A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas, Digital collage, book cover Literatuur; Jan Frederik Helmers - De Hollandsche Natie -1812
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
A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas Collective: Anastasija Pandilovska, Eline van Dijk (Tsvetkova), Jakob Ehrlich. Plus invited artists: Hedvig Koertz Mikkelsen, Nicola Godman, Phil Baber , Smári Rúnar Róbertsson, Lotte van der Woude.
4 till 26 May 2019
Opening: Saturday 4 May 2019 — 17:00 till 19:00 hrs

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.


Lecture Performance/Reading by Phil Baber
11 May 2019, 17:00-20:00

“…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)

The experience of estrangement or alienation from language is one of the tropes of modernist literature. During the evening, Baber will be asking how we might overcome such alienation without resorting to spurious notions of authenticity or nationhood. In the process, he is looking at how language is conceived in the Jewish mystical tradition as well as in the work of such poets as Friedrich Hölderlin, Paul Celan, Henri Meschonnic, W.S. Graham, C.D. Wright, and Vahni Capildeo. He proposes that language is not a “prison-house” (Fredric Jameson) but a home, and that it is our task to learn to live in it.


Multimedia Installation/Performance by the Collective A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas
18 May 2019, 17:00-20:00

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.


Spatial Intervention and Discussion by the Collective 
25 May 2019, 17:00-20:00

During this event the feelings of anticipation or at the other extreme angst which come along when moving towards a new geographical coordinate are what we intent to explore. Such individual reactions on a new environment are sometimes also referred to as culture shock, which is a term that we think is too often neglected when talking about ways of living together or side by side. During that night the space of puntWG will become a room for discussion on the basis of a communal listening to a sound piece created by our collective A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas.

Opening hours

puntWG is open on weekends from   14.00 tot 18.00 hrs and extra opening hours as shown  in the above item.

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A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas, Digital collage, book cover Literatuur; Jan Frederik Helmers - De Hollandsche Natie -1812
A Decorated Room with Invaded Ideas, Digital collage, book cover Literatuur; Jan Frederik Helmers - De Hollandsche Natie -1812