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Start up: Slow Accident - group exhibition

Project Spaces Nieuw Dakota

Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41
1033 RC Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 3318311

Open Thu - Fri / 11-18 hrs
Sat - Sun / 12-18 hrs

Exhibition 26 Feb — 26 Mar

Opening 26 Feb, 16-18 hrs


Nieuw Dakota offers, with its series called 'Start-up', a stage to a debuting group of young, emerging and innovative artists.

This edition of Start-up presents the work of the artists from the Fine Arts Department of the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Artist and teacher at MaFAD Paul Devens curates this exhibition, with: Simon Weins (D), Eline Kersten (NL), Joep Hinssen (NL), Sara Bachour (IT), Gladys Zeevaarders (NL), Thomas Hütten (D), Maarten Davidse (NL), Dennis Muñoz Espadiña (D), Miriam Sentler (D, NL) and Shao Jie Lin (TW)


When traditional systems become obsolete, they evolve into the facilitator of their own crash. The initial position of the nine debuting artists is the shift- and notions of values within the current axis of time. Nieuw Dakota offers a stage to these artists from the Fine Arts-department of MaFAD (Maastricht) to test their explorations in the presence of each other, of the space and the public.

Slow Accident

The initial position of this selected group of artists is the shift and notions of values within the current axis of time. We observe traditional systems become obsolete and potentially facilitate their own crash. As Paul Virilio coined this with the 'Integral accident' where at the construction of a building, the condition to the collision is created. If this notion of self-destruction of nowadays and tomorrows' systems and regimes, is already accounted for at the drawing board, can be issued. 

The young artists start their practises at where global changes create the context, where data traffic explodes, where the mass migration of people and goods and the shift of power within constitutions ask for a reflection.  

Consequently, the wheel needs to be reinvented. Perhaps the error of today is within the dropped stitch of a long time ago. The artists choose position towards this in every possible way and distinguish its particular value: or it is within the explicit contrastive, or the critic position is more hidden, or the failure is embraced and the ruin celebrated. The multiformity is explored and the value reinvented.

Start-up: Slow Accident is not an exhibition of individual body-of-works. It's an experiment into how a multiplicity of personal attitudes and opinions could merge and issue time and space on the spot. It's a research to the intrinsic value of every addition or intervention and the joint value as a counterpoint.

Nieuw Dakota is the drawing board for the invention of the existing, where the crash actually is intended. The Tabula Rasa of the space demands an obligatory involvement.

Paul Devens selected nine debuting artists with distinct art practises, to meet each other’s ideas and to conquer the space. 


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Still from Mad Masters, 2017. Image courtesy of Stefan Tcherepnin.