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From the exhibition Stretching is a Matter of Spelling by Milena Bonilla and Natasha Papadopoulou (photo: Ilya Rabinovich)
OPEN CALL for 2020 Program

atelierWG Foundation invites artists to organize an exhibition to be presented at puntWG. Deadline: August 1st 2019.

15 May till 1 Aug 2019

OPEN CALL for 2020 Program

atelierWG Foundation invites artists operating in any medium to organize an exhibition to be presented at puntWG, an exhibition space located in the centre of Amsterdam.

puntWG seeks to provide a platform for invited artists to temporarily own the space with a sense of freedom and responsibility to give form to their own programme and make contact with the public.

We encourage proposals for duo and group exhibitions that encourage dialogue between the artists and their work. We also invite proposals for one-person presentations on the basis that they seek interaction with other (relevant) individuals or groups through a public program.

We welcome proposals that include a rich public program of events such as artist talks, performances, screenings, (performative) lectures, dinners etc.

Artists will be selected on the basis of the quality of their proposal and their considered approach to using the space.

Each exhibition will last four weeks (including installation and de-installation times).

This call is not intended for curated group exhibitions.

Support:

The organization of both puntWG and Foundation atelierWG almost fully depends on volunteers. 

atelierWG Foundation provides selected artists with an open platform to realize their projects at puntWG. This includes the space and basic equipment, professional photo documentation and the production of printed matter to accompany each exhibition. As a small non-profit organization run by a group of artists, we unfortunately cannot provide financial support for production. puntWG’s team will issue acceptance letters for successful applicants to support their applications for external funding.

You can find the puntWG floorplan HERE.

Application guidelines:

Please send ONE pdf (max 10 mb) which includes the following documents in your email  submission:

  •       Full name, date and place of birth, postal address, phone number, e-mail and website
  •       CV, max two A4 pages per participating artists
  •       A proposal (max. 250 words) that includes a description of your exhibition and the public programme. Please be concise
  •       A short motivation for showing at puntWG
  •       A maximum of five supporting images
  •       Please indicate your preferable months for the exhibition and the times when you are not available. The more accurate you are, the better we can organize the calendar

Please indicate if you at the time of this application have already (partly) secured funding for the exhibition.

Proposals to be emailed to opencall@atelierwg.nl

The submission deadline is August 1st 2019.

All recipients will be notified before October 1st 2019.

For general information and questions regarding puntWG, contact team puntWG: opencall@atelierwg.nl

Organization and programming of puntWG: Lily Lanfermeijer, Mila Lanfermeijer, Michelle Son, Maaike Anne Stevens and Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec. 

www.puntwg.nl 

About

Following the relocation of the hospital Wilhelmina Gasthuis in 1984, now the AMC – Academic Medical Center – artists, small business owners and residents have shaped and preserved the unique character and special site of WG in Amsterdam. Today a large number of artists are living and working on the grounds, including those who are part of atelierWG (in Pavilions 18 and 19). 

AtelierWG Foundation, established in 1989, houses 120 artists' studios as well as initiating projects in the fields of art and culture, including international exchanges and Open Studio routes.

In 2006 puntWG was created as an interdisciplinary exhibition space and platform for the arts, with a lively program of exhibitions, performances, concerts, lectures and discussions with the aim of initiating an open and broad discourse between artists and the public. PuntWG was initiated by the artists of atelierWG, who finance the space and organize its programming.

airWG, an artist-in-residence, opened in September 2015, hosting a guest studio for national and international artists with an emphasis on research and collaboration.

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She-Wolves

An experimental video game composed by field work material collected in the Alps, with personal narrative content inspired by mainstream pop culture.

6 till 14 Jul 2019

The central piece of She-Wolves is an experimental video game composed by field work material collected in the Alps (during workshops, interviews, and walks), with personal narrative content inspired by mainstream pop culture.

It tells the sensual story of women werewolves in the Alps de Haute-Provence, where the wolf re-appeared 20 years ago, a hundred years after its extinction in France. The return of the predator causes great political tensions in local communities opposing shepherd protecting their cheptel, to ecologists in favor of its protection. In parallel, vernacular legends raise again, inspired by local stories and movies like Twilight. The mythical meets the political ; the local blends into the global.

She-Wolves capsizes the gender paradigm of the powerful fertilizing force in nature and gives the bestial hairy power to women. It opens the door for an open narrative experiment taking its sources in ecological matters, feminism, folklore and pop culture.

During the opening, the performative version of the game will be performed at 19:30.

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Exile on Mainstream

I have told myself there are three things I should write about: images, sounds, and their coincidence.

8 till 30 Jun 2019

I am writing these notes on the train from Berlin to Amsterdam. A self-imposed exile of six hours to write down some thoughts. I have told myself there are three things I should write about: images, sounds, and their coincidence.

1.

A yellow figure floating in an endless grey space. The figure has no outline, no boundary, but melts into the surroundings.

Images from an infrared camera. Photography without light. Or actually, photography of light we cannot see. At first, it makes you think of an X-ray; instinctively you think that an image which shows something hidden, must be the image of an inside. But in fact, these images show only radiation; not even a surface, but that which envelops the surface.

You could say these images are a metaphor, because a sense is carried over. That which usually is felt--warmth--is transferred to a visual representation. The invisible is made visible (is that a form of synesthesia?) To paint what you hear. To say what you feel.

On these images you can see that the warmest places in the body are those where we say feelings house: the chest, the belly, the crotch. In a flash, I link the infrared images to a Jesus painted by Grünewald. Not the famous crucifixion, but the one on the back, Jesus resurrected from the grave. Floating in a night sky, painted in a surreal combination of yellow, pink and red, his face merges with the light of a bright star. The wounds on his hands and feet radiate the strongest. They must be the warmest.

Infrared cameras were developed by the military, and are used by drones to find their targets. Omer Fast interviewed a drone operator, who 'flies' a small plane in Afghanistan from a room in Las Vegas:

“…if someone sits down on a cold surface for a while and then gets up, you’ll still see the heat from that person. For a long time. It kind of looks like a white blossom. Just shining up in heaven. It's quite beautiful.”

2.

A wooden spoon hitting a steel plate, a song coming from a bucket, a coffee cup sounding like an alarm clock.

It might be cheesy to put it this way: objects that speak to us. But it is tempting to do so, to think of what they would say. In my imagination, they are desperately trying to get a point across in a language that we don’t understand. Lending them a tragic air, suffering from their inability of expression. Or perhaps they are ghosts from the past, an echo from history, trying to warn us not to make the same mistakes again. Or finally, they could be incarnations from another world, who are not saying anything, but quietly laughing at our feeble will, our changing emotions, our petty concerns.

3.

The planets are aligned in a particular way, and at the same time someone's life is in crisis. For example, the break up of a relationship between two teenagers. To think that the alignment of the planets and the break up are in a necessary causal relationship with each other is a fallacy.

But at the same time, it is deeply human to ascribe meaning to coincidence. Put a plastic Spiderman figurine on a baroque table and the meaning of both objects changes. I think of the collaborations between John Cage and Merce Cunningham, in which they would independently of each other create a music and dance piece, to be performed simultaneous. 

I imagine the loop of the slides different in length than that of the sounds. Thereby creating a multitude of coincidental relationships. Sometimes the sound will coincide with the image of a washing machine, the next time with a naked woman, again a next time with an image of the sea. Like two planets in different orbits, two lives lived independently of each other. At times crossing each other, at times not.

Sander Breure

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puntWG awarded Mondriaan Fund

We are thrilled to have been granted the Werkbijdrage Kunstinitiatieven.

26 Jun 2019

puntWG is thrilled to announce that we have been granted the Werkbijdrage Kunstinitiatieven from the Mondriaan Fund. We join a beautiful list of 23 artist-led initiatives existing throughout the Netherlands. 

This contribution will allow us to continue to improve our programme and support our activities over the next year.

Congratulations to all recipient initiatives! 

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Nomadic Picnic

A participatory performance and an unconventional organic dinner...

2 Jun 2019 — 18:00 till 21:00 hrs

2 June - 18:00 - Duration: 6 courses.

Nomadic Picnic is a participatory performance, an unconventional meal, during which people meet each other in silence. This is an intimate gustative experience for up to 16 people. Nomadic Picnic dishes are served without tableware and eaten without cutlery.

The dishes are sculptural and conceptual and are designed and prepared by the artists. This meal consists of six vegan organic courses without gluten and added sugar, the most universal diet letting everyone participate.

The space for the performance is composed from the picmats and arranged using knowledge of proxemics. Nomadic Picnic explores the realms of human-human and human-food relations. This performance questions social and cultural norms and gives conditions for authentic ways of communicating, as well as eating.

Let's break the cycles of inner repetitions.

If you have food allergies, e-mail daycollective@gmail.com by 28 May.

Tickets: https://widget.yourticketprovider.nl/?cid=905537&productid=30691&_ga=2.240064897.321411163.1556699623-1637470650.1556699623#/tickets/30691

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A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas, Digital collage, book cover Literatuur; Jan Frederik Helmers - De Hollandsche Natie -1812
They Man-Made It, So I Exist

The final phase of the project series “A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas”, a research-based project initiated and realized by three artists.

4 till 26 May 2019

The exhibition features works by the collective (Eline Tsvetkova, Jakob Ehrlich and Anastasija Pandilovska) and by the invited guests artists: Smari Runar Róbertsson, Hedvig Koertz, Nicola Godman, Lotte van der Woude. Based on their relationship with the themes Heimat, Belonging and home making as a political instrument, in their own manner, each questions the notion of domesticity in regards to leaving and returning home.

The group exhibition is laid out as a flat landscape, open and unhidden. This presentation resembles the function of the known wide, transparent Dutch windows in family houses that are situated on ground floors. The message such windows attempt to convey is to demonstrate that the family in the Netherlands has "nothing to hide." Gradually, over the course of the programme, the artworks are contextualised and henceforth removed until we end up almost with an empty space. Referring to the project title A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas we intend to discuss the concept of 'invasion of ideas' on objects. Therefore, the works will gradually be taken away instead of filling (decorating) the space, as opposed to the first project in Sofia where we gradually added ideas and elements to the space. The complementary programme, which will consist of three public events at puntWG, is aimed at initiating collective discussions in the space and active participation of the public. 

“They man made it, so I exist” is the final phase of the project series “A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas”, a research-based project initiated and realized by three artists Eline van Dijk (Tsvetkova) (NL/BG) Jakob Ehrlich (AT) and Anastasija Pandilovska (MK/NL).

“They man-made it, so I exist” is a four-week programme consisting of a group exhibition and three public events, revolving around the notions of “belonging”, “Heimat“ and the process of “home making”. More precisely, the programme focuses on key factors that define the current Dutch, domestic space-making. 

Finding ourselves in the man-made country, we realise that we stand in a mountain-less, non-naturalistic “Heimat”. A self-made “Heimat”. We are wondering to what extent have local democracy, “speculative'’ romanticism and pragmaticism affected the current notion of Dutch domestic life? How have these concepts become problematised within an increasingly polarised society? 

Keywords to our programme and group exhibition are the Dutch words: GEMEENTE (municipality, community), VLAK (plain, without depth, area) and VLOED (flood). Their various meanings provide a solid ground for our research in defining how we belong.


Events

And no-one knows////Meanwhile
Lecture Performance/Reading by Phil Baber
11 May 2019, 18:30-20:30

“…What I am making is
A place for language in my life

Which I want to be a real place
Seeing I have to put up with it
Anyhow…” (W.S. Graham)

 Phil Baber will perform a close-ish reading of Friedrich Hölderlin’s fragmentary poem “Heimat,” or “Homeland.” By tracking the poem’s syntax and imagery, and activating some of its resonances with other texts, this reading will suggest how Hölderlin’s poem – and perhaps poetry as such – offers ways of thinking about “home” and “belonging” that refuse spurious (and often poisonous) notions of authenticity, nationhood, and “place”. 

Phil Baber (London, 1987) is an editor, writer, and book designer living in Amsterdam. Together with Snejanka Mihaylova, he runs The Last Books, a small press with a focus on literature in translation. His work has been exhibited, published, and presented internationally, at venues including the Whitechapel Gallery, London, REDCAT, Los Angeles, and the Literarisches Colloquium, Berlin, and is part of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Essays have appeared in Solitude Atlas, Reliquiae, and Signals from the Periphery, among others. He has been an artist-in-resident at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2013–14), and a writer-in-residence at Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (2017). Since 2015 he is a writing teacher and thesis advisor in the graphic design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He is the editor, most recently, of Friedrich Hölderlin: Selected Poems and Letters, translated by Christopher Middleton. 

The exhibition space on Saturday will be open from 14:00 onwards for those who want to see the show.

*****

GEMEENTE, VLAK, VLOED 
Multimedia Installation/Performance by the Collective A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas
18 May 2019, 18:30 – 20:00

The second event will focus on the Amsterdamse School style as we consider this architectural style to be a pivotal point of Dutch space-making as all three keywords GEMEENTE, VLAK, VLOED can be exemplified through the work of the architects that adopted this way of thinking. As a case study we will take the building Het Schip in the Spaarndammerbuurt in Amsterdam designed by the architect Michel de Klerk in 1919.

*****

HANDLE WITH CARE
Spatial Intervention and Discussion by the Collective 
25 May 2019, 18:30 – 21:00 

People enter
People see the works
We give a small talk
People have questions
We answer questions
We give little food

“Handle with Care” is the final event of “They man-made it, so I exist” and at the same time the closing of the series A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas projects .* For this finissage, we break our established routine in the space by shedding a new light on the artworks through alterations made by the individual artists. By doing so we hope to create a polilogical approach to this set of works that share a common space. Finally, the project is wrapped up with the questions: How much care does one need to take when moving in a space shared by many others and what attitudes should be applied when trying to coexist?

They man-made it, so I exist is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and the Austrian Embassy



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Stretching is a Matter of Spelling

Come. Weareverymuchlookingforloopholes.

6 till 28 Apr 2019

A project by Milena Bonilla and Natasha Papadopoulou, with the participation of: Alena Alexandrova, Bea Mcmahon and Jolene Ong.

Perception is a tricky thing. One sees a closed hand landing heavily on a table, but suddenly there’s no table to land on. Better to see a hand holding a hand, a foot, a waist or the pinky finger. Multiple hands un-holdingtheideaofonebody.

Once we agreed that the very idea of getting lost depends very much on context. We can get lost in routines that build patterns for the brain to follow, lazily falling into a loop. We can also get lost in unknown territory, piercing our safety with a body conversation, a dance that doesn’t have a purpose, doesn’t strive for profit, only exists for and by itself. A moment for sky leakages, control crashing, tables disappearing.

Come. Weareverymuchlookingforloopholes.

With love. Us.

by Natasha Papadopoulou & Milena Bonilla
With guest performances by Alena Alexandrova, Jo-Lene Ong, Bea McMahon


Public Presentations

Under Acupressure
6 April 2019, 19:00

Natasha Papadopoulou gives a sneak-peek into her new collection of wearable apparatus. Departing from the horny layer, the collection fits as a sub-dermal story pressing through power points to find release and multiple zones on demand. The wearables talk to any-body directly, she just translates and demonstrates.

Residues in Reverse
13 April 2019, 18:00

Alena Alexandrova will reenact a composition of openings or opening fragments. They are reverse residues, discarded before they were shaped or used in any other way. They only exist at the threshold between their appearance and their rejection in a mode of reductive intensity.

Attitudes of the Limbs
20 April 2019, 18:00

Jo-Lene Ong guides you through hands and feet in an exploration touching on mudras and footnotes, a pedestal and a scaffolding, and a circular ping-pong table.

Dot your Eyes
20 April 2019, 19:00
Bea McMahon in collaboration with Artémise Ploegaerts 

Bea McMahon gets stung in the eye by a bee while playing a zero sum beauty game. Turns out this poisonous deed ain’t accidental.

Behind that Grid There’s a Maze
28 April 2019, 19:00

Milena Bonilla wanna rescue words from a field of Poppies. A musicalized talk will touch some elements from her current spying on monocultured thought, mental illness and social change. If Artaud’s pussy is a field of poppies, we need a disorchestrated homage to that. At least that’s what she thinks.

This project is made possible with the generous support of AFK fond for the Kunst and the Mondriaan Fund

  

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Nomadic Picnic

A participatory performance and an unconventional organic dinner...

31 Mar 2019 — 13:00 till 20:00 hrs

Nomadic Picnic is a participatory performance, an unconventional meal, during which people meet each other in silence. This is an intimate gustative experience for up to 16 people. Nomadic Picnic dishes are served without tableware and eaten without cutlery. 

The dishes are sculptural and conceptual and are designed and prepared by the artists. This meal consists of six vegan organic courses without gluten and added sugar, the most universal diet letting everyone participate. 

The space for the performance is composed from the picmats and arranged using knowledge of proxemics. Nomadic Picnic explores the realms of human-human and human-food relations. This performance questions social and cultural norms and gives conditions for authentic ways of communicating, as well as eating. 

Let's break the cycles of inner repetitions. 

There are two performances on the day, starting at 13:00 and 18:00 respectively. The length of each dinner is approximately 2 hours.

If you have any specific food allergies please email them to daycollective@gmail.com before March 26

Tickets: https://www.yourticketprovider.nl/events/29000-nomadic-picnic/