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Nachtelijke dwaling #12: Madelon Hooykaas

Museums/Institutes Oude Kerk

Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6258284

Open Mon - Sat / 10-18 hrs
Sun 13-17.30 hrs

Performance 21 Dec

Time 19:30-21 hrs



Nachtelijke Dwaling #12 is initiated by media artist Madelon Hooykaas. She developed the performance Virtual Walls II especially for the Oude Kerk and based it on her interest in the current meaning and purpose of the ‘wall’. Throughout history, walls have been built for different reasons: to mark an area, to protect people or, rather, to separate them. The beginning of the refugee crisis and the appointment of Trump as president marked the revival of the debate about the significance of walls. ‘Are they still meant to enclose us or shelter us? Or are walls now being built to protect us from our own aggression?’


virtual walls II
Virtual Walls II creates a temporary wall inside the Oude Kerk using an audio/video projection and live drawing on the wall. The performance examines the upset balance between numbers of tourists and residents in the Amsterdam city centre. The performance suggests placing a virtual wall around the city, to ensure tourists can only trickle in.

Earlier this year, in September, Virtual Walls I was performed in Venice. This city suffers from the same tourist problem as Amsterdam. The performance will be continued on 23 February at project space Scotty in Berlin.

madelon hooykaas 
Madelon Hooykaas (Maartensdijk, 1942) is a visual artist from the Netherlands. She has made films, sculptures and audio-video installations and published various books. Hooykaas’s oeuvre often touches on themes such as space and time and is found in various museums such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

From 1972 to 2004, Madelon Hooykaas cooperated closely with Scottish artist Elsa Stansfield. Together they produced more than 150 works. The work of the two media artists questions the relationship between nature and spirituality and explores scientific principles and forces of nature such as radio waves and magnetic fields. It is included in various international museum collections.

nachtelijke dwaling
Nachtelijke Dwalingen is a site-specific performance series produced and presented by the Oude Kerk. During each of these ‘walks’ you become acquainted with an artist who, from their own perspective, examines hidden or forgotten aspects of the Oude Kerk and its surroundings.

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