, playing netball, picking scabs and eating TV. She graduated with an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and completed her residency at the Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 2015. Recently, her work has been shown at Kunstverien, Amsterdam, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, FUTURA, Prague, the Vleeshal, Middleburg, the CAC in Vilnius, Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków and HollyBush Gardens, London. She has had solo presentations at Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam (2015), Rotterdam, the Camden Arts Centre, London (2013), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (2012), Rongwrong, Amsterdam (2011).

Anna Volkova. “Sea Treasures”, Bathroom in private house, Amsterdam, Mosaics, ceramic tiling; Paneel 100x80 cm.
WG kunstenaars in Focus

Silvia Copray e.a.

19 till 26 Nov 2017

On Sunday 19 and 26 November,  artiststudios will be visited in the WG-building under professional guidance of art historians Anne Berk and Saskia Wijne. During these visits the tourguides and the artists will talk with the visitors about the work and the method of the artist. It will be a special afternoon full of interesting artistic insights.


Departure from puntWG – across WG-plein nr.80

13.00 - 14.30 first tour

14.30 - 15.00 coffee/teabreak

15.00 - 16.30 second tour

16.30 – 18.00 drinks in puntWG

Costs are  € 15 per person  (including coffee/thee and another drink).Places are limited, so do respond quickly.


You can sign up by e-mail (

Then you will receive a confirmation and pay at puntWG before the tour starts.

Participating Artists

Sunday  19 November
Paviljoen 18 M.v.B. Bastiaansestr.
Joop Haring 9a   Bg Noord
Maria Schilder 43   Bg Z.
Silvia Copray      125  2e verd. N.
Hermelinde Hergenhahn 137 2e verd. Z.
Joost van Santen 153  3e verd. N.

Paviljoen 19       WG Plein
Norbèr van Herwaarden 1F  Bg
Bianca Koevoets 23  1e verd.
Marian Bijlenga 20  1e verd.
Suzanne Esser 63 B 3e verd.

Sunday 26 November
Paviljoen 18  M.v.B. Bastiaansestr.
Loek Schönbeck 1     Bg Noord
Marijke Janssen  55   Bg Z.
Jacqueline Bohlmeijer 55   Bg Z.

Paviljoen 19       WG Plein
Clare van Stolk 1A  Bg
MMC  Schobbe 3  Bg
Irene van Vliet 10  Bg
Anna Volkova  877 (State of Mind)
Barbara Nanning 65 3e verd.
Tamar Rubinstein  51 3e verd.


Anne Berk has written for Kunstbeeld, Het Financieele Dagblad, Beelden and Museumtijdschrift magazines. She is the author of Bodytalk, de nieuwe figuratie in de Nederlandse beeldhouwkunst (Body Talk: New Figuration in Dutch Sculpture, 2004), curating the exhibition of the same name at Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Hague. In 2015, she curated In Search of Meaning. Mensbeelden in Globaal Perspectief (In Search of Meaning: The Human Image in a Global Perspective), presented at Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle (NL), accompanied by her book of the same title.


Saskia Wijne is an art historian. After years of art gallery experience, she established Art You Go! The activities that she engages in here are diverse, but the core focus is the promotion of contemporary art. She and Anne Berk have jointly organized art-orientated journeys to several countries, including Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and the Venice Biennial.