2022
Failures to Care (Self Care & Giving)

A solo exhibition from airWG's current artist in residence M.C. Julie Yu, whose ongoing work explores bodily gestures of care.

Curator: Àngels Miralda
18 till 26 Jun 2022

airWG is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the current artist in residence M.C. Julie Yu. As an interdisciplinary artist, she uses video, music, print, exercise, performance, workshops, and installation to present social research on care while continuing her work as a freelance masseur.

Yu's artistic practices revolve around the senses of othering that are experienced while situating in- between domains, specifically based on the experience as a migrant and interdisciplinary worker under the postcolonial and capitalist cultural phenomena. She reflects on these experiences through various sub-culture inspirations and addresses the reflection with a good dose of humor. This approach is further extended to various long-term collaborative projects among art, performance and social movements fields.

The recent work of M.C. Julie Yu tries to unlock the failures of social constructs by analyzing the body's gestures of care—students napping on the table as self-care and massages as care-giving. The nuances of these tacit knowledges of an individual body are delivered via inspiration from Youtube video themes, such as tutorials and ASMR. The artist aims to rethink the replacement of care in aspects of individualization, commodification, and digitalization.

Failures to Care is an ongoing project where the slippages and mistakes between labour, sexuality and identity are highlighted in the industry of wellness along with their entanglement with resistance and solidarity. These concepts are tied to the need of the social body to feel safe and comforted by its community. As a freelance masseur, Yu’s own experiences inform the works in the exhibition as she captures moments of exhaustion and discomfort in a quest for the fulfilment of basic human needs.

Bio:
M.C. Julie Yu (b. Taipei, Taiwan, 1989) is an interdisciplinary artist who is currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She holds a BFA in Theatre Directing from Taipei National University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2013) and an MA in Fine art, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (2020). Her works include a wide variety of media, such as video, music, print, exercise, performance, workshops, and installation.

Photography by Ilya Rabinovich

2022
F.I.R.E.

F.I.R.E. - a mysterious agent, simultaneously destructive, cleansing, and regenerative. At puntWG it is a call for onsite and online dialogue, coordinated by Christina Della Giustina and Gabriel Paiuk.

10 till 12 Jun 2022

F.I.R.E. is flicker-flash-spark-flame-blaze-light-heat-smell-smoke-glow-coal-embers-ash; a mysterious agent, simultaneously destructive, cleansing, and regenerative. At puntWG it is an invitation for dialogue: a strange medium, emerging occasionally, beyond notions of right and wrong; beyond identifying tags, beyond what was my idea or yours.

On a global scale, the indispensably vital significance of fire within numerous local livelihoods is overshadowed by discourses emphasizing fire's destructive effects. An example of this generalizing misconception is the inability to contextualize and recognize the Kayapo’s sustainable fire use.[1] With their traditional fire use techniques, the Kayapo are suspected of creating wildfires, and paradoxically their ancient and elaborate fire practices regularly become accused of modifying the climate of the Brazilian Rainforest.[2]

As a starting point for reconsidering paradigms of engagement with the world, we investigate basic alternatives, attending to forms of sensing and knowing. For such encounters to take place we propose dialogue as a method; not merely understood as exchange, but rather as a series of improvisations and dissociations that bring about modulations to our forms of involvement.

We are working together with Prof. Mistry, geographer at the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, who together with Brazilian and Kayapo researchers studied the Kayapo’s fire-practices. In this context, the Kayapo made a series of videos that serve as communication tools. It is these videos and their complex call for communication amongst different languages, sciences and cosmologies that we engage with and take as incentive to come together,  practice attention, and exercise listening, seeing and sensing by means and for the sake of dialogue. To do so, we enter into conversation with further input that addresses how forms and techniques of sensing are tied into diverse cosmologies, such as can be found in the research of ethnomusicologist Ana María Ochoa Gautier.

We are curious about dialogue as a methodology without knowing where it leads to, whose practice challenges the status of what is assumed as knowledge. We can only extend this invitation to join. All welcome!

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Over the course of three days, a range of public sessions at puntWG will bring complex, critical and subversive content to an unlikely audience, who in this active space are not called upon as “visitor”, “spectator” or “public”, but as participant: you are invited to receive, sense, and think together.

We attend to three videos and related texts, while paying attention to the material, each other and ourselves. What is important in the first instance is that the readings take place relationally: as an active participant you are asked to attend to the videos, to open yourself up to your own responsiveness, associations and memories and to share what the material incites in you.

What is important in the follow up is how the diverse effects relate, intersect, entangle and come alive again when placed side-by-side to sensations, memories and responses of others.

In the final assembly on Sunday, we compile the insights, encounters and dialogues towards an online/onsite assemblage that rehearses, dares and shares being together otherwise.

Public Programme:

Location:  puntWG, directly opposite WG Plein 80, 1054 RC Amsterdam, NL on Sunday, June 12, also online via zoom (link  to follow).

Times: All times indicated are CEST, though the schedule is subject to change. 

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June: 

  • 14:00 - 15:30 – video reading sessions
  • 15:30 - 17:00 – text reading session (reading group)
  • 17:00 - 18:00 – open conversations

The reading group focuses mainly on the book Aurality by Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier, while also incorporating other texts on main topics. To join this reading group please write an e-mail to: f.i.r.e.vol.01@gmail.com

Sunday 12th June:

  • 14:00 - 15:00 – video reading sessions
  • 15:00 - 17:00 – onsite and online conversations (F.I.R.E. assembly)
  • 17:00 - 18:00 – closing event

If you cannot be present onsite and would like to participate online, please write an e-mail to: f.i.r.e.vol.01@gmail.com and we send you the link to access the conversation online.

Organized in the form of conversations, the first panel of the assembly will touch upon modes of attention through vision(s): with contributors Anna Daučíková (artist, Prague, CZ), Milo van der Maaden (artist, Rotterdam, NL), Jay Mistry (Associate Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment, and Society, and Professor of Environmental Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; with research on fire across the natural and social sciences), and Gabriel Paiuk (composer and sound artist, Amsterdam, NL).

In a second panel the assembly approaches modes of attention within experiences of sensing: with contributors Emilia Ferraro, antopologist, Dundee, SCT, Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier (Prof. of Music and Ethnomusicology at Columbia University), Jay Mistry  (geographer, London, UK), Gabriel Paiuk (composer and sound artist, Amsterdam, NL), Silvia Sedoc (therapist, Amsterdam, NL) and Karen Vanvelt (artist, Kontich, BE).

These onsite and online conversations conclude with Wildfire, one of the recent, process-led editorials and repositories of Arts Cabinet, featuring research collaborations between artists and scientists on the topic of Wildfires, with herein the launch of the web-project Tongues of Fire, a collaboration between Jay Mistry and Cathy Smith (Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment, and Society, based at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK), Oscar Orton (web developer, Amsterdam, NL) and Christina Della Giustina (artist, Amsterdam, NL): Svetlana Sequeira Costa (curator, London, UK) in conversation with Jay Mistry and Christina Della Giustina.

F.I.R.E. concludes with a performance by HKU MAFA researchers Yuxuan Cui, István Hutter, Jeehae Kim, and Meshkat Talebii.

F.I.R.E. is part of the atelierWG series at puntWG and is supported by the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfire, atelierWG, puntWG and all contributors involved.

Video still image Credit: Chun-Yao Lin, 2022.

Photography by Ilya Rabinovich.

[1] Kayapo (Portuguese: Caiapó) are Indigenous peoples living in nowadays Brazil inhabiting the area spreading across the states of Pará and Mato Grosso, south of the Amazon River and along Xingu River and its tributaries. The Kayapo are one of the various subgroups of the Mebêngôkre nation, the people from the water’s source.

[2] Fire is a vital, common and venerated agent in the Kayapo's cosmology: it is used for cooking, cleaning, fertilizing, collecting vegetables and animals, hunting, celebrating; fire is also used to stop fire and is an integral part of their spiritual practices.

2022
Vrijheid van de Gast

A collection of Hugo Palmar's most recent works, which explore the sinuous terrain of hospitality and its relationship to the Other. 

Curator: Laura Castro
27 May till 5 Jun 2022
 
Vrijheid van de Gast is an exhibition bringing together Hugo Palmar's most recent works.
 
In this body of works, Palmar gleans the sinuous terrain of hospitality to problematize its twofold nature: as an autonomous and decentralized gesture, characterized by the willingness to give space to an Other, and as an instrument in the construction of the idea of freedom by nation-states, historically linked to the regulation of Otherness and the pursuit of economic interests.

From traditional formats such as drawing, painting and collage to installation, video and cooking, the works that conform to this series spring from inner imagery concocted from materials and symbols that Palmar has gathered through his migratory journey. This trajectory began from the East Coast of Lake Maracaibo, passing through the Dutch Caribbean,  Argentina, Belgium, and arriving in the Netherlands, thus producing hybrid dream-like landscapes that point to a zone of flux between interiority and the normative order of the external world.

Rooted in his own migratory and diasporic experience, this group of works explores the interstitial space between the aforementioned polarities that shape the notions and practice of hospitality, evidencing its entanglements with desire, power and identity.

Curated by Laura Castro

This exhibition is part of the program AtelierWG Series.
Kindly suport by AFK & Stichting Stokroos

Public Program:

DODO BIRD
The duet Dodo Bird (Francisco Garrido and Antonio Moreno) will perform compositions especially made for this exhibition.
05/27/22, 19:00  (opening event)

TRANSIDENTITEITS TAFEL
A performance, reading and tasting of food prepared by Hugo Palmar, in dialogue with Laura Castro and the public.
04-05/06/2022, 18:00 (closing event)

Tickets for this event can be purchased at:
 
Photography by Ilya Rabinovich
2022
The Headquarters
The Headquarters is a performative bureau of a feminist Guild of builders and makers, initiated by Olga Micińska and The Building Institute.
29 Apr till 22 May 2022

The Guild has been around for a while, focusing its efforts on construction work. Members of this association (so called journeywomen) are dedicated to numerous manual technologies, but also to literary and performative arts which allow them to emancipate the hidden knowledges dwelling in the craft domains. The Guild’s Headquarters accommodates several branches, organizing the association’s activities into specialized divisions: Education Department, Shipping Department, Writing Department, Public Relations Department et al. These days, the Headquarters opens its doors to the public, revealing the journeywomen’s inclusive and highly playful working process.

For “The Headquarters”, the space of PuntWG has been turned into a performative bureau of an imaginary guild of builders and makers. This speculative presentation alludes to The Building Institute (TBI), an actual project initiated by artist and woodworker Olga Micińska. TBI is an experimental and non-formal organization engaging with diverse questions surrounding the subjects of labour and technology, and aiming to strengthen the position of women in the field of technical construction work. 

Taking it from a very grounded point of view, Olga invited a group of artists and makers to plot a fictional narrative around the idea of a feminist organization which reconsiders the business-as-usual of the working conditions in the building domain and related technologies. The show combines multiple strengths and competences of the contributors: woodwork, metalwork, weaving, sewing, writing, publishing, imagining , knowledge-sharing and performing. 

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Olga Micińska and Harriet Morley conduct the Education Department, offering mentorship and technical assistance to a group of apprentices who also develop their independent artistic practices. Mathild Clerc-Verhoeven, Cecile Hübner, Chloé Sapelkine, Gersande Schellinx and Bo Wielders realize their own ideas for strange tools under the supervision of Olga and Harriet, exercising technical skills in woodwork and metalwork. On a long term basis, the efforts of the Education Department strive to flood the job market with female builders.

Stéphanie Baechler stands at the core of the Shipping Department as she has mastered the art of crate making for her own fragile works. These days, the support structure of her artistic practice (crates and packing) has become the key subject matter of recent projects, revealing the attitude of care in technical work.

Kitty Maria and Elise Ehry introduce their ongoing performance as unemployed air hostesses into the Guild’s Headquarters. Placing the absurdity of their service work performance in the context of a builders’ association, they put themselves in charge of The Public Relations Department, amplifying the subdued voices of the physical labourers. Hence instead of following the rhythmic sound of the production machines, they make noise. 

 Samantha McCulloch and Gersande Schellinx, as committed writers and publishers, take care of The Writing Department’s past, present and future archives. This literary division of the Guild’s bureau documents the working process on its own terms, analyzes the meta value of an experimental building process, and finds words for it.

The project is kindly supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Mondriaan Fonds.

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Event:  Air Tonalities

21 & 22 May 2022, 14:00 - 18:00, with Elisa Ehry and Kitty Maria

Air tonalities is a noise performance of unemployed air hostesses Heather and Rosetta. In it they combine handmade atonal instruments, with the sounds of electronics and the suppressed thoughts of the service worker. Air tonalities is composed in consultation with Argentinian noise-musician Leandro Barzabal.

This soundwork by Kitty Maria and Elise Ehry is a new exercise in their collaborative work deconstructing the service worker. In it they perform as unemployed air hostesses openly retiring from duty to instead perform subtle ways of discontent. Their withdrawal from employment signifies a resistance towards the historical interweaving of gender and labour, and specifically the mystification of the female sex for commercial purposes, in which she is stripped of her own desires to be of service to others.

 

Image Credit: Olga Micińska “Rebecca” (from “The Guild” work cycle) 2021

Photography by Ilya Rabinovich

2022
The Wealth of Nations

Ana Bravo Pérez and Bernado Zanotta present new film installations which juxtapose tales of European wealth with the perspective of the colonized nations.

2 till 25 Apr 2022

‘The Wealth of Nations’ is a duo exhibition by artists-filmmakers Ana Bravo Pérez and Bernardo Zanotta. The title is appropriated from Adam Smith's 1776 book, a classic in economics promoting theories for industrial progress in Europe and colonial exploitation of other parts of the modern world. Both Bravo Pérez and Zanotta present new film installations that juxtapose Smith's tale of European wealth with the perspective of the colonized nations, producing critical takes on the economic and fictional narratives that sustained European nation-building projects. 

Ana Bravo Pérez presents her new work  Mother Earth’s Inner Organs (2022), which is the result of a long-term artistic project in which she has been investigating the procedence of the coal used in The Netherlands, and the mining of coal in Colombia. The film is an attempt to stop seeing coal as a natural resource for industrial purposes, but to see this black sedimentary rock as one of the organs of Mother Earth. This artistic objective stems from the artist’s personal position as a Colombian artist in the Amsterdam diaspora working on film from a decolonial and feminist perspective. 

Bernardo Zanotta presents his new film installation Pretty Pictures (2022). The work borrows words from a 1950s guide-book for cultivating tropical plants, as well as from the novel Les Belles Images (1966), written by French writer Simone de Beauvoir. The “beautiful images” in the film were shot in a semi-automated greenhouse in the Dutch countryside, where bromeliads, a plant native to Brazil, are artificially grown and prepared for sale. The gap between beautiful images and their production is addressed by exposing the industrial landscape in which these plants are cultivated. 

The exhibition offers an encounter between these two new filmic works, which both employ a material and narrative approach. The films belong to longer-standing projects of each artist, exposing two parallel timelines: one of colonial wealth, and one of exploitation. Both works uncover how old narratives that divided the world into modern and underdeveloped find their repetition in contemporary processes of exploitation, aimed at maintaining colonial differences.

PUBLIC PROGRAM

Re-tracing  (Sunday 10th April, 15:00)

This public event will foster a conversation between different artists on  the meaning and notion of retracing in their respective artistic practices. How can the retracing of colonial structures simultaneously offer the possibility to resist present-day exploitation. How can we retrace and reveal the history of resources and colonial wealth without repeating them? How can we challenge and reimagine histories departing from decolonial artistic practices, the environmental crisis, speculative fiction and queer survival strategies? The public conversation will be held between artists Ana Bravo Pérez, Bernardo Zanotta, Aldo Ramos and Anna Moreno.

Aldo Ramos is a griot, a traveller-poet, a storyteller, and an artist based in Amsterdam. He guards ancestral memories and his practice encourages relational ways of being with the Earth as re-existence overcoming consumption.

Anna Moreno, an artist based in Den Haag, is researching social progress, nostalgia and speculative futures. She is interested in the inconclusive nature of events as well as their documentation.

Ana Bravo Pérez and Bernardo Zanotta's work is currently on show at PuntWG.

First Nations’  Films (Tuesday 19th April, 19:00)

First Nations’ Films is an evening program with short films produced in the Guarani and Kaiowa Territory of central Brazil and in the Wayuu territory in Northern Colombia. The films from Brazil were made by indigenous youth and leaders in film workshop processes of the Imagem Canto Palavra Extension Program at the Guaiviry indigenous community. The films from Colombia were made by young Wayuu makers that are part of the Communication collective wakuaipa.  Ancestral practices, displacement, and the defense of indigenous territories are some of the common threads between these highly original and very important films. This film program is presented in the context of ‘The Wealth of Nations’ and is curated by Ana Bravo Pérez and Bernardo Zanotta. 

Films in this program 

Pohã Re'yi (Family of Healing, 14min)

A film by Joilson Brites, Jhonathan Gomes, Wagner Gomes, Anailson Flores 

The extended Kaiowa family includes not only blood relatives and households but relationships with sacred beings, animals and plants. In this short film, we see such family ties doubly affirmed: in the relationship with traditional remedies and in a relationship between grandmother (Crescencia Flores) and her granddaughter (Melojaine "Querida" Brites) searching for it. They face together the difficulties of their scarcity in the context of war for land in Mato Grosso do Sul and the difficulties of maintaining the experience of always-delicate family ties, in the face of the historical violence that affects these several forms of kinship.

Lapü E’ ikuusu / sueños enterrados ( Buried dreams, 16 min)

A film by Marcos Uriana and colectivo de comunicaciones wakuaipa 

Different generations get together to talk about the past and the present in their territory. An elder, a mother and a young wayuu also share their stories of loss. 

Umapo. a, Salinai, ewidacta, waaya (Umapo where elders teach us, 7min)

A film by Pablo Vladimir Trejo Obando and Ramon Martínez Manchay

Elders talk about the worlds above and below and the different spirits in nature. How are different worlds affected by extractive industries such as oil?

Guahuí Guyra Kuera (Enchantment of Birds, 13min)

A film by  Anailson Flores, Beibity Flores, Cledson Amarília Ricarte, Jhonlailson Gomes Almeida, Jhon Malison, Jomalis Franco Gomes, Wagner Gomes

In this short film, a bird hunt is an opportunity to show, on the one hand, the situation of scarcity in the tekoha, where the small forest surrounded by the monoculture of agribusiness does not provide for the species. On the other hand, it is an event that breaks out into the sacred logic of everyday life to reveal the enchantment, respect, poetry and the art of life affirmation by a group of young people who insist on trying to experience risk from the point of view of birds.

Historias de Shiriwa y Muñí (Shiriwa and Muñí’s stories, 33min)

A film by  Amado Villafaña Chaparro and Confederación Indígena Tayrona 

The authorities and communities of the Wiwa people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta share their ancestral thoughts about water in a painful expedition through the Ranchería river basin. Water, their spiritual fathers and mothers, are being killed by a dam and a coal company, also affecting the Wayuu people. Urgent actions of spiritual work are required to mitigate the damage caused by the younger brothers.

Ava Marangatu (15 min)

A film by Jhonathon Gomes, Joilson Brites, Genito Gomes, Jhon Nara Gomes, Dulcídio Gomes, Edina Ximenez, Sarah Brites, Valmir Gonçalves Cabreira

In Guaiviry, traditional Guarani and Kaiowá land, two young men go out to hunt in the part of the forest that still remains.

Provincial - Lamentos y Exigencias (8 min)

A film by Marcos Brito Colectivo de Comunicación Wayúu Wakuaipa.

What are the consequences of coal mining in Wayuu territory? A group of women expose the danger they are facing for defending their territory and their culture. 

Siziwa  - Danzar para que el planeta siga girando  (To dance so the earth keep spinning, 7min.)

A film by Rafael Roberto Mojica Gil and Bunkuaneyuman Comunicaciones

The Sagas or wise women of the Wiwa people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta show and explain why singing and dancing is a form of communication with the spirits of the universe and a way of giving back to them so that there are no imbalances or illnesses.

Yvy Pyte (Heart of the Earth, 7min)

A film by Genito Gomes and Johnn Nara Gomes

This experimental short film proposes a lyrical plunge into the sacred words of the shaman Valdomiro Flores, about the original territory and the traditional way of being Kaiowá indigenous people (Mato Grosso do Sul/Brazil) elaborated from a set of images of the phenomenon of kuarahy jeguaka (head ornament of the Sun).

 

BIO NOTES

Born in the city of Pasto, southwest Colombia, Ana Bravo Pérezs inter-disciplinary and multimedia work revolves around migration, memory and decoloniality, for which she uses her own migratory and diasporic experiences. Those experiences have been crucial for building an artistic practice in which personal, (de)colonial, and geopolitical spaces merge while at the same time the materials of the chosen artistic methods are questioned. Ana’s studies, publications and work in film and the visual arts have taken her from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, to Caracas, Venezuela; and from the International Film School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, to the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a Master's degree in Film (MA) from The Netherlands Film Academy. Her work has been shown at  Burg Hülshoff, Münster; Eye Film Museum; Museum Willet Holthuysen, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Bahia Blanca; Cinemateca de Bogotá, among others.

Bernardo Zanotta is a Brazilian visual artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. His films deal with the friction between personal and collective history, often departing from fiction in order to produce alternative realities, or delving deep into reality in order to expose its fictional origins. He earned his BA degree in Moving Image from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018. His projects span disciplines, ranging from film and theater to installation and writing. His films have been screened and awarded internationally at various festivals, including Locarno, Queer Lisboa, and Vilnius. His film Heart of Hunger (2018) was awarded the Pardino d’Argento at Locarno Film Festival.

Photography by Ilya Rabinovich

2022
Insect sing-along

Ananda Serné presents her short film Insect sing-along (2022), developed during her residency at AirWG.

Curator: Àngels Miralda
20 till 27 Mar 2022

Closing Event: March 27th — 16:00 til 18:00 with artist tour and closing drinks.

PuntWG opening times: Friday to Sunday, 14:00 til 18:00

The clap of a butterfly’s wings and the buzzing sounds of sudden movement of an imperceptible brown moth. Eyes closed, these sounds are an intoxicating hum; drawn to the night like a lullaby.

Ananda Serné’s short film Insect sing-along (2022) was developed during her residency at airWG. It follows the lifecycle of a butterfly: caterpillar, cocoon, to the final metamorphosis towards adult form. Insects are often our closest animal neighbours, and yet, are overlooked in ecological terms. The final form of the butterfly suddenly morphs into a robotic insect developed at the Delft University of Technology. These prototypes could potentially help with the pollination tasks of dwindling insect populations. The surprising history of lepidopterans and technology stems from a remarkable anecdote of the original “computer bug” - a squashed moth that affected early computer operations in 1947. 

Behind the screen, a neon blue glow draws the audience upstairs to a sculptural light work. Moths have a strange fascination for artificial sources of light. It is thought that they fly at a constant angle to the light of the moon in order to navigate. They often mistake artificial light for moonlight and in this way lamps distract them and they seem to forget about everything else. 

At sunset and nightfall, Serné presents a new performance in the garden developed together with the vocal ensemble Genetic Choir. During regular exhibition hours, a sound piece developed and recorded with voice artist Miyuki Inoue will accompany the silent film.

The exhibition and residency are kindly supported by: Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Amarte Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds, and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.

Photography by Ilya Rabinovich.

2022
Professional Amateur - Research, Collaborations and Invitations

depend on me presents their research and artistic collaborations at puntWG in Amsterdam.

5 till 15 Mar 2022

As part of puntWG's studio series, depend on me presents their research results, artworks and collaborations from the past year. This presentation, entitled “professional amateur”, marks the end of a pilot project, initiated by artist Marieke Zwart, in which professional artists collaborated with amateur and semi-professional artists on new artworks and working methods. During the course of a year, fourteen artists created five works and explored how to organize collaborative artistic practices, creating interdependence, co-authorship, inspiring exchanges and a future perspective on artistic collaborations.

The exhibition will be closed on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th March.

Public Activities:
But what exactly is an amateur? And when are you a professional artist and when not (anymore)? During six meetings and activities with involved art collectives, artists, the WG community, and the public, the adopted distinction between the two categories is discussed and artists share with each other and the public how they work together within their practice.

On Sunday 6th March, PJ Bruyniks will give a presentation with an unscientific approach to classification systems in art, science and healthcare. Following this, science sociologist Trudy Dehue will explain a scientific approach to classifications in our society. The visitors can then play a newly developed classification quartet. The participants can choose whether they play as 'amateurs' or as 'professionals'.

On Tusday 8th March, artist and designer Lotte Lara Schröder will give a workshop, Artist Trading Cards. ATC’s are small sets of original cards (each 64 x 89 mm) which are to be exchanged with other makers during organized trading events.

On Friday 11th March, Syrian Artist Marwan Noufal will teach a workshop in acrylic Painting. Noufal has contributed to the publication with an artist contribution. Aram Lee and Marieke Zwart invited Noufal after collaborating with the i-psy art group at Framer Framed Amsterdam, where he paints.

On March 13, the book presentation of the publication of the same name - professional amateur - will take place. A series of interviews between all participants forms the starting point for this publication, in which both the process and the results of this research project come together. HF van Steensel will read three short stories and guest writer Tina Lenz will receive the first book. The book presentation will be followed by an auction of works of art by the depend on me artists.

 

Programme:

Hoe Classificatiesystemen ons Leven Bepalen/ How Classification Systems Rule Our Life

by PJ Bruyniks

guests: Trudy Dehue, Esther Vossen en Marieke Zwart

Sunday 6 March, 14.00 - 17.00 hrs

 

Artist Trading Cards Workshop

by  Lotte Lara Schröder

Tuesday 8th March (time tbc)

 

Workshop: Acrylic Painting by Marwan Noufal

by Marwan Noufal, guest contributor to publication depend on me, professional amateur.

Friday 11 March, 14.30 - 17.00hrs

 

Professional Amateur Auction/Veiling

by all depend on me artists

Sunday 13 March, 15.00 - 16.00 hrs

 

Boekpresentatie/ Booklaunch

by depend on me research group

special guest: Tina Lenz

Sunday 13 March, 16.00 - 17.00 hrs

 

The entire (current) program can be found at depend on me. Updates and live streams are shared via Instagram. Follow depend on me at Instagram and Facebook.

Access to puntWG is free.

This presentation was made possible by all the artists involved, AFK, PuntWG, artistic
partners Beeldend Gesproken, Framer Framed, de Ronde Venen, WG community, i-psy and
the nearly 100 donors op VOORDEKUNST.

 Photography by Ilya Rabinovich.

2022
I Am Inside Who I Was

Danae Io, Bin Koh and Alice dos Reis address and rupture the Western notion of 'separability' through their collaboration, friendship, and a close look at pomegranate fruit.

18 till 27 Feb 2022

Exhibition: 18-20 and 25-27 February

 

‘I am inside who I was’

eating seeds, counting seeds, breaking seeds,

exchanging seeds, scattering seeds,

write it out with your fingers, etch

it swiping your tips in red 

juice, let your clothes drink

what was left from the talking, the counting, the touching

 

I ate the hills. 

 

beads mark time, 

they come out loose

beads mark time

they scrap the counting

I ate the hills. 

 

‘I am inside who I was’ is an exhibition by artists Alice dos Reis, Bin Koh and Danae Io. Together they have produced new works after a short residency in the PuntWG space. The exhibition is part of a collaborative process to address what Denise Ferreira da Silva calls ‘separability’, the western epistemological principle that considers the social as a whole constituted of formally separate parts. Through their encounters the artists have looked at the pomegranate fruit as a structure that holds the many, a symbol of both fertility and anti-fertility, a link between the world above and under; a refusal of dichotomies by being in between or both. In their process they attempt to rupture separability through their collaboration and friendship.

 Photography by Ilya Rabinovich.