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I Look At The Moon And Think Of My Daughter-in-law - Noa Eshkol

Project Spaces Kunstverein

Hazenstraat 28
1016 SR Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 3313203

Open Thu - Sat / 13-17 hrs

Exhibition 4 Feb — 19 Mar

Opening 4 Feb, 17-19 hrs


John G. Harries, A hand in ‘P’ (passive form), 1950s, Ink on card stock, 17.1 x 7.6, Courtesy The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation

Kunstverein, together with Vleeshal (Middelburg), is excited to present a joint solo exhibition in two parts: ‘I Look at the Moon and Think about My Daughter-in-Law’ – on the work and thinking of contemporary dancer, choreographer, carpet maker and theorist Noa Eshkol (IL, 1924–2007). 

When looking closely at a hand turning a doorknob, a “rotary movement” is observed, very different from the motion one would witness of jumping jacks, which are considered the result of a “plane movement,” and certainly unlike the perceived effort of a waist circling inside a hula-hoop. How do we define one movement from the next, and how do we preserve them in time, in order perhaps to redo them one after the other?

In the 1950s, Noa Eshkol, together with architect Avraham Wachman, developed a notational system for movement, which uses a combination of symbols and numbers to define the motion of any limb around its joint. The Eshkol Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) system, named after its developers, was born out of a social practice and way of life, as much as it was a visual means of representing (human) motion. The system offers a way of looking at the movements of the body, by organizing them in relatively simple categories making it possible to notate and thus reactivate motion, precisely and mathematically, at a later time. 

At the opening, the first copy of the EWMN system will be on view, as well as a generous selection from the historic archives (curated by Maya Pasternak). Kunstverein will also present the first ever screening of an early performance by the Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group exercising the system. And a chameleon balancing on a branch.
The films will be screened on the window of Kunstverein’s storefront in the heart of the Jordaan, enabling both viewers inside and outside the space to be engulfed by the hypnotizing dances. Drinks will also be served. 

Film screening: 4th February, 4 pm

From 4th February to 19th March 2017, the exhibition will be open from Thursday to Saturday 1–6 pm or by appointment.


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