Michiel Hilbrink at P/////AKT

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Artist: Michiel Hilbrink

Exhibition title: This space has to be filled

Venue: P/////AKT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date:  May 1 – 29, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and P/////AKT

Michiel Hilbrink’s new installation at P/////AKT focuses on the notion of the subject and the other, their mutual relations and, more specifically, how they influence each other. From different points of view – professional, private, public, competitive, intimate, anonymous, to name a few – relations seem to have no clear boundaries.

Where does a relation actually take place? How to recognise it? What are its effects? And are relations not mainly defined by language? Most relations are invisible at first sight, there seems to be nothing but an empty space. Maybe because they are so habitual or common that there is no conscious thinking involved. Relations between others can be invisible, or partly, maybe indirectly, visible.

The works in the exhibition are the layered and merged results of the explorations developed from these notions, not only when it comes to the relations between persons, groups and other organized entities but also between them, the non-humans and the things. Without trying to establish definite answers, these explorations have led to aesthetic assemblages that interlock notions of identity, material states, role models, interfaces and marketing strategies.

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is always afterwards, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned english…no human being has been reported to have learned dolphi-nese, 2016 (detail)

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is a logical flaw to think that if we have to take it seriously, we also have to take it literally, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is a logical flaw to think that if we have to take it seriously, we also have to take it literally, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned english…no human being has been reported to have learned dolphi-nese, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is sugar high, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is its or it’s, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned english…no human being has been reported to have learned dolphi-nese, 2016 (detail)

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is something to do, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is something to do, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is something to do, 2016

Michiel Hilbrink, it is something to do, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is not for nothing that you are named, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is more than equal, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is a rock or a face, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is sugar high, 2016 (detail)

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is sugar high, 2016 (detail)

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is deja vu all over again, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is so good to see that all of our hard work has paid off, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is so good to see that all of our hard work has paid off, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is so good to see that all of our hard work has paid off, 2016

Michiel Hilbrink, it is so good to see that all of our hard work has paid off, 2016

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned english…no human being has been reported to have learned dolphi-nese, 2016 (detail)

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Michiel Hilbrink, it is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned english…no human being has been reported to have learned dolphi-nese, 2016 (detail)

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