Endless Installation: A Ghost Story for Adults
by Public Space With A Roof
Opening: Saturday, March 21, 9pm
Location: SMART Project Space
Arie Biemondstraat 105-113, Amsterdam
Admission for all events: free
Lectures, presentations and films by
Naomi Aviv | Koen Brams | Jef Cornelis | Simon Ferdinando | Alex Ferquharson | Alexander Kluge | Monica Pessler | Yaniv Shapira | Simon Sheikh | and others
Our new project Endless Installation: A Ghost Story For Adults started out with a research into questions of architecture and the narrative of exhibition making, as well as definitions of authorship. Endless Installation: A Ghost Story For Adults is a spatial confrontation between the work of three figures who have become particularly inspirational for this research: Frederick Kiesler, Aby Warburg, and Meir Agassi.
The Austrian-American architect, sculptor, painter, designer, and art historian, Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965) was tireless in his pursuit of radical new concepts of interior spaces. For this project, we were inspired by his ideas that positioned new ways of coordinating architecture with paintings and sculptures, expansion of art forms in the exhibition space, elimination of the frame, coordination of the spectator, and the idea of creating an endless sculpture. In our interpretation, the endless sculpture translated into a search for forms that provides the basis for endless combinations of its building elements, being able to constantly shift perspective, create new configurations and narratives.
The narrative construction for the exhibition was further inspired by the work of the art historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929). Warburg consciously refused the approach of aestheticizing art history and a formal consideration of images. By placing together images from different historical periods and cultures on his famous panels, Warburg opened a new space in which to reflect on the human necessity of visual expression.
Israeli-born writer, critic, and artist Meir Agassi (1947-98) developed a specific language during the last years of his life, coming from his impossibility of expressing himself in a united body of work as one artist. He created the Museum of Meir Agassi® which hosted the work of various fictional artists, urging us to re-examine the common definitions of the author and authorship.
Endless Installation: A Ghost Story For Adults creates a non-linear dialogue with exhibition visitors unfolding around the work of these remarkable individuals, becoming a fictional meeting point for their individual 'universes'. This fictional montage allows to define junctures of their ideas as well as offering new readings on their individual practices.
Public Space With a Roof is an initiative by artists Tamuna Chabashvili, Adi Hollander and theoretician Vesna Madzoski. Their activities go beyond the usual notions of artists-as-social-activists, artists-as-producers, and artists-as-curators, blurring the borders between many roles assumed to be taken by the present-day artists. Their projects are based on research and include several levels including the possibility to use existing artworks as ready-mades, questioning of the existing exhibition formats, creating platforms for intimate and individual experience of the artworks and changing perception of the space.
March 22, 1: 30 pm: On Frederick Kiesler and Meir Agassi
Monica Pessler: The Artistic Environment - Frederick Kiesler's model for apprehending relations
Yaniv Shapira: Who Are You Meir Agassi?
April 5, 2 pm: On authorship
Alex Farquharson: When Can an Exhibition Be A Work of Art?
Simon Sheikh: F for Fake. Notes on the Signature, Authorship and Authority.
April 12, 2 pm: On the notion of outsider artist
Naomi Aviv: Meir Agassi: An Insider in the World of Outsiders
Simon Ferdinando: Flight Of The Anal Sadistic Warrior: In Search of the Orphic Artaud
April 19, 2 pm: On theory and artistic engagement
Introduction to the work of Alexander Kluge
Koen Brams: The World Question Centre Questioned - about James Lee Byars' World Question Centre, produced by the Belgian Radio and Television and realized by Jef Cornelis in 1969
PSWAR AT SMART Cinema
Every Tuesday, Thursday and weekend in April we will be screening films by the two almost forgotten film and TV makers - Alexander Kluge and Jef Cornelis.
Alexander Kluge is a film director, intellectual, a storyteller, and one of the greatest cultural critics of our time. He studied Law, History and Music at universities in Marburg and Frankfurt am Main and received his doctorate in Law in 1956. During his studies in Frankfurt, Kluge became acquainted with Theodore Adorno at the Institute for Social Research. In 1958 Adorno introduced Kluge to Fritz Lang, unexpectedly initiating his interest in film. Kluge is one of the key figures in reviving German cinema and a major force in the genesis and development of New German Cinema. He was among those who penned the inflammatory Oberhausen Manifesto, a document signed by 26 irate young German filmmakers at the 1962 Oberhausen Film Festival. Since 1962, Kluge has been the headmaster of the film institute at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany. In 1988, he began working for German cable television on the RTL and SAT1 channels. His incredible visual creativity is expressed in couple of hundreds feature and TV films, and in the framework of our project we invite you to see:
Yesterday Girl (1966); Artists in the Big Top: Perplexed (1968); Part-Time Work of a Female Slave (1973); The Power of Emotion (1983); Blind Director: The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time (1985); Blind Love: Talk with Jean-Luc Godard (2001); The Magic of the Darkened Soul (2008);
Love Makes You Perceptive: a compilation of TV films about love; Where We Come From, Where We Go To: a compilation of TV films about mankind, evolution, and environment; High on Work: a compilation of TV films about work, economy, capitalism and crisis; The Poetic Power of Theory: a compilation of TV films about Aristotle, Heidegger, Spinoza, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kant; Serpentine Gallery Program 1995-2005; and All Emotions Believe in a Happy Ending - a documentary about Alexander Kluge (Angelika Wittlich, 2002).
Jef Cornelis is a film director living and working in Antwerp. Between 1963 and 1998 he worked as executor, director and scriptwriter for the Flemish public broadcasting company (VRT). Apart from being a television maker Cornelis was an active participant in the international art scene. Already from the sixties he was involved in various art initiatives (such as the alternative art space A379089, with Kasper König coordinating, and Panamarenko, James Lee Byars and Marcel Broodthaers, among others, participating). The films Cornelis has directed on art, architecture, literature, theater and opera include Picasso in Paris (1966); documenta 4 (1968); James Lee Byars (1968/69); Marcel Broodthaers: Museum for 17th Century Art (1969); Dutch Architecture, 1920 to 1940 (1971); documenta 5 (1972) etc.
Join us for the screenings of his unforgetable films on Documenta 4 (1968), and Documenta 5 (1972).
For more information on participants and film program, please see the attachment.
The exhibition is open until April 26
Monday – Saturday: 12.00 – 22.00 hrs
Sunday: 14.00 – 22.00 hrs
'Endless Installation: A Ghost Story for Adults' is supported by: Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture; Goethe Institute; Embassy of Israel; De Appel Arts Center; Pregis; Red A.i.R; Jan van Eyck Academie; STEIM; Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation; The Museum of Art Ein Harod; Issta Direct; Argos, Brussels.
SMART Project Space is generously supported by: Mondriaan Foundation; Gemeente Amsterdam; Bureau Broedplaatsen; Stichting DOEN; The Netherlands Film Fund; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds; VSBfonds.
Public Space With A Roof (PSWAR)
1057 AR, Amsterdam
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