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Why is Everybody Being So Nice? The Power Nap

Museums/Institutes Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Museumplein 10
1071 DJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 5732911

Open Daily 10-18 hrs
Fri 10-22 hrs

Event 18 Jun

Time 15-17:30 hrs


Photo: Carina Erdmann

De Appel Curatorial Programme and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam proudly present "Why Is Everybody Being So Nice? The Power Nap". The event concludes the series of events organized by De Appel Curatorial Programme and marks the launch of an online publication alongside a program of performances, readings, and a collective snooze in the auditorium of the museum building.

Please bring your pillow and blanket!

"Why Is Everybody Being So Nice?" is a project consisting of public events, performances, and an online publication running from April to June 2017 at various locations in Amsterdam, and investigates the ethical and behavioral codes of conduct in the art world. By exploring grey areas between ethics and etiquette, it considers the art world as a rapidly expanding sector of knowledge-based, post-industrial economies. The program provides horizons to think through and navigate the broader issues of precarious labor within the field, where, in the words of Martha Rosler, “niceness” is an idea that “speaks to a demand, in neoliberal terms, for the wholesale invention, performance, and perpetual grooming of a transactional self.”

The first part of the project took place at De Appel in April, where it unfolded as a four-day-long program of panel discussions, workshops, screenings, and performances. It ended with a collective sleepover, "The Night of Exhaustion and Exuberance", which activated the practice of collective sleeping as a gesture of resistance and appropriation of space and time. "Why Is Everybody Being So Nice?" will continue and conclude with The Power Nap, a collective snooze in the auditorium of the Stedelijk Museum.

With: Apparatus 22 / Johannes Büttner and Benedikte Bjerre in collaboration with Helge Peters / Larisa David in collaboration with Raluca Croitoru / Vera Mey / Anastasia Shin​

Why Is Everybody Being So Nice? is curated by the participants of De Appel Curatorial Programme 2016-17: Mira Asriningtyas, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Mateo Chacon-Pino, Kati Ilves, Shona Mei Findlay, Fadwa Naamna.


Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Language: English

Admission: Museum Card € 3 / Students € 11.75 / Regular € 20.50

Image: Performance – “Trans-actional Self” by Anastasia Shin for "Why Is Everybody Being So Nice?", "The Night of Exhaustion and Exuberance" at De Appel (April 15th, 2017). Photo: Carina Erdmann


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