The One Minutes Series of May: Premiere on 30 April
...had a creation, and that was why parrot was wise of bulk’, selected by Jens Maier-Rothe, co-founder of the art initiative Beirut in Cairo, premieres on 30 April at Huis de Pinto in Amsterdam (NL).
The screening is introduced by Jens Maier-Rothe via Skype and by a performance by Monika Gruzite whose film is selected for the series.
Huis de Pinto, Sint Antoniesbreestraat 69 6pm – drinks
6.30pm – screening
7pm – Soup by Soup en Zo
Gouda, Dirk Peuker, Taha Belal, Jurgis Paškevičius, Bettina Nürnberg, Qianfu Ye, Nina Rydahl Andersen, Hady Kamar, Tero Juuti, Monika Grūzīte, Jenifer Evans, Andeel, Constant Dullaart, Mikala Hyldig Dal, Nourine Shenawy
This One Minutes Series is inspired by the wondrous world of spam poetry, automated emails from the chicks with dicks on how we make that extra mega buck from home, ditzy television shows and videos from the local home depot store, brainy quotes and hairy proverbs in our daily mail – in short, all the stuffy decor that clutters our brains and follows us everywhere because it's deep and sublime, and we know it.
The One Minutes is an organisation that invites artists to contribute one minute long videos. These videos are published in series composed by various curators.
Layers of Past, Present, and Future
Gallery Route 28 April
In this month’s route, we take you to four exhibitions that engage deeply with the layers of the past and propose new ways of looking into the future. Visit GRIMM gallery and project spaces Castrum Peregrini, Rongwrong and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam to discover how contemporary art wrestles with the increasing complexity of history and memory using both old and new media.
Image: Adela Jusic & Lana Cmajcanin, I Will Never Talk About the War Again, 2011
In today’s fast-paced world, issues connected to history and memory have become ever more urgent. The networks and relationships we are entangled in are made increasingly complex with new technologies and globalization processes – developments that have not gone unnoticed in contemporary art. Four current exhibitions in Amsterdam wrestle with the layers of history, perhaps on a quest to excavate the future.
This route is 5 km long and takes 17 minutes to bike.
We normally tell history as if it was a linear story with one event logically triggering the next. But for Matthew Day Jackson, history consists of multiple, interconnected layers that will ultimately lead to the destruction of humankind. In this extensive solo show, Jackson brings to the fore the hidden violence that is inextricably tied to our everyday lives. An innocent-looking kitchen cabinet contains cutlery used by soldiers in the war and a recipe book for the ‘last meals’ of executed prisoners, while a snapshot of a family on a ski trip turns into a horror story through collage techniques. Jackson’s peculiar and intriguing world view weaves together the drawings, paintings and sculptures in new and surprising forms.
The criticism of normative ways of telling history continues in exclude/include, a large new exhibition at the project space of Castrum Peregrini curated by Vincent van Velsen. Departing from Walter Benjamin’s assertion that historical narratives generally contain only heroic and positive elements while dark chapters and alternative interpretations are excluded from history books, the exhibition intends to reflect on this construction of history and its mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion. A series of photographs by Jeremiah Day tracks the emigration and decay of a group of story tellers from Ireland, while works by Remco Torenbosch and Wendelien van Oldenburgh explore the problematics of the European Union and Dutch colonial history.
Julien Laugier and Guillaume Maraud have set up a projection in the small space of Rongwrong showing group photographs they have found or excavated online. The artists have transformed these images by blurring out and making invisible certain elements such as faces, body parts, or the entire background. The exhibition thereby reflects on the complex relationships that photography and the internet imposes upon and between our bodies and raises questions of how to document the past. The concept of the projection is echoed in the intervention on the façade of the space, which creates a frame for visitors’ faces and renders their bodies blurry.
This group exhibition at SMBA artistically reflects on traumatic chapters of history and asks how to cope with them in the present. The title of the exhibition, “Resolution 827”, refers to the UN resolution that was adopted in 1993 and established the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) which investigated the war crimes in former Yugoslavia including the involvement of The Netherlands. Featuring artists from both these regions, the exhibition clearly connects the histories of both in new ways to express a deep concern about our contemporary condition. Transformed archival material, recorded performances and manipulated photographs highlight the hidden economies of war and the legacy of collective amnesia.
Text by Brenda Guesnet
Mon - Sat / 11-18 hrs (Frans Halsstraat 26) + Wed - Sat / 11-18 hrs (Keizersgracht 241)